Deborah K. Frontier
my comfort level. I ended up spending a lot more after the fact to put out a better second edition. Now, I always hire a “second pair of eyes” that have never seen that particular work before that will catch all the things that I missed, or to offer a fresh perspective on my work.
through the work. If that author plans to try to publish “traditionally,” the cleaner a work is, the better the chances of an agent or publishing house offering a contract. When publishing independently, an author should make every effort to demonstrate the highest level of professionalism because poorly edited books are what give independent publishers a “bad name” in the industry.
If your book is worth publishing, it’s worth doing it right.
who is familiar with the genre in which you write. You don’t want an editor who reads only romances to edit your children’s book. It’s okay to ask for references or previous clients. With cost, you get what you pay for. While you don’t want to pay an enormous amount, if you pay too little, you may not get a good job.
Many writers belong to critique groups where they help each other. This kind of arrangement can be very instructive and it’s a good “trade.” You give them your time and they give you theirs. Choose at least one critique partner who writes better than you do! If you don’t, your writing won’t improve. I was part of a critique group for many years when I first began writing. I learned as much from what Person A said about Person B’s work as I did from what each said about mine. I will be forever grateful to one critique partner who considered himself a member of the “adverb police.” His motto was, “If you need an adverb, you are not using strong enough verbs.”
extensive that I made pennies per hour with a “per page” price. Now I ask for a 10-20 page sample of the work and the total page count. I look at the amount of time to do those pages and figure the total number of clock hours necessary to do the job and multiply that by an hourly rate. This makes a binding estimate for my prospective client. If you asked a contractor for a quote on remodeling your kitchen, that contractor would take a look at the job, figure the time and the materials needed and quote you a price. And, just like most contractors, I have a client pay half up front and the second half within 30 days of my completing the project.
satisfied clients. Because I have a wide publishing and educational background, I can do a great variety of editing jobs: children’s books in any genre or age bracket, adult fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Those interested can check out my web site: www.authorsden.com/deborahkfrontiera and the references on my Linked In page. Contact me at 713-416-0109 or email@example.com (put “need editor” in the subject line). Good luck with your writing project.