Author Lucy Ridout

Lucy Ridout is a freelance editor specialising in fiction and narrative non-fiction. She works with self-publishing writers and for trade publishers. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. She is also the author of several travel guides, including The Rough Guide to Thailand and The Rough Guide to Bali and Lombok. Find out more at

Self-Publishing Proofreading

Do I really need an editor for my self-published book?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Writers with a trade-publishing deal get automatic access to professional editors and proofreaders, but self-publishers have to source their own. Some writers think it’s fine to scrimp on this, but the truth is that every book needs to be edited and proofread, says Lucy Ridout.