Where is the Romance Editor and How do we find them?
There are two problems that most new independent authors come up against when the do a google search for Romance Editor.
1) The editors you email do not respond.
This can be for a number of reasons but for sure, your inquiry has to be acted on in a timely manner i.e. less than 48 hours. This speaks to the professionalism and service you are looking for.
2) The editors I find don’t niche in my genre.
There are lots of editors that do niche in romance. It is a myth that an editor can only work in or understand the nuances of one type of genre. In fact they can work outside of fiction and non-fiction in general, just as authors are multi-talented as well.
The challenge to finding a good editor is that they advance very quickly, gaining a steady clientele of authors that produce at a rate that keeps their schedule full. And/or they are so sought after that they are priced out of a new independent author’s budget.
Don’t get caught up in the details.
Once you find an editor that works with your voice and style, you will feel like you have a new best friend. So let’s look at where we can scout for a new editor.
I am a proponent of the Power of Focus. So I have chosen 3 options that should deliver results for your time spent on this task.
1) Send a friendly note to your network or search their archives.
Yahoo groups for author networking or romance writers is a great resource. There, you speak directly to the people in your field and get recommendations from proven editing services.
This will be your best resource because you get a referral and the ability to review the final product if the author has published their book.
2) Buy a Book
The number two best place to look for an editor is in a well written book.
There are hundreds of best selling self published books that have punched through all manner of expectations both from the author and from the industry. These books will be well written, properly formatted, and edited. A typical self-published author often list the editor and cover artist in the front or back matter of their book.
If you are an author, then there’s a 99% chance you love to read as well. Take a break out self-published book and a middle of the road book with good reviews in the category you are writing. If you already have some self published books that you like, send a message to the author letting them know you liked the book and ask about their editor.
3) Go where the Authors go
Kboards is a discussion forum for authors. www.kboards.com/yp
At the Writers’ Cafe there is a wealth of current information and opinions about writing, self publishing, and so much more. You can post a discussion there (looking for an editor for my book …) or use their search feature for (editor) and there will be a freelance editor that has posted recently. This source will be a little more involved because it is not genre specific but will give you some great leads.
Note: These 3 ways to find a Romance Editor doesn’t absolve the author of doing their own due diligence when hiring an editor. Check references and read over projects they have worked on.
If you decide to go with an editor that is not genre specific that is perfectly fine. Understand that independent editors do diversify for their business model. My personal go-to editor is not genre specific but I found him with the buy a book method suggested above. Good editors understand tension, show vs tell, and all the elements that make up a great story.