How to Find a Trustworthy Editor

Ok, so you’ve read my previous post on my not-so-great experience with Jessica Hollis-Brown, a fraudulent, so-called editor. I’ve had an enormous response from a lot of people, many of whom I’ve never met. This has restored my faith in humans. Along with this fantastic support has been a lot of good advice from people who have had a lot more experience in the world of getting a book edited, than I have. I am going to share that advice with you right now, and hopefully we’ll all be a little bit wiser and more able to side-step the evil minions of the literary world.

  1. The biggest tip I can give you, which I didn’t do, (excuse me for a moment while I slap my own hand) is to talk to other people who have used their services. Don’t be afraid to ask what other work they’ve done, and get the contact details for their clients. If they won’t provide them, walk away.
  2. Ask what their qualifications are—this, unfortunately, didn’t save me. She said she had a degree, which she very well might have. A degree in English, literature or anything else, is not a degree in honesty.
  3. Check any memberships they claim to have. Ms Hollis-Brown claims to be a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. I didn’t check at the time, but a friend who saw my blog post decided to check, and guess what? She isn’t on their member directory (slap number 2 coming my way).
  4. Always pay with CREDIT CARD. I paid with paypal. Paypal doesn’t insure services, only goods. They said if I’d paid with credit card my bank could recoup the money. I, of course, direct debited money from my bank account to Paypal, so I wasn’t covered (I’m off to the naughty corner for my third misdemeanor).

So, if anyone has any other tips they’d like to share, please do. I’d like to thank everyone who has sent me words of support; you are all the silver lining to this cloudy situation. Thanks also for helping to spread the word via Twitter, Facebook and Google. There is a wonderful community of writers and readers out there and I’m glad to be a part of it. Cheers and thanks for visiting.