If you've written a book (or anything else for that matter - let's travel back to English class for a few, shall we?), you've probably gotten at least a little bit familiar with the idea of working with an editor. Not yet? Hey, that's okay, too. No matter where you find yourself today, these seven tips will help you to make the most of your time with your editor, which in turn will make your book its absolute best.
This month on the No Bull Blog we're covering a lot of information about why you should hire an editor (if at all possible) and how to go about doing so. But how do you determine whether an editor is good or not? Even if you're working with a shoestring budget, you can probably find an editor who has the right qualities but may not have realized it yet (like me when I first started by entering into an unpaid internship with phati'tude Literary Magazine and the IAAS). Even though I had already done some editing work for numerous people over the years (since I was about 15), I never seriously pursued it until I began self-publishing and recognized a need for affordable editing services.
The point is, you may be able to give someone with a great deal of talent a decent beginning while they help you polish and finalize your book without breaking the bank. To determine whether someone is a good editor, you should look for several personal traits and ask some very specific questions of your potential editor. Read on to learn more.
In my years of working in self-publishing, I've heard numerous stories from authors who tried to hire an editor and either got taken for a ride or the quality of work wasn't worth the pricing. Of course the opposite happens, too - as an editor, I've had people hire me only to cancel, ignore instructions, and try to get me to work for free or keep the edited body of work without paying. The truth is that, no matter who you are or what you do, there are always "bad eggs" among people, which is why you should do your due diligence before hiring anyone independently.
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