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slhuang
08-08-2013, 05:33 AM
I'm almost ready to send my first novel to betas. I'm guessing it'll take a few months to send it through them and revise, depending on the schedules of my betas, and after that it'll be time for my pro editor to take a look.

I'm wondering when I should start looking into locking down that pro editor. In other words, do most editors have a wait time after you take a number, so to speak? I don't want to send my novel through betas and then end up having to wait three or four months for my editor to get to my book if the smart thing to do would've been to book the editor now, a few months in advance. :D But I also don't want to bug my prospective editors before I'm ready if this isn't a concern!

I have a shortlist of editors, and none of them have wait times listed on their websites -- does this mean they're going to be open to taking on new work fairly immediately, or does it all depend?

Words of advice or experience, O wise people who have been through the process?

thothguard51
08-08-2013, 06:04 AM
Depends on the editor and how busy they are...

As to how long it takes, you will need to lock that down with the editor in the editing agreement, as well as to the level of the editing. Such as what the level/depth of editing, how many passes are included, etc. Bare in mind, the deeper and more comprehensive the editing is, the longer it is going to take. For a 90 to 100 thousand word novel, I would expect 2-3 months, or so I have heard. Some are longer, depending on who the editor is what their schedule is...

slhuang
08-08-2013, 06:08 AM
Depends on the editor and how busy they are...

Hmm, yeah, I figured . . .



As to how long it takes, you will need to lock that down with the editor in the editing agreement, as well as to the level of the editing. Such as what the level/depth of editing, how many passes are included, etc. Bare in mind, the deeper and more comprehensive the editing is, the longer it is going to take. For a 90 to 100 thousand word novel, I would expect 2-3 months, or so I have heard. Some are longer, depending on who the editor is what their schedule is...Oh, yes, that part I knew. :D I'm more wondering if I should start booking my prospective editors now or not -- I know once they have it, it'll take X amount of time.

Thank you!!

thothguard51
08-08-2013, 06:15 AM
Does not hurt to make contact sooner than later. You might even take advantage of a sample edit to see if you and they are a good match.

girlyswot
08-08-2013, 11:31 AM
I would email now, give the approximate length of your manuscript and the kind of editing you're looking for, and ask whether they have availability coming up.

Matthew Hughes
08-08-2013, 12:41 PM
Words of advice or experience, O wise people who have been through the process?

I only edit part-time, but I usually have some work ahead of me. So if a publisher wanted me to edit something, usually they'd contact me weeks in advance. There have been exceptions -- where a book has come in late and nowhere near what it should be -- and I'll get asked to take it on asap. But for that, I'll charge more.

My advice is: if you know when your ms is going to be ready for an editor, book the work as early as you can.

slhuang
08-08-2013, 07:07 PM
Thanks, folks! This is exactly what I wanted to know. :D

Mark G
08-09-2013, 02:29 AM
Where are you planning to look for a pro editor?

slhuang
08-09-2013, 02:58 AM
Where are you planning to look for a pro editor?

I did a bunch of Research (about 90 percent of which is aggregated from discussions on AW . . .) and have a shortlist of freelance editors who look like they're fabulous, fit my genre, as far as I can tell will mesh well with my style, and do editing for self-published books. :D My first step was going to be to email them all introducing myself and asking for a sample edit (which most/all of them offer) to see who fits with me the best. And then I will hire her. I'm just wondering if I should be sending those emails in advance of when I'm ready or when I'm spit-and-polished and through my betas.

(If you have other pro editor recs, by all means let me know! Not opposed to expanding the shortlist.)

Mark G
08-09-2013, 03:05 AM
I don't have any that I know of. I was hoping to find one myself. :)

I'll have to redo your research into editors at some point and figure out the criteria for evaluating editors...