The Joys of Editing

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IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Pencil_broken_in_halfWriting gurus repeatedly issue august pronouncements, such as, “Professional editing is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.” The perception seems to be that “Indie Author” means “Independently wealthy but foolishly stingy dilettante scribbler.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

The going rate for editing is 1½ to 2 cents (that’s $0.015 to $0.02 USD) per word, paid in advance. Depending on whose counter is used, IrishFirebrands clocks in at 196,131 to 199,230 words. Anyone can do the math, even without a calculator. The editing fee would be on top of three years of writing labor without pay (plus research expenses); and, mind you, this is for a service that bears the caveat that no guarantee or warranty will be made as to the subsequent merchantability of the manuscript.

Slide1This writer happens to be a pensioner who is living far below the poverty line, so hiring an editor would…

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6 thoughts on “The Joys of Editing

    teagan geneviene said:
    August 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Editing is a difficult job. It is a skill and a profession. Editors are no more independently wealthy than writers.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      August 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      I don’t think that I would ever have the patience to take it on as a job. Plus I’d be absolutely terrified of missing something – bad enough when I miss my own! 😀

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    Jacqui Murray said:
    August 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I’m struggling with that right now (well, probably 2-3 months from struggling). I have a girlfriend… Maybe she’ll do it cheaper!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      August 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Come to think of it – I don’t know why we don’t just swop out the job with each other. That way there’s no guilt asking for beta readers, and we can all spot a typo in someone else’s work – just not our own so much. 😀


    dr sweetyshinde said:
    August 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Wish we could form a club of beta readers for each other.


    suteko said:
    August 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    It is true that professional editors earn every penny but it is also REALLY true that most indie authors can’t afford a professional. It used to be we sent our work to the publisher and they would do the editing but we know now that they rarely if ever do the editing anymore. They expect us to have it professionally done before they offer us a contract.

    Beta readers who are willing to trade pre-reads with us is really the only way to go till we start making money, because even the cheapest editing programs cost that elusive money we don’t have.


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