I’ve been wanting to write a post on this topic for a while now; because of some of the struggles I’ve faced with my own story and the publishing industry. I think might be of some help to all of you writers out there. I’ve been turned down by around a dozen agencies since I began to send my story into literary agencies back in mid December. If I had known then what I know now, there’s no way in hell I would’ve sent my story out at that time.
The next step after completing your story is perhaps the most crucial; because it’s what separates you from that fine line between published and unpublished.
Finding an editor
An editor is literally a god send and if you find the right one then you will see a dramatic improvement in your story, but if you find the wrong one… Disaster. When you’re searching for an editor write down a list of things you would like help with.
For example: Grammar, punctuation, copy editing and substantive editing.
For you new/unpublished writers out there I strongly recommend Substantive editing; because they’ll see and help you fix any issue with your story. Trust me if you don’t see the problem before sending your work into an agent, you will be at risk for rejection. Also when an agent gets a story in his or her hands they want to see the finished product, not flaws. If they do see flaws they will think that you don’t care about your work, and that your sloppy. It’s happened to me before, and you don’t want to make the wrong impression. Think of your book is like getting that dream job you really want if you approach an agent in that way, you’ll see better results and won’t mind going that extra mile to make your resume perfect.
Here’s some tips on how to avoid bad editors.
1 If you write an editor asking for help and when they write you back discussing fees, or how much they charge. Move on. A decent editor will not mention money. They will jump right in to help. (A lesson I learned the hard way.) However it should be noted that they will want to discuss pricing, but this most likely won’t happen until after the editor’s seen your work.
2 If you write an editor and they seem very eager to help, but they take forever to get back to you, or say you emailed them back answering questions they might have, and they never reply Again move on. A proper editor is quick to write you back and when working with you they never just keep you hanging; because they’re professional.
3 If you’re talking with an editor and they say that they’ll help you with you project, but never email, call, or read your work when they say that their going to and they always have an excuse. Move on. When it is a professional they aren’t lazy and when they say they’ll get back to you by a certain date they will.
To find professional editors I suggest going to http://writersmarket.com/PaidServices/ you can find fantastic professional editors on this site.
Oh and one last tip DO NOT go to an amateur editor professionals are your best bet; because you want somebody who knows not only what they’re doing, but who also knows the publishing industry.