You’ve just finished your life’s work, but you’ve heard that writers should never edit their own work. What now? Paying for a book editing service is mighty expensive; is it even worth it? Depending on whether you’re self-publishing or going the traditional publishing route, you’ll want to edit your novel. The majority of readers and writers will be instantly turned off from your story, regardless of how great it is, if the grammar and spelling are sub-par.
Maybe you’ve asked a Facebook group what their thoughts are on editing services, and you’ve been spammed with everyone promoting their own book editing work to you. While that might benefit them, it doesn’t necessarily help you. What you really need is someone to sit down with you and offer some helpful advice, right?
Get a Free Book Editing Sample
First and foremost, you should absolutely be able to have at least one page of your book edited for free. It’s a huge commitment to spend a thousand or more dollars with someone you’ve never worked with before. You’ll want to read reviews and see some of the editor’s work first. It’s beneficial to be able to see that the editor’s command of the English language is sufficient, but remember that editors are human, too. I highly recommend that you don’t pay an editor unless it is backed through a well-known platform like Upwork, Fiverr, or PayPal – these companies have your back with every purchase.
Realize That Book Editing Takes Time
Editing a text isn’t like reading a text. Many editors will read the same sentence three or four times! Any editor that promises more than 10 pages (2500 words) per day is rushing through your work. In addition to this, most book editing professionals will work through your manuscript more than once – a preliminary, in-depth edit and a quick, final edit. Let’s just say that your book won’t be ready to publish in a week!
Another consideration you may wish to take is that different editors will catch different types of issues. Some book editing services will do simple typo checks, simple grammar fixes, and not much else; save these types of edits for after your large, in-depth edit (like the services I provide).
Be Prepared to See Change
The job of an editor isn’t to completely alter your work and make it sound like his/her voice. Any editor that does this isn’t worth paying money to. A good editor will maintain all those little things that make your text yours. This is another reason to get a free sample before committing to any particular editor. When you get your sample back, make sure you read through the text to make sure that your potential editor didn’t change your voice too much!
Shop Around, but Don’t Settle
It’s a huge expense to have a text professionally edited. However, it’s an imperative step in becoming a published author. As we mentioned before, readers will be more likely to put your book down and rate it poorly if there are grammar and spelling mistakes. Wordy sentences and improper word usage will make your book difficult to read and understand.
You definitely don’t want to pay less for something only to have it be sub-par. Shell out the extra money so that you have faith in your editor!
Let’s Work Together
Back in November of 2018, I was struggling with how to leverage my strengths and funnel them into a side-hustle. Eventually, I figured it out, and I ended up successfully building a five-star business on Fiverr over the past two years. I’ve since graduated to having my own website (where I offer writing and editing services) and several repeat clients I work for on a regular basis.
If you’d like to work together on a free sample edit, email me at [email protected]. If you’re happy with the sample, we can talk about a book editing quote for your project! I use PayPal for all transactions, and I’d love to help you get your book ready for publishing.