And yes, I do indeed mean every budget. Even the ramen noodle budget.
Authors trying to get into publishing houses or writers wanting to self publish grapple with the editor dilemma. I personally think they are well worth the investment. One of the biggest investments when it comes to publishing right along with book covers (if you happen to be self publishing).
Editors are demi-gods, just don’t tell them that before they review your work. 😉
This week alone I’ve been asked by three different writers about editors they could possibly use. It’s happening more and more now for some reason. Here is my generic response and you’ll probably find something here to assist you.
The editor I’ve used is James of Story Medic. I can’t promise he’s cheap, but I do enjoy working with him. I got accepted twice by publishing houses didn’t I? I didn’t do it alone that is for sure. I recommend him in this post and he is listed in my writing resources. I have no idea if he is available for edits currently. One way to find out is to send him an email.
Emery Bunn is a meticulous editor and writer. He has a cost matrix he is working on to give you an idea of what he may charge. Key in your word count and hit enter. Everything is negotiable and he is open to trades. Taylor Grace used his services to polish her self published book. She provides a reference here.
Tempest Rose also edits. I must say, on the cheap too! If James is ever too busy I may be coming to her. Sorry, I am a blog follower of hers 😉
Michelle once said she was interested in doing edits.
EB Thompson is an English major. She might be willing to do some editing. Get with her on her fee and availability.
Tess Grant recommends Christine Allen-Riley Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Night Owl Editing is on WordPress. Give her a look.
That’s it. All I know personally. I’m sure there are plenty more out there if you look.
- Put up an ad at the local college.
- Ask your self published writer friends.
- Ask your traditionally published friends.
- Look inside book covers at the acknowledgements.
- Search Twitter hashtag #editorforhire
- Predators and Editors has a huge list.
- Book Editing.Com has quotes
- Fiverr’s listing of editors for hire. All kinds of budgets and experience.
- Search ODesk.
- and finally Elance where you post your job and people bid on it.
One thing to keep in mind, cost does not always reflect quality. See examples or get references if possible.
What is your experience? Got any available editors to add to the list?