The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to become a book editor, including:
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be an English major to become a book editor. This section of the guide explains how you can quickly get the insider knowledge of editing and publishing that will give you a huge advantage in this competitive job market.
- How to brush up your knowledge of grammar and the English language (especially if you want to be a copy editor)
- Other skills employers are looking for and how you can develop them
- How to learn about the publishing industry so you can spot trends and recognize a good book idea
- The best resources (including many free online resources) for keeping up with publishing industry news
- Summer publishing programs that can give you an advantage in the job market
- An overview of publishing industry jargon so you can talk like an insider with prospective employers
- How to get an internship with a publisher (plus other internships that can help you get a job)
- How to quickly get practical experience through volunteering and part-time work
The information in this section can save you many hours of research time. Here you will find the best job resources and information about employers gathered for you in one place.
- Where to find job openings and employer contact information, including:
- Industry publications
- The best websites for finding editing jobs
- Executive recruiters who hire editors for publishers
- Information on dozens of publishers throughout the United States and Canada, including links to job opportunities and contact information
- How to get a job working with a “book packager” (companies that produce books for publishers)
- What to include on your resume (includes a sample)
- How to write an effective cover letter (includes a sample)
- How to ace your interview
- What employers expect you to know about their company (and how to get that information)
- What to wear and what to bring
- 10 questions you are likely to be asked, and how to answer them
- What to do after the interview
- Typical salaries and benefits, and which employers you should not try to negotiate with if you want to get hired
- How to break into publishing later in your career (as opposed to working your way up the editorial ladder)
How to Become a Freelance Book Editor
In this part of the guide you’ll get step-by-step advice about how to start a part-time or full-time freelance editing business and how to get hired as a freelance book editor.
- How to start a freelance editing business with little or no money
- Information about business matters affecting freelance editors, such as setting up a home office, licenses, insurance, etc.
- Pricing your services as a freelance editor, with information about hourly fees, per word rates, project fees, and more
- The best ways to market your freelance editing services to authors, publishers, and corporations
- What to include in a client contract to protect yourself
- Helpful samples for your freelance editing business (including a sample client questionnaire, sample contracts, sample invoice, and more)
PLUS, you will discover:
- How to be successful on the job
- Other types of book editing jobs including production editing (overseeing the printing process)
- How to get a job as a manuscript reader for a literary agency
- Advice on developing relationships with authors and publishers
- How to get promoted from editorial assistant to editor
- And more!
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