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Independent Editors

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:

Bobbie Christmas Woodstock, GA 770-924-0528 bzebra@aol.com Zebra Communications
Ann Kempner Fisher Marietta, GA 770-509-5063 annkfisher@msn.com Creative Editing Services
Sol Stein
New York
Referral only
solstein@aol.com WritePro®
Marlene Adelstein New York 845-658-7001 madelstein@aol.com Freelance book and screenplay editor
Joy Parker California Referral By referral only None
John R. Douglas New York 212-927-0594 jdouglas5@nyc.rr.com
Alternate email:

Freelance editorial work
(Primarily sf/f, mysteries, thrillers, and nonfiction)

Loretta Hudson California Not available loretta@lorettahudson.com Loretta Hudson
fiction & nonfiction
Trained by Sol Stein!

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.

Nicole Medford, OR 877-779-9603
nicole@a1editing.com A-1 Editing Service
Dale Adams Washington, DC 800-823-4927 office@edserv.com Editorial Services
Mark Anderson Oregon   bookdr@teleport.com Book Editor
Jimmy D. Blunt Tahlequah, OK 918-458-0185 abceditors@intellex.com ABC Editors
R. Broomall Baltimore, MD 410-288-2083 rbroomall@netzero.net GDN Editorial Services
Marion A. Brown     marianamy@earthlink.net Literary Consultant
Paul W. Conant Dallas, TX 972-913-9123 paul@pwc-editing.com PWC Editing
Genevieve Fosa Arundel, ME   genefosa@hotmail.com The Best Word
Jennifer G. Virginia Beach, VA 757-631-0576 JenniferG@editmania.com EditMania.com
Michael Garrett Birmingham, AL   mike@writing2sell.com Writing2Sell
Jen Weiss Handler Atlanta, GA 646-373-9611 weisswoman@yahoo.com GND Communications
Stephen Tedder Henson Sweetwater, TN 423-337-6977 julius@hartbright.com Hartbright Editorial Services
Marti Kanna Seattle, WA 877-729-6265 newleafediting@qwest.com New Leaf Editing
Judy King Houston, TX 713-721-3003 judyking@pdq.net Judy King
Editorial Services
Barb Kolle Chicago, IL 847-368-0025 kolleb@yahoo.com Barbara Kolle
Editorial Services
Lynda Lotman Arlington, TX 817-467-7127 mseditor@manuscriptediting.com Manuscript Editing
Susan Malone Colleyville, TX 817-656-2582 aaasuz@aol.com Malone Editorial
Claudia McCormick Atlanta, GA bookwriters@msn.com Claudia McCormick
Independent Editor
Michael McIrvin Cheyenne, WY 307-637-8657 mcirvinm@earthlink.net A-1 Complete Writing and Editing
Sasha Miller Colorado Springs, CO   sasha@sff.net Sasha Miller
Richard Moran   415-469-4893 dickmoran@aol.com Richard Moran Associates
Jackie Callahan Parente South Glastonbury, CT   sales@editorial-services.com Editorial Services LLC
Laurie Rosin Sarasota, FL 941-957-3348 lreditor@aol.com The Book Editor
Allan Schulte Sarasota, FL 941-923-2800 lightcom@light-communications.com Light Communications
Mike Sirota San Diego, CA 619-807-7975 info@mikesirota.com Mike Sirota
Writing Services
Bonnie Toews Ontario, Canada 416-285-4015 bonnie.toews@sympatico.ca 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
johnrjdouglas@gmail.com- main

jdouglas5@nyc.rr.com - alternate
Conlan Press - John R. Douglas
chronicle@dnapublications.com - genre news and information

Claudia McCormick
Independent Editor

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

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.

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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