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#1 RMLucas

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 10:38 PM

Not sure f this is the right area to ask, but thoughts on hiring a freelance editor? Heard it’s a bad idea considering your book will go through editing if it sells. General consensus is that betas are the way to go, but any experience otherwise?

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Posted 27 December 2017 - 10:29 AM

It depends where you are in the process and what your goals are. In my opinion, you should go through your manuscript several times before even sharing it with betas. After you've shared with some betas, review their recommendations and apply what you agree with. If you think it's really pretty tight, and if you're looking to go the traditional route, I think you can probably send it out to appropriate agents.

 

The comment that the manuscript will go through editors if it's sold is true. But before it's sold, it needs to hook an agent. And an agent isn't likely to agree to take you on if the manuscript is a mess.

 

If you decide to go the self-pub route, I definitely would recommend you hire an editor. But that's after you've done the multi-self-review and beta process.



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Posted 27 December 2017 - 01:08 PM

Thanks MW Sinclair. It seems this is the general consensus. I’ve gone through several edits and betas already but it’s alway nail biting to take that step towards submission when you want your novel to be perfect :) but editing is sooo expensive. May not be able to afford it even if I wanted to.




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