How to Find the Right Editor

You’ve finished your manuscript, you’ve read it over, with some help from family and friends, and now you’re ready to hand it over to the professionals. But how do you find the right person to help you turn your work, into which you’ve poured your heart and soul, into the best book it can be?

Like many searches, the best place to start is on the internet. Search for both companies and individuals who offer editing services within your genre. When browsing their website, make sure that the content is well-written. After all, if they can’t even edit the content on their website, how could they edit your entire manuscript?

The next step is to schedule a meeting with them on the phone. Take this as an opportunity to not only get more information, but also to feel out your compatibility with each other. The author-editor relationship needs to be a solid partnership, since you’ll be working closely together for at least several months. You can also ask for references at this point, but keep in mind that they’ll be biased. The editor will only send you references that they know will speak very highly of them, but it’s still worth hearing from people who’ve had a good experience with this editor.

At this point, start looking more deeply into the services the editor offers. Do they do proofreads and copy edits, but not developmental or substantive edits? Put thought into the type of editing your manuscript needs to become the best it can be, and see if this editor is a good fit for you. Stay in contact with the editor throughout this process, and ask any questions you may have.

Lastly, look at the editor’s pricing. It may be tempting to look at their prices early in the process, but we don’t recommend screening editors based on price. The editor who’s the best fit for you may be expensive, but that means that they’re good. With editing, you get what you pay for, so opting for a low cost editor means you’ll be receiving low quality editing.