Last time, I talked about rebranding my covers. The next thing I want to talk about is working with an editor. I’ve worked with three different editors over the last few years, and I’ve learned that it’s really important to keep the same editor as you work through a series. This is because that editor gets used to your style and what to watch for. A good editor will also help ensure your characters stay consistent from book to book, and that your voice isn’t jarringly different (unless of course that’s your intent).
Now, you may be wondering why I changed editors. After I finished Imperium, the editor I used stopped taking on new work, and the same thing happened with the editor I used for Krampusnacht. I started to worry I might be cursed and crossed my fingers that the editor I used for Sync would still be around when I finally finished Promise. Thankfully, she was, and I’ve been using Shelley Holloway for everything since. She edited Promise, Sync, and all the Doc Graystone Adventures. In order to maintain consistency, I also asked her to take a pass through Imperium, just to be safe. She found a few issues that we corrected and the book is much stronger for it.
So, that raises the question of how do you know if an editor is any good? There are a couple of ways. The first is to look at their client testimonial page. You’re not looking at this for the positive words (because honestly, who’s going to put negative feedback on their own testimonial page?), but you’re looking for who their clients are. Then, go buy one or two of the books they edited and give them a read. It’s a small investment, but a great way to see how they handle things. Also take a spin through the reviews on those books; reviewers are very critical of poor editing and if it was badly done, someone will comment on it.
The other way to find a good editor is to ask for recommendations. Find other indie authors who have sold well and ask who they’re using. After all, it’s unlikely they’d get as far as they did without having a good editor in their corner. (Incidentally, that’s how I found Shelley – I asked the super talented Lindsay Buroker who she used.)
So like I said, I use Holloway House for my editing. You can reach Shelley at this page. Tell her I sent you. It won’t get you any special treatment, but it’ll make me look good. 🙂