Finding the right book editor
The romantic myth of an author sitting alone in their room and emerging with a finished book is just that: a myth. Writing is a tough skill to master. Good books are the product of talent, craft, revision and more revision. Like all creative arts, writing requires critique from knowledgeable professionals who can make suggestions and provide direction from a perspective most writers can’t obtain on their own. From developmental editing — with advice on story and structure — to copy editing and proofreading, working with a range of book editors is absolutely crucial when writing a book. But where can you find the professionals with the right experience in your genre to take your story to the next level?
What to look for in an editor
Working with a professional editor can be one of the most rewarding experiences in an author’s life. You’ll probably learn more about the craft of writing — plot, characterization, dialogue, worldbuilding… — than if you took an creative writing course. However, as is always the case in creative endeavours, critique can be hard to accept. This is why you should seek an editor who’s not only experienced in their field, but whom you’d feel comfortable receiving feedback from. In the words of one of our Reedsy editors:
“Not every editor is right for every manuscript, or author. Editing styles vary as much as writing styles do, so when choosing an editor to collaborate with, consider how your early communications with this potential partner make you feel.”
What makes Reedsy's editors so special?
Reedsy isn’t a company providing book editing services; we are a marketplace of top-notch editors. We’re not going to assign you an editor you don’t know, nor fix a price with you. We give you choice, flexibility, and access to the best editorial talent out there. Every single freelance editor on the Reedsy marketplace has been carefully selected. They all have extensive experience and ample portfolios. When you browse through the professional book editors on Reedsy, you can refine your search by type of editing and genre. You can then approach several editors at the same time with a project brief and sample of your book. There are no set fees and each editor can offer you an individual quote. This means you will receive a range of quotes and responses to your brief, allowing you to choose the best editor for your book.
Editing service definitions
Everyone uses different definitions for different types of editing. To make things a bit more transparent, here are our Reedsy definitions that all our book editors respect. Make sure you know what kind of editing you need or are looking for before you reach out to them!
An Editorial Assessment is an overall manuscript review, providing feedback on the structure of your book, as well as characterisation, plot, pacing, style and conflict. Read more
Developmental Editing takes a closer look at the structures working within your text, such as themes, mythology, diction and tone. Read more
Copy Editing is the service you need to perfect your text, strengthen your prose and ensure consistency of style. Read more
Proofreading is the final stage: a thorough check of small errors in punctuation, spelling and grammar. A proofreader will not give feedback on topics such as structure or other larger editorial issues, but will put the final polish on your work. Read more
Query Letter Review
A Query Letter Review analyses the strengths and weaknesses in your agent query proposals. An editor will go through your letter and the first pages of your manuscript and offer advice on how to make them more appealing to agents. Read more