why you should hire a freelancer
i want to self-publish
Self-publishing has been a massive success, with thousands of new books uploaded to Amazon every day. Self-publishing has become more socially acceptable in the publishing industry, and with that rising popularity comes higher standards from readers.
Professional editing is a must in this space. Poor edits leaves a bad impression on your readers, and consequently lowers the perceived value of the book. This can damage your reputation as an author, and reduce future sales. Never underestimate the power of editing, it’s just as important as the book cover.
i want to tradtionally publish
Choosing a freelancer for traditional publishing is not necessary. Since you will go through a whole editing phase with the publisher's editorial team, a freelancer isn't a must-have.
However it's not uncommon for an author to seek out an editor and work on their story a little bit more before they are ready to send it off for submissions. Additionally, newer writers have also sought-out professional editing, to help them build their skill and writing craft.
Ultimately it's up to you, and whether you think your manuscript would benefit from an extra set of eyes and feedback.