So I’ve narrowed it down to two editors. The first is currently reading sample chapters and hopefully going to have a quote for me later this week, while the other has edited some sample chapters for me, allowing me to see the way she works, and the ideas she has for the book. It is both an awesome and strange feeling all at once.
This seems to make everything more real than it was just a few weeks ago. But to see the pages I’ve written with notes and changes on them that aren’t from me is a pretty cool experience. One which I’m pleased to share.
One of the things that did surprise me in the search for an editor was price. I can’t stress enough how important I think it is to do your research. I spoke to a dozen different editors, most of which actually viewed sample chapters of my work. All from different background with different editorial experience, and in some cases the price difference was over $4000. That is a huge difference, especially considering the one editor who was $4000 higher, had less experience in general than the others I’d spoke with.
The second point I want to stress, is whether you’re editing your manuscript to self-publish or e-publish it later, or just getting it cleaned up to improve your chances of getting published traditionally, make sure your not just looking at price. Sure cheap is great, but your going to be working with this person on YOUR book. A book you put blood, sweat, and tears into. Make sure it’s someone who works well with you. You don’t want to commit to paying thousands of dollars to someone you have a hard time dealing with, or whose work ethic and idea’s don’t jive with yours.
All in all this experience is just beginning, but my eyes have been opened a little more and I’m learning more about the industry first hand, and I love it.
I’ve already submitted my thoughts and idea’s on cover art to my designer and I look forward to see what he comes back with. This is an exciting time in my publishing journey!
Do you have any stories to share about your’s?