Indie writers aren’t rich. They don’t have money to spend frivolously. When someone online tells them they shouldn’t spend hundreds of dollars (or more!) to have their writing professionally edited, they want that to be true: Who do those people think they are, anyway, expecting me to spend as much on editing for my novel as I make in a week at my day job?
It’s not as if developmental editing, spotting plot holes and having a really good idea how to fix them, is a skill, after all. Anybody can do that. And line/copy editing? Pffft! Losers, the lot of them… Editors can work at home in their pajamas — most of them probably do — so their job is too easy to merit even minimum wage. Besides, how long can it take to read a book? These bozos want to be paid for that?
I have a weekly sarcasm quota, remember? Didn’t you see the warning label in the side bar? Enough sarcasm, though. Let me tell you what I really think…
If you’re going to be an idjit, at least don’t be a hypocritical idjit. Do not bitch and whine about how much freelance editors (or book designers, cover artists, etc.) charge, and then turn around and bitch and whine about readers who don’t want to pay you for your novel.
Readers aren’t rich, you know.
(This rant, by the way, was inspired by a blog post I saw several weeks ago. The blogger complained at great length about book designers who actually want to be paid a fair wage for what they do. It’s easy for them, the blogger said, since they’re experts in those skills, and less difficulty means they haven’t earned payment… It’s insane, but not something I haven’t heard before in regard to other skills.)