Who are the editors in this network?
How are editors screened to make sure they qualify for this network?
How are the editors related to this network?
What are your submission procedures?
Can I get the contact information (e-mail address or phone number) for a particular editor listed on the site?
Can I speak with the network coordinator about pricing and turnaround time before I submit?
Need help with your submission? Page the network coordinator at 469-789-3030. The message system is monitored 7 days/week.
Will the editors accept all submissions?
What happens if I ask for light editing and the editors believe my work needs more intensive editing?
Is my submission confidential?
How long does it take to receive a response?
The network coordinator receives e-mails between 8 am and 8 pm weekdays (Central Time), and sporadically on weekends. In all cases, you should receive a response no later than the next business day. Our goal is no more than 3 hours M-F. Leave voicemail for the coordinator if you did not receive a timely reply after submission: 469 789 3030.
I sent a sample chapter. Why didn't any of my selected editors accept my submission?
The writer-editor relationship works both ways. You are able to select your editor, but the editor has the right to decline a submission for various reasons, including:
1. A topic/style mismatch. Our editors will turn down a submission if they don’t feel comfortable with the topic or writing style.
2. Your expectations don’t match the editor’s specialty. (For example, you requested a proofreader for a manuscript you intend to offer to agents and traditional publishers, but proofreader sees that the manuscript needs developmental editing as a first step.)
3. An unrealistic deadline or budget. The editors are not trying to trap anyone into higher prices. They want to know what they can offer you within your budget. Be aware, however, that most professional editors have 1 or 2 projects in process and can’t start immediately.
4. You didn’t provide direct answers to the questions in the submission form.
5. The phone number and/or email addresses you gave are not correct.
6. You may have asked for price-matching with another editor in this network or on another website.
7. Your communication styles don’t match. Many people forget that this relationship requires more than just writing and editing talent. The relationship should be pleasant, not adversarial.
You can ask the network coordinator for assistance if your selected editors do not accept your submission.
If I send a chapter, will I get a sample edit?
Your sample edit will not consist of the entire chapter you sent. Because of the time commitment involved, a sample edit is usually 1 to 3 pages, depending on how much material the editor feels is necessary to edit in order to demonstrate the level of editing required and the editor’s particular style. The sample edit also gives the editor an idea of how much time your project will require and how much to quote.
Does my editor need to be an expert in my topic or genre?
A good copy editor knows when to look up a word or query an author when something doesn’t look right. Copy editors are not walking dictionaries, but they are suspicious of every word they read. That’s why editors catch mistakes that your friends and colleagues didn’t when they read your material and pronounced it “perfect.”
With developmental editing, it might be more helpful to work with a specialist in your topic or genre, especially if you need help with improving the story (fiction writing) or presenting your research (nonfiction).
Will the editor I select start work on my material right away?
I'm eager to begin submitting my manuscript to agents right away. How soon can I expect my manuscript edit to be complete?
Do the editors use an editing agreement / contract?
How do I get on an editor's calendar?
What is the turnaround time once the editor starts on my project?
How much will it cost?
Example: The editor can do 5 pages per hour for Writer A, but 1 page per hour for Writer B.
Writer A needs less editorial intervention than writer B. Writer A most likely needs proofreading or light copyediting, while Writer B needs heavy copyediting, developmental editing, or more of a rewrite (i.e., almost every sentence needs intervention).
When possible, the editor will give you a per-word rate because many factors can affect the number of words on a page (e.g., spacing and margins).
The range for proofreading/copyediting/developmental editing is 1 to 12 cents per word. Rewriting is 8-20 cents per word. Expect the higher quote for technical/medical documents and ghostwriting.
Is word count the number of total words or just the words edited?
I received responses from two editors who gave me two different per-word prices. I like the work of the editor who quoted a higher rate, but I want the lower price offered by the other editor. Will my preferred editor match the price of another editor in the network?
Each freelancer sets his/her own rate. As with any service, you can ask the editors about the basis for their quotes; however, no editor is required to lower their quoted fee to match another editor’s quote.
It’s in your best interest to select the editor who most closely matches your expectations.
Do the editors work chapter by chapter?
What are my payment options?
What if I decide to end the relationship with my editor?
Will an editor work on my book in exchange for a percent of profits?
Can I ask the editor for references?
What's the difference between a critique, developmental/substantive editing and copyediting?
Developmental/substantive editors go about things in the opposite order. They begin by reading the manuscript for the big picture (e.g., plot and character development). Most manuscripts that receive developmental editing are in need of major revision, so there’s no point in copyediting huge chunks of the manuscript that will be either deleted or altered.
A critique editor provides a written report to the author that points out strengths and weaknesses and offers revision suggestions. A critique is not an edit; unless the writer has a separate mentoring arrangement with the editor, the writer must figure out how to implement the suggestions. Some critique editors are also developmental editors who will work with the author to restructure and/or rewrite parts or all of the manuscript.
Are there book designers in the network?
Can I get help with self-publishing?
What do I get back?
What are some steps a writer can take to choose an editor?
What other information do you need to know?
Do you plan to self-publish or seek traditional publication?
Do you have previous writing experience? Have you studied writing or taken part in critique groups?
What help do you think you need with your project?
What do editors expect from the writers they work with?
- Be open to suggestions. The final product is yours, but don’t waste your money on editing if you’re too attached to your draft and will override all edits.
- Stay available. Let your editor know how to reach you by providing several means of contact.
- Let your editor work. Don’t call or e-mail each day to check on progress.
- Send your work to your editor at the agreed-upon time. If you know you won’t be ready by your appointment date, let your editor know well ahead of the start date (at least 14 days before your appointment date) so your editor can reschedule you and possibly acquire other work. You may lose your deposit if you cancel without adequate notice.
- Remember that this is a professional arrangement. Pay the correct amounts on the dates specified in the editing agreement. Don’t delay payment dates or alter payment amounts.
Do editors have a policy regarding use of their name in the acknowledgments / preface?
Can my editor help me submit my manuscript to agents or publishers?
Should I get an agent?
From a legal viewpoint, unless an author is an expert on legal matters pertaining to contracts and has the time and ability to research which publishers are most likely to accept the manuscript and offer the best financial terms, the author is better off working with an agent. It can be as difficult to attract the attention of an agent as it is to get a contract from a publisher, but in the end the contract is likely to be under better terms for the author, and the author will have saved considerable legwork and time.
Can you guarantee that my edited manuscript will be accepted by an agent or publisher?
I had a great/bad experience with the editor I selected. Should I tell the network coordinator?
Note: An editor refusing to work without prepayment or to do free additional work (above and beyond the scope outlined in the agreement) are not legitimate complaints; an editor missing a contractual deadline or becoming unavailable is.
Because of the ethical guidelines of this network and the collection of feedback from network clients, legitimate complaints have rarely occurred since the network was formed in 1998.
Please let the network coordinator know about your experience with your editor(s).