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Offline magemanda

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2014, 10:03:23 AM »
I am now offering a freelance editorial service - see www.areditorialsolutions.com

I was the editor, until fairly recently, of Strange Chemistry. I have edited work by Kameron Hurley and Sarah Pinborough  :)

Offline Luke Matthews

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2014, 06:50:18 PM »
I worked with two freelance editors on my book Construct, and they were both fantastic.

Annetta Ribken is a developmental/story editor. She'll work with you on continuity, pacing, and flow. Her work was instrumental in finding and fixing some of the flaws in Construct, and I can't praise her enough for that. She doesn't do much mechanical copy-editing, so you'll want to get a copy-edit when you're done. Her website is www.wordwebbing.com.

Jennifer Wingard is my copy-editor. Once I was done honing the actual story with Annetta, I sent the book to Jennifer for the actual grammatical and mechanical copy edits. My book is as close to error-free as I've ever seen a novel, self-pubbed or trad-pubbed. Her website is www.theindependentpen.com.

Both of these women are absolutely amazing. They frequently work together, as well. I can't recommend them highly enough.
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Offline asabo

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2015, 09:39:07 PM »
An excellent listing of editors. Thanks all. I will be in the market for a line-editor in the summer. I saw the post by El Pato Loco about looking for people to work for free. Totally understand your frustration. So I would love to hear from editors and authors as to what they feel is appropriate to charge/pay in the market.

A friend of mine shelled out thousands to an unfortunately incompetent content editor and learned a very costly lesson. I am willing to pay for services, but I would like to know the range.
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Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2015, 10:56:43 PM »
An excellent listing of editors. Thanks all. I will be in the market for a line-editor in the summer. I saw the post by El Pato Loco about looking for people to work for free. Totally understand your frustration. So I would love to hear from editors and authors as to what they feel is appropriate to charge/pay in the market.

A friend of mine shelled out thousands to an unfortunately incompetent content editor and learned a very costly lesson. I am willing to pay for services, but I would like to know the range.

It is difficult to pinpoint an accurate range, especially because there are different mediums through which editors determine their rates. For instance, some editors charge by the number of hours worked on the manuscript, some charge by the number of pages edited, and some charge by word count. I choose to charge by word count, and for copyediting, a fairly accurate range of prices would be from $.006/word to $.02/word. A content editor may charge a little more than that. The longer a manuscript is, the more an editor will charge for editing, no matter which medium they use to determine rates.

I highly suggest sending a potential editor a sample of your work (maybe around 1000 to 1500 words). When the editor sends the edited sample back to you, you can determine whether or not you agree with the changes they made. This method may help you save money on an editor that isn't a good fit for you.

Best of luck!
Courtney
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Offline ThomasFleet

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2015, 07:18:34 PM »
Chris Eboch did a great job for me on my novel. This is editing in the sense of the high-level stuff - plot, characterization, etc. - not grammar, spelling, and whatnot.

Offline asabo

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2015, 06:30:10 PM »
Courtney Umphress, thanks for the suggestion about sending a sample. I hadn't thought of something like that. I wonder if all editors are open to that?

I have noticed that the prices for editing come in very different increments - by the word, page, hours... Very hard to compare.

I looked at one editor who had worked with writers I've read. A quick calculation of her fees came to $2,000 for a 80,000 page novel. That is out of my budget. And I think it is probably on the high end. But if that is a realistic price, for quality work, does one have to bite the bullet and go into debt?
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Offline ThomasFleet

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2015, 12:52:48 AM »
80,000 pages would be a long novel!  :D

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2015, 02:54:16 AM »
Many editors actually prefer a potential client to send them a sample to edit. A sample not only helps an author pick an editor to work with but also helps an editor determine what level of editing would be most appropriate for that particular author's work. It never hurts to ask.

I'm assuming you mean 80,000 words, as 80,000 pages would be worth more than $2,000! Yes, I agree $2,000 is rather high, and higher price doesn't always mean better quality. I recommend looking for a few editors that are more suitable for your price range.

Offline asabo

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2015, 08:56:48 PM »
Yikes! Yes I meant words not pages! Guess I need an editor for my posts!

Thanks for the input Courtney
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Offline markwill212

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2015, 01:51:13 AM »
I think you can just look for freelance editors on some social media sites. We all know that some of us includes our professions and habits. So, maybe you can just search or look for some people that are freelance editor and message each of them about what is your intention or point in contacting him/her. :)

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Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2015, 05:28:31 AM »
How do you decide which kind of editor you need? Would an editor hired as a line editor suggest work on the structure of the story, characters etc, if needed?

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Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2015, 03:50:44 PM »
How do you decide which kind of editor you need? Would an editor hired as a line editor suggest work on the structure of the story, characters etc, if needed?
assuming you mean a structural edit, then yes, i think so. the other answer is: what sort of edit do you think you need? if this is the first time you've ever gone through an editing process, then unless you really know writing inside out i'd recommend getting a full edit. this is about being full-on professional, after all. bear in mind it's not really their job to write the book for you, so it needs to be the very best you can make it before you send it off for an edit.

all good editors will point out what exactly they will do, and what you will be getting. magemanda, for example - see her post at the top of this page - offers different levels of editing, dependent on what you feel you need.
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Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2015, 10:05:36 AM »
what sort of edit do you think you need?

Editing is expensive, and I want to avoid unnecessary expense. I sent a chapter of my first novel to an editor who told me she thought a copy edit would be enough. But, I would hope that an experienced - and honest - editor would tell me if I needed more than that.

I'm hoping to find an editor who loves fantasy for my second novel.

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2015, 02:58:43 PM »
what sort of edit do you think you need?

Editing is expensive, and I want to avoid unnecessary expense. I sent a chapter of my first novel to an editor who told me she thought a copy edit would be enough. But, I would hope that an experienced - and honest - editor would tell me if I needed more than that.

I'm hoping to find an editor who loves fantasy for my second novel.

It is difficult to tell if an author needs more than copyediting based on one chapter. Content editing involves strengthening character development and fixing plot holes. Most of the time, an editor can't see those things based on one chapter. If I see a major problem in plot or development while I'm copyediting, I will always make note of it to the author. I know some editors that will notify authors as well and some editors that will only do what they were paid for. If you feel like your novel needs a closer examination of the plot, you might want to mention that to an editor you are considering in order to find out what they suggest.

I also want to mention that you can find beta readers for free who will point out inconsistencies in your book like a content editor would. It shouldn't be hard to find beta readers that love fantasy. I am not saying beta readers are better or more qualified than content editors, but they might be an alternative you would like to consider.

Good luck on your search!

Offline markwill212

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2015, 02:01:39 AM »
I believe there are great freelance editors. Just look for freelance editors on some Home Based Job Websites and maybe you can post Freelance Editors for job hiring. Good Luck!