Thursday

So you want to be an editor . . .

Ever thought about becoming an editor? Well, Cheryl gives an excellent little lecture on how to do it here.

One of the things she talks about is interning. And, oh, what a small world, I'm looking for an editorial intern now. Do you know someone in Austin who might be interested? Have them contact me.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

At what point do you feel authors are qualified to be editors (for example - being paid to edit someone else's manuscripts) both freelance and at conferences?
Is this based on books written, books sold, years in writing, degrees, etc?

The Buried Editor said...

Actually, it is simpler than that. You become qualified the day someone sits you down and teaches you to edit. For most people this happens during an internship or first editing job when their mentor helps them. For me, it was in A. LaFaye's writing class at Hollins where she graded our abilities to critique. And I have spread my knowledge like a virus to every critique group I've been in. I know quite a few authors now, published, unpublished, or soon to be publsihed that I would consider capable editors.

However, the average person going to a conference or paying for an editor wants someone that has either edited professionally or has at least one, possibly more, books published. And if they have won an award, even better. Sad for the rest of us, but true.

tem2 said...

Boston? I'm in Boston! Oh, wait, you said Austin? Drat.