Author Helen Jones on the Value of Using a Professional Editor: “But… There is no but.”

Your first book is going to determine how readers view you as an author. You may think that readers will overlook those little errors because the plot is so riveting or the characters are so compelling. (As a reader, I can assure you that this is not the case.) You may even believe that you are the best person to edit your own work, or that professional editors charge too much or don’t do enough to make your work shine.

Stop making excuses, do your research, and find an editor who will challenge you and be unafraid to critique your work honestly. It may hurt to have your work criticised, but look at your editor’s suggestions objectively once that feeling of having been punched in the gut has passed. Ultimately, you are the one who will benefit the most from this process.

Thanks to Helen Jones, author of Oak and Mist, for sharing her decision and experience working with a professional editor so openly.

For more information on her choice to use a professional editor, check out Helen’s guest blog on Writers & Artists. (This site has excellent resources for authors.)

1F607P.S. I did not misspell “criticise.” This is the UK (and Canadian) spelling of the word.


Helen Glynn Jones

I’m currently working with an editor on the first book in my Ambeth series, Oak and Mist, getting it ready for publication. It’s the first book I’m going to publish so I want it to be as strong as possible, which is why I’ve chosen to invest in a professional edit. And I’m so pleased with the result – her suggestions are spot on and she’s also picking up on the extra spaces and commas and quotation marks throughout my work.


No. There is no but. This edit is just what I needed. The editor has also given me a page of editorial notes about the structure of the story and, well, I’ve had to suck it up and agree. Because she’s absolutely right about the points she makes, and has actually cleared up a few niggling issues I hadn’t been able to resolve.


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TSRA’s Affordable TRAILERS Services

TSRA, Image used with Permission
TSRA, Image used with Permission

The Story Reading Ape is once again offering his services to indie authors! For those of you who are not tech savvy, he is offering to create book trailers at affordable prices. Be aware, however, that the images and/or music you wish to use must be copyright free.

Click on the link below to check out some examples of his work!

TSRA’s Affordable TRAILERS Services.

Buy A Book Cover for Christmas – Chris, The Story Reading Ape.

For all of you Indie authors out there, Chris The Story Reading Ape has done a lot for authors like you! Currently he has a promotion on book cover designs until December 31st! Get yours today!

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I know that when you reach the final edit of your book you have a vision in your mind for the book cover.  Not all of us are gifted in the graphics department and so finding someone who will take that vision or adapt one of theirs to showcase your book is very important. So a book cover is a terrific Christmas gift and as you will see from the post, the prices of these pre-made covers are extremely good value.


Chris the Story Reading Ape is a friend to Indie Authors across all genres and abilities. Apart from opening up his blog up to writers to promote themselves and their books, he also provides some excellent posts in the form of tutorials that are very valuable for both experienced and novice writers.

His versatility is boundless and today I am featuring his book covers which he has designed to…

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