When Should I Get an Editor For My Book?

When Should I Get an Editor For My Book?

We had a great webinar on  with JoEllen Nordström of FirstEditing, on the right time to find an editor. If you missed the live webinar, you can watch the replay on our Webinars page.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • WHO you can you trust for editing
  • WHAT determines your editing prices
  • WHEN should you approach an editor for services
  • WHERE can you find editing help (for free!)
  • WHY professional editing is necessary (and when it is not)
  • HOW editing helps you reach your goals

 Ten steps to successful editing, according to JoEllen:

  1. Evaluating what your manuscript needs
  2. Getting the best price for qualified editors
  3. Determine where you are in your editing journey
  4. Knowing who to trust with editing
  5. What factors play into the cost of editing
  6. When should you approach an editor?
  7. What kind of services do you need?
  8. Getting help with editing
  9. Getting a professional to help you
  10. How does editing help reach your goals?

JoEllen walked us through these ten steps, and answered some great questions from attendees, so be sure to watch the replay!

How Much Does Editing Cost?

The cost of editing is probably the most frequently asked question from authors. The answer is: it depends. In the webinar, JoEllen goes over the different types of editors and what factors play into the cost of editing. One tip for lowering the cost of editing is to first do a self-edit, with a tool like ProWritingAid. The less work an editor has to do, the lower the cost.

Another strategy for lowering the cost of editing is to use beta readers. Beta readers are not a replacement for editors, but they can be helpful is pointing out egregious errors such as plot holes and repetition. Learn more about beta readers in this WPS blog post.

To get a better understanding of how editors set their prices, refer to this Reedsy article. 

How do I find the right editor for ME?

Another frequently asked question is, how do I find the right editor? The author-editor relationship is more personal than you'd think. JoEllen recommends shopping around to find the editor that will serve your book the best. One tip she shared for finding the right editor is to think about who your favorite writers are? Whose style would you like to emulate? Ask a potential editor if they are familiar with the work of that author.

You'll also want to take your genre into consideration. Every genre has it's own conventions, and you'll want an editor that is familiar with those conventions. Don't hire an academic editor for your romance novel, for example.

More importantly, you'll need to determine what stage of editing you are in, which JoEllen covers in the webinar. Different editors fill different needs. A developmental edit is much different from a copy edit, both in purpose and in cost.

Learn more about FirstEditing at firstediting.com, and use coupon code WIP19 to get 19% off services, until May 31st, 2020.

Head over to our webinars page to view the replay, and register for our upcoming webinars.



BookBaby: Your Guide on the Author Journey {Webinar}

BookBaby: Your Guide on the Author Journey {Webinar}

Women in Publishing 2019 Webinar Series


This month, we had the pleasure of hosting Steven Spatz, President of BookBaby, in our monthly webinar series, featuring sponsors of the 2019 Women in Publishing Summit.

BookBaby has grown to become the nation’s leading self-publishing company. We believe in People Powered Publishing, which means our crew of authors, poets, bloggers, and artists are dedicated to helping all writers self-publish successfully. From first-timers to veterans, novelists to photographers, we’ve helped thousands prove that it doesn’t take a traditional publishing deal to bring a dream to life. You can do it yourself—and BookBaby has the friendly customer service, knowledgeable publishing specialists, and quality book printing you need to get the job done.

Special Offer: Use code PRINT100 to save $100 Off 100+ Printed Books!

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Meet Editor Stacey Aaronson!

Meet Editor Stacey Aaronson!

We welcome back Stacey Aaronson, editor,  to the 2019 Women in Publishing Summit. Stacey's presentation demystifies the editing process.

Stacey Aaronson

Stacey Aaronson

CEO, The Book Doctor

Stacey Aaronson is a lifelong grammar nerd and lover of language who practically came out of the womb with a book in her hand. Her gift for polishing the harmony of the written word, as well as her expertise in graphic and book design, led her to establish The Book Doctor Is In, a one-stop-shop for self-publishing authors. As “The Fulfiller of Publishing Dreams,” Stacey takes writers by the hand and transforms their manuscripts into books of excellence—from top-notch editing and proofreading to engaging, audience-targeted cover and interior design—rivaling or exceeding a traditional house publication. A trusted book production partner for some of the most accomplished coaches, educators, entrepreneurs, and writers of inspirational nonfiction and memoir—several of whom have been finalists or won notable book awards, including a 2015 IPBA Benjamin Franklin award in the category Best New Voice: Nonfiction—Stacey has produced over 50 books from cover to cover, and has designed over 100 distinct interiors for novels, memoirs, middle-grade fiction, various specialty nonfiction, and academic language books. She is the author of the blog, The Self-Publishing Scoop, and is a layout artist for She Writes Press.

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Stacey is offering her free cheat sheet, What Does An Editorial Partnership Look Like?, to All Access Passholders.