Having someone to do some reading and editing is valuable. It can be a professional, or even someone you know with solid knowledge of the language. Your budget and project will determine what you need. Someone writing non-fiction will want to find an editor with some familiarity with the subject of the book, unless they are editing solely for spelling and grammar.
As the person who everyone came to in English class in school, I feel good about my skills. However, a fresh set of eyes is never a bad thing. My editor was able to catch a few content issues, nothing major, but things I can clarify for readers to help them enjoy the book and world I created even more. We also found some spelling errors to fix, as my computer is old and a few keys sometimes stick.
I’ll be taking his notes and reading through again anyways, making sure I like the final copy of what I have written. Did I feel I missed anything? I can explain some things more in the sequel if I want, building the world around the foundation I have created. Still, having him look over things let me know where I might need a little more detail in some places. I’d rather learn that now than after I publish.
Soon I work on and finish what I hope will be my final draft. Another read through, and I’ll be ready to publish!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.