Curious to know what hiring me as an editor entails? This post will let you know what to expect when working with me depending on which service you’re interested in. If you want to know more about me, visit my Twitter or About Me page.
First off, I value and appreciate every author I work with. I’m here to help you make your book the best it can be and help you realize your dream of seeing it published. I’ve noticed new authors are often scared or worried about working with an editor, but I’m not scary, I promise. I’m too short for that and tiny things are cute, like kittens, puppies, and baby goats. You wouldn’t be afraid of a kitten and it’s cute little fuzzy head, would you? Don’t be afraid of me either even if my head is less fuzzier than a kitten’s.
As for the actual editing, don’t be afraid to e-mail to ask for updates on my progress. Sometimes authors want someone to bounce ideas off of to fix issues and I’m here for that too. If you’ve had edits back for a while and I haven’t heard a peep from you or had them returned, I might check in to make sure you are doing okay and to see if you are stuck on anything. Sometimes emergencies pop up, so if you need extra time just let me know.
Generally you will go through two rounds of edits with me. I’m a copy editor and proofreader, but I do light developmental edits as needed. If I’m only proofreading you, you’ll go through one round with me. After the first round I return the manuscript to the author and once the author’s changes are made and the manuscript returned, I focus on proofreading for round two and any last needed copyediting tweaks. I do all my editing via Microsoft Word using Track Changes and comments. If it’s your first time using Track Changes, you might want to get acquainted with them before beginning edits to make it easier for yourself.
Manuscript critiques are a little different. I’ll give you a letter that could be anywhere from 3 pages long to 12 depending on how much editing work is needed. I like to make some comments in Track Changes to supplement the letter and point out where some specific issues are that are mentioned in the letter are located. Once I return the critique you’ll be able to ask questions or for any clarification needed, but it isn’t multiple rounds of editing like proofreading and copyediting.
While the goal of editing is to make a book the best it can be, authors can use it as a learning experience for future books. For instance if you struggle with weak stakes or passive voice, after edits you’ll have notes on how to fix and improve on those areas to refer to for your next book. If you view editing as a learning experience, you’ll be able to play upon your experience to improve your writing overall. With that view in mind, paying for editing is an investment in not only your current book, but future books as well.