on The Book Designer:
An editor is a person who knows more than writers do but who has escaped the terrible desire to write.– E.B. White
After months (perhaps years) of laboring over it, you have finally finished the manuscript for your first book. There is no feeling like the one you get the moment you’ve written the last word—it’s hard to describe it if you haven’t been through it. You feel a little taller, bigger, and stronger when you share the account of your achievement with others, and you have trouble suppressing that satisfying grin on your face when you do. It’s a proud moment for you—a well-deserved one.
Understandably, once the manuscript is complete, you are anxious to get it published. But the decision to first send it to an editor continues to nag at you.
I’m a good writer, you tell yourself.
Do I really need one?