Writer Network: An Online Community
of Professional Writers, Editors, and Book Designers
What should I look for in an editor for my book manuscript?
First, your editor should have the right credentials to work on the kind of manuscript you have written. At Writer Network member agencies, your project will always be assigned to an editor who has an advanced degree in the appropriate writing field and who has worked as an editor in that field for several years. Our editors also have publications of their own in the field within which they work (fiction editors have published novels, non-fiction editors have published non-fiction books, academic editors have published academic articles and/or books, technical editors have written technical material, and etc.). Second, and most importantly, your Writer Network affiliated editor will provide you with a sample edit of your manuscript that accurately reflects the level of edit your project will receive (and never hire an editor without a sample edit of your manuscript!). Last, you will receive a service agreement that outlines the services to be rendered in black and white, which is your editor's guarantee that the work will be performed as sampled and for the price quoted.
How does an edit proceed at Writer Network's member agencies?
Your editor will provide you with a sample edit and a price quote so that you know upfront what the project will cost. When you decide to hire the Writer Network member agency editor, the editor then sends you a service agreement (SA) that spells out the services to be rendered, payment method options (PayPal.com is the preferred method because it is quick and safe, but there are other methods listed in the SA that your editor can discuss with you), and much else in black and white. After the initial fee installment is received, your project is in the editor's schedule.
How long will the edit of my manuscript take?
The specific turnaround for your project depends on a variety of factors: the length of your manuscript, the level of attention and type of service required, the projects ahead of yours in the editor's schedule, and so on. However, the member agencies of Writer Network are committed to turning around all projects efficiently, and consequently, our editors do not schedule more than a few weeks in advance; and because this is a network of freelancers, your project is not only assigned to an editor with the requisite skills and experience for your project but one who can fit your project into his/her schedule sooner rather than later.
What services besides editing are offered by Writer Network's member agencies?
The member agencies of Writer Network are full service writing and editing operations. They offer the following textual services to individual writers of all skill levels and to companies and publishers large and small:
- line editing
- copy editing
- developmental editing (from adding transitions and filling in dialogue as required to complete book doctoring)
- critiques (notes within the text to improve everything from scene development to character development and a separate write-up to cover the overarching issues such as the plot/storyline, which results in a roadmap for revision for the author)
- writing project management
Writer Network can also facilitate pre-press and website development services for self-publishers, publishers, and companies:
- ftp of files to printer
- desktop publishing services
- document design
- book cover design
- conversion to all digital formats: PDF, LRF, MOBI, EPUB, PDB, etc.
- ebook layout and design
- website design (from simple project promotion sites for writers to full service business websites)
- A-1 Writing and Editing: Fiction, Nonfiction, Business and Technical, Academic
- Pro Novel Editing: Fiction
- Word Works Communications: Business, Technical, Scientific
You can also contact Writer Network. We will relay your query to the appropriate consortium partner, and an editor will be in touch shortly: Contact Writer Network
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