If you could build your own editor, what would you create? I’m asking because I’d like to know what you would want done by a freelance editor.
Are you mostly looking for a line edit? Do you want someone who looks at the overall arc of your book? Time continuity? Plot mishaps?
Do you want someone who makes the changes and sends it back to you? Do you look for someone who will edit and leave the decision of whether to accept or reject those edits up to you? Do you want an editor to comment and tell you why s/he recommends something be changed?
Do you look for an editor who catches small things like two spaces between sentences instead of one? Do you want someone who is rigid and says, never do this? Or would you prefer an editor who says, this is not the way it’s done, but you can still do it your way as long as you’re consistent?
Do you want an editor who will edit the book then get out of your way? Do you prefer an editor who’s available from editing to querying?
What are you looking for when you hire an editor? And, if you say, everything - I want everything - then are you willing to pay for it?
Later this week, I’ll tell you what kind of editing I do.
5 months ago