Best practices for working with a professional editor

It’s actually happening: You’ve hired a professional editor and it’s time to send off the manuscript. Congratulations!

Now it’s business time. What should you expect from the editing process? Are there contracts? Deadlines? When should you expect to make payments, and how much? How long will editing take? Will the editor check the grammar of the Spanish dialogue? Is your file format compatible?

So many questions—but I’ll help you ease into the water. Every editor does business a little differently, so ask your editor about these common expectations and practices before agreeing to any work. Read my checklist of advice at Writers Helping Writers:

Best Practices for Working With an Independent Editor


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