Last week, I posted about a new blog I’ve joined (just one of many contributors) called The Blood-Red Pencil. The contributors – and the list is growing – are all editors. As you might guess, the purpose of the blog is to provide tips and information about editing your books, short stories, and other writing.
In case you haven’t started following the blog, I wanted to let you know about an interesting discussion that took place over the weekend on the cost of hiring an editor. After you read the post, be sure you go into the Comments section – it gets really interesting there.
It’s important to edit your work before you send it to an agent or editor. You can do a lot of editing yourself, of course, but you need other eyes to look at it. Some people rely on a critique group. Some share with readers and also hire an editor. Rates can vary widely from low to mind-popping high. A lot of the cost depends on what you expect of the editor and the level of your own writing.
If your writing is going to take a lot of work, then you’re going to end up paying more because the editor’s work takes longer and is more involved. This is why it’s a good idea for you, the writer, to do as much work as you can before you hire an editor. Have good, reliable, knowledgeable readers. Learn how to do editing yourself. Set aside your work for a period, then go back and edit – you’ll see more stuff because you have “fresh” eyes.
Do all that before you send it to a professional editor.
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