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  • Finding an Editor.

    Posted by Karen Vickers on 5 February 2024 at 11:51

    I have finally gotten my book to the stage, that I need to find an editor, to complete the final full read of my book.

    So my question is, who can edit books and what exactly will they be looking for?

    Friends, family or someone who has certified qualifications?

    Do they look for spelling errors? Grammar and punctuation? Story line and flow? I have no idea.

    On average, how much will they charge for their time? Do they go on word count or how long it takes them to read the book?

    I have had a small chat to an editor via messenger but she seemed to be very reluctant to answer my above questions, and stated that she only works these things out, once she has a copy of the book in front of her. (This gave me a small red flag!)

    I know I am new to this, and don’t want to fall into the wrong rabbit trap, so any advice or input, would be very much appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Jill Jacobs replied 2 weeks, 4 days ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Jill Jacobs

    5 February 2024 at 12:22

    Hi Karen

    Firstly, you don’t generally find family or close friends to be the most useful. They tend to shy away from giving you the direct feedback you need: pointing out any lack of character, lack of plot, slow sections, overly-detailed description or insufficient description, repetition, cliches, grammar issues, structural issues and so on. Ideal first readers (beta readers) are people like us – your fellow writers who have more of an idea what to look out for. [Maybe you can try to find someone to link up with who’s writing in the same genre to critique each other’s books.] Then of course you can pay professionals to edit, which can range from under £100 for the first 3000 words, to a couple of thousand or more for a whole book.

    There are different stages of editing/editors.

    When you get a publisher, the first type of edit an editor will do is a structural edit, which looks at the big picture issues. Secondly, you’ll get a line edit: looking in more detail & polishing the prose. Finally it will go to a Copy Editor who’ll try to find all the tiny mistakes. Then it goes for typesetting for the layout.

    Hope this helps. 🙂