The right editor for you

"Sweet success" by michael kooiman - originally posted to Flickr as sweet success. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Sweet success” by michael kooiman – originally posted to Flickr as sweet success. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

You’re faced with so many decisions when you’re trying to be an author all by yourself. One of them is the proofreading. Should you hire someone when you don’t have the money to do it?

Well, yes, of course. The last thing you want is to have your hard work blemished by awful typos and grammar errors you didn’t catch before publishing it.

But I must admit I didn’t hire one. It’s a difficult balance to manage. On one hand you don’t have the money to do it, on the other the last thing you want is to disappoint the few readers that took a bet on you and decided to buy your book.

I thought that reading the manuscript and giving it to two or three friends would be enough. It isn’t. They could be excellent friends but that doesn’t make them professionals. And you need a keen eye to catch everything you couldn’t – and won’t – catch. Ever.

Besides the money, choosing a good professional to edit your work is a daunting task. Were should I begin? Will the person be comfortable with reading gay erotica? Is he or she trustworthy and a good professional?

There are a couple of places we’re you can start your search. The Creative Pen has an excellent article on this that you should definitely read. As for me, I can say I’ve finally found someone to edit my work I could fit into my limited budget and I hope that, from now on, my stories will be typo free :).

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