Monday, August 3, 2015

Self-publishing? Hire An Editor and Copyeditor

Are you considering self-publishing your manuscript? I recommend that you hire an editor and a copyeditor to comb through your manuscript for mechanical or punctuation errors, clarity and consistency.

You might think that you are "only" writing for your child or grandchild. While that person might be your immediate audience, you want your hard work and insight to be readable to a future audience, too (think of your grandchildren's grandchildren.) An editor and copyeditor can help you to do that.

The cost of hiring a editor and copyeditor will depend on your particular project and writing experience. Find sample rates for these and related projects through the Writer's Market's article How Much Should I Charge? and The Editorial Freelancers' Association list of common rates.

Not sure about the difference between an editor and a copyeditor? Read this article for more on the difference between copyediting and proofreading.

H/t to Amy Bucklin of Clear Sky Writing and Hila Ratzabi of the Red Sofa Salon for sharing the above resources. I strongly recommend both of them for your upcoming editing needs.

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