“Anyone can check spelling and grammar. Why waste money on a professional editor? They don’t do anything a friend or family member can’t do.” Is that a common attitude? The Australian print media industry certainly believed it when, about five or six years ago, a number of outlets made a large percentage of their editors redundant. They decided that having the journalist self edit their work would be just as effective. As writers, especially those of you aspiring to be published, do you believe it is important to have your work looked over by a professional editor before you start submitting to publishers, or self publish your ebook? Why? Have any of you used an editor before? Good experience? Bad experience?