Advice for Authors Looking for Editors

I finish up my first draft. It should be perfect, right? Hardly. Going back I find an abundance of grammatical errors and eyesores of sentence structures. And those commas, how I hate commas! They are the bane to my existence. Some comma rules are easy to figure out, but some commas seem to be tricky or have no hard rules (by the way, did I put a comma in the correct place with the last sentence?). Thus I engage in the long drawn out experience of making corrections. But after many long nights and mornings of making corrections, my writing still doesn’t feel polished. I find I need an editor. Heck, I may even need an editor for this blog posting, but my current one has enough on her plate. That’s right, my current one. I now have an editor. But how did I get one and why should you probably have one? To being with –


An Extra Pair of Eyes Help

It’s hard for us authors to look at our own work objectively. We pour our hearts and souls into our work, birthing our writing in a painful process. Even those of us who can look at our work with neutral eyes may find that something is wrong, but we can’t always put our finger on it. Once I hired an editor, it was amazing what she was able to find that I was oblivious to. Not only was she able to spot out errors that I easily overlooked, even when I was rereading my work, but she has offered a lot of support, which brings up the second point.

 

Find an Editor Who Believe in Your Vision

This is important. A good editor should be one of your biggest fans, someone who believes in your work and encourages you to keep writing. An incompatible editor won’t offer words of encouragement or praise good writing. Rather a poor editor will nitpick and find fault with everything. However, just because a good editor is beneficial it doesn’t mean that you turn off your brain. So…

 

Make Your Own Decisions As Well

Most of the recommendations my editor makes I take to heart. However, there may be  five percent of those pieces of advice I ignore. Do I not value my editor? No. I highly value her. But sometimes I have to take a risk, feeling what I have written is valid to the story. In the end it’s your work and you have to make decisions.


But What About Cost?

This is something I have struggled with, particularly as a beginning indie author. A friend of mine got me in contact with her other friend who is an editor. I was excited about the prospect of finally securing one, especially one who seemed so experienced and exuberant. Problem was, as lovely as a person as she was, I couldn’t afford her price, even though it was lower than some other professional editors. This is a problem that most beginning authors run into. And if one is going to be a self-published author like me, where there is the possibility that hardly anyone will read my work, if anyone at all, it’s a valid concern. So how is this remedied?

Find a Beginning Editor

I can already hear protesting from the other end of the keyboard. Shouldn’t an author, even a beginning one, have an experienced editor? Well, maybe not. Beginning authors want to be given a chance. Should not beginning editors be given a chance as well? Yes, they are learning and growing in their craft, but so are we. They deserve a chance to gain experience. Of course it helped that the reason I chose my beginning editor was because she is incredibly affordable. I can pay her and not break bank. Also, learning and growing with her is a joy. We both have a grand time ranting our deepest emotions and insecurities about how much we both hate commas.

Well, hopefully this is post has provided some much needed insight. If you’d like to add anything or offer any contradicting opinions, I’d be happy to hear from you. Until then keep writing.

 

One thought on “Advice for Authors Looking for Editors

  1. Good advice.

    Your work remains your work after an editor has helped you to improve it. It took me far too long to learn that.

    For years I was too proud and too insecure to work with an editor. I would not wish that mistake on anyone else. Hiring a professional is the smart thing to do, and it gives you the writer more structure to get over the finish line (if you were like me and an epic procrastinator!).

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