Hi, all. Audra here. Can you believe it's December 1st already?? I was only kidding with my husband last New Year's Day when I said, "Christmas is just around the corner, ya know." Where did the time go?
To kick off December, I've invited Sandi Rog to join us today. Sandi and I belong to Front Range Christian Fiction Writers which meets in Loveland, CO, although Sandi hasn't been able to join us for a while due to illness. Cancer is a pain in the patoot to put it mildly, but she hasn't let it get her down. More about that later, but first, I'll give Sandi center stage. She speaks lots of truth, so listen well!
During my years as an editor I've run into a number of clients who've had their work already "edited" by someone else, but they've found themselves discouraged and wanting to give up. Some have even said they feel like their story is no longer their own. When they've shown me what the person did to their work, I've been astonished to find their voice completely mutilated.
Just because a person has a degree in English does not mean they'd make a good editor—or shall I say, book doctor. Believe it or not, even published authors don't necessarily make good book doctors.
Personally, I think the term "editor" should belong to the copyeditors, and "book doctor" should belong to those that understand voice, dialogue, attributions, characterization, plot, etc. Of course, we check for spelling, grammar and punctuation, but in the end, that's the job of a copyeditor. Copyeditors are usually found in publishing houses. Your manuscript will end up on their desk after it’s passed the test of "story" (i.e. plot, characterization, dialogue, etc). See the following link to The Book Deal. There, Alan Rinzler talks about what makes a good editor/book doctor. Instead of the term "book doctor," he uses "developmental editor" and describes what that means. You may find it helpful.
Anyway, it bothers me to see "editors" taking advantage of writers. Some folks are only in it for the money and aren't interested in really helping authors. And other folks, simply don't know what they're doing.
Always be extra careful before you hand out large sums of money. Do your research, talk to previous clients, ask for references. A good editor will be happy to offer these things to you, and they will be willing to answer questions after the edit and/or speak to you on the phone. Be leery of any editor who isn't willing to do these things. Here is a link that would be good to read before you hire an editor: Preditors & Editors.
My biggest advice on selecting a high quality editor is to ask to speak to (or email) previous clients. The clients already paid their dues, and they got a full edit. They're the ones who can tell you if the editor is worth their price.
My list of recommended editors:
Inspiration for Writers (http://www.inspirationforwriters.com/)
The Book Doctor (http://thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.com/)
Audra here. This is all great information of finding a freelance editor. Sandi and her crew are among the best.
I can't believe she left off the best part!! Her book, Yahshua's Bridge, the long awaited sequel to The Master's Wall is available now!
Here's the summary:
As a special treat, please leave a comment to be included in the drawing for Sandi's books. One lucky winner will receive The Master's Wall and Yahshua's Bridge.
AND Sandi is offering two signed copies of Yahshua's Bridge.
That's THREE chances to win!! Winners will be announced in the Seekerville Weekend Edition on Saturday.
Also, if you have a moment, please stop by Alison Strobel's blog for information on a special fundraising campaign to help cover Sandi's medical costs. If you'd like follow Sandi's cancer journey, please stop by her blog, Dare To Dream.
Remember, we all have a special journey. And may we all feel special while on it!