Working as a freelance editor with both independent authors and publishing houses, I know that there are different processes when it comes to booking the services of an editor.
The publishers tend to have the author on a very tight and specific schedule and are therefore able to book their time in my diary in advance (most of the time that is!)
Indie-authors tend to be a little different and wait until they have finished their manuscript – again, this is in my experience and not the rule but it can, and does, lead to disappointment in terms of the author’s timeline expectations.
I am currently booked up for the next five weeks and I’m certain that this is the case for many other freelance editors out there. So far this week, I have had three enquiries from authors looking for an editor THIS WEEK!! It’s not an ideal situation to be in. I hate having to say no to people.
Finding the right editor for you and your manuscript is not an easy task and not one that should be taken lightly. You need to do some research.
What experience do they have in your genre? Can they provide testimonials? Do you get on with them? Are they available to speak with? Are they available when you need them? Are they within your budget? Are they able to provide the level of editing you need? Do they ‘get’ you and your manuscript?
This list is not exhaustive, and you may have other questions you need to ask, find out more about that here in my post about deciding what type of editor you need and what they should be able to offer you before you sign up with them
If you don’t have any idea when your manuscript will be ready, it’s still a good idea to start sourcing an editor for when you do have a better idea on your time frame, that way you can be confident that you’re ready when the time is right, and you will be able to save up, if you need to.
My advice would be to do your research and get your editor booked in as soon as possible!
Let me know in the comments below if you have any tips or advice for your fellow authors.
Have a super day x