10 Tips for Hiring an Editor –
Choosing an editor and building an excellent working relationship with them is not always easy. Here is some advice on how to hire the best editor for you and ensure your collaboration goes smoothly:
- Before hiring an editor, decide what is most important to you. Speed? Quality of editing? Quality of service? Price? Hire accordingly.
- Check if your editor is a member of a professional organisation (such as EFA, CIEP or Editors Canada). What kind of qualifications and certifications do they have?
- Read any testimonials, if available. Make sure to read between the lines too.
- Spend some time familiarising yourself with the editor’s website and social media. Do your needs, personality, work and communication style match? Remember that not every editor is the right editor for you, and you are not the right client for every editor. Reassess your fit after you have contacted the editor and heard back from them.
- Check your editor’s website. Some of your questions might already have been answered there.
- Come to a clear agreement about the terms and conditions for the editing, ideally signing a contract with your editor. The contract serves to protect both you, the client, and the editor.
- Treat your editor respectfully, and expect to be treated the same way.
- Allot as much time as possible for the editing. Good work needs time!
- Send your manuscript at the time agreed. If there are any delays, let your editor know as soon as possible.
- If an editor is not available to work with you, ask for a referral.