Crafty Tuesday - Finding a Good Editor

First and foremost, for those of you that are going the self-publishing route you may be tempted to try to edit your finished manuscript yourself. DO NOT DO THIS! There are several reasons why you might be tempted. Lack of money is probably the most common reason. My advice is to save your money up and pay for an editor when you have the funds.

Why? Because you won't be able to see your own mistakes. Nope...don't argue. You won't be able too. Just trust me. The only slight exception to this rule is if you have beta readers that are editors, then you might be able to get away with it. Otherwise, just do your manuscript a favor and pay the editor. Your characters will thank you for it!

Now that I got that out of the way....

Finding a good editor is less about finding someone who loves fixing grammar and spelling and more about finding someone who likes your writing style. I've gotten lucky in this area. My first editor turned out to be the right one and we work amazingly well together. I love, love, love her! However, I know not everyone has this kind of experience. Actually, I would say that it's more common for someone to try a few different people before finding someone that fits. There's a few things you can do to help yourself find the right person.

Author's with publishers:

If you chose this route then you just made it very easy on yourself. Most of the time, your publisher will assign you an editor. That will take some of the leg work out of the whole experience. My only advice here: If you have a problem with your editor, communicate your issues with that person.

Also, if you love your editor communicate this as well. We all like to hear that we're doing a good job. Communication is key.

If you're choosing to self-publishing:

The first thing I would suggest is to ask other self-published authors about their editor, just make sure these authors are in your genre. Editors usually want to read the stuff they edit so they stick with a few select genres. Someone who edits horror might not want to edit romance.

Find out their pricing and ask them if you can send them a sample of your work. They need to know if they want to work with you and a sample will definitely help them decide this. Plus, this will help them decide if they like your writing style.

When you have finally chosen an editor and they send your edited work back to you, make sure you look at all the changes they make. You're the author so you get to agree, or not, with every single one of the changes. If you find yourself not agreeing with a lot of them, then move along and find another editor because you just don't mesh with this person.

And meshing with someone is really the bottom line here.


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