I have been reviewing my first three books as part of getting started on my fourth, and while I enjoy them, it’s clear that they could stand to be professionally edited.
However, given the cost of editing compared with my sales, it’s also clear that it would be financially prohibitive to do so. The total profit that I have made from the sales of all three books over the last three years would cover only a fraction of the cost of editing one book.
I don’t believe that editing would boost my sales considerably, either. Having these books edited might result in a few more sales, but I don’t believe that I would suddenly start selling a hundred times as many books as I am now, which is what I would need to recoup the costs.
I have a choice, to either continue to release books that are self-edited, or not release them at all. I have had enough positive feedback that I believe that my readers are willing to put up with the errors for the sake of the story.