So you’ve reached the end of your self-editing journey, you can’t bear the sight of your story any longer, you’re cross-eyed at commas and crying over colons. You know what the logical next step is but you have a hundred questions and concerns and you don’t know where to start.
First of all, let’s get one thing clear: editors and proofreaders are here to help you reach the goals you have set for your book; they are absolutely not here to tell you off or to get out the rulebook and hit you over the head with it.
In your preliminary enquiries, the editor/proofreader will discuss with you exactly what you’d like them to do. If you’re not sure, they will advise you based on viewing a sample of your work, but they will not proceed until you’re happy with the terms they are proposing.
Remember, your hired professional works for you, not the other way around. You are in control: if you know already what you want your editor to do, be clear about this; but if you’re not sure, they can offer help, advice and suggestions.
In other words, they will work with you as much or as little as you want them to.
How it usually works when you contact an editorial professional (I’ll use the term editor here for ease of reading):
So that concludes the 10-Part Self-Editing for Indie Authors blog series. If you have any further questions about the series, or would like some advice, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line for a chat.
Part 1: Understanding the Editiorial Stages
Part 2: Developmental Edit (Structure)
Part 3: Developmental Edit (Plot)
Part 4: Developmental Edit (Characters, Setting, Timeline)
Part 5: Copy-Edit (Narrative Voice, Point of View)
Part 6: Copy-Edit (Characters, Setting, Timeline)
Part 7: Copy-Edit (Sentence Structure, Stylistic Choices)
Part 8: The Proofread
Part 9: Starting Self-Editing