Searching for an Editor

Woman writing

There comes a time in the writer’s life when he understands that his book can never be finished, only abandoned, and he feels the urge to show it to the world, hoping that it might make him not famous, not rich, but immortal…

The Ideal Editor

After much thoughtful consideration I have decided that because of my peculiar circumstances – being a highschool dropout writing in a language that nobody around me speaks – the most suitable editor for Oliver Colors (The Biography of a Moonbeamed Painter) must be an English teacher, a woman who is neither too young nor too old, has an interest in the language, reads classic as well as contemporary books, works daily with children and can correct their errors without making them feel stupid, and knows what an Oxford comma is.

  • A woman because of the content of the story. Also, because most readers are women. The novel would be probably dead without women.
  • A teacher because she is used to correcting errors in a way that encourages development. Also because she deals with children and young persons often. Oliver Colors is more than a child, but less than a man. She will know how to handle him.

The Search So Far

Where I shall find such a rare being I do not know. Living in a shadowy attic, I do not have in my meager list of acquaintances a single English teacher, but alas, I have the web. I put Google to good use, and found some candidates and tried to contact them, but so far none replied. Oliver is not to pleased about it. I’ll keep searching though.

A Word About Professional Editing Services

I notice that there are professional editing services on the web. Costly services I might add, but you know that I would go without eating for a week or two to please Oliver. It’s not a question of money. Professional as those services might be, I don’t think they are suitable for the kind of book I’ve written.

I think that there have always been two kinds of books: those crafted with love, and those manufactured. You, avid reader, know which is which.

Those professional editors are responsible for the manufactured kind. I’m not speaking about quality, but about intent. Manufactured books can be of excellent quality. But they are intended to sell, not to bring immortality.

Professional editors are excelled for established genres, like crime fiction, romance, erotica. They know those markets well, and know the publishers too, and can help you, for a considerable fee. But Oliver is wary of them.

The Boy Fetches His Magnifying Glass

I’ll keep searching for an independent editor. An school teacher preferably, or at least a freelancer, with whom I can establish a literary connection and maybe even become friends. Someone who can read as a reader and edit as a teacher, and who will do it first for the joy of the words, and only second for the money.

Do you have an editor? Where have you found him/her?

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25 thoughts on “Searching for an Editor

  1. I would check out Colleen Albert. I have worked with her in the past ..and although I don’t think she was ever an English teacher …she is a woman and she is VERY encouraging when editing things. She is a super sweet and very thoughtful. She also is writing her own novel on the side as well. http://www.colleenmalbert.com/About_Me.html

    If that doesn’t help, I would put a call out to Twitter. If you don’t have a lot of followers, I can assist – but I always get a lot of responses when I pose questions to Twitter and they are usually very helpful.

    1. Thanks for the tip! I checked her website a little and will investigate it tomorrow.

      As to Twitter, I doubt that I will find the person I am looking for through it. 🙂

      You shall receive two invisible gifts from now on. 😉

  2. I am interested in being your editor, Vincent. How can I send you details without listing all the reasons I feel qualified here in the comments? Let me know how I can send you a private message. In short, though, I am a mother of young children, a native English speaker who spent over a year living in your country, and my son’s name is Oliver, so I have a particular fondness for that name.

    1. You are many things you are.

      Thank you for your email. I should mention that I am still tinkering with my story and it might take two or three weeks before I send it to an editor.

      Thank you for your email. I’ve added it to my contact list. 😉

  3. You may contact me as well, if you have not yet talked to the persons above yet.
    – I am not quite a teacher, but have just finished four years in English teacher training college here in the Netherlands (I am a dropout, but just because I did not want to police guard instead of teaching, which has nothing to do with my English). I still am used to correct teenagers.
    – I love to read, and am most willing to do so to help you.
    – I am female. Oh, and 28 years old, which I find not too young and not too old 😉

    If you are interested, you can off course mail me. info@eccentriclady.nl or eccentriclady85@gmail.com

  4. I love this post, it expresses how I feel about books and writing. I don’t have an editor, I can’t afford it. I ‘ve read it is essential to have one. What I do is finish the writing, let time pass (to detach myself from the book) and then be my own editor. Wish you luck in your search.

  5. Hi there,
    I recently began following your posts. I’d certainly be interested to talk with you about editing your work.

    I am an English professor (of writing and literature) with a great deal of editing experience–fiction and nonfiction. I’d be happy to tell you more if you’re interested. Perhaps it goes without saying, but I’ll do so anyway, that I’m intrigued and delighted by your writing.

    If you’d like to get in touch, please do!
    Leslye

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