How to find a book editor

How to find a book editor for your manuscript and tips on working with an editor

How to find a book editor

You’ve either finished your manuscript or made enough progress that it is time to consider finding an editor. Congratulations! Editors are incredibly important in the writing process, but many emerging writers find themselves confused when it comes to actually getting one. 

Don’t worry! Here are some tips on finding a worthy editor as well as how to successfully work with them. With an editor assisting you, your book will certainly reach its full potential.

How to Find a Book Editor

You’ve had some friends or family volunteer to read through your drafts, and that’s great! Now it’s time to hire a professional editor to get the hard work done. If you have a network of friends and peers in the writing industry, you can fall back on the industry standard: word of mouth. Any writer friends or literary agents could give great recommendations on editors.

Of course, not everyone has such a network. That’s why the Internet can be such a fantastic resource! There are tons of forums and websites for professional editors advertising their services. In addition, websites for freelance services such as Fiverr allow you to either seek out editors or post your own project in order to find an editor. 

It is important to do research and find prominent editors within your genre.

You can read through the “thanks” section of other books, where editors are often mentioned specifically. If you have no luck in these other avenues, the Editorial Freelancers Association or similar services in your area are good ways to find an editor for your project.

Tips on Working With A Book Editor

Once you manage to secure your first editor, it is important to work together in order to produce a final product you can be proud of! Here are some tips on working together successfully with your editor:

1. Edit your manuscript beforehand

I know: it seems strange to edit a manuscript before handing it over to your editor, but you should definitely go through your novel beforehand and make obvious edits such as fixing grammar or spelling mistakes. This cuts down on the amount of work your editor must do and allows them to focus more on the overall flow and content.

2. Be clear about the type of editing you want!

Whether you are looking for someone to proofread or want your editor to suggest plot and pacing changes, it is important to be upfront. There are different types of editing, from line editing to developmental, so it will save you both time to be clear and concise about your needs.

3. Don’t get offended by changes!

Your book is your baby, and it can be tough to listen to criticism. It is important to not get offended or go on the defensive when your editor presents changes that surprise you. They are there to help, and you hired them for a reason! If they suggest a change you are unwilling to make, you can discuss it together. 

Further tips for an author working with a book editor

You can also read my blog post on 10 tips for authors working with an editor 

I outline how it is good to be systematic when working with an editor - so you don't feel overwhelmed! Read through all the suggested changes, fix the easy things first and allow time to read back over the full manuscript again. Check out my blog post that outlines how I approach the edit of a manuscript.

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