Recently, it has come to my attention that there is almost no right way or wrong way to edit a manuscript. I'm not talking about the basics, such as commas, and colons, or even dotting the I's or crossing the T's, I am talking about indentations, POV's (points of view) and even head hopping.
This new revelation of self-publishing has brought out a lot more people for hire for editing, and a lot more books that are published with quite a few mistakes. I do agree that is is very important to have your book edited before you put it out there to the public, but when you do not have a publishing house, there tends to be more books out there that have "big" mistakes.
Yes, I have read novels recently that have mistakes that are through a publishing houses also, and I wonder if this is not a priority anymore?!
I am reading a very popular book right now, that is also a movie, and the mistakes are so distracting that I am having a hard time reading it. I wonder how it got as far as it did, but I guess when you are a writer you pick up on the mistakes, and believe me, this one has plenty! I know that the story is supposed to be fantastic, and that is why I am sticking to reading it, but it is difficult. There is head hopping, bringing in author intrusion, and throwing in paragraphs right in the middle of another scene that shouldn't be there. Like I said, distracting.
I know there are also people that have self-published that didn't have the right 'voice' for a character and it threw the book into left field some where. For example, writing about a teen using adult terminology. So what to do?
I plan on self-publishing myself and I know that it isn't cheep to find a good editor. I have recently been looking into editors and I am actually afraid I won't pick the right one. I feel it should be a person who has edited sci-fi/fantasy before and maybe even has references and has been doing it for years. I also have teen characters and want to make sure I have their voice properly. I also can't afford to pay a huge fee to have this done, so I am faced with a dilemma.
I would love any suggestions you may have, or even if you know a good editor that won't charge me an arm and a leg, and won't take a year to edit my book. I know that it isn't cheep, but some editors are over the top! I know I should be the one giving the answers to this question, but I am at a loss on this one.
If you have any ideas, leave me a note in the comment section. I would love to hear your advice!