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Editors: The Good and the Bad
The idea of having a professional editor edit your novel can be exciting and scary at the same time. It can be exciting, because someone you don’t know personally gets to read your work. However, it can also be intimidating, because they might do things to your work that you don’t agree with.
The good thing about having an editor is that they may point out errors in your novel that you hadn’t realized before. The errors can range from a missing period to a character that isn’t believable at all. Of course, you do not have to accept everything the editor suggests.
The downside of editors is that some have tough attitudes, are too controlling, or change things to look incorrect. For instance, you may have an active sentence saying, “The boy ran.” But instead, the editor changes it to, “The boy was running.” I’ve dealt with that a lot. If that ever happens, I would suggest ignoring or rejecting it. I’ve also had an editor who pointed out all the flaws in my book, but in a rough tone. Unless you’re strong and open to that, I wouldn’t suggest using them again. When an editor is too controlling, I can’t keep up with the edits.
A good way to see if you like the editor’s style is to request a sample edit, if it’s possible. If you like their style, then consider hiring them. If not, then find someone else.
Another important aspect to consider is the cost of the editor. Some editors may cost a few hundred dollars while others may charge thousands of dollars. If you can afford the more expensive editors, then go for them. If, however, you are not making that amount of money, or are dependent, the cheaper editors are your best bet.
Sunayna Prasad has been writing stories for over thirteen years, starting at the age of six. Now nineteen, she will start her junior year of college this fall, and will study accessory design as well as continue to write for children. Aside from that, Sunayna also likes to cook, watch movies, and draw. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her family.