Access to Your Editor
Has this editor the level of experience you want or need? There is nothing wrong with going with a less experienced editor. But even a new editor should be able to provide a reference of some sort. When asking about experience, ask about their level of experience with the type of editing you need and your genre.
As an example, I only edit nonfiction and memoir and I only do developmental and stylistic edits. That’s it. Those are my areas of expertise, and I usually work with entrepreneurs who are integrating their book into their business or life in one way or another and need someone who understands how to do that, and how to ensure they write the right book.
Know Your Budget
Be upfront with your budget. Editors are not out to get you and we have standard fees for our work. I always ask to see a writing sample before I give a quote and I think that is common practice. If your budget is on the low end, most editors can help you prioritize the work.
Your relationship with your editor is essential to your success. Take your time to choose the right person for you and your book.
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