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Where to find an editor with lots of experience? (nonfiction self-help)

Editing for authors: because every writer needs a good editor.


Nov 8, 2020
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Hi all. I wanted to stop by and ask how I can find the editor I'm looking for. I know I can find a developmental editor for the self help genre, but I'm looking for the right one for me. I am looking for someone who has a ton of experience editing self help books. I'm imagining this person to be in their mid 40's, and american. Since that's the culture I'm from and I believe that person will best understand me.

So where do all the editors hang out? Where do I go asking around for the editor that meets my criteria? I'm not really looking for a newbie fresh out of college, or even someone who's been at it for a few years but who has only edited the amount of books that will fit into that timespan. I'm looking for someone who has loads of experience. I need this thing to be a home run.


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If you are planning to trade publish, do not hire an editor unless you are not a native speaker/writer of English, or have some other special circumstances.

Your publisher will provide an editor at no charge to you, and you might actually create problems by using an editor.

If you are going to self-publish, you might look at this FAQ about publishing services.