New Author Guidelines

  • Unpublished and new authors in need of editorial help are welcome to post their jobs on the EFA Job List.
  • The usual rate for editorial work starts at $35 an hour and goes up from there; an experienced editor can usually do five to ten pages in an hour depending on the level of editing involved.
  • Very few editors or writers are interested in payment based solely on projected royalties.
  • We will not post a job on the EFA Job List if payment is below the usual rates.
  • Some EFA members are willing to work at reduced rates with new authors who contact them directly. To find them, please search our free online directory.
  • Freelance editors do not generally act as agents or advise on how to get your work published. For more information on how the publishing process works, how to prepare a book proposal, and how to find an agent or editorial help, check the writing section of your local library or bookstore. You can also download the EFA booklet Is Self-Publishing Right for You?.
  • For information on the children’s book market, check the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) at
  • Many would-be authors find that joining a local writers’ group is helpful.