There are many ways to prepare when hiring a professional editor. Here are some ways to be totally prepared when you do.
How to Spot a Professional Editor: Telltale Signs That Your Editor Is a Professional by Mary Neighbour
Because a professional editor needs to know a great deal about the minutia of words, sentences, paragraphs, and storytelling, there are countless ways to spot a professional.
Editing Terms – Knowing the lingo can help writers understand the business and the goals of editing. Most authors are aware that editing entails several levels of attention and engagement. You likely are already familiar with these various stages of editing:
Publishing a book has always had one basic objective: to make reading clear, enjoyable, and meaningful. A professional editor is key to that outcome.
A famous author once said that every book should contain a love story. Now, that author might not have thought that the love story needed a sex scene, but many novelists writing in every genre do include sex scenes in their books. And there’s a problem with that.
Setting is a crucial part of any story. A while ago, I said it could be handled essentially as a character—for example, by using it to focus on the senses and build emotion. But you can also make your story placement meaningful, not just convenient. You want your setting to be more than a backdrop for events.
Many well-known writers have such distinctive writing styles that after reading a few paragraphs, you can identify a book’s author without seeing the cover. In fact, some writers have such distinctive voices that readers pick up their books solely because a particular name is on it,
Let’s say that you’ve written the first draft of your novel, and maybe you’ve even checked to see that all your turning points, your scenes and sequels, are where they’re supposed to be.
We all know the legend of Jack London the adventurer and prodigious writer. He is held up to authors as the epitome of the writer’s work ethic, publishing 50 fiction and non fiction books and hundreds of articles. He made his living by writing and always, always writing at least a 1,000 words a da