Need a good book editor? Top Recommendations

Need a Good Book Editor? Top Recommendations

Where do I find a good book editor? This is, without doubt, the question I receive most frequently from fellow writers.

Where to Find a Good Book EditorIt’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

Blake Atwood

Judy Beatty

Jennifer Blanchard

Keanan Brand

Grace Bridges

Ellen Campbell

Christy Distler

Jill Domschot

Elizabeth Easter

Meredith Efken

Joshua Essoe

Rebecca Faith

Lorna Fergusson

Lindsay A. Franklin

Dori Harrell

Jeffrey Hite

Jon Hudspith

Nicole Klungle

C.S. Lakin

Jeanne Marie Leach

Dave Malone

Steve Mathisen

Fiona McLaren

Victoria Mixon

Roz Morris

Robin Patchen

Erin Potter

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Rachel Starr Thomson

Amanda Valentine

Katie Vorreiter

Crystal Watanabe

Lara Willard

Ben Wolf

Linda Yezak

Carla Young

Ginny Ytrrup

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!

Wordplayers, tell me your opinion! Have you ever worked with a good book editor? Can you add to the recommendations here? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. I appreciate being on the list. Thanks, Katie!

  2. Rosa Otero says:

    I would like to recommend Janell E. Robish
    I have worked with Janell for over 10 years now and I am not letting her go. Looking forward to many more years and projects with her.
    Rosa Otero, Ph.D.
    Art and Design Department Chair at Salem College

  3. Katie Morford/Karis Waters from Crosshair Press – incredibly patient, helpful, and insightful. Very good, especially for the plot-based writer who needs a boost on their characterization and description! I love working with her.

  4. I have worked happily and well with Jude Tingley. Will do so again.

  5. I would add Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig!

  6. Quill Pen Editorial is amazing. I recommend them to everyone who mentions the word “edit.”

  7. Love this helpful resource. I’ve worked with Blake Atwood before and he’s fantastic.

  8. Thanks for adding me to your list. I was delighted to see my name there!

  9. I would love to recommend Leslie McKee! I’ve used her editing services many times and absolutely love her! She’s effective, timely, and wonderful to work with. Here is her website:


    Leslie is patient, kind, and a wonderful editor! She’s edited many of my books.

  11. I’d recommend the editors at Extablisment, especially Kevin Salveson.!services—editing/c1p27

  12. Catherine at Quill Pen Editorial (or really any editor there, as I’ve worked personally with all of them) has been a lifesaver for me. Catherine and I have worked on 6-7 different novels together. 2 of which have won awards, and one has achieved best seller status twice. I also love that there’s a lot of editors in the group to work with, as I always have a different copy editor from my line editor, and a totally different proofreader. Catherine sets all of that up for me. It’s like one stop shopping.

  13. Very honored to be included alongside such wonderful editors. Thanks!

  14. I was a professional editor for years (no longer), so I recognize a good one when I find him or her. I second the recommendation for Robin Patchen, but I’d like to add Ray Rhamey’s name. He’s at Flogging the Quill. I’ve used him for two of my books: he’s excellent–keeps my voice, points out issues, unabashedly suggests an Off with Its Head when needed.

  15. Carol Heilman says:

    I would love to nominate Andrea Merrell. She is a gifted editor, instructor, and author with a sense of humor as well. She has been an invaluable asset to me along my writing journey.

  16. K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

    Thank you all for the great nominations! Keep them rolling in!

  17. I’ve worked with several editors in the past, but there’s only one I’ll continue to work with in the future–Quill Pen Editorial (ask for Catherine). She has been able to take me from ugly drafts to finished novels with honesty, objectivity, professionalism, and invaluable advise.

  18. Karen Conlin, copy editor can be found at:

  19. I have worked with both Susanne (C.S.) Lakin and Robin Patchen, and both are terrific in every way.

  20. A super resource and timely, too. Thank you! 🙂

  21. Any chance you could let us know what each editor specializes in? Like kidlit, non-fiction, etc. That would be really helpful!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      Since most of these editor’s aren’t familiar to me personally, but rather come highly recommended, I’m not familiar with them enough to know their specialties. You’ll need to research from here to find the one best suited to your needs.

  22. Thanks for taking the time to compile such a useful resource

  23. Thanks, Katie! This is great!

  24. Teresa Kennedy has been my editor for over 5 years. She’s been in the editing business for over 25 years with 30 books to her credit. She always gives me an honest and accurate assessment of my manuscript. I have yet to find anyone with more experience to guide my writing. Her website is

  25. Yay Joshua Essoe! I can’t say enough great things about him. He’s edited three of my short stories (two are published), and one of my novels twice (working on a third revision now). I learned more from his edits than I did while getting my BA in Creative Writing. I highly recommend him.

    Thanks for the great list, Katie! This is a very helpful resource for new writers.

  26. I’d like to recommend Marlene Adelstein. She is my editor based in NY. Writer/Screenwriter/Editor/ and has worked on set with others in the major motion picture industry. She is a pleasure to work with with super insight and depth of knowledge ~ what it takes to become a better writer. Marlene’s also a great mentor for the novice writer. And she has a wonderful first name!
    Ms. Lakin is also a wealth of superb knowledge.

  27. I really enjoyed working with Dario Ciriello on several projects for both developmental editing and copyediting:

    I also received a great copyedit on my current work-in-progress from Anastasia Poirier:

    Both are great, especially if you’re writing science fiction or fantasy, because they’re familiar with all the genre conventions.

  28. I’d highly recommend Harry Dewulf.
    As a new writer, he has really helped build my confidence, and his feedback has been pivotal in hammering my stories into something special.

  29. Thank you, K.M. for this great source. It is a big help to me.

  30. Thank you so much for including me, K.M.! I’d love to pay it forward by nominating Laura Chasen ( and Elizabeth Evans (, both of whom have recently gone freelance after leaving roles at St. Martin’s Press and Jean V. Naggar, respectively. These ladies are doing incredible work, and bringing years of industry experience to the table.

  31. I recently worked with Kate Angellella. She was so knowledgeable and professional. I highly recommend her to anyone. Her details can be found here:

  32. Andrea Merrell is not only a fabulous editor, but a gem of a person. She edited my novel, Chasing the Butterfly for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, helping it win several awards.

  33. Christopher T Nugent says:

    Lara Willard got me and my query letter to a place where I went from form rejections to actual feedback from literary agents. I started to feel like I was taking advantage of her unlimited passes, but she assured me it was fine and encouraged me to keep tweaking until we had a masterpiece.

    Her colleague Elizabeth Buege of has critiqued and line edited my MS, getting me from form rejections to partial requests. As a freelance editor, Elizabeth @ekbuege nurtured me in my writing, but she went further by offering frank feedback and support.
    As a freelance editor myself, I’ve modeled my services and client care after her. It’s the highest form of praise I know.

  34. Teresa Kennedy—HANDS DOWN. She has been my editor-in-chief for 4 out of my 5 novels in the Mina Kitchen humorous cozy mystery series; and is joining me on my new adventures into YA world (Book 1 of the 3 part series she will begin work on this coming month.) I can’t say enough good things about her: professional; CREATIVE (she’s not a humanoid spell checker; she’ll tell you when a scene doesn’t work and give you suggestions on how to fix it); caring; compassionate and a ROCK–if she says she’ll have your manuscript back to you by a certain date, she does. Teresa is DEPENDABLE and doesn’t play with stuff like “scope creep”–she stands by her quotes for her work, and IMHO is very reasonable.

    Here’s the link to her website; check it out:

  35. Carin Meier says:

    I would recommend Cassaandra
    She’s been helping me shape my first YA novel and has given me fantastic feedback on the manuscript and ways for me to personally improve my writing skills.

  36. I can vouch for Robin Patchen! Excellent choice to be on your list.

  37. My goodness! Thank you so much for including me.

    It’s great to see some fellow Penners on the list too. (The Christian Proofreaders & Editors Network, )

  38. Absolutely honored to be a part of this list! Makes me miss my maiden name a bit, though 🙂

  39. I worked with Leslie McKee on two of my books, True Colors, and Landry in Like, and she was amazing to work with on the books. Her feedback is informative and clear and I appreciated her support throughout the editing process.

  40. I’d like to recommend Jesse Rebock. He’s an avid fantasy reader and I think he’s perfect for my fantasy writing.

  41. Catherine and her team at Quill Pen Editorial Service are exceptional to work with.

  42. K.M., Elizabeth Miller has done a phenomenal job for multiple authors, including me. Her contact email is [email protected]. I’ve often recommended her highly–especially for first time authors unacquainted with the process of editing. Several colleges use her for their paper writing courses because she has the ability to analyze and critique–and does a great job at both.

  43. Thank you so much for including me in this list – what a lovely surprise!

  44. Thanks for this list! Will definitely be useful to aspiring authors like me. ChatEbooks recently posted:

  45. Danny McCallister says:

    Thank you for this list! And I would love to suggest adding Rochelle Deans at … Rochelle has recently edited my initial two middle grade books. As a “newbie”, I was skeptical – and slightly ignorant too – about hiring a professional editor. Spoiler alert: best decision I ever made as a writer. Her attention to details, along with her feedback, have made my writing experience very enjoyable!

  46. Tim Symonds says:

    I’d highly recommend my freelance editor, Ailsa Crofts, up in Scotland. She did a superb job on two of my Sherlock Holmes’ novels (‘Sherlock Holmes And The Dead Boer At Scotney Castle’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes And The Sword of Osman’). Detective novels need an editor, it’s too easy to put too much detail in, (overload the reader with technical stuff, for example) or wander down side-alleys. She will providea critique the typescript, telling you of any flawsshe spots in characterization, story flow, etc etc, and pointing out improvements that could be made, and may even suggest you rewrite large sections.

    I especially like the idea Ailsa works at home in the wildest part of Great Britain, with heaped up snow in winters and probably pestered by a myriad gnats in the short Scottish summers.

    Email [email protected]

    Address: East Manse
    by Muir of Ord,
    Ross and Cromarty
    IV6 7QQ

    • Ailsa Campbell says:

      And putting it in reverse – if any of you editors out there want the dream client, Tim Symonds ticks every box. I also work under the professional name of Ailsa Campbell (as translator as well as editor).

  47. Thanks for including me! It’s an honor to be recommended 🙂

  48. As the founder and director of the Christian Editor Connection and The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, I am thrilled to see many members of those organizations on this list! The Christian PEN provides education, networking, and community for editorial freelancers at all levels. The Christian Editor Connection matches established, professional editors with the people who need them. So if you’re looking for a good editor, check out If you are an editor or are interested in becoming one, check out

  49. Kylie Betzner says:

    Rachelle M. N. Shaw has copy-edited both my novels. She does a fabulous job explaining her suggestions and what I’m doing wrong. I’ve learned so much about grammar and punctuation along the way. I would not put my book out without first having her eyes on it. Plus, she has fair rates and is flexible with payment plans.

    I am happily hiring her again for my next project.

    This is her website:
    And you can find her on Twitter: @RMNSediting

  50. I would love to nominate Sea Chapman. She edited my second novel. Even though she hadn’t edited the first in the series she read it and made indepth notes to make sure the events lined up and there were no inconsistencies. She worked quickly and thoroughly. Sea’s superpower is delivering the bad news (that your novel isn’t perfect) in the absolute best way. I always felt empowered leaving an editing session with her. I would recommend her to absolutely anyone.

  51. Shaun Dovaston says:

    I wholeheartedly recommend Sea Chapman for any aspiring or established authors requiring an editor. I’ve found Sea to be thorough, insightful and a pleasure to work with.

  52. Hi, I know it would involve some extra work, but knowing what kind of editing the people in the list offer would be very helpful.

  53. I can highly recommend three editors with whom I’ve worked on many book projects: Arlene Prunkl of, Dania Sheldon of, and Caroline Kaiser of

  54. Lori Colvin says:

    I’m a best-selling author, and Megan Maxwell is the best editor I’ve ever encountered. She handles both content and technical aspects of editing like the consummate pro that she is. Check her out at

  55. Jonathan Caws-Elwitt is a joy to work with. He’s at the top of my list for editorial assistance, though technically there’s no number two. I seriously look forward to seeing his corrections of my writing. He handles his suggested changes with such finesse that I’m never mortified by an error. Frankly, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt makes me look like a smarter writer, and I’m comfortable with that; good writing is inseparable from good editing, and I’m wise enough to engage the best. He describes his services here:

  56. Highly recommend Stephanie Aspasia Marshall Ward and on Facebook at — she’s worked for me on a variety of projects and for my clients on a variety of editing and coordinating projects.

  57. Blondell H. says:

    I really liked working with Marquita from the Harrison Editing Firm. She is really good to her clients, and I know for a fact that she is looking to grow her client list this year. And she actually just set up shop online. Definitely check her out!

  58. Richard Bradburn at gave me a great structural edit for my historical fiction manuscript, Songs of All Poets. After I rewrote my manuscript following Richard’s advice, it went on to be selected in a prestigious manuscript development program in Australia and is now being considered by agents.

  59. Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for including me in your list, alongside other highly recommended editors. The service you are doing other writers is fantastic. I would also like to pay it forward by recommending Lauren Spieller She is an excellent editor and a wonderful champion of people’s work.

    Thank you so much, K.M.

  60. Monique says:

    This is a really great list. I’m working with Marquita from Harrison Editing Firm on my first non-fiction book about podcasting. I found her on The Creative Penn. She’s very patient and always has time for any questions/concerns I have. She’s pretty affordable as far as editing costs go.

    You can email her at [email protected] or go right to the site for a quote. Super easy to get pricing.

  61. Yasmine says:

    Hello, my name is Yasmine and I have a good story here about:

    A sex addict cop who meet and fall in love with a modest Christian patriarchy shy women.

    I would like to get help and as much information as possible because I don’t have any kind of money and I know there are options and I have screen stories so let me know. My goal is for someone who can read my story and give me reviews and feedback and what it needs next?

    Thank you.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      Yasmine, I recommend researching the editors listed here (and in the comments) to find a few that seem like a good fit. Then query them directly.

  62. Hi! I would love to nominate my editor Erin Liles from In a Perfect Word Editing (! I’ve worked with Erin on almost twelve novels so far, have recommended her to fellow authors, and have never had a bad word to say! She is amazing to work with, offering edits to improve my projects and clean them up without changing my personal voice or style! I truly think any writer would enjoy working with her!

    • Hi K.M!
      I second Kaitlyn on this one.
      Erin works with me as well and I totally love her professionalism, availability and passion. I have been recommending here to my author friends too.
      She does both my development and copy editing.
      My work is so so much better once she’s gone through it.
      She really can find the little things that can make my books better.
      And of course, she is so so easy to work with. She works with me, not for or against me. I like that I can call her and say “Erin, how are WE going to fix this?” then we start talking. It’s always a team effort. I think she really deserves being on your list.
      Thank you for considering her.


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