Don’t waste your time or an editor’s with a manuscript that isn’t ready.
Every author needs an editor to review their writing before it is released, but finding the right editor can be daunting, especially if you do not want to end up with a bad editor. Before you start the journey for your literary soulmate, ask yourself these three questions:
1. What do you intend to do with your writing?
A technical document might require an editor who double checks data and conforms to specific format requirements, like a legal editor, before you send it to a work colleague. Before you hit publish, a blog needs an experienced eye for web-friendly phrases that increase SEO. A novel needs a gentle hand and strong eye who can see how to unfold your story in the most advantageous method that still holds true to your voice and style.
2. What kind of editor do you need?
Editors are like donuts – all basically the same ingredients, but the final results vary widely. A proofreader offers a fresh set of eyes for grammar, punctuation, and spelling corrections, but not for content solutions. A copy editor proofreads and examines the content for possible corrections of style, format, and flow. If your wonderful story has left you wordless, a dash of inspiration to retrieve your voice can be given by a content editor.
3. What are you willing to pay for editing services?
Before an editor will quote rates, a brief 5-page submission is supplied to inspect the content complexity, level of proofreading corrections, and document length. If you need a fast turn around or have a tight deadline, the quote will automatically increase. Editing services shouldn’t automatically be expensive, but you must keep in mind the current rates: the lower average rate for light proofreading is $3/page (200-250 word page) or $25-35/hour with 8-10 pages/hour.
Before you look for an editor to join your literary journey, ponder your intentions, necessities, and resources.