So you've finished your book, and you need some help with the editing. The first thing you need to do is find an editor with the right kind of experience for your type of book. Ask what kinds of books they edit, which books they edited are now published, what their fees are, and what you get for that fee. Ask for references. Then compare the answers, and choose the editor that is best for you and your book.
These are the editors who we know and recommend without reservation:
Caveats: This is not a complete list, but is a large sample of the editors you can find on the Internet. Make sure you compare experience and prices and get references before choosing an editor for you and your book.
||WEB SITE &/OR INFO
||A-1 Editing Service
|| Washington, DC
|Jimmy D. Blunt
|| Tahlequah, OK
||GDN Editorial Services
|Marion A. Brown
|Paul W. Conant
|| Dallas, TX
|| Arundel, ME
||The Best Word
||Virginia Beach, VA
|| Birmingham, AL
|Jen Weiss Handler
|| Atlanta, GA
|Stephen Tedder Henson
|| Sweetwater, TN
|| Hartbright Editorial Services
| Marti Kanna
||New Leaf Editing
||A-1 Complete Writing and Editing
||Colorado Springs, CO
||Richard Moran Associates
| Jackie Callahan Parente
||South Glastonbury, CT
||Editorial Services LLC
||The Book Editor
|| San Diego, CA
|| Ontario, Canada
||Bonnie's Editorial Services
This is a quick reference for writers regarding those editors who do not have a web page:
John R. Douglas -- Independent Editor
- Former news editor for the Science Fiction Chronicle
- Editor with Conlan Press
- Freelance editorial work
- Readers reports
- Copy writing of all kinds for publishers
- Conceptual and manuscript doctoring work both for publishers and directly with some writers
- Prefers SF and Fantasy manuscripts, but also works on mysteries, thrillers and a fairly wide
range of non-fiction
- About Words Agency has had the privilege of working firsthand with John Douglas, highly respects his abilities and experience, and recommends him highly
John R. Douglas
New York, NY
firstname.lastname@example.org - alternate
Conlan Press - John R. Douglas
email@example.com - genre news and information
Claudia McCormick is the founder of Seattle Writers Association (1986) and Main Street Writers Association (2003). Her Critique Format is a teaching tool widely used by critique groups since 1986. Her novel Raven at Sunrise is a Berkley release, and several of her short stories have been performed publicly in theaters. She created BookWriters in 1994 and through it, has several other titles out as well.
Claudia currently writes a weekly column for the Daily Tribune. She specializes in nonfiction book proposals and self-help books, but her true passion is working with aspiring novelists. She is also a noted workshop leader, public speaker, writing coach, and mentor.
Marion A. Brown
Literary consultant and book publishing professional of 12 years will provide incisive editorial critique of your novel. Will also help refine your cover letter, position you in the marketplace, and suggest appropriate representation. Excellent references and reasonable rates.
GDN Editorial Services
Author of 15 published novels offers critiquing, editing, tutorial services. I teach fiction writing and screenwriting, so I am familiar with the mistakes beginners make. I've handled material in most fiction genres, also non-fiction. I'll critique your manuscript paying particular attention to: Plot, Characters, Background, Dialogue, Action, Writing Style, and Story Structure. Free sample line edit. Screenplays a specialty. For information and rates, send SASE or email:
GDN Editorial Services
8196 Gray Haven Road
Baltimore, MD 21222
Barbara Kolle Editorial Services
Specializing in Technical and Business Materials: Procedures, Instruction Manuals, How-to and Business Manuscripts.
Technical materials must be clear, concise, and accurate to be of maximum use to your intended audience. I have worked with this type of material for over 20 years.
Call or e-mail me to get more information on my services. I provide free estimates for manuscripts of all lengths.
Richard Moran Associates
Ghostwriting, Biographies, Co-Authoring
Best-selling author of four published novels offers complete editorial services, including ghostwriting, biographies, manuscript development, critiques, rewrites and the co-authoring of both fiction and nonfiction books and short stories.
I know how to put a book together so that it gains the attention of agents and publishers. I am prepared to critique your manuscript and suggest revisions, or ghostwrite part or all of the work. I also co-author books anonymously on a fee basis so that only your name appears on the jacket. References, fee schedule and estimates available upon request.
My published novels include, COLD SEA RISING, DALLAS DOWN, THE EMPIRE OF ICE, and EARTH WINTER.
Other Lists of Independent Editors:
AuthorLink.com - literary services for writers
Bay Area Editor's Forum - list of independent editors
RoseDog.com - list of editors
WritePro's Recommended Book Doctors
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