Over my six years in the business, I’ve had over three dozen people ask to work for me; I realized early on that I should come up with an evaluation to test all of the specific skills an editor might need to be able to do what I do. Of the people who took the evaluation, only one has passed it to my standards. Because of that, despite the number of people I have had ask to work for me I have only taken on one full time editor. Cameron has been working with me for the last four and a half years now. He started as a part-time proofreader/line editor and moved into working full-time with me two and a half years ago.
Make it shine
Similar to my editing approach, he focuses his effort on not just making a manuscript ‘correct,’ but showing and teaching an author what they can do to really make the book shine. Just like with my own approach, if you’re looking for an editor who just wants to correct a book and move on, Cameron is not for you. However, if you’re looking for someone to help guide you on what you can do to grow as an author, let him do a sample for you and see if the two of you are a match.