The publishing world can be an overwhelming, terrifying arena to navigate, and unfortunately, many potential authors fall prey to publishing scams. Here are some tips to remember before hiring an editor.
- Ask for references. A good editor will have worked with multiple authors.
- Ask for a list of published books on which the editor has worked. If you're goal is to publish your book traditionally, then you need to hire an editor who is familiar with publishing and the desires of acquisition editors
- Ask for an editing sample. At Coghlan Writing, we provide a free manuscript review, and in doing so, we edit the first ten pages of our client's manuscript.
- Ask for a price quote. Never agree to an editing contract without a firm pre-approved price.
- Ask for a sample editing contract. Copyright laws require that all editors have written permission to edit your words. Therefore, it's important to sign an editing contract.