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
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More recommended editors
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)
Writership – Leslie Watts and Alyssa Archer offer partial and full manuscript critiques as well as editing services. They are both lovely people as well 🙂
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.
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)
Editcetera. Enabling freelance editors to meet the right authors.
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.
The Literary Consultancy – Manuscript editing and assessment – £300 for 100 double spaced pages, and other prices for different projects, plus more tailored options.
The Blue Garret. Content editing, copyediting and proofreading with Kristen Tate
Harry Dewulf. Story development, editorial assessment, content editing.
Line Upon Line Services
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.
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 Freelance Copyeditor
ServiceScape Freelance Editors
Amira Makansi Quality editing services for ambitious authors.
Shirley Bear Fedorak Editing Professional Editing and Proofreading Services
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.