Edit pictOnce your manuscript is ready to be edited and you have your publishing budget done, it’s time to find an editor. This isn’t a simple task. Why? Because a writer and editor relationship, like any good relationship, has to have good chemistry. And as you know finding a good relationship can sometimes be a daunting task.

After finishing my manuscript for Taints My Soul, I lucked out and found an editor who worked at Ebony Magazine. Her style fit mines and it was a harmonious relationship. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep up with her and when it came time to edit my second manuscript for Daddy’s Mixed Bag I couldn’t get in contact with her. No problem, I thought, I’ll just hire someone else. It was a problem.

I found editors through online searches and requested sample edits of my work. I was shocked at some of the edits I received. One example I remember is a line that I had that read something like, He strutted in the room. The editor crossed out strutted and replaced it with walked. He walked into the room doesn’t give the same vibe as strutted. To me it was about his preference and not about the image I wanted to create in the readers minds.

Another editor practically rewrote the sample I gave her. If I wanted that I would have hired her as a ghostwriter. I was sending out samples to editors, three at a time and I was turning away editors three at a time. Finally, I found the editor that I work with to this day. Her editing style enhances my writing style. Also, she identifies crutches I use in my writing and explains and answers questions about her edits.

Now, am I saying that the other editors didn’t know what they were doing? No, I’m saying they weren’t the right fit for me. You have to find the right editor for you. Here is my advice to you when trying to find one.

  1. Create a list of at least three editors you are interested in
  2. Send a RFQ (Request for Quote) for your manuscript and ask if they do a free sample edit
  3. Send a sample from your manuscript and review the edits you receive
  4. If none of the editors’ work fit your style repeat steps 1 thru 3 until you find an editor that fits your style
  5. Hire the editor that best fits your style of writing

Note: If after going through the complete editing process you still believe that the editor you hired is a good fit, hold on to their information and foster that relationship.

Click here for a free copy of my Write & Self-publish chart. It provides the high-level steps you need to write and self-publish your book. I’m currently blogging my way through each step to provide more detail. I invite you comment and ask any questions you may have on writing and self-publishing your book.

I have written and published six novels.  My latest book entitled Life on Fire, co-written with my sister Karen D. Bradley, was released in June 2015If you are new to writing a book or self-publishing and want to follow along as I share what I’ve learned, either subscribe to receive my blog posts at www.jenettambradley.com or request to be added to my  group on Facebook, JB’s Writers Studio where the links to the posts will be shared. The group will also be a place for members to ask questions and share information.


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Eva and her friends are trying to navigate the tricky waters of being single, shacking, married or divorced.

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