Non Profit Editing for Certifications

I have not forgotten my last post about what is essentially a non-profit way for editors to earn their credentials. I have been doing some research against the SfEP in order to understand the goals that a potential editor would have to achieve. I am also about to start studying some of the account structures I can do with PayPal in order to handle the financial side of things.

At the moment, I am considering a very small set up on a trial basis of about a month. I would host the editing contacts on my blog as well as the PayPal information. I would manage the submissions alongside the editor, stepping in whenever an editor is unavailable to inform the submitter within two days and refund any money that has been donated. This would provide some third-party moderation.

So in case anyone is interested, the answer is that I am still researching the possibility. And when and if we’re ready, we’ll take a minimum risk dive into it. If it fails, any money donated will just be used for general education purposes. I’ll talk more about this later after the research is nearly finished.


Editor Debtor

An idea slowly came across my mind today.

The origin of the idea came from my last story submission, in which I went ahead and shot Lord Lucan a small amount of money for his help in editing the beast. You see, when favors become habitual, it’s time to stop calling them favors and start paying for it. While I don’t mind a few freebie edits between friends, continued use of that aid should be compensated.

After I submitted my story, I began to consider the possibility of perhaps paying for Lucan’s editor certifications. I cannot claim to fully understand the system but I am aware of some of the fees.

And I began to think, “You know. There’s an opportunity here.”

Editing is not an easy task, especially for the author of the work itself. Nothing eats away at our self esteem quite like catching every mistake, every poorly constructed sentence and every moment where we sit up and ask, “What the hell was I thinking?”

That is why I feel it pays to have another party handle editing. While I cannot claim that a friend is impartial, he is certainly more impartial than the author himself (him/her, you know what I mean.)

So I’ve quietly began contemplating setting up a certification fund, the money generated would pay for the certifications to transform hobby editors into professional ones. I cannot foresee vast sums for edited works. But a few dollars here, a pound or two there for each piece can accumulate over time. The editor could keep track of works he’s edited so he can claim partial credit for proofreading, letting them build up a portfolio of work and contacts.

I’ve been scratching my chin, thinking about the work that would have to be done:
1) Research into the guilds and associations, which differ base on Britain and the US. Many of my writing friends are from the UK. (Paypal handles currency conversions, so that is not an issue.)
2) How would the divying of funds work? Should each junior editor get their own account or should it be pooled?
3) How would we handle failures of editors to finish editing on time? Many of my friends and I have started to work under deadlines and limited submission windows. Time’s a factor.

Other questions are undoubtedly going to arise. Leave a comment if you’ve a thought, please.