Kinds of editors:
- Developmental editor (Successful authors) The macro edit
- Line edit editors
- Beta reader editors
- Copy editor (Grammar Nazi)
- Proofreaders (Details person)
Places to find an editor:
- Writers’ Conference (Ask the faculty for recommendations. They will likely recommend fellow faculty who you can talk with. 15m consult)
- Recommendation from a successful author
- The acknowledgements of a book with a similar style.
- Editor marketplace like ChristianEditor.com
What to look for in an editor
- By their fruits you will know them.
- Looks for a track record of commercial success.
- Level 0 Editor: just starting out
- Level 1 Editor: only edited for self published books (only a some of which are on Amazon).
- Level 2 Editor: has been editing for a while and occasionally freelances for traditional publishing house.
- Level 3 Editor: used to work full time for a traditional publisher.
- Level 4 Editor: has edited a New York Times bestselling book.
- Level 5 Editor: has edited multiple New York Times Bestselling books.
- Do they match your personality style? How will you work together?
Places NOT to find an editor:
- Your friend from college/church who has an English degree
- The editor who is doing a lot of marketing (the best editors are booked solid)
- Someone who loves to read and has always wanted to break into editing so they’ll save you a ton of money and do your edit for free
- Find a happy client before hiring someone and talk to them about the editor’s style
- Ask for a sample edit first. Ask all the editors to edit the same sample so you can make an apples to apples comparison.
- Make sure your editor is a good fit for your writing style.
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