As I do my research on which is better, self publishing or mainstream publishing, I see that most people are in favor of self publishing. However, one great reason to stick with mainstream publishing is the editing process. I hear that the editing process isn't what it used to be, even in mainstream publishing. When publishing my first book, I learned how expensive editors are and I had many friends look at my book and I paid a friend to edit it for me at a discounted rate. Needless to say, I couldn't afford any line editing, just grammatical editing. Even after all of this, there were still some mistakes in the manuscript. I would love to have an editor who will help be the outside eye that scrutinizes my book to perfection. I've heard some reviewers bash authors who self published a book that was not edited well. I've also heard some mainstream published authors praise the editing process, saying that you should not feel bad that you don't write well because the editing process fixes everything. Independently, a good editor can cost thousands of dollars.
That being said, does anyone know of a good editor who would work on a manuscript at a discounted price? Does anyone have any other thoughts concerning the editing process?
very true. So even though free editing is a plus with traditional publishing, not being able to choose your editor is a minus. Although it takes some investing, there is something powerful about having complete creative control, including the power to choose your editor.
I self-published and used a recommended editor who really helped me with a great structural edit. I think when we "think" we've a book, we often believe it's ready for publishing but I realised that I needed that editor to help me. I paid around £500 in total for the edit, but it was well worth it.
If you're going self-pub, I'd definitely recommend a good editor, and preferably someone you don't know that well who will be honest. I imagine getting a friend or family member to edit won't be the best way to go as they probably won't want to be totally honest.
I do know a very good editor. I don't know what she charges...but she is awesome. Email me if you want her info.
I am an anomaly in this Book Blogs venue, as I prefer to use a publisher. I'm not one to create my own cover art & I know I have no business doing my own editing. So far I've used two small pub's. My first one was terrible. My second one has been awesome.
You really have to ask yourself: "Am I going to be able to produce top quality across the board?"
For me, that was a no. Not for lack of trying, I just know my personal limitations.
I know this post is old but I really need to find a good content Editor. Do you know of one?
Make sure whatever editor you find works well with your style of writing. You dont want someone to change your voice, just clean it up a bit. I think it is always a good idea to invest in editing, especially if you are self publishing. Any extra pairs of eyes will be helpful in taking out misplaced words or funky flow.
Best of luck!