Should I Hire a Freelance Editor For My Novel?


Freelance novel editors can do amazing things for your novel, but is hiring an editor right for you?

I get emails every week from potential clients asking whether I think they’re a good candidate for my novel editing services. In short, I believe that all writers would benefit from working with a freelance editor, even if just briefly, such as through my mentoring services.

But I also know that hiring a freelance editor is not always in the budget for aspiring writers. So here are the scenarios for the top candidates for editing services:

You’re Planning to Self Publish

If you’re planning to self publish your novel, you absolutely need to hire a freelance novel editor. Without a publishing company, it’s up to you to make sure your novel is at the caliber it needs to be before putting it up for sale.

At least once a month a self-published author contacts me in a panic. Their book is getting terrible reviews and they want to replace the current version with an edited version asap! While I’m more than happy to help these authors, it’s best to avoid this scenario in the first place!

Besides, edited self-published novels actually make more money than those that weren’t professionally edited! Win-win!

Something is Wrong With Your Novel But You Don’t Know What It Is

You’ve looked at your novel – over and over and over – but you can’t figure out what’s wrong with it. You know it’s not right, that something just feels “off,” but you can’t put your finger on what it is.

Rather than beating your head against a wall for weeks, months, or even years trying to understand what you’re doing wrong, a competent freelance editor can help you straighten out the novel’s issues in no time.

When clients come back to me absolutely delighted, saying, “That makes perfect sense! I totally get it now!” I know they’re on the road to success, and it’s a great feeling for both of us!

Agents & Publishers Are Rejecting You

If you’re submitting to agents or publishers, but you just keep getting rejection after rejection, you’re a great candidate for freelance editing services. 

Sometimes it’s just something small that’s holding you back – an opening that doesn’t evoke the right feel or something a bit taboo for your genre. A competent freelance editor can identify why agents and publishers aren’t biting and help transform your novel into something agents and publishers are clamoring for.

You Want to Get Better Faster

Working with a freelance editor, especially through mentoring services, is a great way to become a better writer faster. It takes years to learn the craft of writing and even then, it seems like there’s always more to learn! A competent editor has done all that learning already and can explain the concepts, rules, and tools in a way that’s approachable and easy to apply to your own novel.

Ready to hire an editor? Check out my editing services and mentoring. Feel free to email with questions, concerns, or for more information.