Are there any manuscript editors out there that could answer the following questions in this post?
A few months ago I got in contact with an editor and I’ve been working with said editor for the past few months on my manuscript.
When I first started reading up about this editor it seemed like the editor would be a pretty good match for me. I check with the editors references and all of them gave good reviews; however I’ve been a bit apprehensive with the editor recently.
The editor gave me an estimate on the manuscript about two months back and during that time the manuscript was in the process of being revised. By the time the revisions were done the MS had gone from 35,758 words to 41,894. I told the editor about the word increase thinking that the price would rise, but it didn’t and as it stands now it’s still the same price. Now I’m no expert but doesn’t the editor usually have to go through the book before coming up with a price? (There’s a red flag in my opinion.)
Within past few days we’ve been discussing payment and I told the editor that I was going to have to borrow the money to make the payment; because my editor finished with the book faster than I thought. The editor was okay with that; however when I mentioned that it would be a few days to a week until I could pay my editor I received this reply…
I can wait a few days for you to get it together, but please do it as fast as
possible. This is my livelihood. You did have about a month while I had the book
to do this, after all.
Correct me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t the editor be more understanding and less concerned about receiving the payment?
I went over some sample chapters the editor sent me and I was happy with them, but that shot up another red flag. Usually when your working with an editor isn’t there usually a lot of back and forth over the book, and doesn’t the author have to look at the changes being made say in certain paragraphs or chapters?
If there are any editors or writer who have worked with editors out there that could give me some insight I’m all ears.
Oh yes and I have one more question shouldn’t there be a contract somewhere in the mix?