Freelance Editing Series: Expectations

Freelance Editing Series: Expectations

I have been freelance editing for over a year. It’s been a learn-as-you-go process, with constant changing of terms as the most effective way to maintain good working relationships. What expectations do editors have of writers? What expectations should writers have of editors?  This week, I’m going to discuss some of the expectations for a writer-editor relationship, and whether those are relevant.

Giving Your Editor Credit

Should you be giving your editor credit somewhere on your website? This isn’t necessary, but is a nice touch. Specifically, writing a testimonial for your editor is really helpful.

Should you be giving your editor credit somewhere in your published book? Most often, editors do not get formalized credit. Not even traditionally published books have editor credit in them, unless the author chooses to credit their editor in either the acknowledgements or book dedication. Editors are behind-the-scenes contributors, so credit is not part of the book deal.

If you so choose, of course you can give your editor credit wherever you’d like, and your editor will appreciate it.

Complimentary Copies

I’ve been really lucky in this department. I’ve gotten complimentary e-copies and hardback copies from several clients. Is this the norm, though?

If the book is being e-published, yes, I think offering a complimentary copy is only polite. An e-copy costs an author nothing to produce, and is just a more professional version of the manuscript their editor already has.

It is not necessary to offer a hardback or paperback copy of your book to your editor unless they’ve specifically written into your contract that they’d like a complimentary copy as part of the editing arrangement. Hardback and paperback books cost money to produce, so it is not an unwritten rule that clients should give their editor one of these. It is really wonderful to be offered one of these copies, so if you really like your editor, it’s a pleasant surprise to be offered a physical complimentary copy.

Up next on the Freelance Editing Series: Should You Be a Freelance Editor?

Bree Crowder

Author: Bree Crowder

Bree Crowder is a writer and editor with interest in fiction (MG, YA, and fantasy), and lifestyle. Writing, reading, photography, and travel are a few of her favourite things.

She went to university to study English, and then went to college at the post-grad level to study creative writing. Her work has been reviewed by HarperCollins editors. Now, she writes for publications like HelloGiggles, Quirk Books, and Bustle. She is also an Editorial Literary Assistant with P.S. Literary Agency.

2 thoughts on “Freelance Editing Series: Expectations

  1. I’m not at the ‘edit ready’ stage yet, but I definitely plan to credit everyone who has helped in the process,and my beta reader who has been there from the sloppy first draft right the way through deserves a medal, not just a copy of my book lol.

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