I provide editing services, so you’ve found one editor* already! However, I may be already booked or lack experience in your genre or for some reason give you the heebie-jeebies.
Please don’t feel obligated to hire the first editor you contact. Good editing is an investment. It’s much better to take a little time nailing down what services you want or need and what your budget can afford, and then finding the right person to provide those services.
If you get a quote that’s outside your budget, ask the editor if there are ways to reduce the fee. Sometimes an editor will do only one pass over a manuscript instead of two or more, or will have other suggestions depending on the specific manuscript.
Here are some U.S.-centric resources:
- Editorial Freelancers Association
- Copyediting-L Directory of Freelancers
- Bay Area Editors’ Forum
- Editors certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences
U.K. editors can be found here:
- Society for Editors and Proofreaders
Canadian editors (French and English):
- Editor’s Association of Canada
- Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd)
*I’m using editor here to refer to anyone who offers editorial services: developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading.
One of my clients mentioned that she was sending me a copy of the book we’d worked on together. I wasn’t expecting this:
Isn’t that package lovely? I like looking at it so much I haven’t opened it yet. The individual charm says “Thank you.” The letter charms spell out “Guide Her Home,” the book’s title.
The book, by the way, is Jolene Lavine’s memoir of the year after her daughter suffered brain trauma after being kicked in the head by a horse. The book has a happy ending, but it doesn’t gloss over the daily struggles.
Thank you, Jolene!