For this article, we sat down with Lee Diogenia, the Editor of Melius Scripto Press. We asked her the most common questions authors had about editors and editing. Here are the questions submitted by the members of the Facebook group, Writing Fiction.
1. What are the types of editors and what do they do?
2. What questions do you recommend an author should ask before working with you, apart from cost and type of edit?
3. Should your editor be comfortable in the genre you write in or is it all the same as a professional editor?
4. How long should you expect to wait for an edit?
5. Is copy editing necessary, or is line editing the most important?
6. How polished, in terms of format, does your work have to be to submit to an editor?
7. What is the average pricing for each of the different style of editors?
8. When do you hire an editor in regard to self/indie/traditional publishing?
9. How do you go about hiring an editor for the first time, and what’s the best way to get to know them?
10. Is there any difference in the process of hiring an editor as an established writer wanting to publish their novel, versus a novice writer wanting to submit short stories to lit mags and competitions?