So, you’ve written a story. That’s wonderful! Have you hired an editor to help with plot holes and such? Yes? Good, that’s a start! If you haven’t, have you had a least three people read it (or, had it beta read)? Yes? Wonderful!
Now, are you all set to publish it/send it out into the world, but you need one last person to look it over for punctuation, grammar, and anything else you might have missed?
That’s where I come in.
Actually, I haven’t hired any editors. What do you suggest?
Well, I’m glad you asked. You can click here to find a list of other editors, and what kind of editing they do.
What do you do?
I am somewhat of a copy editor. I look for little things, things that may have been missed during the initial editing or beta readings. Punctuation, grammar, capital letters when they should be lower case, spelling, and anything else I might find that isn’t quite right.
On occasion, I may include side notes. For example, if I find a sentence that sounds awkward (to me), I will give my “reader opinion,” and explain to you why I think it sounds awkward, and I will try to help you fix it. You may not want this, which is fine. Perfectly acceptable, just let me know up front.
Do you have experience?
Everyone has to start somewhere, don’t they? My Junior year, I was my highschool’s newspaper editor (and sometimes I wrote, as well). My Senior year, I was my high school’s yearbook editor. Other than that, I’ve done a few things for friends here and there.
Alright, so, what genre do you edit?
I’m not reading your story just to read your story. While I’d like to enjoy what I’m editing, I’m reading your story to make it better for you. I like to read everything, actually. I write realistic fiction, but as for reading, I’ll read anything.
No, I won’t read/edit erotica.
As for books/stories with swearing, as long as it’s not every other word, I’ll be OK. I may need to read a little bit of it first to make a decision.
Do you mess up?
Do birds run into windows? Yes, of course I’ll mess up. I will try my hardest not to, of course, but I cannot give you a 100% guarantee that I will find every single mistake. I’m not perfect. Don’t believe anyone who says otherwise ;).
OK, here’s the big question: how much do you charge?
Price is negotiable. I will try to take into consideration a few things: your budget, the length of your work, and what my own work load looks like. Do I have time to get things done right this second? Or will I need to spread it out?
I’m ready to hire you, where do I sign?
On the dotted line… Well, since I don’t have a dotted line anywhere, you can e-mail me instead. Head on over to my Contact page. There you will find a contact form, my e-mail address, and a few other ways to get in touch with me. The best way to get in touch with me is through e-mail.
If you do choose to e-mail me, please put something about editing in the subject line (“Editing Help,” “Editor For Hire,” “Hey, You, Edit This!”).
Please add me on social media. I try to promote books/stories that I have had a hand in, in some way.
If you have any other additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
I look forward to working with you!