So anyways, I started the re-write for Big Girls Don’t Cry yesterday.
I’ve printed up the version of my manuscript my editor’s mark-ups. The plan is to cross through each one as it’s dealt with. Because most of the changes that need to be made require the insertion or re-ordering of scenes and chapters, I’ve popped it all back into Scrivener- it’s much easier to find and move whole portions of words around.
It’s a method that worked for Baby, It’s You, so I’m hoping it will work this time around too.
I was talking through the process with someone at conference last weekend, and was asked the question, ‘how did you find your editor?’
Whilst I previously popped this up on the Tracey Hamill site (when I was considering using a pseudonym) I figured that could also be something you’d be interested in…so here’s what I wrote then…
To begin with, I had in mind a few considerations:
- I wanted to work with someone who had worked in traditional publishing of commercial fiction
- I wanted to work with someone who had worked with indie authors
- I wanted to work with someone who had worked with chick lit/commercial women’s fiction
- I wanted to work with someone who actually enjoyed reading chick lit and women’s fiction
- I wanted to work with someone who I thought would also be in my target audience
- I wanted to work with someone based in Australia
- I wanted to work with someone who “got” my voice and my story and who could help me make it all come together
- I wanted to work with someone who I could work with…yes, that does make sense…and who I could work with in the long term
- Armed with this information I went looking.
- I popped the search term “freelance editor” into Linked In
- I put the request out on Twitter
- I read the acknowledgement pages in books that I really enjoyed
- I googled the terms “freelance editor” and “how to find an editor” and landed on the Freelance Editors Network.
- I checked out the website for NSW Writers Centre (of which I’m a member).
Then I went through profiles, checked out the links, until I found a few that resonated with me. Then I emailed them.
Price was an important consideration, of course it is- self-publishing is a business, and businesses have budgets- but ultimately, ticking the boxes above were more important to me.
There you have it.
Who do I use? The delightful Nicola O’Shea from EBookedit.com.au.
Until next time….
Love all of these pointers Jo, such a wonderful resource and so generous of you to share.
Thanks Deb…I figure if I had these questions, so do other people on the self publishing road…
Oh and by the way, you mentioned a skype session the other day I think – would be great!
You bet…I’ll message you on Facebook.
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