I'm a passionate believer in the importance of editing and I frequently get asked for recommendations for copy editing, line editing, and proofreading as well as how the process works.
You can find my list of recommended editors below. They cover the spectrum from developmental editing, through copy editing and line editing, to proofreading. I either know them personally or they have been recommended by readers of this blog/other authors.
You should assess what you need against what each provides as well as the cost. Also, consider your timings. You'll need to book editing in advance as professionals are always busy.
** Please note: Rates may change over time – please check the editor's site for up-to-date pricing **
Recommended editors with a professional vetting process
[Please note: I am an affiliate of the following services because they are excellent quality and have been recommended by readers of this blog. That means I receive a small % of the sale for the referral, but at no extra cost to you. Thanks for checking them out!]
Reedsy has a marketplace of vetted editors with experience in every genre. Click here to check out their options. They also have book cover design and marketing professionals and use an extensive vetting process so you can be sure of the quality.
New York Book Editors. A team of professional editors who have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry as well as offering services to indie authors. In-depth manuscript reviews, manuscript critique, comprehensive edit, proposal edit, copyediting and ghostwriting.
More recommended editors
Ebook Launch. Copyediting and proofreading for fiction and non-fiction. (Affiliate link)
Alastair Humphreys. Developmental editing, manuscript critique, consultation.
Jericho Writers. Editorial options as well as courses for writers.
Mark Posey at Stories Rule Press – Editorial services for new and experienced authors. Developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading.
Brit McGinnis at Black Bow Communications. Editing. Content audit.
Writership – Partial and full manuscript critiques as well as editing services.
Certified StoryGrid Editor list – includes manuscript evaluations, help with getting unstuck, and 1:1 consultations.
Howard Lovy — Developmental editor who specializes in memoir, business, history, and other nonfiction. He also provides editorial assessment and coaching services.
The Book Editor Show. Editing podcast and also a group of editors offering services including developmental edit, beta read, 10 page review or critique.
Line Upon Line Services – Arnetta Jackson offers proofreading and line editing services. Arnetta proofreads the Penny Appleton books for my Mum. She is very professional and detailed in her feedback.
Jeremy Bassetti – Specializing in travel and nature writing, memoir, or anything with a strong sense of place.
The Novel Doctor – Steve Parolini. Editorial review and other editing services.
Editcetera. Enabling freelance editors to meet the right authors.
Sarah Kolb-Williams : Editorial assessment, editing, proof-reading, and back cover copy/bio. Prefers science-fiction.
The Literary Consultancy – Manuscript editing and assessment, plus more tailored options.
The History Quill. Specialist historical fiction editing. Offers content editing, coaching, copy-editing, and proof-reading.
Harry Dewulf. Story development, editorial assessment, content editing.
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.
The Writer's Workshop – manuscript assessment and editing
Editors Association of Canada: https://editors.ca
Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island (PEAVI): http://PEAVI.ca
Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP): https://www.ciep.uk/directory/
Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers (AFEPI): http://www.afepi-ireland.com
Editorial Freelancers Association http://www.the-efa.org/
The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) www.iped-editors.org
Deborah Bancroft. Editor and Writing Coach. DeborahBancroft.com.
Jodie Renner. JodieRennerEditing.com. Manuscript editing and critiquing.
Proofreading by Wendy. http://wendyproof.co.uk/
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.
Helen Baggott. Proofreading and copy editing.
Coinlea Services. Copyediting and proofreading. Layout formatting. Technical writing.
Katharine D'Souza. Editorial services including structural editing, quick critique and copyediting.
Katie McCoach. Freelance developmental book editor working with traditionally published, self-published, and first time authors.
Maya Rock. Book editing services. Editorial letter. Line editing. Writing coaching. Synopses. Query letters.
Jessi Rita Hoffman. Professional Book Editing. Developmental editing, substantive editing, copy editing, ghostwriting, proofreading, and author coaching.
M.L. Davis. Last Stop Editing Academic editing, copy editing, beyond proof-reading.
Global English Editing Specialist editors. Affordable rates.
Editor Deluxe. Helping authors with their finished manuscript or their writing goals to go where they want to go: having a finished, polished manuscript ready to be published.
Leigh Hogan. Quality editing for the golden age of indie publishing.
Sally Vince Editorial. Proofreading, Copy-editing, Editing, Writing and Rewriting.
Megan at Extra Ink Edits Combining college teaching experience, editing and writing knowledge to help you perfect your writing through professional editing services!
Cassandra Dunn Editing Services 20 years of professional copyediting experience, an MFA in creative writing, and years of experience in publishing.
Zero027 Editing and Proofreading
Thelma Mariano Editor for women's contemporary fiction, manuscript editing as well as initial story critique
Close Readers Group Full spectrum editorial services
Fiction-Atlas Press LLC Editing, Book Cover Design, Marketing and Publishing
Charlie Wilson, Landmark Editorial. Ghostwriting, Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading and more.
Carrie O'Grady, The Hackney Fiction Doctor. Expert, friendly editing service and literary consultancy
Anna Proofing Proofreading and Editing Services
Christina O'Shaughnessy – Worldwide Writing. Developmental editing, copy editing and proofreading. Specializing in non-fiction.
Julie Gray Story & Substantive Editing for fiction and non-fiction manuscripts from a Hollywood perspective
Athans & Associates We will find your best voice, not just your best book.
Victory Editing Helping you put your best book forward.
Ashley Conner Your Editing Solutions Partner. Professional. Efficient. Reliable.
ServiceScape Freelance Editors
Bear's Editing Manuscript assessment, developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading for reasonable, guaranteed rates.
Writing.co.uk Literary Consultants and Professional Book Editors
Elizabeth Buege – Critiques and editing. Ghostwriting for non-fiction
Lee Clarity Consulting Your book. Your voice. Made its best.
Editage Book Editing, Translation, and Cover Design Services
Invisible Ink Editing Lose the errors. Keep your voice.
Enago English editing service.
Shayla Raquel Developmental editing, content editing, copyediting and more.
Deborah Bowman Editing, Proofreading and Publishing
Valerie Francis Certified Story Grid Editor
Michael Mohr Professional Book Editor
Dickson Telfer Editing and Proofreading
Jess Beebe, Waxwing Book Studio Developmental Editing and more
Savannah Gilbo, Certified Story Grid Editor
A New Look on Books Freelance editing
Lopt & Cropt editing services Editing and other services for romance authors
The Quantum Cat Reasonably priced editing by CK Gurin
Book Editing Associates Find the perfect book editor for you.
Ginger Moran Developmental editing.
Editing for Indie Authors and Self-publishers Affordable fiction editing for independent authors.
The Darling Axe Manuscript development by editors who are also award-winning writers.
David Haviland Writer, editor, and literary consultant.
Natasha Raulerson Editorial services.
Top Shelf Editing Proofreading, line editing, and content editing services.
Ethos Writing Books written, edited, and designed for print.
Taylor Your Writing Editing and proofreading with Georgette Taylor
Bridget Gevaux English Proofreading and Editing
Kristen Hall-Geisler Editing for fiction and nonfiction, especially works translated to English.
Taylored Content Specializing in non-fiction book editing with an emphasis on business-related content.
Affordable Editors Bringing perfection to your passion.
Bespoke Writer Christine Editing and proofreading.
Kendall Ashley Creative Content Editing. Content Creation.
YA Book Editor Children's and Young Adult book editing.
Victoria Goldman Writing. Editing. Proofreading. Reviewing.
Nerd Girl Edits Fiction Editing, Proofreading and Manuscript Assessment. Unlock your book's potential.
Kristin Noland The Honest Editor.
The Literary Gamut Agency Editorial services for literary works.
Stephanie Lehmann Author. Editor. Book coach.
Samantha Hanni Specializes in non-fiction copy editing for new authors.
Lyss Em Fiction editing for romance and erotica authors.
I.M. Proofreading So you don't have to.
Aryl Edits Let's make your book shiny!
Novelty Editing High quality novel editing at an affordable price.
Fabled Planet Specialist fantasy and science fiction editing. Offers content editing, line editing, copy-editing, and proofreading.
Kuttura Proofreading & Editing Full manuscript critique, content editing, copyediting, story development, editorial assessment, proofreading, and other editing services.
The Copymancer I make things better.
The Word Slayers We'll kill all your darlings and then give them a literary resurrection.
Ashleigh Bonner Developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, copywriting. Books, blogs, websites. Turning messages into masterpieces.
Sarah Chauncey Developmental editor and storytelling coach for memoir and nonfiction.
Jamie Fleres Editing that makes your stories and ideas shine.
London Proofreaders Quality proofreading services UK.
Heather Sangster (Strong Finish). Manuscript evaluation, substantive editing, line editing, copy editing, proofreading, and production support.
Iris Marsh Edits. Developmental editing, copyediting, line editing, proofreading, chapter and manuscript critiques.
Debbie Emmitt. Editor, proofreader.
Hatters Editorial. Fiction and non-fiction proofreading.