How to find the right editor

Malini DevadasEditing

So, you need an editor for your document. What is the best way of finding someone suitable? Well, of course, since you’re on my website reading this, you can simply go to my Get in touch page and we can take it from there! However, if you don’t think I’d fit the bill then that’s fine, I’m not offended … I promise!

There are many ways to find an editor. Personally, I think word of mouth is the best way. That is how I get most of my clients – through referrals from previous or current clients. So, ask around and find out if any of your colleagues can recommend someone.

If you can’t get a referral then another good method is to go to the website of your local editing association. In Australia, that is the Institute of Professional Editors, which has a directory of editors. You can search by location or by speciality and read a blurb about each of the editors.

It’s important to find an editor who you can work well with. A good editor–author relationship can make the publication process an enjoyable one, so don’t be afraid to keep searching until you find someone who you feel will be a good fit. Some editors will do a sample quote (either free or paid) whereas others do not.

And when you’re ready to get a quote, read this post so that you are sure to give the editor all the information they need.