What To Do (And Not Do) When Approaching Editors- Guest Post

I have lots of queries for beta reading when someone actually wants a line editor, or a proof reader, or any combination of support, so this post by Richard Held really resonated with me. I can’t help but share it. It’s difficult to know when you’re starting out on exactly what you need as an author and prices can seem scary for the newbie self published variety. It’s understandable if you don’t really get what is involved in editing, the benefits, effort required and overall scope and scale of what an editor may end up tasked with. Asking for a sample is a great tip and I’ve found that invaluable in finding a good editor and proofreader (I don’t care how good your self editing prowess is I’m convinced you need at least one second pair of eyes… And I’ve learned the hard way). A great post that everyone should read!

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Today we have a fantastic guest post by Richard Held from Held Editing Services!

Hiring an editor has its benefits. An editor can make typo and grammar corrections, eliminate passive voice, alert authors about plot holes and patchy character development, and can offer advice on character and plot development, as well as assist with fact-checking and other tasks.

Some authors, however, do not know how to approach an editor.  When these clueless scribes contact an editor, the latter often finds his/her time is wasted—and time is money for an editor, especially a full-time one.

Here is what to do—and not do—when approaching an editor.

Do: Communicate clearly.

Do you think your manuscript needs a detailed proofread to eliminate lingering typos, or do you think your document needs a light copy edit to eliminate some rough grammar?  Knowing what kind of help you need before you query will help smooth the…

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