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Questions To Ask An Editor Before Hiring

Okay, so you’re in the final stages of getting your book ready to be published… but first, you have to edit the hundreds of pages that you’ve already self-edited and read a million times. It’s time for a new set of eyes! Before you hire just anyone, I have some tips you should consider while finding the perfect candidate to handle your baby. Because, after all, your manuscript is like your newborn—still fresh and in need of some molding in order for it to succeed in the world. Here are 7 tips, from my book, “Write a Book in 4 Weeks,” that can guide you through this hire.


1.Vision – After discussing your book, what is their vision of it? Where do they think it should go? Do you both agree on the outcome?

2. Experience – What kind of books have they edited?

3. Education – What is their college degree in? They should be at least studying English, Journalism, or Creative Writing.

3. Software – You need to make sure you bother have the same systems. Otherwise passing documents back and forth will be a nightmare.

5. Non-Disclosure Agreement – Ask them if they are willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement stating they will not distribute or use any ideas, concepts, and so forth from your writings. If they will not sign one, find a new editor.

Job applicants having interview

Job applicants having interview

6. Time Frame – Ensure their schedule alines with when you want the book finished.

7. Age and Gender – This can be a factor. For my Dating Series, a sixty-five year old lady is going to have different opinions on dating versus a twenty-one year old woman. Having an editor that’s your target reader audience is good. Not necessary, but a plus.

For the rest of the tips and more in-depth explanations of these questions – get your copy of “Write a  Book in 4 Weeks” here!

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Write a Non-Fiction Book in 4 Weeks WEBINAR

Attend this 2 hour ONLINE workshop and learn how to write a non-fiction book in 4 weeks and leverage it to make you an expert in your industry! 9-10-14 2PM EST.

What we will cover:

  1. The secret recipe to write a book in 4 weeks
  2. A writing challenge calendar to keep you on track with your goal
  3. A 5 page outline so you know all the components that go into a book
  4. Industry standard book examples for you to look, flip through & get ideas for your book
  5. How to come up with a compelling title
  6. What should go on a cover of a book
  7. How to acquire an editor
  8. How to leverage the book to get you TV, radio interviews
  9. Why publishing a book makes you an expert in your industry
  10. FREE tools to assist you during your writing journey!

Get Your Tickets Here

This workshop is for any new aspiring authors. Anyone who ever wanted to write a book & didn’t know where to start, or has been writing and is stuck in the process and doesn’t know where to go.

This class will be held online through Join.me website. We will email you the private link to join the meeting 15 minutes prior to start time to the email you sign up with here. If for some reason you do not receive the link, please contact us at richterpublishing@icloud.com.

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Writing Tip of the Day

Man writing in notebookWhile you are composing your book, don’t worry about formatting, how it looks in word, or editing. Sometimes you will get caught up in those details, but it’s more important to get the thoughts out of your head & on paper. Cleaning it up, editing and formatting will be done during revisions. Your first document is a rough draft. They call it that for a reason, it’s rough, probably going to suck at some points, but that’s ok. No one writes a perfect book the first time around. Just get the concept and ideas out of your head no matter how awful you think it might be at the time. Especially once you get into the writing flow, sometimes phrases come out of your mind faster than your fingers can type. So things can get chopped up and not make sense, but that’s what the editor is for. To read it from another persons perspective that is not in your head knowing where the story is going. Your job is just to write!

by Tara Richter

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