Your manuscript is ready for its final polishing, and now you need editing help. No problem – we offer a professional book editing service second to none. Our best editors do much more than proofreading; they make your sentences flow better, so that readers remain engaged in your book, blog, article or other text.
Your best foot forward
Our professional editors take your words and make them shine. Now you are ready to publish.
What we do is make you look great!
If you are looking for the best editing services available, just fill in the form on this page and let us know how we can help you right now.
Our book editors will do the following for you…
- Ensure correct word usage
- Verify consistency of word usage, style and “point of view”
- Help ensure optimal flow for ease-of-reading and reader engagement
- Proofread (spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, syntax)
- Sometimes add vigor to the text.
In many cases, a simple copy edit will do. But if your book needs a lot more work than this, you might not be looking for an editor; you might be looking for a book writer. You can find one here.
Sweet words for our book editors
We know we have the best book editing services when we hear the words of satisfied clients. Here are some of their unsolicited testimonials. (Read more testimonials here.)
Maya – novelist
Oh wow, I am crying. It is beautiful. And I am not just saying that because it is my book and all. It flows smoothly. I am pleased. I am confident I will land a contract with that. Now I feel confident. I didn’t feel that confidence before with my manuscript. Being a writer, I know that my manuscript didn’t have the smoothness I was aiming for. Thanks so much.
Marty – memoir writer
I opened your edited file today. Although I have not had the strength to make the changes, they are PERFECT. You have done exactly what I had hoped you would do – you made my story better. I am eager to incorporate your suggestions and send it to my publisher. Thanks so much!
Marcia Applegate – author, Now & Then: The Waiting
I feel right now as if my book is already published and you have written the first–and best–review it could have… All I can say is, thank you! for your professional editing and your wonderful words… Again, I couldn’t be more pleased with your work, and your reaction to the novel itself has given me a great deal of inspiration to continue on to publication.
Gabriel Sinki – Christian author
I can’t thank you enough for the excellent job you did. The article flows like a symphony… Of all the editors that did help me out – in my other publications – you are the best. I am very happy that I found you. and grateful for David that he recommended you. I will now submit the article for publication and if accepted I will hand you the book for your editing.
Toni – author, Alabama Blue
Debra is exactly the person/editor/lady I was looking for. She is not re-writing my book, she’s making it better. I took 98%+ of her suggestions on my first fifty pages. I am very pleased and inspired. I LOVE WHAT SHE IS DOING WITH ALABAMA BLUE.
Why people hire a book editor for their manuscript
People hire a manuscript editor for their book for several good reasons. Here are some of the reasons our clients have mentioned over the years.
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You know your writing isn’t quite up to publishing standards.
You might have an amazing story to tell, whether fiction or non-fiction. But that does not make you an expert writer. What if your writing is mediocre?
Hire a professional editor to help you perfect your manuscript. The editor will help you improve the text and bring it up to publishing standards.
If English isn’t your first language, if you never went far in education or if you are simply more inclined toward math or science or baking, you can still be an author. Finding a book editor you can work with is the next step.
A publisher tells you to hire a manuscript editor.
This has happened so many times. Somebody contacts us and says:
I wrote this book and I have a publisher. But he says it needs work, and I should hire a professional book editor. I need help.
That’s a great reason to hire a book editing service.
First, you know your idea is strong, because a publisher is interested.
Second, you know your approach is strong, because a publisher sent you to find a book editor rather than to rewrite from scratch.
Third, you are so close to becoming an author; all your manuscript needs is a good edit.
You hire a book editor to save money.
Sometimes this works. Sometimes it doesn’t.
An editor can take what you have written and bring it up to publishing standards fairly easily if:
- Your writing is reasonably good.
- The structure of your manuscript is solid.
Unfortunately, half the people who seek our editing services have fairly poor writing or a story that needs complete restructuring. Sometimes, a manuscript has both issues.
In either of those circumstances, it would be less work to rewrite the book from scratch.
That does not mean your first draft is wasted. You won’t save $6,000, for example, as you might if the manuscript is solid when you hand it to the editor. But there are two benefits of writing your own first draft, anyway:
- You will probably still save some money, perhaps $1,000. Because your information is well organized, the writer will save some time, even rewriting if from scratch.
- You will be bound to get the story you want, because the details and the approach will be very clear to the writer.
You are a perfectionist.
Every now and then, somebody comes to us with a really good manuscript. Sometimes it looks more like the “after” picture, as if it had already been edited. In fact, sometimes we are not the first editing agency to work on the manuscript.
That’s called perfectionism, and it often helps a manuscript read better. With multiple edits, it is more likely to get accepted by a publisher and hailed by book reviewers.
How to find a professional book editor for hire
Looking for professional editors and ghostwriters who can improve your manuscript? We have them! For a free quote on editing your book, tap or click the red button to the right.
How to work with a book editor
It’s not that hard to work with a book editor. You’ve already done most of the work just writing the manuscript. Now it’s up to the editor.
Tap or click to read more on how to work with a book editing agency.
Explain your goals to the book editor.
You might not have any specific goals, and that is fine. But if you are looking for a manuscript editor, chances are you have some idea what needs fixing.
You might know that the dialogue is a bit dry.
You might know that you have been verbose.
You might know that your grammar is weak.
Your publisher might have given you some instructions. If he didn’t, if he just said “Find a professional book editor,” it’s up to you to ask:
“Where do you think the manuscript is weak. What needs to be improved most?”
Then give your book editor very precise instructions. But also let your editor improve anything else she sees.
Tell your editor about special exceptions.
You might have a very conventional manuscript. Or their might be some eccentricities. For instance, you might break the rules in dialogue, based on how a character speaks.
Tell your manuscript editor about all the exceptions to the rule. You don’t want her to “correct” these purposeful anomalies.
Book editing in “Track Changes”.
What if your manuscript editor does “correct” errors that you had included on purpose for whatever reason? What if you simply don’t like a particular edit, preferring your original wording?
Track Changes to the rescue!
We use track changes to edit your documents. When revisions are marked in track changes, you can:
- easily see all edits
- accept the edits you like
- reject the edits you don’t like
Track changes give the editor free reign to make whatever changes she feels will improve the manuscript. And it gives you full control over what changes end up in the published book.
How to find a pro book editor
If you are looking for a professional manuscript editor, let us help. For a free quote on editing your book, tap or click the red button to the right.
More words of satisfaction for our book editors
Here are some more unsolicited testimonials.
Kee Yeo – family book author
Just re-read what you send. LOVE IT. One of my issues in finishing the book, besides the poem, has been deciding which photos to use (I’ve gathered too many). As I read the poem, I can visualize which photos I would want to use.
Joan Lean – motivational book author
I will recommend your editing company if ever needed. It’s a first for me knowing a bit about editing, there is a lot of work that goes into it. Words can change a person’s life, they can be very powerful. Debra made my story easier to read and she has always responded to any question or concern I had.
Timona Ross – young adult (YA) author
I read the query letter and balled like a baby; you did such a great job of capturing the story and my feelings towards the intended audience. The edits (for the chapters) are refreshing. I notice the improvements with the transitions of thoughts and scenes.
How to find a book editor
“Help! I need a book editor!” Finding a book editor for hire is simple; you have already done it. Hiring a book editor is even simpler. Just fill in the form on this page, and let us know what type of editing services you need.
FIVE QUESTIONS THIS PAGE IS MEANT TO ANSWER
- I need help editing my manuscript. (ANSWER: Congratulations! That means you are nearly done. We’ll be happy to help you edit your manuscript.)
- I am looking for a proofreader. (ANSWER: This is the right place. Please fill in the form on this page, and we’ll get you started.)
- How much does editing cost? (ANSWER: The price depends if it is a fairly simple edit, or if there are structural issues to address with the manuscript or technical language. Please fill in the form on this page, for a free quote.)
- Do I need an editor or a writer? (ANSWER: We have seen many manuscripts that need very little editing, and others that need to be rewritten almost from scratch – and many in between. Please fill the form on this page, and we’ll be happy to provide a free quote based on what you have written.)
- I need to hire an editor. (ANSWER: What are you waiting for? Just fill in the form on this page and let’s get started.)