More Suggestions Re: Editors

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 In Boston, Grub Street is a good resource for published and unpublished writers.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: 

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

Also, 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 Evidently there’s another yahoogroup. Diane Burton commented on this selfpublishing group:

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 ( 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.


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16 Responses to More Suggestions Re: Editors

  1. Diane Burton says:

    Congratulations on being a finalist! Tough competition. Enjoy the cruise, but too bad you can’t make it to the conference to receive the award. (I’m sure you’ll win.)

    • Maris Soule says:

      Thanks, Diane. I wish I felt I could handle both the cruise and the conference. That’s how it seems to go, sometimes. More than one good thing happens at the same time.

  2. Thanks for the mention, Maris. And good luck with the contest. Maybe it’s your turn to win.

  3. Brian Johnston says:

    If one wants to get some work as a freelance editor, how would they go about getting the word out about themselves and/or building some credibility?

    • Maris Soule says:

      Brian, I would suggest you join (if you haven’t already) some of the groups I mentioned in last week’s blog. Many traditionally published writers hire freelance editors as well as those who plan on self-publishing. Several of the selfpublishing and Indie groups are free to join. Once you’re in a group, post that you do freelance editing. Give your credentials and, perhaps, your strengths. Let writers know you’re willing to give samples of your work (for a limited number of pages). After posting last week’s blog I heard from a couple freelance editors. I’ve chosen not to list anyone by name, but they both posted on their respective writers’ groups that they were available.

      • paula says:

        Maris, building credibility is my concern. I’ve worked on several publications, including newspapers, on which I was an editor as well as a writer. With my skills, I’m sure I could do the work, but wonder what I show someone as examples of former editing “jobs.” I got paid to do the work, but it somehow doesn’t sound like the editing work you describe on your blog.

        • Maris Soule says:

          Paula, what I would do, if I wanted to see if we were a fit, is I would send you some pages to be edited. It might be a first chapter or ten pages. You would then edit those pages and return them to me with your changes and comments. If I feel what you’ve done is what I need, I might ask if there are any other clients of yours I could ask regarding your work. I would also want to know what you charge. On your side, you would want to know what I’m looking for. Line editing? That is, punctuation, grammar and spelling? Or do I want you to tell me if the story holds together, if I have repetitions, changed eye color. In other words, you’d be looking at content. I’d want to know you are familiar with the genre.
          Hope that helps.

  4. Melissa Keir says:

    Congrats on your book! What a fabulous accomplishment! 🙂

  5. Maris,

    Congrats on being a finalist! You deserve it. Also, thanks for the mention. Always nice when comments are valued.

  6. Sharon says:

    Thanks for the interesting info! Good luck with the contest. I loved the book!

  7. Bonnie Alkema says:

    Wonderful news! Congratulations.
    Is the cruise this fall?

    • Maris Soule says:

      Thank you, Bonnie. Yes, we will be in Europe for a couple weeks in October. I hope to get some good pictures. It’s been over 50 years since I’ve been to Paris.