I'm a passionate believer in the importance of editing and I frequently get asked for recommendations for editors, as well as how the process works.
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.
** Please note: Rates may changes over time – please check the editor's site for up-to-date pricing **
Recommended editors with professional vetting process
Reedsy have 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.
Ebook Launch. Copyediting and proofreading for fiction and non-fiction.
[Please note: I am an affiliate of the services above 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 with no extra cost to you. Thanks for checking them out!]
More recommended editors
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.
The Book Editor Show. Editing podcast and also a group of editors offering services including developmental edit, beta read, 10 page review or critique. They also interviewed me about my editing process here.
The Novel Doctor – Steve Parolini. Editorial review and other editing services.
Here's my interview with Steve – Editing a novel, with Steve Parolini, the Novel Doctor. Steve did the editorial review for my first novel 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.
Liz at LibroEditing.com Liz does copy-editing and proof-reading for me and does a great job. She also does transcription work. Non-fiction proof-reading and copy-editing at £7.50 per 1,000 words or see here for more rates.
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. Flexible capacity model and $150/hour.
Here's an interview with Matt Gartland from Winning Edits on winning the hearts and minds of readers through editing.
REEDSY – a marketplace for services including editors
Bibliocrunch – a marketplace for publishing professionals including editors
Sarah Kolb-Williams : Editorial assessment, editing, proof-reading and back cover copy/bio. Prefers science-fiction.
The Literary Consultancy – Manuscript editing and assessment – £300 for 100 double spaced pages, and other prices for different projects, plus more tailored options.
J. Thorn. Story Grid certified developmental editing, individual coaching. Specializing in science fiction, horror, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, dark fantasy.
The Blue Garret. Content editing, copyediting and proofreading with Kristen Tate
Andrew Noakes. Historical fiction editor. 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. Between 2c – 6c per word.
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
Line Upon Line Services – Arnetta Jackson offers proofreading and transcription services. Arnetta proofread the Penny Appleton books that I co-wrote with my Mum. She is very professional and detailed in her feedback.
Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP): http://www.sfep.org.uk/directory/
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/ Rates start at £3/$5 per 1,000 words
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.
Jackie Charley. Proofreading, copy editing, developmental editing.
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.
Tara Keogh Fiction and Nonfiction Editing for Writers
Sally Vince Editorial. Proofreading, Copy-editing, Editing, Writing and Rewriting.
Harrison Editing Giving indie authors and publishers an affordable way to ensure they are putting their best work forward.
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
Diamond Editing Personalized, in-depth and affordable help.
Anna Proofing Proofreading and Editing Services
S F Editing and Business Service Substantive editing, Copy editing, Research and more
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.
Ash the Editor Premier fiction book editing services. Polish Your Diamond.
ServiceScape Freelance Editors
Amira Makansi Quality editing services for ambitious authors.
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.
Augie's Bookshelf Professional editing for your book.
Ginger Moran Developmental editing.