I'm going to keep the answer short and sweet:
No. No, you should not self-edit your own book.
There you go. You're welcome. :P
But if you don't believe me, check out this video interview with my darling BFF, Lynda Dietz, who actually knows about this particular subject because she's an editor.
And don't worry it's only 12 minutes long. Well, 6 minutes long once you laugh through all the shenanigans.
For those who followed the coffee chat series and may have wondered what happened to us, well busy-ness happened. Besides, we found it cooler to hang out in person for real-life coffee. The first time was for about 12 hours . . . and the second time, we decided one day wasn't enough, so we spent 5 days together. Well, us and our other author buddy, Raymond Esposito a.k.a. my Writers After Dark co-host.
And since we were all together, it seemed crazy not to take advantage and interview her for the Writers After Dark show . . . umm, even though, we recorded in the middle of a 3-day hangover. #TrueStory
So there! Please go check her out and give her some love. Our editors are hard workers and without them, our books just wouldn't survive!!!! ;)