Dear Miss Snark,
I’ve read about all of the scams—agents who recommend editors, then take part of the fee, agents who charge fees, the Predators and Editors site, and so on. I’m very grateful to your blog in particular for bringing all of these to light. As a newbie, and trying not to be a nitwit, one could easily assume from all these warnings that there is no such thing as a legitimate freelance fiction editor.
I have a manuscript. It’s been through several drafts, it’s been through my lovely critique group, and they’ve put their collective pens to it. However, they’re also amateurs. In my other life as a technical writer, I know the value of a good editor. An editor is a goddesslike person who can, with her insightful pen, help me see things that I’m otherwise blind to, and turn a decent manuscript into a truly amazing one. I don’t think this manuscript is ready for prime time yet. I’d really like a professional fiction editor.
I know good editing must exist, and like any other service, it costs money. So do music lessons or dance classes or art classes or any other attempt to make an artist better. But how do I find one (short of a Google search and trusting my luck) without being preyed upon?
Trying not to be a nitwit
Here: Editorial Freelancers Association
and here: Words Into Print
and I'll bet the comments column produces some suggestions too