Looking for an Editor? Ask Them These 10 Questions First

I can’t believe we’re already in week five of our eight week series on publishing and editing! For a full schedule (and links to past posts), check out the chart at the end.

So, now you’re ready for an editor. There are millions of them out there, but how do you find the right one? Here’s a list of questions you should ask your future editor:

1. Do you offer a sample edit?

Make sure they offer a sample edit! You want to make sure that you two can work together and that their work is up to your standards.

2. What are your past projects?

If they don’t have a Past Projects page like I do, ask them about their past projects and look them up. This will give you an idea of what they can do.

3. What kind of training do you have?

Your editor doesn’t necessarily have to have any higher education. And having more education and training doesn’t mean that they’re a good editor. But knowing what they’re trained in may help you make your decision!

4. What are your rates?

Every editor offers different rates. They should be posted on their website. However, if their posted rates don’t apply to what you need, don’t be afraid to ask for a personalized quote.

5. What’s your editing style?

Do they use track changes, comments, or a combination of the two? Do they use Word, Pages, or Google Docs? Do they provide a sheet with overall comments? Or do they go old school and mark up printed sheets?

6. What are your services?

Not all editors offer all kinds of services. Make sure that they can offer what you need. Some editors even offer cover design and formatting for those who self-publish!

7. What’s your turnaround?

If you have a deadline, make sure to let them know. If their turnaround is too long and won’t meet your deadline or too short and seems too good to be true, don’t be afraid to keep looking.

8. Can you provide resources for other services?

If you’re self-publishing, your editor may have resources for cover design, marketing, formatting, and more.

9. How often are we going to be in contact?

You want your editor to stay in contact with you! Many editors will work with you on how often you want updates, too.

10. What genres do you specialize in?

If they specialize in high fantasy, they may not be good to edit your historical romance. Make sure your book and their specialization correspond.

Are there any other questions you’ve asked editors in the past? Is there anything I’m missing? Let me know in the comments!

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April 13, 2021Looking for an Editor? Ask them these Questions First
April 20, 2021The 8 Questions I Ask Perspective Clients
April 27, 2021Is Your Manuscript Agent-Ready? Use My Checklist to Make Sure
May 4, 20214 Tips to Creating a Mind-Blowing Query Letter

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