Re: Anyone know of any good Editing services, or places to find such?

#1
So with my Novel hitting 112k views and getting more attention, I feel like its time to step up the game a bit and see if I can get things edited PROPERLY now.
XD instead of just kinda Eyeballing it and running it through Grammerly.

That being said, I've never really looked into anything like this. I've tried googling it a bit, but a lot of places want almost $1,500 for my whole novel up to this point (about 49,466 words).

Now I understand Editing is a skill and it takes time. But on the other hand, I don't even ask for donations or anything, so I'm not even making anything off this novel. Meaning it would have to come out of my own pocket.

Anyone know of anything with more reasonable prices?

Re: Anyone know of any good Editing services, or places to find such?

#2
You have to keep in mind what you're asking for. Any editing at a professional level is going to require a professional price tag--it's a real job. There are also different types of editing which require different amounts of work (https://blog.reedsy.com/types-of-editing/).

If you just want someone to proofread for typos, your own readers are the best choice there, at least if you want it done for free. But they aren't professionals--they'll have varying skill levels. They won't catch everything, and they may identify problems that aren't actually problems.

Side note: Be careful with Grammarly. It makes a lot of mistakes too. You have to have a solid foundation in English grammar to know whether to take its suggestions or not. Personally, I find that by the time I'm done editing my own work, Grammarly makes far more mistakes than it fixes.

Re: Anyone know of any good Editing services, or places to find such?

#4
I've started amateurishly editing a story here on RR and can tell you it really is a job, not a little thing you can do on the side unless an author is very good. I spend as much time on it as when I'm writing a text of double the size, but it takes much more energy. I may not be cut out for the task - I get caught up in a narrative when I should be paying attention to spelling and punctuation.

What I'm trying to say is, know what you're asking for. Give it a try for a +-2000 word chapter. This isn't an attack on you, I just hope some people will read this before asking for volunteers.

What is it exactly what you want? Reading it over and tell you if there are inconsistencies, plot holes, things that don't make sense or other broader errors to fix, we could talk about what you could do for me in return.

Do you want an honest and extensive feedback on the narrative, characters and world, we can talk about that too.

 If it's the full thing of looking for any and all punctuation, spelling and other mistakes, no can do, that takes more time and energy than I am willing to spend right now.

Re: Anyone know of any good Editing services, or places to find such?

#5

Oskatat Wrote: I've started amateurishly editing a story here on RR and can tell you it really is a job, not a little thing you can do on the side unless an author is very good. I spend as much time on it as when I'm writing a text of double the size, but it takes much more energy. I may not be cut out for the task - I get caught up in a narrative when I should be paying attention to spelling and punctuation.

What I'm trying to say is, know what you're asking for. Give it a try for a +-2000 word chapter. This isn't an attack on you, I just hope some people will read this before asking for volunteers.

What is it exactly what you want? Reading it over and tell you if there are inconsistencies, plot holes, things that don't make sense or other broader errors to fix, we could talk about what you could do for me in return.

Do you want an honest and extensive feedback on the narrative, characters and world, we can talk about that too.

 If it's the full thing of looking for any and all punctuation, spelling and other mistakes, no can do, that takes more time and energy than I am willing to spend right now.
XD I'd say it would be more Proofreading that true Editing; I'm not really looking for structural or grammatical corrections. More that I'm actually finishing words (a strange habit i developed once I started thinking faster than I type.) and not using other words.

Re: Anyone know of any good Editing services, or places to find such?

#6

IvyVeritas Wrote: You have to keep in mind what you're asking for. Any editing at a professional level is going to require a professional price tag--it's a real job. There are also different types of editing which require different amounts of work (https://blog.reedsy.com/types-of-editing/).

If you just want someone to proofread for typos, your own readers are the best choice there, at least if you want it done for free. But they aren't professionals--they'll have varying skill levels. They won't catch everything, and they may identify problems that aren't actually problems.

Side note: Be careful with Grammarly. It makes a lot of mistakes too. You have to have a solid foundation in English grammar to know whether to take its suggestions or not. Personally, I find that by the time I'm done editing my own work, Grammarly makes far more mistakes than it fixes.
Thanks!

Re: Anyone know of any good Editing services, or places to find such?

#9
I've enjoyed my experiences with Scribendi. I started with their free sample, which was something like the first 1,000 words to see if it was what I was looking for. They offer full on editing, or proofreading packages. May be worth looking into, but again as others have stated, expect $1k or more for that many words. I've used them a few times.

I've never used Fiverr, but sounds like a least a couple people here are happy with the experience. I would imagine you'll run the gamut of quality in the result, but you could probably do a couple of different folks on there for the same as one order from a professional editing service.

Still, beyond the readers here, there's a lot to be said for the "Friends and Family" route. They may be biased toward liking your work, telling you "good job!" and whatnot, but they are still just as capable finding typos or offering some suggestions/perspectives that you hadn't though of as anybody else if you explain your goals to them. And, y'know, free.