Why Should I Use an Editor?

You pour your heart and soul into a novel to publish it and entertain your readers. But you can get too close to the story and may overlook things, from plot inconsistencies to a line of dialogue that doesn’t fit a character to misusing a word. This is true of any author. I can apply a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective to your manuscript, make your text jump off the page, and generally help your story shine.

For example, I was reading a suspense thriller by one of my favorite authors years ago and came across a sentence I couldn’t decipher at first. I don’t remember the sentence word for word, but it went something like this:

He was in a hurry to catch the fairy, so he dashed to the end of the pier and leaped onto the stern…..

Keep in mind this was not a fantasy novel—fairies played no part in the plot!

The sentence should have read like this:

He was in a hurry to catch the ferry, so he dashed to the end of the pier and leaped onto the stern…..

Using “fairy” instead of “ferry” changed the meaning and context of the sentence, confusing the reader (me).

 

How Do I Choose an Editor?

Fiction editors come in varying shapes and sizes. We specialize in different genres. I specialize in suspense thrillers, science fiction, and mysteries but will consider others. Be sure an editor you’re considering works with the genre of your manuscript.

We also offer various types of editing, from plot structure and characterization to sentence structure to basic grammar and punctuation. Many editors offer all types. If you’re looking for a simple check of grammar and punctuation and not a “deep dive” into your manuscript, confirm they offer this service level.

Hold a phone or video call with a potential editor to see if you communicate well, get along well, and have a common vision for your manuscript.

Finally, is the editor available to work on your manuscript?