Have fun at the editor’s, manuscript!

Here are a few lessons learned from my recent adventure finding the right editor for my novel.
1. There is no “average” range for an editor’s fee. Of the editors I queried, their fee for a developmental critique of my novel ranged from $75 to more than $4000.
2. Keep looking for the right editor—she/he is out there. A few of my options sounded good at first, but my gut told me to keep looking. For example, one highly-recommended editing agency uses anonymous editors only. That didn’t feel right to me. Another agency that sounded like a good fit for me paired me with an editor whose background was much like my own (a writer/editor of magazine articles, all nonfiction.) That didn’t feel right either.
3. Know what you want. My dream editor was affordable, highly recommended, and experienced in editing historical fiction, preferably works with dual narrative threads. The editor I hired not only has those qualifications but is also the author of two critically acclaimed historical novels with multiple narrative voices.

To be continued…I will follow up on this topic when I get my edited manuscript back in the spring.

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Amy Maroney

I'm a writer living in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and daughters. It took 4 years to write and publish my first novel, The Girl from Oto. Before that I was a writer and editor of nonfiction. This blog charts my progress as an independent author navigating the fog-shrouded switchbacks of "authorpreneurship." Come along for the ride...I hope what I've learned along the way can help you, too!

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