Need a good book editor? Top Recommendations

Need a Good Book Editor? Top Up-to-Date Recommendations

Where to Find a Good Book EditorWhere 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.

I originally published this post a few years ago after asking other writing experts, whose opinions I trust, for their recommendations of freelance book editors. I then suggested readers post their own recommendations in the comments. In the intervening years, the comment section grew tremendously, while a few of the originally published editors went out of business.

So I decided it was high time I update the post.

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 continue adding to the list whenever an appropriate new name comes to my attention (you can always find the list on the Start Here! page—accessible from the site’s top toolbar).

If you you’ve personally worked with a good book editor, please feel free to add his or her 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

Marlene Adelstein 

Services: Developmental Editing, Publishing Consultations, Screenplay Editing.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Commercial Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Memoir, and Screenplay.

Jennifer Blanchard

Services: Developmental Editing.

Rates: $.03 per word.

SpecialtiesFiction and Non-Fiction.

Grace Bridges

Services: Line Editing, Developmental Editing, Proofreading.

Rates: $3–$30 per 1,000 words.

Specialties: Science Fiction, Fantasy.

Averill Buchanan

Services: Development Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Indexing.

Rates: £8–£35 / €12–€45 per 1,000 words or £800–£1,200 / €950–€1,500 per 100,000-word book.

Specialties: Fiction, especially for independent/self-publishing writers.

Kelly Byrd

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Line Editing, Proofreading.

Rates: $12–$27 per 1,000 words.

Specialties: Crime and Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Memoir.

Sherry Chamblee

Services: Developmental Editing, Proofreading, Transcription.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Christian Fiction, Christian Non-Fiction, Children’s Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction.

Lauren Chasen

Services: Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Manuscript Evaluation, Non-Fiction Proposal Editing.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Memoir.

Dario Ciriello

Services: Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading.

Rates: 1.25¢–1.5¢ per word.

Specialties: Science Fiction and Fantasy, Mystery and Crime, Romance, Literary Fiction.

Rochelle Deans

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Manuscript Evaluation, Query Editing, Academic Editing, Non-Fiction Editing.

Rates: Varies by word, 1,000 words, hour, or project.

Specialties: Plot structure.

Harry DeWulf

Services: Developmental Editing, Story Consultation, Editorial Assessment.

Rates: $3,000–$5,000 for full novel edit.

Specialties: Unspecified, but seems to lean toward Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Christy Distler

Services: Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Manuscript Critique.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Unspecified, but seems to lean toward Christian Fiction.

Jill Domschot

Services: Developmental Editing, Proofreading.

Rates: ½¢–1¢ per word.

Specialties: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Literary, Poetry, Non-Fiction.

Joshua Essoe

Services: Developmental Editing, Line Editing.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Genre Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror.

Elizabeth Evans

Services: Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Manuscript Assessment, Proposal Crafting and Editing, Ghostwriting.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Unspecified.

Lorna Fergusson

Services: Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Appraisals.

Rates: £275–£1280, depending on service and length of project (could be more).

Specialties: Unspecified.

Savannah Gilbo

Services: Manuscript Evaluation.

Rates: $497-$1,497 depending on length.

Specialties: Story Grid.

Dori Harrell

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading.

Rates: $2 per page–$2,800 per 100,000 words (depending on service).

Specialties: Novel, Novella, Non-Fiction, Children’s Fiction, Memoir, Short Story, Website Content, Newsletter.

Jon Hudspith

Services: Developmental Editing.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Novel, Novella, Short Story, Flash Fiction.

Caroline Kaiser

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Line Editing, Proofreading, Manuscript Evaluation.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Children’s Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction.

Nicole Klungle

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Manuscript Evaluation.

Rates: $2–$3 per standard page.

Specialties: History, Humor, Writing Instruction, Memoir, Literary Fiction, Paranormal Romance.

Mary Kole

Services: Developmental Editing, Coaching, Outline Evaluation, Manuscript Evaluation.

Rates: $199–$3,999.

Specialties: Children’s Literature.

Ann Kroeker

Services: Coaching.

Rates: $125–$1,025.

Specialties: Unspecified.

C.S. Lakin

Services: Developmental Editing, Proofreading, Coaching.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Fiction, Non-Fiction.

Kurt Lipschutz 

Services: Developmental editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Coaching. 

Rates: Contact for rates

Specialties: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry

Steve Mathisen

Services: Developmental Editing Copyediting, Proofreading.

Rates: $1.75–$5.75 per page.

Specialties: Unspecified.

Katie McCoach

Services: Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Manuscript Evaluation, Coaching.

Rates: $300–$3,200.

Specialties: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance.

Leslie McKee

Services: Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Unspecified but seems to favor Romance.

Andrea Merrell

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Mentoring.

Rates: $30–$40 per hour.

Specialties: Unspecified but seems to favor Christian Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Victoria Mixon

Services: Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Synopsis Editing.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Novel, Short Story, Narrative Non-Fiction, Memoir.

Ginger Moran

Services: Developmental Editing, Coaching.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction.

Roz Morris

Services: Developmental Editing.

Rates: £60 per 1,000 words.

Specialties: Fiction, Memoir, Non-Fiction

Robin Patchen

Services: Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Proofreading, Manuscript Evaluation, Coaching.

Rates: $2–$7 per page.

Specialties: Unspecified but seems to favor Christian Fiction.

Anastasia Poirier

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading.

Rates: 1¢–3¢ per word.

Specialties: Unspecified.

Arlene Prunkl

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Indexing, Fact Checking.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Unspecified.

Lauren I. Pruiz

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Manuscript Evaluation, Coaching.

Rates: 1¢–8¢ per word.

Specialties: Unspecified.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Ghostwriting, Short Story Review.

Rates: $30-$50 per hour.

Specialties: Unspecified but seems to favor Science Fiction.

Crystal Watanabe

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Manuscript Evaluation.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Unspecified but seems to favor Science Fiction.

Lara Willard

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Manuscript Evaluation.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Graphic Novels, Comics, Children’s Fiction, Picture Books, Young Adult.

Ben Wolf

Services: Developmental Editing.

Rates: Contact for rates.

Specialties: Unspecified but seems to favor Science Fiction.

Linda Yezak

Services: Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Manuscript Evaluation, Coaching.

Rates: $30 per hour.

Specialties: Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Ginny Ytrrup

Services: Developmental Editing, Coaching.

Rates: $8–$18 per page.

Specialties: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Web Content, Devotional, Query or Cover Letter, Book Proposal, Fiction Synopsis.

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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 a good book editor, start with the names here and get ready to transform your story.

Wordplayers, tell me your opinions! 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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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.

Comments

  1. Morell E. Mullins says

    Looks promising. Thanks to Lorin for pointing this out

  2. Gail Porter says

    I recommend Martha Rasmussen, https://www.facebook.com/bookaholicspress/. She is quite the grammar guru. I’m grateful she helped me trim extraneous words from my novel and identified places where characters needed to show more emotion and actions. Her help has made all the difference.

  3. Morgan Watchorn says

    Lorin Oberweger at Free Expressions is a GENIUS. I’ve worked with her multiple times and trust her like no other. https://www.free-expressions.com

  4. I’ve worked with Lorin Oberweger and find her support and creativity second to none. I feel supported and pushed to be my best when I work with her. I highly recommend!

  5. Catherine Misener says

    I’ve worked with Lorin Oberweger at Free Expressions – amazing! I’ve also attended workshops created by her and her team of editors. Each workshop, every experience, has left me with a deeper understanding of the writing craft. Her editorial insight is clear, supportive, and ‘spot on’. She offers more than expert editorial eyes on your work. She provides the kind of feedback that helps you better visualize the story you’re trying to share with your readers. If you have the opportunity to work with her either by sending her your work, or taking one of her workshops – do it!

  6. Sue Verini says

    I enthusiastically recommend Lorin Oberweger. Her editing has always been constructive, insightful and inspiring.

  7. Thank you! I will need this later this year. :0)

  8. I’m currently working with Rita nominated author Romy Sommer. She can be found at http://www.writingcoach.co.za and offers the following:

    Editing, manuscript appraisals and writing coaching, with a preference / specialisation of developmental editing.

    I can fully endorse her skills. She’s both thorough, encouraging and highly efficient.

  9. Lorin Oberweger is a brilliant book editor. Her depth of knowledge and coaching skills have helped me so much.

  10. Perhaps this is a stupid question K.M. (I know, there are no stupid questions just stupid people.) Do you advise putting our novel out to our beta readers before an editor or the other way around?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      If possible, yes, I’d recruit some beta readers first. Betas are free (or at least will work on a critique-for-a-critique basis) and many are very knowledgeable in their own right. They can help you clean up some problems before you hire an editor. In some instances, this may mean you can choose a less expensive editing package.

  11. Stephen Hensley says

    Dan Janal

    Services: Developmental editing, book coaching

    Rates: Based on project requirements.

    Specialties: Non-fiction, business, how to.

    http://www.WriteYourBookInAFlash.com

  12. Joe Storr says

    I wholeheartedly recommend Jessica Snell for Christian nonfiction. I’ve worked with her on two books, and I have already asked her to help me with my next project. She is super-knowledgeable, highly efficient, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Her suggested edits have helped me become a better writer. http://jessicasnell.com/editing/.

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