The Lowdown Truth About “Affordable” Book Editors
A search for “affordable book editors” will dredge up information on a broad array of professional book editors because the term “affordable” is subjective. Moreover, writers in need of book editing require above all else an understanding of what they hope to achieve by hiring a freelance book editor. Only at that point should they weigh their idea of affordability against the odds of meeting with success in the book market.
The whole idea of “success” brings up yet another subjective topic that needs to be examined and understood by both aspiring and established writers: What does success look like to you? Selling 1,000 copies of your book? Selling 100,000 copies? Selling 1,000,000 copies? Some other metric altogether? All of these are valid measures of success.
When it comes to hiring an editor for your book you will find the adage You get what you pay for applies just as neatly to “affordable book editors” as it does to so many other facets of life. I have done my best to balance my pricing with the value that my decades-long experience brings to a book project. I have also factored in my policy of ongoing client assistance that effectively eliminates the notion of having to rehire me (or someone else) to edit any revisions you make to your book manuscript.
My best advice to anyone shopping for a book editor is that you allow yourself to be led by your writer’s instinct. It will lead you far, and very rarely will it lead you astray.
A Book Editing Philosophy of Sorts
Since 1999, I have worked as a professional book editor, assisting hundreds of writers in maximizing their creative potential and making their book-publishing dreams a reality. Books I’ve edited have been praised by prominent reviewers, fans, writers, producers, and critics. From romance novels and young adult fiction to science fantasy and supernatural horror, I have brought my expertise to bear on dozens and dozens of successful books. Today I stand ready to help you in your book venture.
Every book manuscript, whatever the genre, involves at least one story that needs to be told appropriately, engagingly, and effectively. I work from the core conviction that a book’s best chance of success comes through well-informed editorial oversight. Accordingly, as your book editor I focus on the fine honing of all aspects of the writing and story structure, from language and logic to plotting and genre-specific convention.
Should You Hire Me as Your Book Editor
Once hired, I undertake a head-to-toe appraisal of a book manuscript before I begin work. My editing approach is comprehensive and deep. Typically editing, copy editing, and proofreading are separate functions. Because of my instinctively elemental style of engagement with the written word, however, I function as an editor, copy editor, and proofreader in one. In other words, as my client you will have no need to hire a proofreader or pay for outside editorial advice.
You may request a hardcopy edit, although most clients choose an onscreen edit using Word’s Track Changes feature. My editing fee is 6 cents per word (for example, $3,600 for a 60,000-word book manuscript). Payment is made by check; I do not accept Paypal. I work under a standard editing agreement that may be tweaked here and there to accommodate our mutual preferences.