The only editor I usually trust is my mom. She’s an amazing writer with a keen eye for details. She’s helped me on numerous projects through school and my children’s book Adelyn’s Amazing Adventures. When I was in high school, she taught me how to edit my papers and that you really have to sit down and give a piece your full focus if you’re going to catch any mistakes.
She started proofreading the first draft of A Royal Mind, BUT I also knew I needed professional help as well. This is my first novel and the main part I wanted to make sure was strong, from an unbiased POV, and that meant hiring an editor.
Boy this part of my publishing journey was nerve wracking. I looked for websites and found Fiver. If you’re unfamiliar with Fiverr it’s a website where you can offer your skills in editing, marketing, etc. for others or search for editors, illustrators, bloggers, etc. to hire for your project. I hired one reader/editor and they gave me good points that helped me a lot, and it felt refreshing to have someone I didn’t know read my very, very rough draft. However, I felt like I still needed something more, someone more really, someone who would go through it with a fine-tooth comb. I did a lot of research of affordable editors on Fiverr, I looked at reviews (especially the bad ones). Finally, I found one that seemed reputable and in my price range. C.K has been such a HUGE help in the making of my book. He’s great at looking for and at details. He works quickly, he communicates with his clients, and he does an overall fantastic job. When he was done with my book and I used a couple of his suggestions in editing, I truly felt like I could present my book to world.
3 Things to Consider When Looking for an editor:
- Find someone you work well with- contact them first and tell them about your project to see if you all would be a good fit.
- Check and double check reviews!! I’m serious here. Look at their negative reviews- the good ones will have replied to them and most likely explain why that person gave the negative review. Or the best one I saw was when an editor commented back that the client seemed happy with their work and their negative review didn’t make sense.
- Find an editor who is stickler for details. Down to the sentence. Sometimes when we’re writing we become lost in thought, or we delete a paragraph and forget to make it flow with the rest of the story. C.K caught a couple of these in my story and I was so glad he did!