12-07-2010, 03:15 AM
Our fiction editors are swamped! A happy report considering the rest of the economy. We're adding to our network. Details:

Book-Editing.com needs FICTION specialists (mainstream and genre) who can perform ALL of the following services:
-- developmental editing
-- copyediting / line editing
-- proofreading
-- fact checking

Editors work directly with clients and remain freelance/independent contractors. Editors set their rates (average is 2-4 cents per word).

Please review our web site before applying (book-editing.com). Qualified applicants will be sent several short editing and writing tests. Failed tests are not marked and returned. Do not respond if you are not qualified for this exact posting (i.e., you are a nonfiction editor), failed our tests within the past 18 months, or cannot make a 1-year commitment to the network.

If you pass our tests you'll be able to make contact with editors already in the network before deciding to join.


Basic requirements:

You must be 100% freelance (no day job).
5+ years of editing experience and a track record of published fiction (not self-published) that you have edited.
Ability to use Microsoft Word’s tracking and comment features. Your version of Word must be 2007 or later.
Ability to check e-mail several times each day (including once per day on weekends).
Consistent availability (This is a high-volume editing network. Do not apply if you tend to stay busy and are only looking for "fill in" work.)
Dependable Internet connection (primary/secondary).
English must be your first language.

Ethical policies
Freelance editors in this network:
-- must use written contracts/service agreements that specify the scope of the project, the cost per word/per page/per hour, and payment methods
-- may only offer services related to the tests passed (e.g., developmental editors and writers who do not pass the copyediting/proofreading tests may not offer copyediting/proofreading services through this network)
-- may not subcontract projects to other editors
-- must provide all network clients with a feedback form that is returned to the network coordinator
How to apply:
Send resume and list of FICTION books edited (and subsequently published) to apply2010 -at- book-editing.com.

Preference will be given to applicants who intend to commit long-term, submit a bio written in third person (see examples on site), and provide verifiable feedback/references from clients (published writers).
Resumes without book lists will not be considered.

12-07-2010, 01:23 PM
Please don't take this the wrong way, BE, I'm just asking....

Has anyone ever heard of this company?

12-07-2010, 07:38 PM
We've got a short thread on them in BR&BC, FWIW. http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=62834

12-07-2010, 10:04 PM
Their requirements sound very tight and to be honest, some of the stuff I would ask an editor before deciding...

It would be interesting to know before hand who some of their past clients are that have gone on to get published based on their services...

12-07-2010, 10:12 PM
Most of the posted editors have the published books listed (click on MORE).
The network was formed in 1998 to protect writers from scams and to promote experienced, talented editors. My own site is manuscriptediting.com, but I don't promote it because the mission of the book-editing.com network is more important. Because of the screening process, we hardly ever get a complaint from a client. Complaints are usually related to the editor not performing additional services off the clock, and those are not legit complaints.

Blessings y'all ...
Lynda Lotman

12-07-2010, 10:46 PM
I am Marlo Garner (http://www.book-editing.com/bios/marlo-garner/), one of the freelance editors of BEA, a published children's book author, and a writing teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design (http://www.risd.edu/) (RISD CE, as Marlo Garnsworthy). I am also a member of SCBWI (http://www.scbwi.org/) (and well-known in the New England branch) and the Editorial Freelancer's Association (http://www.the-efa.org/).

I can assure you we are thoroughly vetted and interviewed prior to admittance to the Book Editing Associates Network, tested extensively in developmental/substantive editing and with strict pass/fail copyediting tests. We also must have a list of published projects (not self-published), and most editors have at least some of their projects listed on their page. Many of us also have articles we've written, blogs (http://cleverbirdy.blogspot.com/), and self-interviews so you can get to know us a little better. Most of us specialize in certain genres; my specialty is children's fiction (from picture books to YA), though I occasionally edit other genres and non-fiction.

It is standard practice to adhere to the Editorial Freelancers Association rate guidelines, and you can view those here. (http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php)

Also, clients must be provided with feedback forms, and you will see feedback received on our BEA pages.

For anyone considering applying, I'd like to share that my own experience with BEA has been nothing short of life-changing. I have been with the Network for three and a half years now and have never been without multiple projects at one time. Our Network Coordinator, Lynda, is supportive, helpful, and works hard to ensure our success.

When considering working with any service provider in this industry, it is wise to always do one's due diligence and check at: Writer Beware (http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/), Preditors & Editors (http://pred-ed.com/), and this forum.

Marlo Garnsworthy
* Eat Your Cheese, Ginny Giles
* On Your Skis, Ginny Giles
* Scratch Your Fleas, Ginny Giles (all Clean Slate Press, Feb, 2010)
* Let's Visit Space (Macmillan McGraw-Hill 2007)
* Author at Work: Dr. Seuss (McGraw-Hill, forthcoming)
* Little Bird's Internet Security Adventure (AVG, forthcoming)

Book Editing Associates
www.book-editing.com/bios/marlo-garner (http://www.book-editing.com/bios/marlo-garner/)

12-09-2010, 02:48 AM
It's always encouraging when one of the people being put on the hot seat actually recommends writers check sites like Writers' Beware before making choices about submissions, editing, etc.

Good answer! And thanks for posting, Marlo.