There is a lot of discussion on the internet about writers (especially indie writers) getting their writing edited before letting unsuspecting readers actually read their work. Among those who prefer (or insist upon) editing, some prefer (or insist upon) professional editors while some don’t seem to care who edits a piece of writing, as long as someone other than the author takes a red pen to the text.
I think editing can be a good thing – a second pair of eyes that belong to someone who knows what they’re doing can only help. (I say this as a writer who once had characters drive separately to the movies and then drive home in the same car.) By the same token, someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing is more likely to do anything but help. So, I feel that authors can be edited or not, whatever they choose, not what any gods of good writing decide for them.
Some of the people that insist that all indie authors must be edited have said that they won’t read any author who isn’t edited and who doesn’t list who that editor is. Judging from this, one would suppose that any – ANY – work that has been edited is therefore good.
One can stop supposing that.
At the link below, there all kinds of egregious writing from published (non-indie) authors. (And if they are published, wouldn’t one suppose they’d been professionally edited?)
My personal favorite: “the shriven corpse of a dinosaur” – which means that the dinosaur’s corpse went to Confession. I’m so glad.