Hiring a professional editor is crucial for your book's success. Readers can forgive a couple of typos, but if your manuscript is riddled with errors, it will get old fast. And the book will receive bad reviews, dragging it down into the pit of millions of unsellable books.
So, how do you avoid this? Hire an editor! But how do you know it's the right time? Read the signs below.
1) Am I satisfied with the manuscript? No nagging feelings tugging away at me that it needs some more work?
2) Why am I looking for an editor? Is it laziness or a need to get another book out asap, or I feel I have done all I can at this point and need professional help to give my book a fair chance at success?
3) Have I judiciously self-edited? This will make the editor's job easier. If they don't have to focus on too many typos, they can direct their talents on the characters, story, plot, flow, pace, structure etc. In other words, what the readers care about. Unless it is just a proofread that you require.
4) Have I had any fellow writers or beta readers take a peek at it? Posted into any groups and asked for criticism? What were their thoughts?
5) Is it as good as it's gonna be? Nobody is perfect but try your best.
6) Have I set aside a budget for the editor? Most editors aren't cheap.
7) Have I been in touch with a couple of editors for sample edits, to see how they would alter the manuscript and check they know what they are doing?
8) Do I know what level of editing I need? Proofing, substantial, or developmental?
DON'T FORGET: Read the contract. All editors will request you sign a contract before paying the agreed upon fee. Read - and if necessary - question any terms that confuse you.
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