Where do I find a good book editor? This is, without doubt, the question I receive most frequently from fellow writers.
It’s a hard question to answer because, while finding an editor is easy, finding a good book editor is something else again. My default answer has always been to point readers to my own editor CathiLyn Dyck, my critique partner Linda Yezak, or my proofreader Steve Mathisen. But once Cat stopped taking on new clients, that list necessarily shrunk.
So I decided to take the bull by the horns and ask other writing experts, whose opinions I trust, for their recommendations. The following list is the result.
The following editors are in alphabetical order, with their names linked to their websites, so you can do further research to discover which is best suited to your needs. I’ll be adding to the list whenever an appropriate new name comes to my attention (you can always find the list on the Resources page-accessible from the site’s top toolbar).
If you know of a good book editor, with whom you’ve personally worked, please feel free to add their name and URL in the comments. (If you’re an editor yourself and would like to be included, please ask one of your satisfied clients to nominate you.) The goal is to make this as useful a resource for everyone as possible.
The Top Recommended Freelance Book Editors
In today’s market, getting feedback from a skilled editor is crucial–especially if you’re planning to publish independently. If you’ve yet to find your perfect editorial match, start with the names here and get ready to transform your story!