You may wonder whether you need to have your manuscript professionally copyedited. Admittedly, I'm biased (this is my business!), but there are many reasons copyediting is important to your success.

A copyeditor serves as the reader's advocate: the main purpose is to ensure that your writing has achieved its intended goal, whether to entertain, inform or persuade. A skilled copyeditor will improve your manuscript's clarity, flow, and readability—but it will still be your manuscript.