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From the View of a Freelance Editor
So I’m a freelance editor, for those of you who don’t know. I’ve been one for a few years. I don’t regularly take on projects because I am still a student and on the cusp of being a senior in college, but I will take on projects every now and then.
There are a lot of misconceptions about what an editor does. Some people have this idea that editors exist to create your book for you, that we are supposed to make all of the changes for things we find that need to be fixed. Well, we don’t exist to write your books for you. We exist to make suggestions for things we think you should change, but we are not here to do those changes.
I will use the track changes and comments feature in Words to point out things, but otherwise, it is up to you to accept or reject those change and accept or ignore my comments. So 1) I as an editor do not exist to do your book for you, and 2) it is ultimately up to you to create a fantastic, finished product using my suggestions to help strengthen your book.
There are also various stages of editing, so don’t assume that because you’ve had your book edited once that you’re done and that’s it. Depending on what your sample line edits yield, you may need another round or two of edits before your manuscript is either publishable or submission worthy.
Okay, now that you know what freelance editors exist for, there are a few things you can do to save the sanity of your editor—and save yourself some money.
· Don’t submit rough drafts. It is a waste of time for the editor to go over a rough draft when you’re going to have to do re-writes anyway. If you’re struggling with how to go about editing that rough draft, that is what beta readers are for. Not only are you wasting my time, but you’re wasting money. Since I do sample edits, if I discover that it’s a rough draft, I’ll often refuse to edit it—unless it’s a darn good rough draft, and that’s often rare.
· Edit. Edit. Edit. You can save so much money doing some good old-fashion DIY editing that includes getting beta readers to look over your book for all manner of errors—especially errors in communication where you mean one thing but your reader is getting something totally different. Copy editing can be the most expensive form of editing, so having the least amount of errors possible can save you a lot of money.
· Don’t assume that one edit is enough for your manuscript. I will often let my clients know if they’re going to require more than one round of editing because some manuscripts need so much tearing apart that whole re-writes are going to have to happen.
· Remember that editing often occurs in stages. There is content editing, line editing, and proofreading. Some editors have more stages, but I stick to three to keep it simple and will often determine what type of edit you need through a sample edit alone.
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