How to become a Fiction EditorBecoming a Fiction Editor?
Becoming a book editor (and earning a living) - Rebecca Heyman
Becca provides some great, factual advices on how to develop your writing and writing abilities, how to become a professional and create the best work in the game! My writing my own story is like a fantasy to many people: When you' re in the business - either as an agency, writer or free-lance editor - I'd like to give you a few hints on how you can turn your passion for literature (and commas!) into a flourishing cutting work.
If you call yourself an editor, let the outside community know how easy it is to point out other people's errors. It' hardly needs to be said that you need a thorough understanding of the textbook that is most loved by the group of authors you serve. It is intimidating to learners, so you should be able to communicate grammatical content to your customers in an intelligible way.
When you offer contents or research work, you need to know the vocabulary of criticism and literature. It is not possible to construct advertising slogans like "show don't tell", but rather to express what one sees and experiences in words that have a real significance. Why is the evolution of a character such a success?
Before you can help writers succeed, you need to know what makes a novel a success. Many times I click through the websites of free journalists when I see a colleague from the field of corporate publishing; too often I find myself cautious with their laughably low pay. What do they do for a livelihood in this way?
Well they don't - and low rates are signaling to the rest of the word that you are a lover, not a career-publisher. On the other hand, some "professional" organisations propose some of the most ridiculous instalments one can imagine. To many newcomers are offering lower prizes to get better grip and better riding experiences, but this basically means less for a life time than you are valuable.
When you want to become a books editor, pick smaller sized vacancies, but boost a steady pace; most non-fiction and mid-level fiction coincides under 50k words, and some adulthood fiction (especially gene fiction like romance) falls into the 50- to 60k-word range. What are you looking for? You will find an information on the market-oriented prices for the editorial office in this information graphic on the cost of self-publishing.
Self-employed editor's most important gun? In my opinion, I keep the copyrights on all editing markings and proposals until I am fully remunerated, then the copyrights go back to the writer. They work for your customers and you are who, what and where they need you if you want to become a succesful freelancer.
It' s simple to be a lone wolf when you work as a freelancer; what comes nearest to an employee is my own little pig, my sibirian. This is no apology for not being an editor. Your career is your own personal and customer accountability. I recently ran into another free editor on Twitter, and we agreed to criticize each other.
It was a very insightful trial, and now we're meeting on Skype to discuss our work and the art of editors. How do you feel about the edit rate? Do you have a similar background if you are also a journalist?