Pretty damn sure I have found and secured the perfect fit for me in an editor.
It took some time and talking to a few people. Going through communications with one that I seriously considered, but the farther along in the conversation we got, the less I felt comfortable with them. They left me feeling confused more than anything and that was just in communications about the types and cost of services. I began to wonder how that would translate to actually working together on my book. If we were struggling to really communicate on what should have been a really simple level, how in the world would we work together on something so much more important?
Another felt much like talking to some high end art critic, but for literature. Dropping names and works of both modern and classic authors that “had meaning” and “made statements” in their work. While I’m not entirely opposed to those things, they kind of reminded me of a language arts class and just isn’t at all who I am or what my style is. Besides the fact that they didn’t offer traditional editing services, but more like classes to make someone a better writer. Again, not what I was looking for.
Then I tripped across this guy (which shocked the hell out of me as I don’t normally tend to connect with male authors) that just screamed “perfect fit” for me. I absolutely fell in love with his writing style and could see how easily it would mesh with my own. I didn’t feel like he would have any kind of “writing must fit this pattern” kind of ideals that would potentially clash with the tone of my book. I was hugely concerned when I saw his notice that he didn’t work with everyone, but chose who to work with based on how he felt they fit.
I contacted him anyway and he requested a sample writing. Turns out, he likes my style and is willing to take me on. He’s booked for a while, so it will be a few months, but… I have an editor! One that fits, both in personality/style and in what I’m willing to spend (which is easier to be flexible on when I like someone, apparently). He isn’t bargain basement, but he is reasonable for what he is offering, which is a full on, comprehensive edit that covers a whole lot of ground.
Needless to day, I’ve been flying high on adrenaline since getting confirmation of his willingness to work with me.
Progress. Such major progress.