When looking for copy editors, you should check their availability. This will require you to check with the editor if he/she is available on the date that you have scheduled. You find that a large number of copy editors are always booked in advance, and you should not make assumptions that they will be readily available when you need them. To be on the safe side, you should book copy editors prior so that they will be readily available when you need their services. With this, you will have peace of mind knowing that you will get the services that you need.
Besides, you should also request for editing samples. This is essential as it will help you in knowing that you have hired a competent copy editor who is going to provide you with high-quality work. Therefore, you should send the same editing sample to all the potential copy editors that you have identified. Note that you should send the same sample as this will give you the natural time in making comparisons. For that matter, it will be better if the samples that you got back are on a technical level and you should also know if one copy editor is out of line.
Besides, you should also learn more about potential copy editors. You can start by visiting their respective websites so that you can read the reviews that were left by their past clients. Besides, you should also concentrate on their past projects. Besides, you should also ask the copy editor about the reference books that they use on a regular basis. By asking many questions or making inquiries you will be in a position to learn about many things on the competence of the copy editor and decide whether you can hire them or not.
Not only that but you should also consider their rates. One thing that you should know is that the pricing can depend on the individual editor or the size of the project. You find that after you have known the kind of services that you want from the copy editor, it will be easy to identify the one that can meet your requirements at reasonable rates. A very high price should not blind you because they don’t mean that you will get high-quality services.
Besides, you should ask for references. In this case, you will have to reach out to some of your friends who engaged the services of the copy editor in the past. It is also essential to ask them about the bad and good experiences that they had with the copy editor before you engage them.