So, you are ready to send your finished manuscript to an editor, but don’t know who to trust. I have been lucky with my editors. Aimee Walker, and Emily Randle helped me see things in my manuscript I could never have done alone.
Vanity publishing – where you have to pay to be published – should be avoided at all costs. If you want to pay for something, then it needs to be an editor.
The right editor is important!
Never send your whole manuscript. Always send a sample to an editor because their ideas might not fit with yours. I never had a contract with my editors, but if you are worried, ask for one.
You probably will be shocked at the amount of changes you need to do. Grammar and spelling aside; you might have plot holes the size of craters. You haven’t noticed them, but they are there all the same.
Cost – what do you pay? Truth is I’m not sure. I wouldn’t pay thousands, but on the same note – I wouldn’t expect to be below a hundred. From what I’ve seen between two hundred and four hundred pounds is about the going rate.
Listen to the critique as long as it is constructive. You may think your manuscript is perfect, but believe me changes will need to be made. Even editors struggle with their own edits. There are a world of authors out there. We need to show agents and publishers that self published books are just as good as published books.
Many great editors can be found on Goodreads. There are others who will be on social media. Personally, I’ve never used an editor from there. I found Aimee Walker on Goodreads. Emily Randle was related to someone at my writing group. I was there at the right time for both of them. I am so glad I found them!
Both helped in different ways, but my book wouldn’t be any where near as good without them. They made me realise that my protagonist needed to have a good side. I disagreed at first, but when beta readers and editors say the same thing – I needed to listen.
Don’t be disheartened when you see all their suggestions because every author has had to face them at one time or another. You want to make your readers see the story you had in mind.
Never give up.