Professional book editor in the UK provides 5 clever ways aspiring authors can protect themselves from the theft of their manuscripts when hiring book editors online.
Unfortunately, as mentioned in part 1 of this post, which was about whether there's a possibility that a book editor could steal your manuscript, one of the main reasons aspiring authors never hire a novel editor is because they fear that their hard work will get stolen.
It's an understandable worry, especially if you've never hired a book editor before, but as I've already explained in part 1, there are multiple valid reasons a genuine manuscript editor would never even dream about pinching your novel, even if they thought it has the potential to earn millions.
However, telling you over and over again that we book editors are trustworthy won't get you on our side so easily, so this post - part 2 - will give you 5 ways to actually protect yourself from theft, just to be on the safe side.
1. Request that your editor signs an NDA
The main thing you can do to protect yourself from the theft of your manuscript is to politely ask your book editor if they're willing to sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) before you send over your novel to be edited.
Either you or the editor can create the NDA, but once it's been signed, it acts as a legal document that will prevent the one who has signed it from stealing or publishing your work for themselves.
I've actually created an NDA that I always agree to sign at my clients' request to ensure that they feel extra comfortable while their manuscript is with me.
If an editor refuses to sign an NDA for you, run for the hills! Even if they know they're trustworthy, they shouldn't expect new clients to have the same level of trust right away, so clients requesting NDAs should only be expected, and you're well within your right to ask.