I often see writers asking for an editor on social groups.
Frequently the post asks for ‘someone’ to ‘help edit’ or ‘look over’ their book. (Which is not a book at all just a manuscript and more often than not, only part of a first draft.)
Occasionally the person posting may ask for a ‘beta reader or editor’.
The common factor is, to the eyes of an experienced author or publisher, the people asking have no idea who they need, what skill set that person should have or, indeed, the actual reason they need ‘someone’ to ‘edit’ their work, which, in all honesty, will be a far cry from the thoughts they hold when they ask the question in the first instance.
This naivety is not wrong. We have all been novice writers.
However, my issue is twofold.
Firstly; whilst inexperience throws up challenges and situations one has not…
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