I saw a post in one of the writers’ groups. It read something like, “Editing is so expensive, is it really that important?”
Welcome to the world of participation trophies, self publishing, and mediocrity.
I have NOTHING against self publishing (or even participation trophies); however, there are many people who point to these as the problem creating people who don’t try, who don’t work for what they want, who don’t even try to shine.
Yes, there are published books, even from the big 5 publishers, with errors, and author’s cringe because authors work at their craft. They spend weeks and months reading over their WIP thousands of times. Their beta readers read it. Their editors edited it. They rewrote, and edited, edited, and edited for it to be letter perfect. At no time, do any of the authors I know, sit back and say, “eh, does the editing really matter?”
That’s where the real work takes place. That’s writing. Putting words on paper is only the very first part of the job.
The short answer is “yes, editing matters!” Do it yourself or spend the money.
There is far too much crap out there to sift through. If it is not something you feel will shine, win awards, of which you can be proud, put it in your bottom drawer. You can still tell people you’re a writer and your opus is in progress.