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Use editorial organisations' directories
Proofreaders (SfEP), for example, won’t allow a member to advertise unless they meet certain criteria ... like training or providing references from publishers. And the editor might have to have completed say 1,000 hours of work or passed an editorial test.
Searching the internet to find an editor
work with. So the second place to do an initial search is the biggest and most amazing directory on the planet – and that is the internet! Your perfect-fit editorial pro is out there, just waiting for you to touch base.
keyword search, doesn’t mean that another person who didn’t pepper their website with those particular terms isn’t worth considering, too.
limitations – among all the well qualified, competent professionals you'll also find people advertising themselves as proofreaders and editors with little or no training. Now they may mean well, but they aren’t necessarily up to standard. This can leave you vulnerable to paying for work that’s below standard, shoddy or incomplete.
Is there an editor in your network?
fellow writers, that could be a brilliant way to get recommendations.
Using social media to find an editor
engines, social media is great because it's global but it also has its limitations. So one of these is that different editors use social media platforms in different ways. For example, some are active primarily on Twitter, and might have a LinkedIn profile but only use Facebook for personal use. So what I’m saying is, which platform you use for your search will determine who you find and who you miss.
restrictive in terms of what can be included, so you might not get the best sense of fit from what information the editor’s included. LinkedIn’s probably the best platform for allowing detail to be included, do you think?
Using portfolios in your search for an editor
books aimed at the lay person that have a very different feel to them to the more highbrow academic stuff, so choosing an editor with experience of your material can really help. Now there’s more to an editor than their portfolio so we’re not saying it should be the only thing you use to make your decision, but it should give you a feel for who’s used to working with writing like yours. And I don’t know about you, Louise, but I think one of the best ways of refining a search is via samples.