Editorial services are part of the package when you are published in the traditional method. You put your best work forward and when the publisher buys, you work with an editor to make it even better.
For self-publishers it’s different because you need to engage the services of those experts who work for the publishing house. Many of us are inexperienced in what services to engage.
Self-published books are often smeared by others because “no self published author gets their book edited”. We know that’s not true. The sad thing is some of the books that are full of errors did receive the benefit of editorial services, just the wrong ones.
How to determine what you need for editorial services
One of the great things about self publishing is the opportunity to question the way things are done. For the traditional publishing houses, processes are in place because they were needed at some point. Like any industry, it becomes difficult to make change.
As a self-published author, you can look at your strengths – and the strengths of those around you – and then fill in the gaps with editorial services.
Are you a great proofreader? You might be able to proofread your own work. Do you have a friend who is a grammar lover? They might be able to do the line edits for you. Do you know other authors? Can they give you a manuscript review?
When you go looking for editorial services
These services can be expensive, so it’s important to make sure you are getting the right experience for your money.
Manuscript review – advice and feedback on the story you’ve created. You search for this after the first pass at revision. You are looking for writing craft advice. You can get this from an author, preferably someone who has published and sold a few books.
Editorial services – this covers a range of services from story advice to line editing that points out detailed issues like overuse of phrases. You want someone with experience in editing. This can be an author, but I suggest someone with editorial background. The services can be expensive, so you might want some references or testimonials.
The main point here is to make sure you need the service and then get the right people to do it for you.
If you need a manuscript review and don’t have access to other authors, or they don’t have the time, click on the picture below to see my rates.