How to find a freelance editor

When you’re an author or writer putting your work out into the world, you invariably want to put your best foot forward and avoid glaring and embarrassing typos and grammatical errors.

Thus, you might be looking for and trying to find a freelance editor who can review your manuscripts and make sure you’re presenting your best work to the world.

So how does one find a freelance editor that is trustworthy and affordable? There are a few ways.

EditorNinja

Finding a freelance editor is the problem that EditorNinja exists to solve for you. In fact, we solve it by making it not a problem at all.

To find a freelance editor on EditorNinja, simply get started with a demo or submit your document.

We take your document from there and assign an editor who then turns it around within 24-48 hours on average (longer if document is over 2,500 words). Your document then comes back to your inbox ready to go, with a link to a shared Google document. Request as many revisions as needed until you’re happy.

Finding a freelance editor, solved!

Upwork

Another good place to find freelance editors, if you want to put in the effort to do so, is Upwork.

On Upwork you can either post your need and have freelancers contact you and bid on it, or you can browse freelancers yourself and invite them to apply to your job.

Upwork has become a trusted place to find freelancers for many different gigs. Their platform makes it easy to interview, hire, and pay freelancers through a trusted system if you desire to do it that way.

Rates and quality vary of course, but Upwork can be a good solution.

The EFA

The EFA, short for the Editorial Freelancers Association, is a membership and association for freelancers working in the editorial realm. They provide resources for their members and generally support the freelancers in the editorial space.

They also have a job board where you can post a job, or browse the member directory, to hunt for a freelance editor.

The EFA does not set rates and leaves the setting of rates up to each individual freelancer. They are not a marketplace or managed service and do not provide support during the editing process, though do have resources on how to hire well.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s largest social network for professionals, which means there are a lot of editors on there looking for work.

Because editing can also be freelance on the side of full time employment, LinkedIn can be a great way to find editors with full time gigs who are looking for more work. Of course, you’ll also find that a lot of them are not taking on freelance work, are simply too busy to do a good job, or don’t have experience freelancing and thus your experience may not be great.

The best way to find editors on LinkedIn is to navigate to their Services section, select Editors, and then submit your need to get quotes and proposals from editors.

Similar to the EFA, LinkedIn does not provide guarantees around delivery and does not set rates for their editors. But you can still find top-shelf editors on LinkedIn.