Writers! Listen up. It’s hard for self publishing writers when putting their work out. Many lose potential fans once their work is out there with poor editing. Errors really can be prevented. In this situation you really do not get a chance to make a first impression.
Well Writer’s Digest has a service that will help writers get their ish right for showing.
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Word of advice though. Before settling with an editor do your homework! Many writers get into a relationship with an editor too quickly. Make sure that editor even represents your genre. Seasoned editors will most likely tell you ‘hey this is not my area of expertise’. Greedy editors will attempt to take on your project just for the money. They may bring in so many clients they don’t have time to give you an above average critique. Check how many clients the editor have. Ask for references (yes you can do that). Make sure you’re comfortable with that editor. A lot of times a steady relationship can last throughout your writing career. I mean it is a business right? And even if you decide down the road that this editor will not work out don’t leave on a bad note. Try and keep in contact every once in awhile; you never know the connects that editor may have for you and vice versa.
I’m always curious as to how writers choose who they will work with (publishing house, agent, designers, etc.). What have you done that may not have been done before to weed out who you will work with? Is there a formula to it?
Peace and luv!