I’m a passionate believer in the importance of editing and I frequently get asked for recommendations for editors.
Here’s why editing is important followed by my recommendations for editors I either know personally or have been recommended by readers of this blog/other authors.
Articles on the importance of editing
You should assess what you need against what each provide as well as the cost. Also consider your timings. You’ll need to book editing in advance as professionals are always busy.
The Book Butchers. ‘We slaughter your writing, so it can rise in glory from the ashes.’ Copyediting and proof-reading. Manuscript editing for authors also has bonuses like keyword research, back cover copy help and discounts on book cover design. Between 2c – 6c per word.
Adian Editing. Jen Blood is my editor for Desecration, Delirium and the more recent ARKANE books. I highly recommend her services! $0.02 to $0.04 per word (between $1,600 and $3,200 for an 80,000 word novel)
Cost: £7/ 1000 words for professional editing. £4/ 1000 words for spelling & grammar check. 21 day turnaround.
The Novel Doctor - Steve Parolini. Editorial review US$600. Red Pen of Life and Death US$1500
Steve did the editorial review for my first novel, Pentecost and it was extremely helpful.
Developmental Editing: $.04/word ($10/page) Copy and Line Editing: $.06/word ($15/page) Copy, Line, and Developmental Editing: $.10/word ($25/page)
Roz Morris: Book doctor/ Manuscript consulting Full manuscript critique: GBP£8.50 per 1,000 words, minimum charge GBP£175. Copyediting rates available on request.
Roz and I also have a multi-media mini-course available: How To Write A Novel which might give you a lot of things to improve before you get an edit. It includes over 4.5 hours of video, audio and accompanying transcripts with lots of actionable information for your book. US$99.
Independent Editor’s Group. These guys are seriously experienced and therefore seriously expensive. But if you want to kick your writing to the next level, definitely check them out. You’ll be looking at $1500 upwards for just a read through and line edits can be over $10-$15 per page.
Editcetera. Enabling freelance editors to meet the right authors.
Kirkus Editorial. Kirkus used to just do reviews, now they have an indie division and also an editing division. For collaborative editing/ developmental editing it will be $2000+ for a 70,000 word manuscript. For copyediting, around $1400. They have a word count calculator for the cost.
Winning Edits. Helping indie authors win the hearts and minds of readers. Pricing at 6c per word with $600 minimum.
Here’s an interview with Matt Gartland from Winning Edits on winning the hearts and minds of readers through editing.
Sarah Kolb-Williams : Editorial assessment, editing, proof-reading and back cover copy/bio. Prefers science-fiction.
Paul Sean Grieve: Story editing, line editing and copy editing.
The Literary Consultancy – Manuscript editing and assessment – £300 for 100 double spaced pages, and other prices for different projects, plus more tailored options.
The Writer’s Workshop – manuscript assessment and editing – £170 (base fee) then £3.75 per thousand words, plus a lot of other options for services
Society of Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP): http://www.sfep.org.uk/
Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers (AFEPI): http://www.afepi.ie/members.
http://www.the-efa.org/- Editorial Freelancers Association.
Deborah Bancroft. Editor and Writing Coach. DeborahBancroft.com. Between $3.50 – $8 per 250 word page, depending on requirements.
Sarah Kolb-Williams. Editing and other services for authors. KolbWilliams.com. $299 for editorial consultation. Various packages. Copyediting 2.5-3.5c per word.
Jodie Renner. JodieRennerEditing.com. Manuscript editing and critiquing. $0.012 to $0.02 per-word range (from $960 to $1600 for 80,000 words) but all dependent on needs of the author.
Proofreading by Wendy. http://wendyproof.co.uk/ £80 up to 50,000 words
Garrett Robinson. Editing and formatting. 2c per word.
Debra L. Hartmann, The Pro Book Editor. Editing, proof-reading, manuscript critique.
Edit911.com – A variety of editing services by PhD editors
Joy Tibbs. Joy of Editing. Editing and proofreading
PenUltimate Editorial Services. Arlene Prunkl offers freelance editing, proofreading and manuscript evaluations.
Howard Mittelmark. Editorial services including developmental editing and line editing.
The Expert Editor. Based in Australia but available to authors globally. Academic, business, book and ESL editing.
Book Helpline – story advice and text editing. Story analysis, content edit, copy edit, proofread services available.
LiveWriteThrive – CS Lakin is an author and editor. Critique, editing and proof-reading available.
Sue Copsey – Author and editor. Structural and developmental editing as well as proof-reading.