The short answer is yes. Even editors need editors! If you pursue traditional publishing, your manuscript will be further edited in-house. If you self-publish, you will need to invest in the appropriate edits for your manuscript. However, even traditionally publishing authors often invest in developmental edits to get their work through agent or editor slush piles.
The advantage of investing in this group and learning a solid process for self-editing is that you will be able to submit your manuscript to agents or invest in further edits knowing your story is truly ready—as well as all of your next stories! Technically, while any manuscript can be edited at any stage, most authors will waste money on professional edits (Yes, I said it! And I stand by it since it’s an intensive service and higher investment—rightfully so.) before they’ve taken it as far as they can on their own first, given that they have a solid grounding in story craft.
Early edits aren’t a bad investment in your craft, and you’ll still learn a lot. But you’re going to be paying for more rounds of edits than if you made sure your foundations were as strong as you could make them first. Think of it this way (some tough-love truth coming up…): In one round of edits, an editor is like an English teacher who from her marginal feedback can help you take your essay assignment grade from a C to a B with a revision. But it’s not likely that she can help you take it from a C to an A. Writing and publishing is a layered process. Self-editing is a necessary part of that process once you have a draft, and I can show you how to make the most progress with it.
Hand over to an editor the best draft you can. Your editor will be able to help you take it much closer to submission- or publication-ready in fewer rounds. Plus, with the knowledge, process, and tools you’ll have from this group, you’ll be set up to self-edit each of your subsequent books moving forward—this isn’t a one-off project investment like a single-round manuscript edit with minimal live support; it’s an investment to level up your whole author career. I promise I’m not just saying that! I know it’s true based on the results I’ve gotten with dozens of private clients through the work this masterclass is based on.