S3, E57: Let’s Edit! 1

Other than fawning over my new whiteboard, this episode pretty much gets right to the point (*gasp*) as I talk about how I went about finding an editor for Aisuru, what the process has been like thus far, and what’s next for Aisuru!

News & Notes:

  • I have a new whiteboard, 32 lovely square feet of whiteboard!

 Main Topic:

  1. The Search for an Editor
    1. Any recommendations mention in forums, others social media, etc were given a cursory glance and bookmarked if not eliminated for:
      1. No easy to follow pricing or pricing based on an hourly rate rather than per word (preferred), per X words, or per 250-word page
      2. Poorly designed website (web developers are a bit snobby about such things)
      3. Non-US based
      4. Extremely high prices (anything that had a then 50k word book costing over $2k was out)
    2. Same applied to numerous editors I glanced at by browsing ones advertising or who are members of some of the Texas writing groups and members of the Editorial Freelance Association
  2. Narrowing Them Down
    1. Eliminated any that didn’t meet my more stringent preferences
      1. Is also a writer and site promotes writing as heavily if not more than editing services
      2. Prices too high to comfortably fit budget – was aiming for around the $1k mark
      3. Prices so low as to be concerning on quality
      4. Service descriptions unclear, conflicting, or non-existent
      5. Didn’t get a good vibe from the tone of the site copy
      6. Too many easy to see mistakes in the site copy (editor, edit thyself 🙂 )
    2. Choosing Between Two: Pure Text (Lauren E. Ruiz) and Little Green Eyed Press
      1. Requested sample edits by providing first chapter of Aisuru
      2. In both cases, asked for copyedit but received back comments also illustrating the substantive edit
      3. Evaluating the edits (subjective obviously!)
  3. What then?
    1. Confirm editor interest and agree to any final terms, like when you will provide your novel and they will return
    2. Pay per terms; some do a deposit first then pay later; in our case, I paid in full before work began
    3. Send the manuscript
      1. Be sure to tell your editor things related to style, for example I didn’t think to note that my using double spaces after each sentence is a deliberate style choice so Lauren removed them all because it’s now considered “old fashioned” (I acknowledge I’m a fuddy-duddy LOL)
      2. Send the file in Word unless you and your editor agree otherwise
      3. Use common fonts, like Times New Roman, Cambria, or Calibri (using Word’s styles rather than just changing will make it easier on you later!)
    4. Wait…wait….wait 🙂
    5. Get manuscript back!
      1. Seriously – was tempted to drink myself tipsy before even looking because I feared the worse
      2. Open mind, put aside ego, skim everything
      3. Put it aside 24 hours or so
      4. Go through again, focusing on the story comments (since I did a substantive edit); use shiny new whiteboard to make notes on the major things to address
      5. Start processing edits – aiming to have wording/grammar edits processed by the 21st of this month, then giving myself until March 7th for the story stuff
    6. Okay, and then what?
      1. At that point (and probably before), I’ll have to decide if I want to pay for a final proofread or not; if I do, then Aisuru will go back out for that
      2. Either way, I’ll also work on deciding the release date and finalizing materials and stuff related to that; I have a date in mind, but it will all depend on time to process and if I do the proofing then turn around time there; so not going to announce just yet 😀