In today’s blog post I am going to give you a few pointers on how to find a book editor.
There are lots of people out there who have decided to hang out a shingle and call themselves editors.
All book editors are not created equal.
In fact, many editors are actually proofreaders and don’t even know it; but that’s for a different post.
So how do you find a good editor for your book who won’t take you for a ride and really knows what they are doing?
I am going to give you a few pointers to show you what you need to look for when trusting someone to edit your book for you.
First, look for someone who has experience in editing the types of books that you write.
A person who edits textbooks may not necessarily be a good fit to edit your fiction book.
One book category that gets a lot of flack these day is the urban fiction genre.
If you write urban fiction or street lit, you need to find someone who not only has experience with editing these types of books, but someone who understands the genre.
The same goes for those who write erotica.
Don’t just look for an editor; look for a genre specific editor.
You can start your search by doing a Google search with your genre as the keyword and the word, editor. For example, “erotic editor”, or “editor of erotica”, “editor of erotic fiction”.
Next, look for someone who has edited books before. Your book should not be a guinea pig for anyone. You want someone who has a track record for editing books, and preferably someone who does this as their job. That way, your project will be taken seriously, not treated liked something that is not important.
As I stated before, it is good to do a Google search for an editor in your genre. Most professional editors have a website and contact form. Ask to see samples of their work first and reach out to some of their former clients if possible. Some people may give you a negative review, but if the editor you want to work with has more good reviews than bad, I would choose them anyway if I like the quality of their work. Everybody runs into the occasional ‘hater’.
You can reach out to your local colleges to connect with creative writing students who are looking to build their portfolios. Often times you can negotiate a fair rate in exchange for a testimonial.
Another route you can explore, depending on the type of book you have written, would be to find a retired English teacher. I say retired because they will more than likely have the extra time to invest in editing your book properly and may be willing to work for a negotiated rate.
You can visit online forums that center around writing and publishing to find editors looking for work.
You can post your job for an editor on sites such as elance.com and peopleperhour.com.
I hope that you have found this post to be helpful in your quest to find a book editor.
In the meantime, I offer content editing services. That means that I not only edit for my clients, but, I also proofread. Click here to learn more about my rates and how you could possibly get on my project calendar for the year.
Until next time,