Tips to Edit on a Budget

Every book should have a professional editor – perhaps even more than one. But when you’re a new author or you write for a hobby, your budget is probably not accommodating to most editors’ costs. Though I would encourage you to search extensively to find somebody within your price range, you do have options for editing on a budget.

    Beta readers might just save your life when it comes to reporting typos, catching errors, writing ARC reviews, etc., but if you enough beta readers who are voracious readers, and perhaps are writers themselves, they may be able to help you with the more in-depth editing. Keep in mind, however, that your beta readers have to be able to look critically at your work – moreso than your average reader.
    I have had great success and miserable failure on Fiverr, but it is still a potential avenue to find an editor, cover designer, or even someone to format your book within your price range.
    After your finish writing, step back from the book. Return to it in a few weeks or so and do your own “line edit”. You’ll be amazed what you can catch on your own after you’ve left the story alone for a while.
    Be patient. Maybe you can afford one round of editing this month, and another next month. Give yourself permission to wait and let your story shine to the best of its ability.

Those are just a few options! I’d love to hear your ideas. Chime in in the comments!


Published by Hannah Gaudette

Hannah Gaudette is a home-school graduate living in the hills of New England. When she’s not writing or playing with the dogs, it’s a safe bet you can find her with some other animal, like goats. She is the founder of a sustainable agriculture movement called STEWARDSHIP in central Maine. She's a life-enthusiast and advocate for food allergy awareness, youth ministry, and service dogs.

5 thoughts on “Tips to Edit on a Budget

    1. Easter was great, thanks! How was yours?

      I haven’t encountered any scams, and I’ve made great connections there, but I will say this: Do your research before you hire somebody and make sure they have very good reviews. 🙂

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  1. Most of my work were edited by yours truly, mainly because it’s a passion project that I can’t really afford to spend that much on. So for me, distancing myself from the manuscript is pretty important, and that requires at least a month of not seeing what I’ve written to gain a fresh perspective. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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