I cannot emphasise enough the importance of a good edit. It simply isn’t sufficient to just have your husband or friend read through your story.
A good editor does more than dot the i’s and cross the t’s. A good editor really gets into your story and makes sure that all of it makes sense. You, as the author, are actually in no position to judge your text effectively.
A good editor should:
Understanding the different job descriptions:
(Neither of the above rewrite your story for you. If you are looking for that, then it’s a ghost writer you need and not an editor.)
You are really saving nothing by trying to skimp on paying for editing. All you’ll be doing is adding another poorly put together book onto the pile that gives self-publishing it’s bad name.
With children’s picture story books, the text is usually under 1,000 words, so the editing does not have to be a huge expense. There are plenty of online editors on platforms such as Fiverr that are reasonably priced. Read their ratings and reviews before making a commitment. A 1,000 word edit will probably cost between £25-£50. If it’s much cheaper than this, I’d be tad concerned.
There are some very common mistakes that I come across during editing:
If you are working with an editor who has a good reputation, then I wouldn’t bother with this type of agreement. I personally feel it’s only necessary when the editor comes unrecommended. At the end of the day, an agreement is only worth the intent of the people signing it, and if you really don’t trust the editor enough to work without the agreement, then maybe you should look for a different editor.
However, all that said, here is a PDF of a simple editor/author agreement for you to download and use if you feel it is necessary.
I have been in the publishing industry for 20 years and have worked for several publishing houses and international organisations. Several of my children's books have won awards.