Most importantly, your editor's main goal should be helping you create the best book possible!
So, what should you look for in a good editor?
- A positive rapport. Your editor will become intimately involved in your book. We all feel vulnerable initially sharing our "baby" with someone, especially a stranger. Start a dialogue. Learn their editing style and experiences and how they approach the process. Is this someone you can see building a solid relationship together?
- What type of editing do they provide? Do they only provide content editing services, or will they also include line item edits and proofreading, too? Many editors separate out their services, and some will only do certain types of editing.
- Sample their work. A good editor will not mind providing a sample of their editing skills and give you a solid idea of what you'll be receiving. A few editors will offer to edit a chapter or two of your book with no obligation.
- Cost. Editing can be charged either per word, per hour, and/or per page. You should know what your editor will be charging, the estimated timeline of completion, and their payment policy before you hire. Some ask for payment up front, others for a percentage up front with the remainder due upon completion. The range between rates can vary largely, so it's prudent to get multiple quotes.
What has been your experience with editor(s)? Any additional advice you'd like to share?