Dreaming up a story that is then turned into a plot is only one part of becoming a writer. Once you have a plot, you actually have to sit down and develop your characters, craft the story arc, and get your words on paper. These are often the hardest parts of writing a book, but once they are complete you still are facing a few more steps before you can publish your book. Namely, hiring an editor to check your work and help transform your manuscript into a marketable book. The question now boils down to how to find a good editor to take your book to the next level. We have put together a few tips that will help you find an editor that matches your writing style and your budget.
What Kind of Editor Should You Hire?
For those who plan to self-publish their own work, you probably will also end up hiring a freelance book editor. The process can be intimidating, but knowing what to look for can make your search more efficient. To start, you need to know what type of editor you need. There are copy editors, developmental editors, final proof editors, and assessment editors. Depending on your writing niche, you may need one or more editor types for your manuscript. It is possible to find a single editor that is able to handle various styles, but just keep in mind this may also increase their cost.
What Should You Look For In a Book Editor?
Once you know what type of editor you need, there are a few things you should consider when searching for one that meets your needs. The editor you choose should understand and share your style of communication. They should also have ample experience working in the niche in which your manuscript covers. For example, if you write historical fiction, hiring an editor who mainly deals with autobiographies is not going to be a good fit. You should also look for a book editor that has availability that meets with your schedule and also one that offers base rates that are within your budget.
Look In The Right Places
There are a lot of places you can find freelance editors, but some are better than others. Avoid hiring anyone on social media or from random online forums. You can check professional writing sites like Reedsy or other online freelance platforms that vet professionals before they are allowed to solicit work. Platforms that have experience minimums and require a legitimate portfolio to be provided are a great place to start.
Check Reviews & Credentials
Like with any service it is important to check the credentials and the reviews before handing over your manuscript. An editor’s work history, credentials, and qualifications will give you a good idea about how efficiently they will be able to edit your manuscript. User reviews are also important. You can learn a lot about an editor’s style by reading what past clients have to say about their working experience. The last thing you want to do is hire an editor who has a track record of butchering stories or falling drastically behind schedule.
Pay Attention to Communication & Cost
The most important part of working with an editor is having an open line of communication. They will need to be able to communicate with you in a way that gets their message across in a way that you understand. At the same time, they will also need to be able to hear and understand your thoughts, feelings, and concerns regarding your manuscript without letting egos get in the way. Of course, when it comes to self-publishing cost is always a factor. Chose an editor that has a clear and easy-to-understand pricing model that falls within your available budget.