Here’s an article by Rebecca Rosenblum that clearly describes the different types of editors a writer might need, and a loose listing of job duties that fall under each category. Rosenblum’s article is a great place for writers to begin their search for the best type of editor for their needs. It’s a handy guide to print out and keep for the future. Editors: Scourge of the earth or cheap psychotherapists?
My general advice to all authors is that you ask enough questions before hiring an editor. It’s an important relationship – one of the most important regarding your words – but frequently authors only ask about price. That one question is simply not enough information on which to base a possible writer/editor relationship. What quality is that money buying is an important question to consider. As an experienced editor and copyeditor, I want to make sure that my services and style of editing are appropriate for all my clients. To get the working relationship started, I offer potential clients 3-5 pages of free editing, and I return the pages by my promised due date. This short editing sample allows the client to see my work and to know I can meet my deadlines, and I can give an estimate on how long the project may take. It’s simply a way to make sure that potential clients know that their work will be handled with care and respect and that my style fits need their needs, even before I’m hired. You can learn more about my experience and read client testimonials at http://www.LilaStromerEditorial.com. But even if you don’t contact me, make sure to ask enough questions of any editor you are considering hiring. Price by itself is only one part of the equation. Editing strength + Style matching your writing + Time + Price = Strong author/editor relationship.