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Finding a “Good” Editor

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6) Editor’s View on Editing.
Is the editor a stickler for rules? Does the editor understand that sometimes rules are broken (e.g., use of sentence fragments in dialogue or for emphasis, using passive voice when appropriate). What is the editor’s goal and belief in respect to editing? Will the editor ensure your voice and style are maintained?

7) What You Know About the Editor
Have you heard about the editor in writing/book communities? Have other authors recommended the editor? Have you read a book edited by the editor? Does the editor have a website and/or social media sites? Is there a list of past projects the editor has worked on? Does the website give information about the editor and the service provided? Are there testimonials/reviews listed on the editor’s website and/or social media sites? Does the editor have a preferred genre? Are there any genres the editor won’t edit?

8) Editor’s Attitude
Is the editor professional? Courteous? Respectful? Does the editor explain things in a way that is easy to understand? How does the editor treat the author and any questions he/she has? Does the editor provide any additional assistance/feedback beyond working directly on your manuscript?

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8 comments

I wonder what a reasonable range for an editor would be.
Very nice article.

Amor Libris (Kelly Hartigan)

Thank you, Amy. It’s hard to give an estimate on a reasonable range. What one person considers reasonable, another person might consider expensive. As stated above, there are a variety of factors that can affect price. One that isn’t mentioned is the length of the manuscript. Do you have a price range that you would consider reasonable for a manuscript of a particular length?

Good article. This is a lot to think about when picking an editor.

Useful article, editing is a a really tricky business…

You gave excellent coverage to this topic. Your series is very helpful.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Amor Libris (Kelly Hartigan)

Thank you, Arlee. This is my first time participating in the A to Z Challenge. I’m glad to hear that people are finding my posts in this series to be helpful.

You’re right, price should never be a deciding factor in any purchase. It’s all about value.

This is absolutely right. I hate when people assume that we have lower quality, because of lower prices. I love this article. <3

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