As I was considering self-publishing, I thought I’d check out the editing services that are out there. Editors are found at each of these websites:
But how do you know that they are any good?
The editor that I contacted would charge $2/page which is apparently the going rate…in Canada… I guess. But since I had about 300 pages she’d do it for $500 CAN. I thought about it and suggested that maybe I could send her 50 pages and $100 to see how we worked together. She agreed.
In the meantime, I decided to query agents first (which will be another blog onto itself). I asked her if she would proof my query, which she did. She did not catch that a word was missing from the text.
I did not intend it as a test because it was completely inadvertent. I only caught it after I received her proof. It wasn’t a very big word, just three letters… but… if I’m paying that kind of money, I expect perfection. I told her tonight that I wouldn’t be needing her services and told her why. Am I being too harsh?
An editor on Goodreads will do it for $300 US… some even much less.
I also have some leads on some local editors. Going to check those out too. Or do it myself. $300 US can buy me a remote car starter…
I’m going to be checking out the websites that give you tricks on editing your own work. *sigh*