What Writers Should Know Before Paying for Editorial Services

What Writers Should Know Before Paying for Editorial Services

What Writers Should Know Before Paying for Editorial Services Do you have a polished novel manuscript that is ready for copy editing? Or did you find out from an agent that your novel needs professional editing? Finishing a novel is a thrilling achievement. After all the time you’ve spent slaving away at producing a quality draft, you’re eager to get it into readers’ hands. But first, if you’re self-publishing your manuscript, you need an editor. Not just any editor though. You need a book editor, and preferably one who specializes in your genre. Before paying for editorial services though, there are some things you should know... 1. What’s a good price for copy editing novels? Editors’ rates vary across the board. And some editors charge by the hour and others charge by the word. Some will give you a firm quote and others will give you an estimate. And still others will adjust their fee based on the writer’s skill. Then, of course, there are the different...
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5 Common Editing Mistakes Writers Make When Preparing a Manuscript for an Editor

5 Common Editing Mistakes Writers Make When Preparing a Manuscript for an Editor

5 Common Editing Mistakes Writers Make When Preparing a Manuscript for an Editor If you’re ready to send your latest work-in-progress to a professional editor, congratulations! You’re bound to be excited because you know that before long, you’ll be able to publish your novel and get it into readers’ eager hands. Maybe this is your first novel and you’re dying to see your name in print. Or this is your seventh, but it’s a project you’re feeling particularly excited about. Whatever the case may be, you’ll want to make sure you’re avoiding these five common editing mistakes when preparing your manuscript for a professional editor. 1. Not Allowing Enough Editing Time Writers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, metaphorically speaking. Some writers edit their manuscripts for years until they feel they’ve edited them to perfection. Others just want their work in readers’ hands, and as a result, the story itself often needs significant adjustments. But here’s a secret tip: the best way to...
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Why Do Writers Hire Editors When They’re Going the Traditional Route?

Why Do Writers Hire Editors When They’re Going the Traditional Route?

Why Do Writers Hire Editors When They're Going the Traditional Route? Many people wonder why a writer would bother hiring a freelance book editor when they're going the traditional route. Isn't it the publisher's job to handle the editing? That may be so for some publishers, but most publishers today are straying from the old ways and demanding more polished manuscripts. They are no longer willing to devote the necessary resources to polish less-than-stellar manuscripts, especially from unknown authors. Writing a novel is usually harder than it sounds. Even best-selling authors with years of experience under their belts find it to be a challenging task. And one could spend years upon years polishing it to perfection. Some writers are lucky enough to get feedback or words of encouragement instead of a form rejection letter (or no response at all). If the publisher or agent took time to offer feedback, take it and run with it. The writers who receive the form rejection slip or no...
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