Lets talk about finding a good editor, especially when you are on a tight budget. We will also advise on how to find the right person for your project, so you don’t waste your editing dollars.
First:A few reasons why Self-Publishing Authors need an Editor:
- If you want to publish work that you are proud of, you will have to engage people with experience producing books.
- Assuming you are human, trust us your manuscripts has mistakes that you haven’t caught, especially if you’ve been working on it nonstop for months. Anything you can do to produce an error free manuscript is going to help get you as close to an error-free book as possible.
- Self-publishing is a business- and if you hope to succeed in it, you have to manage it like a business. You wouldn’t promote your store for selling name brand clothing and sell bootleg would you? This will reflect poorly on you. People have an expectation of reading top quality work. Its not the quantity its the quality. No one wants to read something poorly written, and you definitely do not want poor reviews floating in the internetz.
- Regardless of the type of book i.e. E-book or paperback, you’ll need to it to look as perfect as possible and only a professional can assist you in doing so.
- Know what you’re looking for. How can you explain to someone what you need if you don’t actually know? There are different types of editors that come in handy at various stages of the editing process.
- Have you self edited your book?
- Have you had your story critiqued by more than one person?
- Has your book been read by beta readers?
- What sort of feedback are you ready to receive and have you made any changes?
An alpha reader or beta reader, also pre-reader or critiquer, is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption.Knowing the answers to these questions will help find the type of editor you need.
Types of Editors
- Content/Development Editor: This type of editor works on the overall picture of your story including plots, timelines, characterization, inconsistencies, and pacing. This type of editor can help develop a detailed outline and brainstorm solutions to any plot holes or empty spaces in your book. This type of editor is most commonly needed early on the editing process.
- Line Editor: This type of editor edits line-by-line for consistency and word usage. A line editor can help you tighten up sentences and rearrange words to improve the flow of your story. Line editing is often grouped with copy editing.
- Copy Editor: A copy editor checks your spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This type of editor also acts as a fact-checker, making sure that your logic and clarity is consistent. Copy editing is most commonly used after content editing.
- Proofreader: Proofreaders are typically the last step in the editing process. A proofreader is used to check for typos and formatting issues when your book is in its final form.
Where to lookSome editors have their own websites and post their rates and services online. Other editors can be found on freelancing websites. You might find that the best way to find someone willing to work within your budget is by posting an ad on one of these sites. Try
- Editorial Freelancers Association.com
- First, determine what you’re looking for (skill level & type of edit). The search the freelancing websites for want ads that are most similar to your own needs.
- Next, search for prospective freelancers that meet your requirements. Look at previous job histories and ratings from past projects. What rates have these freelancers been paid? What rates do they post on their profiles and do they state that their rates are negotiable. Once you see what others have paid, you’ll get a good idea of what you can expect to pay for similar services.
- What’s your rate?
- What’s your timeframe for completion?
- What’s your file preference (.doc, .docx, .pdf)?
- How do you track changes you’ve made on manuscripts?
- will you review my revisions?
- How soon will you notify me if you cannot make the deadline we agreed on?