What’s the first step to getting published? For that matter, what’s the first step in self-publishing or becoming an independent author? Editing, of course. You’ve spun the tale, told the story, written the words. But maybe there’s something missing. Or the story doesn’t flow quite the way you wanted it to. Or you need a little break, and want a fresh opinion. Maybe you’ve done all that, and just need some simple copyediting or proofreading. Now it’s time to polish it up with an outside editor.