How do I choose a freelance editor for my book?

If you have decided to self-publish your book, you need to find a freelance editor. Asking yourself these questions will help you decide on who you should be looking for (and to know when you have found them).

  1. Do I understand the difference between proofreading and editing?
  2. Do I want an editor that will not only mark-up suggestions, but make the changes to my book as well?
  3. Do I also need help understanding the steps in the self-publishing process?
  4. Do I want to have an editor who replies to emails on any question about editing, proofreading and self-publishing, without charging me extra?
  5. Do I want my editor to be a published author already?
  6. Am I going to need assistance with other services, such as producing a website, gaining a community following, graphic design and typesetting, social media marketing – and can I ask my editor for recommendations?
  7. How much am I willing to pay to improve my book with an editing or proofreading service?

Sometimes the publishing service will offer editing and proofreading within their publishing service. But this will not apply to you if you are planning to DIY publish (and save money and retain control in your publishing and marketing processes) or use a print-on-demand service.

You can also consult with friends, read the websites of books you admire, and search for blogs – and communicate with other self-published authors, for their experiences and recommendations.

A good editor should offer a solid background in creative industry, have clients and referrals, and should also offer a safe and secure way to make payment.


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