From stranger to ally: How to contact an editor

Useful pointers from Martha 😀

Editor Queries

help wanted graphicWe put our hearts into our writing. So it’s no wonder that writers may feel a little trepidation about hiring an editor — trusting their work to someone who is, after all, a stranger. But it may surprise you to learn that editors may also feel some trepidation when they’re approached by a new client. If you know ahead of time what standard practices are, you can more easily assess whether an editor is professional. And if you know the red flags that make an editor cautious about taking on a project, you’ll have an easier time finding the editor who’s right for you and your writing. Here are some tips for contacting and hiring an editor.

Do a little research ahead of time. Look closely at the editor’s website, the Editorial Freelancers Association directory’s description of the editor’s services, or the editor’s LinkedIn profile. If you need a manuscript…

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