Choosing A Book Editor – 3 Tips For Finding A Book Editor
Choosing a book editor is arguably one of the most important decisions you’ll make with regards to your manuscript. An editor’s job is to maintain a writer’s voice while providing improvements for your manuscript. Editors who understand your voice as a writer can greatly improve your book’s chances of becoming a success.
As such, the rates for editors vary depending on the depth to which they review your work. In general book editors will edit for grammar and punctuation while others may also assist with rewrites. Because of the different services offered, there are editors who charge by the page, some who charge by the word and some who charge a flat rate based on the amount of edits your manuscript requires as a whole. Remember, your choice in editor should be weighted in both cost and efficiency since so much of your book’s success is dependent on the final copy of your manuscript.
Choose editors who understand the tenets of grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, but also creative types who will assume your voice while editing.
Here are a few tips to help you choose a book editor:
Ask for recommendations. Ask writers, literary agents, and others within the publishing industry to provide you with recommendations of editors they’ve used and were happy with. The costs associated with editors can be very expensive depending on whom you choose, so spend your money wisely and with someone you can trust.
Submit a sample chapter. A sample chapter allows you and the book editor to audition each other. Your prospective editor should allow you to submit a sample chapter to help you determine if they are able to maintain the integrity of your manuscript and likewise gives you a chance to assess their edits.
Choose an editor that understands your voice. As writers we each have a voice that’s unique to us. “Our voice” is the style in which we write and deliver our characters to our audience. Your editor should understand your voice and be able to maintain it while editing your manuscript.
In closing, choosing a book editor should not be a task that is taken lightly as poor editing can cost the writer additional money down the line. If a book has gone to print and you discover edits that were missed, you’ll have to correct your final copy which may also affect other elements of your book (i.e., pagination, proof copies, etc.)
Your book’s editor is an important choice, consider them as one of the keys to the success of your book!
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