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Choosing an editor is a big deal. Whether you're hiring an editor for a developmental pass or simple proofreading, you need someone who is professional, qualified, and a good fit for you and your manuscript.
Finding the perfect editor can be a daunting task. With the technology available today, distance is not a concern, so the pool of prospective editors is massive. You can hire any editor in the world, and a quick search will bring up an insane number of professionals. How do you choose?
Here are a few methods you can use to narrow down your options and make sure that each editor you consider is qualified and is a good fit for your work.
Writers—especially those working on their first books—tend to obsess over word count. Maybe that's because a manuscript's word count is one of its only truly objective elements. Character, plot, style, and voice are all difficult to define, and books change with each reader's response. But a manuscript that is 82,749 words is exactly that. So it makes sense that writers want to control this aspect that we can control, beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Word count is important, especially for writers planning to pursue traditional publication, and understanding word count goals can make the drafting and editing processes more efficient. But sometimes focusing on word count can be a detriment. Let's discuss why word count is important, how to use your current and projected word count to your advantage, and when word count should be the last thing on your mind.
A large number of writers who approach me about professional editing don't know what type of editing they need. There's nothing wrong with that, and I am always happy to discuss options and help clients understand which editing service will benefit their manuscript the most.
That said, having an idea of where to begin makes the process simpler when you do contact an editor. If you're considering professional editing, go through the choices below to find out whether you're ready to get the most out of the editing process and what type of editing will be best for your manuscript.
Before we get started, here are a few basic terms.
High-Level Editing. This type of editing address elements including plot, structure, character development, setting, etc. During high-level editing, we deal with pages and paragraphs and address the manuscript from a broad perspective.
Low-Level Editing. This type of editing deals with style, readability, grammar, punctuation, etc. This is editing of the prose—words and sentences.
Beta Reader. This is someone who reads the manuscript after self-editing but before professional editing. The ideal beta reads often in the genre and is able to offer constructive feedback.
Ready? Answer the questions below to determine which editing service is the best fit for you!
If you have a writer friend in your life, you've bought them so many books, pens, and notebooks that the Barnes & Noble employees know to watch for you around the holidays. Maybe you've even braved Black Friday crowds to find your writerly loved one the perfect gift. (If so, hats off to you.)
This year, let's make things easier. As much as writers love the perfect pen/paper combination, there's one thing they want way more: to be published. This year, help your writer friend take an important step toward publication with professional editing.
I've put together a few editing gift packages. Simply prepay for the editing, and your friend will be ready to take their writing to the next level. When you purchase a package, I'll send you a customized PDF gift card. You can email the PDF to your writerly loved one, or you can print it out and wrap it up nice and pretty. (If you want to be that person, nest it inside three—or twelve—wrapped boxes.)
These prepaid gifts have no expiration date. Your friend can redeem them anytime! And if you know your writer would want something different than the packages listed below, shoot me an email and we'll create a customized package just for them.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to claim your gift package!
Last month, Jade asked a fantastic question:
I thought this question deserved more than a 140-character answer, so here we are. Let's toss betas and critiques into an arena, let 'em fight it out, and see who wins.
First of all, what are these things?
The Revise & Resub editors have made their picks. There were so many amazing stories submitted, and it was nothing short of heartbreaking to choose one. The good news? We do this for a living, and even if your story wasn't selected, you can still hire us! I saw a ton of brilliant stories I would be absolutely honored to work with, and I loved getting to know you all through our Twitter discussions. I feel like we've formed a little #RevPit family, and to that end, you deserve the family discount.
Anyone who submitted to Revise & Resub is eligible for these deals.
10% Off Any Editing Service
That includes developmental editing, line editing, proofreading, or a manuscript critique for any manuscript over 50,000 words. There's no limit to this deal. If you go for a two-pass edit, you get 10% off each pass.
$10 Off a Submission Package
My Submission Package includes a full query critique, a synopsis critique and edit, and line editing for your first ten pages. Regular price: $85
25% Off Edit Like a Pro
Edit Like a Pro: Guide to Self-Editing Your Prose is an online course consisting of videos, worksheets, and cheat sheets to take you through the editing process. If you submitted to me, check your feedback email for the 25% off coupon code. If you didn't submit to me, contact me to get the code!
Book before the end of May to take advantage of these deals! Booking requires a signed contract and a deposit. The edits do not have to take place during May, and the project we work with does not have to be the one you submitted to Revise & Resub. The coupon code for 25% off Edit Like a Pro expires 5/31/17.
Ready to do this? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling! I can't wait to work with you.
There is so much going on right now!
Live #AskEditor sessions, the Death & Pestilence anthology release, a live Camp NaNoWriMo write-in, and the final days of the Edit Like a Pro introductory sale.
Submit your completed manuscript for a chance at a month of free editing!
Yeah, you read that right. This is a chance to work with a freelance editor for a month to make your manuscript beautifully polished and ready to knock agents' socks off! (provided your dream agent wears socks)
Okay, take a moment. Process. Breathe.
Let's get into some details.
If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel, you've probably seen this series. But for all my lovely blog followers who might not have, I thought I would collect all the videos on one page. This Editing Basics series is an overview of the editing process. It's not an in-depth look at how to edit; it's meant to lay out the basic phases of the editing process for those who aren't sure where to start or what direction to take. If you're new to editing, take a moment to go through these videos—they're brief—and get an idea of how to structure the process. Not only will this simplify your editing process, it'll help you feel more confident going in! Sometimes that can make all the difference.