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What do I look for in an editor? I reached out to a woman who does editing on the side (she's a friend of a friend) and she totally dropped the ball. She missed her deadline and even when she gets back with me on notes I'm not seeing anything past page 15. My novel manuscript is 292 pages!

This is my first book. I'm aiming to publish this year. I really have no idea where to go with this. I don't know where to look and I definitely don't know what to look for. I found a website of a guy who claims to be the first editor for a legendary novelist, but how do I know? If I'm going to fork out the type of money to get my manuscript edited I want to know if my money's going in the right place.

I hope you can shed some light on this because I'm kind of lost here.

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Hi, Ryan!

Mostly how you know is to check their credentials. Most of the professional editors I know are more than happy to give you a client list. Often it's right on their website. Check to be sure what they edit is what you write. For example, one editor friend of mine puts the covers of the books she's edited right on the page. P.N. Elrod is one of the best in SF/F editing. http://www.vampwriter.com/VAMPWRITER_EDITING.htm

Don't be afraid to ask questions, and then go look at the books they reference. Is there a notation in the dedication to the editor? Authors often do that (I do.) Do you like how the book was edited? Is the published product something you would be proud of?

Also be certain you're familiar with the terminology of the editing world, so you're not disappointed by what they do for the money.  Here's a link to a list I wrote of the different forms of editing there are. http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9250200&postcount=13. I also highly recommend the site, AbsoluteWrite, to learn a ton about the business. Here's the main oage: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums

Hope that helps a little! Good luck!

Cathy

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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of getting published through commercial publishers, ebook publishers and self-publishing I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology, acronyms and manuscript formatting. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication.

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I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011. I've also published short stories in multiple anthologies as well as regional and national magazines.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

Publications
Books/Anthologies: Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many more. Magazines: Rocky Mountain Game & Fish, Guns & Ammo, Fur-Fish-Game, many others.

Education/Credentials
My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, 2007, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, 2006, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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