Editor reccommendations?

1 year ago | Blaise Corvin (Member)

Hi all.

For those of you who have been published and got professional editing done, do you have any recommendations? I think I'd prefer to approach and editor based on the quality of their work and /then/ see if we sync rather than blindly fumbling around in the dark.

So - I'm all ears.

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  1. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Every time someone asks this question, they forget to mention what their budget is like. Editor choices are all about the budget (and a bit about credentials and the free sample they provide)

    The best editors are expensive, unfortunately. Especially if you want developmental editing.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  2. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Well, budget is open. I can theoretically spend several grand but I am not sure I'll have to.

    Having never been professionally edited before, I'm not sure if what I need is just proof reading, or more in-depth analysis. I'm pretty confident that after a deep edit, my work will be 99% grammatically correct and punctuation errors won't be too egregious. However, I want to pay for an editor not only to catch that 1% difference, but also pimp slap me out of my delusions if I'm high on my own hype.

    So... I know I didn't answer the question to my question, but I am going to muddy the waters even further. Some of you have actual beta readers... how did you get them? I have readers who are great about catching my mistakes/errors, but with more of them or a handful I could count on, I'd be more willing to invest in only lower level proof reading before publishing.

    This is a lot of think about, to be honest.

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  3. ChrysKelly (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Ask for beta readers.
    Ask on Facebook, put a note on your blog, whatever. If you ask, you'll get some takers.
    But just because people are willing to be beta readers doesn't mean they'll be good at it.
    If you pay for an editor who is trained to notice errors, they tend to be better at it.

  4. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Good editors don't just fix grammar, but also flow and structure. And they detect plot holes you hadn't even been aware of. If you can spend several grand, then I recommend Reedsy. The editors there are all handpicked (and expensive) professionals, many of whom have trad pub experience. They'll also give you a general impression based on the sample chapter you send them.

    There's also this - never used them but I hear their prices are reasonable: http://www.ibgw.net/

    I used my serial readers as beta readers... and one guy from Reddit I did a beta swap with.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  5. LadyAnder (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Well are you self-publishing or traditionally publishing. If you are traditionally publishing you don't need an editor. If you are picked up by a publisher, they will have an editor working for them that'll work with you. All you really need to do is edit and revise yourself and put it through a few beta-readers if you can. Editing is expensive. It's not a cost you want to have to pick up unless you need to.

    If you are self-publishing, then it's highly recommended just to stay above the rabble. I cannot help you with trying to find one though.

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  6. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    I've worked well with Anthro Aquatic before (www.anthroaquatic.com), they've provided great editing services for me on short stories for publishing.

    However, a fair word of warning about editing cost at the web-serial level: From Winter's Ashes, at about 250k words, was quoted out for editing across 12 editing service providers. The cheapest quote I got back was $1100, the most expensive was $4300. The average price was ~$2400.

    Bluntly, if you've got a novel on your hands, don't expect to see it edited for anything less than $750 dollars, and you're almost certainly going to be paying four figures.

    From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.
  7. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Patrick, keep in mind that your writing is already very refined. The average web serialist would pay quite a bit more to get their book to the 'published on Amazon and readers don't complain in reviews' level. They need rewriting and restructuring. You, on the other hand, can get away with some proofreading and the occasional line or two of added content. I doubt you need a line edit.

    The best editors will charge 2-3 cents per word (!) for a copy edit.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  8. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    So to recap, I don't think I will need many edits after I do my own deep, pre-publishing edits. I would also prefer to save money but I can afford a legit publisher. I don't have budgetary constraints as long as the ROI is legit.

    So far I've seen two suggestions. Thank you for those. Anyone else?

    Visit my site, http://www.blaise-corvin.com. I have punch and pie.
    I also have two stories: Delvers LLC and The Crimson Artifice. :)
  9. Emma (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    You could always do a search on r/selfpublish on reddit. Editors come up a lot there an there's a lot of recommendations, and some of them from what I have seen have been pretty affordable.

  10. FrustratedEgo (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    I will say this right now - failing to have something fully edited, beyond a shadow of a doubt, with next to no line errors (punctuation, tense, etc) will cause you to get hit in the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

    At the very least, looking at line editing is a good idea.

  11. Team Contract (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    I'm actually in the market for a line editor if anyone has a contact that's not too pricey.

  12. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    A note on cheap editors: be careful, if you're unlucky they're going to cut corners and be a waste of money. Every so often an actual professional will work for cheap to build their portfolio, but those are rare.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/

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