Firstly, you should always think twice about publishing without having a copy editor review your work. Even then, such an editor ( or second pair of eyes ) should review your work. I say this because the initial publication can be the determining factor of your reputation as a writer in certain publishing houses and online poetry magazines. Secondly, all you can do is submit books to various copy editors. I would also include publishers, but they are busy reviewing work to be published vs already published work.
I'm trying to save my butt, then.... lol
Maybe I can think of it as a reader's digest, 77 page version of what I can do in a larger form with a co writer... lol
Wonder where I could find that??? Golly.
Don't expect free services ( though you may luck up and actually land it free ). The average copy editor makes roughly 25.00 a hour, depending on what you need. So if your book takes 2-3 hours to read, you're looking at 75.00. Is that really such a bad investment toward a project that will leave a lasting impression on your role as an author? Others charge by the word ( typically .06 ) or page ( typically 10 + ).
I am so there.
I really like a fair reward is proper. Hence my one disagreement. 25 an hour? I feel sick. Isn't a zero missing? Doesn't the editor have a life and their own books to write?
Why not $250 an hour!? Seems like some kind of serious payment or agreed upon bigger chunk as a result of book sales.... would be a safer bet for both the writer and the editor! As long as the editor has good work ethic and experience. There must be something I'm missing.
Once your project is reviewed and corrected - then you can request reviews and not be afraid to put the work out there. A professional reviewer charges $50 +. Therefore, those who do it all, copy edit and review, are looking at anywhere between 100-350.00 per a book which takes them one to three hours to read.
They must edit for the love of books. That's a lot of sustained concentrated effort if it's serious. On small details. I'm picturing a big mug of coffee and a few donuts for brain power, too. Yikes.
A good review takes time, just as a good critique. Invest in your own investment if you expect others to.
I wouldn't edit. I'd rather err to the side of generosity when taking their services.
Even with empty pockets there must be a way to lock in proper compensation plan. One that respects the editorial team.