You’ve spent weeks, months, or even years finishing your book. You’re brimming with excitement and want to release it into the world, but you know it’s lacking something. That something is the touch of a professional editor.
Unfortunately, it is no easy task finding an editor for your book when you’re an indie writer who doesn’t have the connections of the big publishing house. The task is especially difficult when you realize that every editor brings something different to the table. How do you find one that meets your needs?
1. Shop Around. Going with the first person you stumble upon may seem like a good idea at the time, but you would do well to keep looking. Being able to compare a few editors will help you pick the perfect one for your project.
2. Know What You Want. It’s nearly impossible to pick the perfect editor if you don’t know what you want from an editor. Are you wanting someone who can find plot holes, help develop characters, make sure your spelling and grammar are spot on, or all of the above? Certain editors specialize in one of more of these, so ask whether your book editor can perform the duties you want.
3. Have Money. No, a professional editor doesn’t have to cost more than your monthly mortgage. But they don’t work for free. If you’re not willing to invest your money into your book, you aren’t looking for an editor. You’re looking for a friend to give your book a read and give suggestions. And that’s fine. Just know that your friend may not give your book what it needs to really be polished and ready for the general public.
Think this little fella in Cleveland, Tennessee may be just the editor you seek to put the final touches on your book? Drop me a line!