So, you’re considering hiring an editor! Yay—that means I can skip the part where I convince you why editors are necessary and move on to what you should be looking for in your editor.
As a writer and editor myself, I would like to propose four vital checkboxes to tick off in your search.
Why are these points vital? Well, just like in most industries, there are good editors… and then there are not-so-good editors. An editor might be not so good for several reasons. Maybe it’s just that they don’t have the same working style as you, and that’s ok. Or maybe it’s because they don’t know their stuff, and that’s not so ok. If you’re spending the time, energy, and money on working with an editor, you want to make sure they can actually do the job you hired them to do, right?
When you’re hiring your editor, look for…