** Updated November 16, 2012 **
Come with me on a little journey, if you please
Picture an eager (and devilishly handsome) future Indie Author (EdhFIA for short) hammering away on the final edit of his first novel. EdhFIA is hungry, optimistic, and determined to ignore everyone who says Indie Publishing is a mistake.
EdhFIA is gonna finish his book, he’s gonna find an editor, and together they are gonna show the naysayers how wrong they were.
Finally, after months of hard work, sacrifice, and the occasional beer, EdhFIA sets out with his finished manuscript in hand. It’s time to find the perfect editor.
EdhFIA googles “editor.”
There are lots. LOTS. But EdhFIA is no internet noob. EdhFIA knows that any shmuck can call themselves an editor. (They can also call themselves a 19 year old cheerleader, but that’s a different blog.)
It could take months to find the good editors amongst all that noise.
Enter: The Alliance of Independent Authors and Publishers Marketplace
EdhFIA has done his research. He knows there are organizations out there that were created to support both Indie Authors and the Publishing Community at large.
So EdhFIA joins the Alliance of Independent Authors and goes to the section where editors (and others) advertise their services.
There’s only a few. So very, very few.
He checks Publishers Marketplace. Same thing.
Most editors are not advertising their services.
You’ll be happy to know that I, EdhFIA, found an editor.
** Update **
As it turns out, Googling “Professional Editor” is far more useful that Googling “Editor.” Who knew? Just about everyone else, but not me.
Furthermore, this discovery completely dismantles every assumption and argument I originally made in the rest of this blog. Hence its deletion.
Embarrassing? Yes, but that’s ok. You can’t learn how to walk without falling.
Thanks to Rebecca Lang for pointing out my sillyness on the ALLi Facebook group.