Hiring A Professional Editor For Your KidLit Novel

This post is from the Book Ends Literary Agency Blog.

Hiring a professional editor to review and edit your book is an extremely personal decision. It’s not something any agent, or editor, expects or requires you to do.

Should I get my manuscripts professionally edited before querying?  The main problem with getting editing done early is that once I make any changes, I will be sure to create more errors. I call it surgery with a backhoe!

–From Questions for the Blog

Whether you hire an editor is up to you. You are correct that even after the editor does their work, the manuscript will go through a number of changes.

An Editor’s Job

There are a number of reasons an author might hire an editor. Some are for mechanics–copyediting. Others for an overall creative vision–revisions and line-editing.

If you do hire an editor, be very clear about what type of editing you are looking for. No matter which you hire an editor for, the manuscript will go through changes, but copyediting should be mostly final and not require a backhoe.

Editors as Teachers

The best author thinks of an editor as a teacher. Any revisions you go through will be a step toward teaching you more about your writing and give you tips to take with you into your next book.

Hiring an editor is very personal, but no agent sees a manuscript and thinks of it as done. And no agent should ever tell you professional editing is required before the submission process begins.

Looking for an editor? Hire me!

Originally posted on August 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm


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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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