From stranger to ally: How to contact an editor

You can’t go wrong with an article like this one by Martha Carlson-Bradley at Editing Queries. I published 3 books without the help of an editor and lived to regret it. I found an editor (a good one, by the way – Jenny Quinlan at Historical Editorial), but I didn’t have access to all the tips given here. With my editor’s help, I revisited the first three, and her editing was invaluable for numbers 4 and 5. My advice is to copy this. Print it. WARNING: Do not, under ANY circumstance, publish without finding a good editor. It’s just as important as your cover, maybe moreso.

Editor Queries

help wanted graphicWe put our hearts into our writing. So it’s no wonder that writers may feel a little trepidation about hiring an editor — trusting their work to someone who is, after all, a stranger. But it may surprise you to learn that editors may also feel some trepidation when they’re approached by a new client. If you know ahead of time what standard practices are, you can more easily assess whether an editor is professional. And if you know the red flags that make an editor cautious about taking on a project, you’ll have an easier time finding the editor who’s right for you and your writing. Here are some tips for contacting and hiring an editor.

Do a little research ahead of time. Look closely at the editor’s website, the Editorial Freelancers Association directory’s description of the editor’s services, or the editor’s LinkedIn profile. If you need a manuscript…

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