- They are so in love with their own writing they cannot bear the thought of someone suggesting that every word, comma, dash and ellipsis is not perfect.
- They think spell check and that squiggly green line will protect them from any lapses of spelling and grammar.
- They are too cheap to hire a professional editor.
- They have a mother who loves them and agrees that the book is deathless prose and absolutely perfect, just the way it is.
And, there is one final reason, a dream that won’t die. Here’s the fantasy: the writer (You, Me) sends in a manuscript that, while unpolished, sings to the publisher’s reader. The Reader laughs, cries, reads through the night in the rapture that only comes when the Next Great Writer has been discovered. The next day, tired but triumphant, the Reader goes to the Publisher and demands that The Best Editor In The World be put on this project to unleash it’s perfection, that an immediate advance check be cut, and this book must be fast-tracked to market.
The sad news is this is not going to happen. Never.