Editors are often the final step in a long process. Mostly because they cost money, but the work they give is often crucial to an author.
And for this post there will be no suggestions on where to find them, but general guidelines and tips on how you should be sure to find one that suits you and will be helpful to your story as much as possible.
But finding one here requires a lot more discretion than any of the previous context. Simply because they are rarely a cheap investment, they can cost a lot, their feedback is invaluable, without a doubt.
But at this stage, it is fine to ask for a sample edit, to be sure that it is fine. And also see whether they work within the genre write in. Feedback here is incredibly specialized, but please note that even editors would not turn you first draft into something publishable. That is fully on you.
With quite a bit of editors merely choosing to either offer a beta read or declining to even touch it and pointing you towards writing groups or finding a critique partner.
This stage takes an already polished manuscript, and pulls it through the wringer to make it a story that can be read. That means that they should be working purely within your niche, and it depends on what sort of editing you’re looking at.
There are many many kinds of them, copyediting, developmental editing, line editing and proofreading. With each of them giving different things. And why I suggest that you should really revise and make sure that you’re confident this is the story and the writing is the best it can be.
There is a reason why most first drafts should not be given to an editor, except a developmental editor.
Even then, you should by all means ask for referrals, or if an editor has testimonials. As a paid beta reader, I often listed them out, as a way to suggest that it wasn’t my first round, and as a way to build trust. And it is perfectly fine, I would be sketchy to look into someone with no form of testimonials, especially if I do not know the person in real life and all I see is a face or an avatar.
So, this are some of the things which I would most certainly look out for when finding an editor.
This marks the end of a blog posts about finding critique partners, beta readers and also editors.