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    I Love Editors

    Is there any better feeling than looking in your inbox and finding an edited manuscript? Opening it up and watching red letters spill all over your screen like red skittles?

    I particularly like the dozens of polite ways an editor can come up with to tell you some part of your action/story/characters has failed to make sense.

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    Is this a publisher's editor or did you hire a freelance?

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    I appreciate then an editor suggests changes which make the story better (aside from the usual "you spelled 'and' wrong") I like it even more when they can tell me a reason. Sometimes my solution to the same problem is a different one.

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    So far *knock on particle board* I love my editors. They are insightful without being pushy.

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    In these days of self-published work, I think the value of editors (and good editors to boot) is very very undervalued.

    A good editor can make a good book great.

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    I wish they gave me reasons. Instead they just keep telling me "It's just not for us", which sounds like I'm getting dumped by my girlfriend or something.

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    Sometimes there's just not time, considering the size of the slush piles!

    And they are in a business to sell: so 'not for us' is what is says - ie: it doesn't fit their profile in the current market.

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    I'll pay a tasty muffin and three skittles to someone who can tell me where to find a reputable freelance editor. No joke.

    EDIT: For the sake of transparency, the tasty muffin now has a bite taken out of it. And the skittles were found in my left front pocket.

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    I've not used him myself but this gentleman is extremely well regarded

    http://www.johnjarrold.co.uk/


    You can keep the muffin, btw

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    Full disclosure: this is my birthmother, but she's truly excellent at her job.

    Answer Girl

    She does freelance editing, manuscript clean-up, publicity, fact-checking, and other author services. She works with a couple big-name authors in the supernatural/thriller genres.

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    I love my editor for my most recent book. He was a great help and even generously gave me a good review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteMC View Post
    Is this a publisher's editor or did you hire a freelance?
    I guess freelance. She's a woman I've known for a while. She started as a beta reader, but was so rigorous/timely that I began to pay her for her work on my short stories.

    But then she asked me out, which is kinda annoying. This has happened before and it always feels like their previous interest in my work or helping me improve was a ploy to get in my pants.

    Admittedly, it tends to be a successful ploy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippokrene View Post

    Admittedly, it tends to be a successful ploy.
    <snort!> Brilliant

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    How much do freelance editors cost? On average.

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    Hard to say, as it depends on the size of the project, the time involved, the experience of the editor, the amount of work a manuscript ends up needing (maybe you thought it was a quick clean-up and it turns out to be a full-scale re-working)... Your best bet would be to talk to the editor(s) in whom you are interested and spell out your expectations.

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