Getting Your Book Properly Edited When You’re on a Budget

Having your book professionally edited is critical to publishing the best possible book. While editing can be a significant chunk of your publishing budget, there are ways to streamline these costs. Award-winning author and editor recommends working with beta readers once your manuscript is complete and after you've taken some significant breaks from the piece. Beta readers are individuals in your network that are willing to read your manuscript, usually at no cost, and provide honest feedback.

Once you receive this feedback and make any necessary changes, you should work with an experienced editor. Robinson recommends attending events and conferences to meet editors in person or to get referrals from other authors. You can also search for freelance editors through websites such as Fiverr. Sometimes editors will be willing to negotiate a fee and many will provide a free assessment of several pages of your manuscript so that you can see if they are the right fit for you and your book.

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