Thursday, June 29, 2006
Q & A 58 Professional editing services
How do you and your minions feel about professional editing services? I have no doubt critiquing groups are helpful for most, but I have limited p-a-t-i-e-n-c-e (I hate meetings unless cocktails are served) and how would I know if the critter is proficient enough to be helpful; it takes special talent to offer good crits (applause for Mr. Evil). Isn't it worth the investment to pay a professional?
It's not clear how you would know the editor you're paying is proficient enough to be helpful, either, though I suppose if you could get the same advice for $500 that you could get for free, you'd be more likely to take it if you paid for it. Have you tried editing the book yourself, early in the morning, before you've had your cocktails? Or setting the book aside for two months, then reading it? Often you'll spot areas that are problematic.
Considering how many of Evil Editor's minions seek input on their work, and how many comments appear saying, That book sounds interesting, I'd read it, maybe Evil Editor should match up those minions who want critique partners. An online partner eliminates the need for meetings, and you can drink your cocktails while writing your critiques.
Posted by Evil Editor at 10:51 AM