The easiest way to find a professional editor is to use a search engine. Search engines will most likely take you to editors’ or agencies’ websites. You can then go through each website and see which ones offer the services for which you are looking.
When doing this, you should check the type of editing you require—content editing, copy editing, or proofreading—along with the various editors’ rates. You should also check any references or testimonials for each editor, as well as work history and previous experience.
Many editors will have contact forms for you to fill out. Here you can usually specify the length of your document and type of editing you require. You should be as detailed as you can. For example, if you have a deadline, let the editor know about this. Also, if there is a particular style (such as Harvard, Chicago, MLA, APA, and so on) or format your document needs to follow, you should specify it here. Editor World offers an instant price calculator that allows you to enter your word count and see the possible turnaround times and corresponding prices.
There are many agencies out there that offer editing services. Editor World is one example of an online editing services company. Companies that offer editing services work with a range of editors, so you can be sure they will have an editor who fits your needs, and who will be able to edit your work within your specified time frame.
It is important that you have faith in your editor before you hire them, and trust that they will do an excellent job for you. Many editors offer a free revision service if you are not entirely happy with the initial work. If you have any specific requirements that have not been met, you should make a note of them when contacting the editor with your concerns.
Before hiring an editor, you should also check the price and payment methods accepted. Most editors will accept payments by debit card or credit card, many accept PayPal payments, and some accept payments by bank transfer. There are new payment methods coming up all the time (Worldpay, Stripe, Apple Pay, and so on), so make sure you choose an editor who takes one of your accepted payment methods.
As well as payment, you should check how long you have to pay for the editing services. Many editors require payment of half the total when they begin the work, with the final half due once they have completed the work. Editors who work alone will often do this because it allows them to have faith that the bill will be paid in full. Whatever time you have to pay the bill, it is important that you fulfill this, as failure to pay may mean you will be blacklisted by the site. Editing service companies often require full payment upfront.
In conclusion, before you hire an editor, make sure you know exactly what sort of editing you are looking for and the time frame in which the editing has to be completed. You should also look into the experience and expertise of the editor you hire. Editing is an important job, so be sure to give the work to someone you trust.