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Editing

WHERE SHOULD YOUR EDITOR

BE?

You could be forgiven for

thinking that this doesn’t really

matter in this digital age, but

there are some elements to

consider. Do you want your editor

to be in the same time zone as

you so that they can respond to

quick emails in real time?The US and UK markets are

different – despite using roughly

the same language! – so a US

editor for a UK author may not be

ideal, although if you feel your

 

 

market may predominately be in

the US, then that can help.If you are looking for mentoring

and face-to-face meetings, you’ll

need an editor who can get to

you or vice-versa relatively easily.

Consider meeting halfway if

necessary; coffee shops are ideal

for working meetings.

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO USE

AN EDITOR?

For general writing advice, as soon as you’ve got to a natural pause – use an

editor. For final polishing – do as

 

much as you can yourself first.

Choosing the right service from

the right editor at the right time

may seem a tricky prospect, but

getting it right could save you

time and money, and ensure that

your writing is the best it can

possibly be before it reaches your

audience.

by

Cressida Downing