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Handbook to Self-publishing your own Book: Introduction & Editorial Deparment Masterpost

A new article every Monday, taking you step by step through the self-publishing process

Introduction

Introducing the Handbook to Self-publishing your own Book

Parting of ways: whether to get your book published

Advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing

10 questions to determine whether you want to self-publish your book 

Creating your own “publishing house”: the different departments

Editorial Departmen

Introducing the Editorial Department 

Different stages of editing

Self-editing Step I

Self-editing: The Checklist

When to get a professional editor

Hiring an editor

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Finding an editor

Considering that you are going to trust an editor with your story, which you have worked on for so long, you want to make the right choice.

You should also make sure that the editor treats you fairly. Although hiring an editor is expensive, the rate should still be reasonable for what they offer. What exactly they offer should also be made very clear, before you pay any money. An editor shouldn’t demand any fee before they even decide to take on your editing project. Neither should there be any hidden fees.

A potential editor should be enthusiastic and preferably have experience in your genre. They do not have to outright praise your story – that’s not their job – but they should believe in the story’s potential.

Most important however is that you are on the same wavelength with your editor. You need to trust them with your manuscript and to be confident in the feedback they give you.

When you are looking for an editor personal recommendations of fellow writers are always useful. If you don’t have any writer friends who can help you, you can look up directories of editors or editors’ guilds in your country online and contact editors via those or paste your project as job there.

Before you decide on an editor, don’t be afraid to ask the potential editor about past projects they have worked on. Since hiring an editor is very expensive, don’t be afraid to ask all your questions, before making the editing project final.

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My advice to young writers trying to get published is not to worry so much about publishing. Worry more about writing. You have a lifetime to publish; right now you have the opportunity to write and write and write without the constraints of publishing. You can learn without having the stuff you learn follow you around in print. There is world enough and time for publishing. I always (still!) try to put writing first and publishing second.
John Green, in a live chat, August 2013, giving some of the best advice I have ever gotten about publishing (via whybenormalwhenyoucouldbehappy)

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