Hello, writers! As you’re embarking on your great resolution to FINALLY write that book (well done, you!), here are some pointers to keep in mind as you approach editors. (Post 1/3)
What type of editor do you need?
At this time of year, my inbox is flooded with people looking to hire an editor. I appreciate the business! And hiring an editor is a smart investment in your book. But also: there are different editors for different jobs.
If you’re just starting on your manuscript, a book coach or developmental editor might be the editor you need. These editors help you make sense of the idea and build a plan for your book. I work freelance as a developmental editor and coach. In my flagship program This Is a Book! I co-create your book idea and edit your early work (registration closes January 8). For a sense of my experience and approach, please click here.
If you have a manuscript, you’ll want to line up a substantive editor, ideally one who can also line edit. These editors tackle the logic and flow of the whole manuscript, and they polish the prose.
If you have been through a few rounds of editing and have finalized your manuscript, you’ll want a copy editor. These editors check accuracy of claims, and catch any errors in grammar or punctuation.
And if you have laid out your book in typeset proofs, you’ll want a proofreader. These editors catch any remaining typos and layout issues.
You only need to hire a copy editor and proofreader if you’re self-publishing. If you’re publishing traditionally, you might want to hire a developmental editor and/or a substantive editor, depending on the editorial support provided by the house.
If you’d like to land an agent and publish traditionally, you’ll most likely need a book proposal. Editors who have worked in house and handled acquisitions are, imho, the best candidates for crafting book proposals. Here’s more info on book proposals: https://lnkd.in/g9zZuXbg and https://lnkd.in/g9Jzj7JP
And here’s a helpful guide from Jane Friedman on the different types of editors: https://lnkd.in/gJ8vx2iV I recommend all of Jane’s many resources on writing, editing, and publishing.
In my next post: tips on how to find an editor.