December 17, 2003
Where can I find a good editor?; Should I pay an agent?; Selling essays now hurt future book?
Where can I find an editor?
Please see below freelance editors who you can contact for a quote:
Danny Glover - kdkjglover(at)msn.com
Linda Davis Kyle - daviskyle(at)writingnow.com (specializes in non-fiction; only proofreads fiction)
Rickey Pittman - http://www.rickeypittman.com
We do not earn any referral fees or anything whatsoever for referring you to these editors. While we do have experience with these editors and recommend them, we, of course, can't be held responsible for any problems you may experience in your dealings with them. However, we can tell you that they did a good job for us, are friendly, honest and a pleasure to work with.
ATTN: Freelance Editors
Should I pay an agent?
You should never pay an agent a fee (reputable ones don't charge a fee) and editors and preditors is a good service. And, I would never trust my manuscript with someone who had a bad listing on Editors and Preditors. Good pblishers know which agents have bad reputations and won't touch the books they represent. And, if an agent is charging authors a fee, what's their incentive to get a book to market? If they con enough authors into paying their fee, they'll have a pretty fat purse.
Your fan till the end of time,
If the magazine is buying all rights (or non-exclusive rights - meaning they can keep running the pieces or sell them to another), yes, this could hurt you in the future.
On the other hand, if you have a popular column (and haven't sold all rights), and then publish a book of columns, perhaps the mag will allow you to advertise that to readers in your byline. In fact you should go ahead and negotiate in your pending contract that they will allow you to advertise your books in the column.
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