Will hiring a freelance editor ensure you pitch the perfect game?
In writing terms, will it ensure you get published? Do you need an
There are a number of pros and cons related to whether you
should hire a freelance editor. Some writers benefit greatly from
the experience while others have a difficult time and may even get
Four Points to Examine Before Hiring a Freelance Editor:
1. One of the most important aspects of hiring someone to critique
or edit your work is to be open to criticism. If you do not have the
personality to handle constructive criticism, suggestions, and/or
edits, then you shouldn’t hire a freelance editor.
2. Before you contemplate hiring a freelance editor, get your
manuscript in the best shape possible. What this means is you
should know your craft or be engaged in learning it. You should
obviously belong to a critique group that focuses on the genre you
write. This group should have new and experienced/published
authors in it. This will help you to hone your craft through the
critiques you receive and the critiques you give.
There are also a number of fantastic free online writers’
conferences such as the Muse Online Writers Conference that will
help you hone your craft. There are workshops offered covering
just about every writing genre, plus freelance writing and
marketing. AND, you will have the opportunity to pitch to
publishers. Between the networking and learning, it’s not
something you should lightly pass on.
Next up on the road to learning your craft is to join a couple of
writing groups again be sure they have new and experienced
writers. You can even look into a writing coach or instructor.
Check out the article, “How do You Learn to Write For Children”
3. Hiring a freelance editor to go over your manuscript will not
guarantee it will get published, even the best in the field can’t
promise this. What they will do is help you to get it in the best
shape possible. But, whether or not you take their advice is
This holds true everywhere in the writing world. You may send
your manuscript out, after it’s polished, to 20 publishers and
agents and get rejections. Then, you send it to one more and it
happens . . . this publisher has been looking for what your have.
But, it’s a sure bet if you’re manuscript isn’t polished you won’t
ever get that far.
4. If you did your best to get your manuscript into what you think
is publishable shape (this means going over all the self-editing
rules) and you want an editor to give it a final once over, be sure
to ask for recommendations from other writers.
5. Never let an editor discourage you from pursuing your writing
goals. It’s the editor’s job to be honest and do her best to help you
onto the publishing road. You need to take the constructive
guidance in the manner it is intended. Don’t get discouraged, view
the changes your editor is suggesting and try to honestly discern if
the changes make the manuscript better. Think of the editor as
Karen Cioffi is an author, ghostwriter (for authors, bloggers, and
businesses), freelance writer, and acquisitions editor intern for
4RVpublishingllc.com. She is
also on the team of DKVwritingRu.com and
the founder and manager of VBT Writers on the Move, as well as co-moderator of a
children’s writing critique group.
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