Last week, in my blog, I asked others to suggest ways writers might find freelance editors. Here are the suggestions I received:
Susan Oleksiw said: I’d include the National Writers Union and its locals. Local chambers of commerce sometimes include editors among their members. In Boston, Grub Street is a good resource for published and unpublished writers.
I looked it up, and the website for the National Writers Union is: https://nwu.org/
Jacqueline Seewald said: There are also some fine books on self-editing that are valuable. It’s a good idea to put a work aside for a few months after the initial rewrite. A few months later you see the work with fresh eyes and pick up on mistakes.
Lourdes Venard said: There are two good sites to find editors:
The Editorial Freelancers Association, the largest group of editors in the United States. You can search through their directory at http://www.findtherighteditor.com
Also, Reedsy.com allows you to search for editors and get quotes as well as sample edits from several.
Cara Bristol said: Most authors will name their editors in their books. Check the legal page and acknowledgements. Through the miracle of Google, you can usually locate the editor. Many are on Facebook too.
In last week’s blog, I mentioned firstname.lastname@example.org. Evidently there’s another yahoogroup. Diane Burton commented on this selfpublishing group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/selfpublishing/info
Carmen Crowley emailed me with: I found an editor through the URWA- Utah Romance Writer’s of America. And Francesca Gianaris added: I also found my editor through this group. It’s been an excellent resource.
I watched the RWA (Romance Writers of America) RITA Awards Ceremony last week, and there were several self-published finalists in the various categories. In each case, the name of the book, the author, AND the editor were shown when the finalist was named (before naming the winner). For those writing romances, that would have been a great opportunity to gather the names of editors. Not only did these editors edit self-published books, the books went on to become finalists.
And now, a bit of blatant self promotion
Last week I received the exciting news that my thriller, ECHOES OF TERROR, is a semi-finalist in the book length mystery and suspense category of the Florida Writers Associations’ Royal Palm Literary Award.
I have no idea if I’ll win (being a finalist is a little like being a bridesmaid. I’ve been a finalist in many notable contests, including the RITA, but so far not the bride…although several of my romances did win smaller contests.), but I am thrilled that the first round judges of the Royal Palm Literary Award liked ECHOES OF TERROR as much as I do.
The FWA National Conference (https://floridawriters.net/conferences/florida-writers-conference-2017/) will be held October 19–22. I would love to attend, but I will have just (barely) returned from a Viking River Cruise, and I know there’s no way I could turn around and make it to that conference with my head on straight. (Ah, to be young again.) Not exactly the best of planning on my part (but I had no idea last year when I made the reservations for the cruise that I would even enter the contest), especially since both David Morrell and Steve Berry are the featured guests.