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Offline Lu Kudzoza

I'm Looking for an Editor
« on: November 09, 2015, 06:46:54 PM »
I'm looking for an copy editor / proof reader for a work of epic fantasy with a slightly humorous twist. Does anyone have someone they've worked with that they would recommend for this type of project? Thanks in advance for the help.

Offline CameronJohnston

Re: I'm Looking for an Editor
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2015, 01:34:31 PM »
I don't have much in the way of personal experience of freelance proof-readers but can offer a few names of skilled people who are also decent human beings who won't try and rip you off, if you want to look them up and possibly query them:
Stephen Cashmore - http://www.edit-glasgow.org.uk/stephen_cashmore.html
Lawrence Osborn - http://www.edit-glasgow.org.uk/lawrence_osborn.html
(Or other members of The Society for Editors and Proofreaders at http://www.sfep.org.uk/directory/directory.asp )
Or you could try through the Writer's Workshop at http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/copyediting.html

There are likely many other online resources that list providers of editorial services.

Also, you should be prepared to pay a fair bit if you want professionals to check over your work, think between £20 and £30 an hour being a baseline rate depending on what services you want them to do for you (discounts may be negotiable). If that's too expensive, well, you get what you pay for, but there will also be people looking to start up a business doing this and would probably do it cheaper (be careful of quality though, and maybe submit a few pages to sample their editorial work before paying for the whole novel)

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Re: I'm Looking for an Editor
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2015, 04:04:44 PM »
Having worked with three different editors, I an also offer some random (YMMV) tips.

First, most of the pro editors I've looked at charge 0.02 cents per word, so that's also a good baseline. That said, some charge more and some charge less, and that doesn't mean they aren't good editors. I know my current editor personally ... we go way back ... so she cuts me a break on the price because we have a history.

Also, I don't think you should hire any editor without getting to know them first. My first editor on my first book (who came with the small press that published it) was a really smart editor, but we just "wrote" differently, which led to disagreements. Her changes didn't feel like my book, stylistically.

For my second book, I hired the editor I just mentioned (the friend from way back) and we 'clicked' in a much more agreeable fashion. We write the same way, and rather than her changes (which were extensive) making my writing feel like ... not my writing ... she just made it much cleaner, faster, and better written, because we were on the same wavelength.

So, I'd suggest seeing if any editor you hire is willing to take a look at a short sample of your work and mark it up for you. See what they suggest and ensure you have complimentary styles before hiring him/her for a full book.

Offline Lu Kudzoza

Re: I'm Looking for an Editor
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2015, 04:06:41 PM »
Thanks for the help and advice.