You may have come to the right place, but maybe not. For instance, what’s missing from my list of writing and editing services?
I provide ghostwriting, co-writing, nonfiction developmental editing and manuscript critiques, and both nonfiction and fiction copyediting services.
What’s missing is quite an important task: developmental editing for fiction. Currently, I don’t offer that editing service. Why? Because I’m still a student of story, and while I’d like to assume I have a pretty good grasp of it, I don’t currently have the breadth of experience to offer developmental editing for fiction.
This excellent list of book editors compiled by K.M. Weiland will help you.
Although her list covers the gamut with regard to types of editors—so you’ll need to do your homework—every editor has been vetted and endorsed by at least two of their clients. I’m grateful to have been included on this list of fine editors.
But that’s not entirely the point of this post. While I do offer a number of writing and editing services, I may not have the specific kind of experience your book needs.
Pro tip: whenever you’re looking for an editor, be sure to tell them whether your book is fiction or nonfiction and the genre(s) of your book, then ask if they have experience with that kind of book. If the editor is worth their paycheck, they’ll give you an honest answer and provide you with a referral if they can’t help you.
Which is why I plan to review K.M. Weiland’s list of editors for future referrals, many of whom I’m already familiar with through a few online groups of editors to which I belong. I know that I’m not going to be a fit for every possible client, and that’s OK. But at the very least, I want to help such possible clients find someone who can provide them with exactly what they need.