Hi, I'm Ray Evans. I'm a certified copyeditor and proofreader.
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Hey there, independent fiction authors!
Looking for a book editor can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. But fear not!
Here are some tips to help you find the right one and avoid getting lost in the weeds.
Request a sample edit
Most editors offer a sample edit of about 1000 to 2000 words. Use the same sample across different
editors for a fair comparison.
Also, if you're considering an editing company, ask for profiles of suitable editors and choose one with
the best experience in your genre.
I'd go as far to say, you should only work with editors who do samples: how else are going to know if
they're going to be a good fit for your story?
Otherwise if like marrying someone without dating them, which has worked so well on "Love is
Blind" on Netflix 🙄, you don't have any idea what you're getting into until you've made a large
Gauge Professionalism from Responses
Is your potential editor quick to respond to your questions?
Do they stick to their deadlines?
Do they understand your concerns and respond in a way that makes you excited to work with them?
If they don't have basic professionalism, it's likely they won't be the right editor for you.
Don't Underestimate Project Management
Editing can be a long process, so, if you're going with a company, look one who treats your book like a
project and assigns a dedicated project manager to it.
This way, you won't have to communicate with a different professional every time you need a new
service. Think of it like having your own agent at the service provider.
Watch Out for Additional Costs
Editing is an iterative process, and several rounds of editing may be required before your book is
ready for printing.
When you compare prices, consider the cost of additional rounds and whether they're discounted.
For example, beyond the first past, I do two additional rounds or proofreading or editing at no
Ensure A Communication Channel With Your Editor
Make sure your editor will be available to answer your questions and clarify any doubts
you may have.
Find out how easy or difficult it is to get in touch with them and how long it takes for them to respond.
Using myself as an example, I'm available via, email, a secure client portal, and Voxer, which is a
walkie talkie app (for the peeps that want to leave voice messages).
Inquire About Their Complaints Policy
Even if you do your due diligence and select the best editor or service provider, there's still
a risk of being disappointed.
Before you decide who to work with, ask about their feedback policy and how they
typically resolve complaints.
It's always better to be safe than sorry.
So there you have it, folks!
Follow these tips and you'll be well on your way to finding the right book editor for you. Good luck and