The thing is, a lot of people in self-publishing lack proper editing. I think I’m a decent editor, but editing one’s own work is hard. It’s your baby, and you want it to be perfect.
So when someone comes along with a red pen and suggests cutting a whole sentence and rethinking a paragraph, or even moving or cutting a whole chapter and adding a new sub-plot, it’s hard to realise you’re not the awesome perfect writer you thought you were.
In legacy publishing, you have multiple different types of editors to help improve your manuscript. Editors, copyeditors, line editors, and maybe others I don’t know about because I’m not in the industry.
In self-publishing, there is only you, and whoever you can pay, cajole, beg, bribe and blackmail to do it for you.
I’ve had some wonderful people as my beta readers. They haven’t torn me apart… yet! Dadewalker is due back in a couple of weeks. I’m simultaneously really excited to read different opinions on it, and dreading it like a vaccination injection!