Someone asked in the comment thread: I wondered about that–what is the etiquette. I think it’s possible a huge project of mine is at last going to get read and a pub date…and if so, I was wondered this past week, as I wait to find out, if I could request you or if the editor in question would be upset and insist they have inhouse folks. I do NOT want to step astray of etiquette, yet if you were willing to take that thing on, I know I’d be the the one benefitting!
I suppose this depends on your relationship with your editor. Your editor wants you to be happy with your book, though, and I’ve met very few who have a problem with trying out (or hiring again) a copyeditor the author wants. However, the publisher is not in any way obligated to provide a particular copyeditor, so it’s a polite request on the author’s part, not a demand.
I’d love to hear from authors and editors on this, though. If you’re an author who’s requested a particular copyeditor, how did you do so, and what was your editor’s reaction? If you’re an editor, what etiquette do you like to see in a request like this, and what are your feelings about it?
I'm a freelance copyeditor specializing in fantasy and science fiction. SF/F novels I have copyedited have been finalists for (and have sometimes won) the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, Endeavour, Golden Spur, John W. Campbell Memorial, Quill, Locus, Philip K. Dick, British Science Fiction, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy awards. In 2007 I became the first and only copyeditor ever short-listed for a World Fantasy Award.