Your book is finished! And you’re thinking maybe you should let someone other than your spouse or your Uncle Geppetto look at it. Maybe you should hire an editor.
But that sounds expensive. Are you sure you really need an editor? How do you know what kind of editing to ask for? How do you know you’ve found the right editor?
Well, first things first.
Are you ready to work with an editor?
Maybe. Maybe not right now.
If you’re submitting to agents or planning to indie publish, your book needs to be clean and compelling and ready to rumble. An editor who reads widely in your genre can tell you whether your writing is on the level. A writing mentor can teach you how to get it there.
How do you know what kind of editing you need?
You don’t have to know everything about writing, editing, and publishing to be a writer — you just have to write. As Hemingway may or may not have said, “There is nothing to writing. You just sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
But nobody says you have to let people watch you do it. If you worried about every controversial comma and misplaced modifier, you’d bleed yourself dry before you ever finished a paragraph.
Working with a professional editor will help you protect your writing practice so you can develop your craft in peace.
Rule #1: Don’t spend a dime on proofreading until you know your story’s superb.
Too many aspiring authors spend a fortune on copyediting for manuscripts destined to get (at best) lukewarm reviews and generic rejection letters. This is the equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. We want nothing to do with it.
We would be honored to help you determine what’s appropriate for you and your current draft. Every author and every project has unique needs, and we delight in helping you find the path that’s perfect for you.
For a free introductory consultation, write us a note through the form on this page.
For more information on different editing styles, check out the links below.
- Manuscript critique
- Mentorship and developmental editing
- Copyediting, line editing, and proofreading
How do you find the right editor?
Hire us for an hour or two to see our instincts with your work. Get to know us through a phone call or at a workshop. Drop us a line and see whether we think we’re right for you — we promise we won’t take projects that don’t feel right.
When it comes down to it, we believe you wouldn’t want your grammar teacher for an editor. You want the kids who skipped P.E. and Foods to hide out in the library, who may or may not have stolen that copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s because of the great marginalia and the revelation that it’s totally different from the movie. You want an editor who takes books like medicine and dispenses poetry precisely.
You want us.
You’ll be delighted to learn that we’re available and easy, and very, very good. Drop us a line. Let’s work something out.