There are a skillion editors out there, the majority of them are educated, intelligent and can do an excellent job on your manuscript. But how do you choose one? (I could jump up and down here and yell, “Choose me, choose me!” but I won’t. It’s undignified.)
Google ‘editor for my manuscript’ and you’ll receive About 49,700,000 results (That’s straight from my Google search) Good luck!
All right, let’s get down to business.
- What kind of manuscript do you have? Genre? Length?
- Is it Christian or secular?
- Is it your first book or your first book you’re hiring an editor for?
- How are you with critique? Have you been in a critique group?
- Can you remain objective about all your little darlings?
Some editors specialize in certain genre’s – contemporary, sci-fi, dystopian, horror, humorous, etc. Find editors that specialize in your genre.
If you’ve written a Christian book, you’ll want a Christian editor.
Some editors are all business, while others will hold your hand.
Little darlings? Those are all your precious words that you’ve written and re-written and written one more time to make sure they are perfect. Mark my words, they will be attacked by a red pencil or MS Word Track Changes. Can you handle it?
Right now finding your editor seems impossible. But don’t give up. Narrow the choices down by everything I’ve mentioned above. Then start looking at their websites. Some sites will resonate with you, others will put you off – for no good reason! Don’t worry about that, go with your gut.
Now that you have a list, read their About page. Read their Bio and check out their packages and pricing. Again, some will resonate with you and some won’t. This narrows the list again.
Contact the remaining editors. Some will have a long waiting list. Cross them off if your manuscript is ready now. If it’s not, it might be prudent to get on their list.
You might be tempted to think badly of an editor who has no waiting list. Why not? Aren’t they any good? Maybe they’re new. Maybe you’re their first client! You could be helping this editor get a start on their career. They will probably have a ‘sample critique’ offer. Take them up on it and see what they send back. And this is where the rubber hits the road.
Go through their comments. Were they all negative or were there positive as well? You need both. A good editor will hit on the spots you already knew needed help.
A good editor will shine your words without taking away your voice.
By this time you should be able to easily choose the best editor for you and your manuscript.
Next time? Some pretty fun typo’s! And a little note – I know my blog has been up and down lately. Apparently my host is making changes :/ I hope they’re done.