A freelance editor can help you identify issues in your story that other friends or readers may overlook. This is especially helpful if you’re receiving rejections from agents or publishers but not getting feedback as to why.
If you’re going the self-publishing route, a freelance editor can help ensure you present a more polished book. If readers notice multiple typos on just the first page, you’re going to quickly lose their confidence.
Absolutely not. This may seem contradictory to the previous question, but if you are planning to go the traditional route, you do not need to hire an editor. Your decision to work with an editor should be based on the type of feedback you’re seeking. Critique partners and beta readers are valuable resources, and can definitely be utilized before you query. But if you feel you would benefit from working with a freelance editor (or maybe you’re having trouble finding and keeping CPs), then that decision is yours.
The publishing industry is incredibly subjective, so I can’t guarantee you will sign with an agent or get published. All I can promise is honest, detailed feedback to make your story stronger.
Once you’ve agreed to the quoted price, expect to sign an Editorial Agreement that outlines the scope of the work, as well as the estimated completion date of the project. I do require a 50% deposit upfront before I can begin the work. The remainder must be paid at the conclusion of the engagement, before I can release the edited manuscript. I will periodically send updates to let you know when I’ve started the project and keep you posted on my progress.
While the books I worked on during my time at The Knight Agency were mostly romance, my biggest love is young adult fiction, and I also specialize in middle grade. My favorite YA novels include Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus, and You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon. Some favorite middle grade reads include When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, and Wonder by R. J. Palacio.
As far as genres and subjects go, I love:
- Coming of age
- Friendship and/or family stories
- Social issues
- Stories about death/losing someone
- Romantic relationships
I am not the best fit for fantasy.
That said, if I feel I can’t give you the edit you need, I’ll let you know! I can always refer you to a colleague.