Should You Hire an Independent Editor to Proof Your Story?

Should You Hire an Independent Editor to Proof Your Story?

Mark Twain’s advice on editing.

The answer is a big, fat, resounding, “YES!” And, after reading this first sentence, my editor, Kimberly Huther would make me take the “yes” from all caps to regular sentence case. And, she’d be right.

So, I asked Kim to write a blog post today to introduce her to other writers who may need help after their short story or novel is written, after its first draft. By the way, she’s gotten over 40 reviews on her Facebook page, with 38 being 5-star reviews. That’s unheard of but that’s how Kim is, awesome to work with.

Also, if you’re planning on participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo, you might think to contact Kim after your novel is complete.


Your writing is perfect, so why hire a proofreader?

You want your manuscript to be taken seriously, to be reviewed positively, but you know errors strewn throughout your pages will stop publishers, agents, and readers in their tracks. A professional proofreader/editor can rescue you from duplicated words, homophones, rogue capitalization, improper indentations, missing punctuation, AND keep your readers from scratching their heads when a sentence just doesn’t make sense.

As a first-time author, it can be tempting to call in favors to keep your costs down, but editing an entire book is not the same as proofreading your college papers. This is your life’s work—you shouldn’t trust it to just anyone. Hiring a professional will save you time, and their impartiality will provide an honest examination that a friend or relative may not give.


Kimberly Huther of Wordsmith Proofreading has edited over 1,000 manuscripts since 2008. She’s a five-star-rated editor, with clients ranging from first-time authors to signed, recognizable names. She knows what your manuscript needs to provide a smooth reading experience for your target audience and get you noticed.

Here’s what some of Kimberly’s clients have to say

“She is affordable, professional, flexible in working with my multiple genres, and has a great attitude.”

“Kim has dramatically improved my final manuscripts.”

“Kim has become a rock star of editing.”

By the time you write “The End,” you will have read your manuscript so many times you may believe it’s perfect as-is, but send one chapter to Kimberly Huther and you’ll see the value in hiring a professional to polish your pages.

Call today, because with reviews like this one you can see that she’s in demand:

“I plan on hiring her for as much as she’d like to edit for me.”

You can contact Kimberly Huther at Wordsmith Proofreading Services on Facebook here:


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