Being a new author can leave you feeling a little lost at times throughout the process. There’s so much to get lined up when preparing your manuscript for the world to read. Finding a quality copyeditor is an important part of that process but there’s no need to stress yourself out about it. Below are 3 tips to make getting the right editor for your manuscript easier.
- Contact a college or university. Reaching out to the head of the English or Creative Writing departments at your local colleges and universities is a great way to find a copyeditor that’s right for you. You can usually find their contact information easily, using the school’s department directory online. Tell them what type of project you’re working on and what type of editor you’re looking for. They will post your information with weekly/monthly job postings made available to their grad students. They may also email the opportunity directly to their current students. Grad students make good copyeditors because they’ve already completed their degree and are furthering their education in the area of writing, making them a qualified candidate. This is also good if you’re on a small budget, as most of the students will agree to work on your manuscript at a lower rate than the average cost of most copyeditors.
- Check References. After you’ve narrowed down your list of possible editors, ask for references from them. You should ask for references of previous clients they have done work for. If you can view the work they’ve done for a given reference, that’s even better. In this way you can confirm that the person is a real reference and not just a friend. You can now also view the specific manuscript they’ve edited and ask the reference all the right questions related to that manuscript. Ask them about their experience working with the editor and their level of quality and professionalism.
- Ask for a sample. Most copyeditors today will offer a 10-page free edited sample. You send in the first 10 pages of your manuscript and they’ll send it back edited. The turn around time for this is usually quick, 3-5 days. This shows confidence in their work. Take advantage of the free opportunity. If you don’t like the job they do, you lose nothing. You simply move on to the next possible editor on your list.