Not all editors are created equal—and if you want to find the person who best fits your style, your disposition, and the parameters of your project, it’s important to do some due diligence.
This is true whether you’re hiring an editor for your company emails, your business brochure, or the novel you’ve been cranking out: You should vet potential editors before hiring them. You can start by interviewing a potential editor and asking these key questions.
The Right Questions for Your Potential Editor
What kind of experience do you have? You probably want someone who’s done professional editing work before, and on projects like your own. If you’re looking for someone to edit a business document, you may not want an editor who only works in fiction.
What kind of training do you have? Anyone can call themselves an editor—but you have every right to seek someone who has actual, formal training in this role.
What is your editorial style? What sort of notations can you expect to see? Will the editing be conceptual, developmental, or purely proofreading? How will your editor convey suggested edits to you? Will the editor offer an overall summary of your work?
What sort of consultation do you offer? You want to find an editor who will not only annotate your work, but also spend some time with you talking through the suggested revisions.
What is your goal as an editor? You want to find an editor whose mission is to make both the writer and the writing shine.
What is your turnaround? Get an idea of how long the editing process will take.
What are the deliverables? Will you receive a marked-up document? A document with “track changes” on? A more formal editorial letter?
What’s the fee? Naturally, you’ll want to ask about pricing on the front end of your arrangement.
Get an Editor Who Will Make Your Writing Shine
The bottom line: There are a lot of good editors out there, and it’s worth taking the time to locate the person whose style best fits your needs. These questions will point you in the right direction.
Grammar Chic’s editors are always happy to answer these questions and any other you might have. To ask us about the editing process, contact Grammar Chic, Inc. today. Reach us at www.grammarchic.net, or 803-831-7444.
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