How Do I Find an Editor for Self-Publishing? | Proofreader Services

Editing & Proofreading for Self-Publishing Authors

Hiring a professional editor and proofreader is invaluable for self-publishing authors, helping them to improve their self-published book in several ways. When writing and publishing a book, hiring an editor for self-publishing is a necessity. This article provides you with some simple suggestions about how to choose the best self-publishing book editor and proofreader for your manuscript.


We recommend you consider the following:

  1. History of the company. Whether or not you choose Editor World for your document, we strongly recommend you evaluate the history and overall reputation of the company you select. In doing so, ask yourself the following questions: (a) How long has the company operated? (b) What is their rating from the Better Business Bureau? (c) Does the website provide me with a way of contacting my editor or customer support if I have a problem? These are a few simple ways to evaluate the overall quality of a company in a sea of options.
  2. Editor background. Take a moment and think about the type of document that you need an editor to help you improve—in this case, a self-publishing document. Whatever document type you have, try to find an editor with at least some experience in that area. If you’re self-publishing a collection of poems or a young adult novel, consider choosing an editor who has experience in creative writing and editing. If you are publishing a technical document, you’ll want to look for an editor who has experience in technical writing and editing.  
  3. Editor credentials. Explore your options, and consider choosing an editor with proven success in the type of writing you seek to improve. Someone writing a dissertation is likely to have a richer and more beneficial experience from someone who has also written a dissertation; in this case, an editor with a Ph.D. would be a great choice. Someone writing a fiction novel is likely to have a richer and more beneficial experience from someone who is also a creative writer and perhaps has an M.F.A. or someone who has previous experience in self-publishing editing and proofreading.
  4. Your timeline and budget. In most cases, you will have a range of options in terms of turnaround time and cost. You might feel anxious and want your document returned to you as quickly as possible. However, if you have a few days to wait, it could significantly lower the cost. Another consideration is how the company or editor charges you. Put simply, the fairest way to pay is by word count. Some editing services charge by the page or by the time required to complete the work, but these approaches make it difficult to determine a firm price upfront. While price is important, it should not be the determining factor in your selection. There is certainly truth in the old saying, “You get what you pay for.”


About Editor World: Editing & Proofreading Services for Self-Publishing

Editor World: Writing, Editing, & Proofreading Services offers a number of qualified, professional editors for self-publishing writers. Editor World has tested professional editors and proofreaders with verified credentials who are available to edit or proofread your document 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We love helping you create error-free, professional documents by providing fast, high-quality editing and proofreading services. Please email us at for more information.