Now that we’ve drafted our novel, buddied up with some awesome CPs, and recruited beta readers, it’s on to the final post in our writing process breakdown. Week 3: Professional Edit and Publication Next is the professional edit. I recommend this step to literally everyone. You technically don’t have to if you are submitting it for publication, but if you are previously unpublished, I still think it’s worth it. You want to make the best first (and often only) impression, so why not put your best foot forward?