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It could be a procedure to locate an editor. Here are the ways to follow while finding an editor

<img src="http://www.book-spot.com/bobimages/book-editing.jpg alt="find an editor in the marketplace at book-spot.com" width="360px" height="239px"> When looking for an indie editor, it is usually tricky to know who to to use and trust. I started with a source that I have always found to be reliable and helpful: Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents. I discovered that there are skilled working relationships made up of individual editors who have a wealth of experience (and some pretty fierce publishing credentials) behind them. Listed here are the five places on the web I explored:

I am confident fresh alliances have fashioned in the previous several years while I was looking, but they are the individuals I researched. After scouring each spot and researching the editors' qualifications, I used to be able to get an idea for the ones who specialized in my genre. I made a detailed list of the book editors I wanted to know further on and I despatched each one an e-mail, detailing my book (total word count, genre, etc.) and requested a time to have a word so I might have a better sense for her or his methods and the cost. Some responded and said they were too busy to take in my book or their next obtainable opening was many months out, a few declined for the reason that they work only through referrals, but most responded with a nod and were able to talk with me. I viewed these phone calls similar to interviews and reviewed with the following questions:

  • 1. Can you inform me with your editing course of action? What do you expect from me? What can I count on from you?
  • 2. What's your standing in the industry?
  • 3. Tell me if you can about a recent client success.
  • 4. What is your pricing structure? What would you charge me for my particular manuscript?
  • 5. What are your payment stipulations? (50 50 or in thirds?)
  • 6. Is there a wait for your editing services? When can you start?
  • 7. If we start working jointly, will you provide a letter of agreement that outlines the provisions of our relationship? If you do not have an agreement, are you agreeable to sign one which I set up so we're both have a clear understanding about the terms of agreement?
  • 8. Will you supply 3 references that I can contact to talk about your editing work?

If I hung up the phone with a good feeling about the person plus they were willing to give me with trade references, they ended up on the top of my list. (One editor claimed she could not provide me with any references for the reason that of "client confidentiality"; that didn't feel correct to me, I crossed her off my list).

The following step is to contact the references. It really is essential that you take your time and do this because you will get a truer sense of what it was exactly like to work the person in question. My general rule of thumb is to e-mail them a concise series of questions on their knowledge of Editor Jane Doe. I, for myself, enjoy vetting people over the phone because I can hand a handle on the subtle nuances…an extra-long silence, sighs, irritation, dishonesty, plus, it enables me to ask clarifying queries and delve deeper into their responses. Listed below are the questions that I posed to each editor's references:

  • 1. What type of book did you hire Editor Jane Doe for and what services were provided (line edit? big picture edit?)
  • 2. Why did you choose to work with Editor Jane Doe over other editors?
  • 3. Did you think Editor Jane Doe's is meritted the price you paid?
  • 4. What did you find was the largest benefit to working with Editor Jane Doe?
  • 5. What was the biggest disadvantage?

Always, I try to throw in a question wihtin the five to give them an opportunity to air out some of the dirty laundry.

After I interviewed all the sources, the list is narrowed down to three editors who seem like a excellent fit for my novel. The prices varied greatly, but I tried not to let that be the deciding factor. Finally, it was my gut instincts that led me to accept my editor. She soared through my process with flying colors, but much more than that, it just felt just right. In hindsight, she was the perfect choice.

This article couldn't possibly list every one of the editors available, but here are a few that are used to dealing with self-publishing authors:

  • Erin Stropes: Last time I checked she charges $18/hr for copyediting and $20/hr for developmental feedback. For a 70,000 word project, this commonly comes out to just about $550-$700.
  • Book-editing.com: This service offers writers to deliver a price quote, so you could stay in your resources. The site has several editors working there that may well offer different price quotes. Come across editors by genre who are experienced in your type of book and mention that editor in your query.
  • Manuscript Editing: Thriller and science fiction oriented, but not totally. Includes a free edit of 5 pages if she intends on taking on the story.
  • Writer's Helper: "Editing Services Making Self Published Writers Better"
  • The Fiction Doctor: Provides $1.50 a page for proofreading and $2.00 a page for review. Her quote is for 200-300 words a page, which is common norm. For a 300 page double-spaced story, that's $450 for proofreading, $600 for review - less expensive than subsidy services, is often the case.
  • Accentuate Services: Get in touch with the site for a price quote.
  • Gary Kesslar: A lot of political-leaning non-fiction, but an remarkable catalog of edited stories.
  • Compass Rose: Fairly expensive. The lowest rate is for express proofreading:
    • $2.00/page when marking hard copy
    • $1.95/page for corrected file copy

You could put an ad on a job board like Freelancer and find book editors who are much more anxious for work, and more affordable. Their quality control can be more difficult.

Lastly, take a look at Book-Spot.com's Marketplace: a free directory of book editors included are price quotations.

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