Part 1 is here.
A Well-Edited Book Gets Better Reviews
As a self-published author, glowing reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and other platforms will be your lifeblood. Before someone shells out the cash for your book they want a little reassurance that they won't regret their choice. If you spend any time perusing reviews for new authors on Amazon, you will see plenty that go something like "The story was interesting but all the typos were distracting," "This book could really use a good editor," or "Way too confusing. Story hopped around too much and I couldn't follow it."
After reading a review like that, most book shoppers will look elsewhere for something better to read. Plus, most savvy readers can tell the difference between genuine good reviews and unethical spam reviews that the author paid for. Instead, it's so much better to wait to publish your book until it's the best book it can possibly be. Only then can you enjoy the immense gratification that comes from readers who LOVE your book and can't wait to tell everyone they know about it, often in the form of a public review.
You know how you can tell a book had an editor? If none of the reviews even mention the lack of typos, grammatical errors, continuity issues, etc. Because when a book is edited properly, it flows so well and is such an immersive experience that readers don't even notice those things.
On the other hand, a book that hasn't been edited will take the reader out of your story, no matter how compelling it would be otherwise.
The truth is, hiring an editor costs money and is a luxury. Not everyone has an extra $1200 or so to spend on editing services. But if you are on the fence about hiring someone to professionally edit your novel, you may want to look at it as an investment. Your editor will help polish your book until it is something you are truly proud to publish. And you just might find that doing so results in more and better quality reviews, which in turn translates into more sales.
So, how does this whole hiring an editor thing work, anyway? Here’s what you can expect from the editing process in 5 steps:
1. You send me an email with your project details and any questions. I will respond within 24 hours.
2. We establish project terms over email or in a short phone call. For more substantial projects I require a standard contract. Deadlines are mutually agreed upon based on your own needs as well as my schedule. Typically, projects of less than 7,000 words can be returned within 48 hours. Longer works, such as novels, can normally be completed within two or three weeks.
3. Once all of your preliminary questions are answered, it’s time to get started. Send me your document if you haven’t already done so and I will then send you your first Paypal invoice. I require a 50% payment up front to begin work and the final 50% after work is completed and you’ve had a chance to review.
4. I do my magic. I send two documents back to you- a clean copy with all of my suggested edits already made, and a track changes version with comments and edits red-lined. This gives you the opportunity to see exactly which changes have been made, and even accept/reject them individually if you wish.
5. After I complete the work you have a full week to review, ask for clarification as needed, discuss changes, and pay your final invoice.
That’s it! Throughout this process and even afterward I am always available by email to discuss your project. And sometimes just to discuss life or whatever, because I work from home and am therefore starved for human contact. ;)