You Need a Book Editor

Every writer needs an editor. It’s impossible to proof your own work; you tend to overlook mistakes of all types. Your mind subconsciously fills in what it thinks should be there, and your conscious appraisal is none the wiser.

A Second Set of (Professional) Eyes

A book manuscript should be noticed for its content and quality. The writer is too close to the material to be objective. A professional book editor can recognize the repetitions, inconsistencies, faulty logic, and other problems that are often overlooked by the writer and beta readers.

The Writer & Book Editor Partnership

No editor can guarantee traditional publication, but if you want your work to have the best chance of being read and considered seriously by a literary agent or publishing house, if you want positive reviews for your self-published novel or nonfiction manuscript—and if you are open to professional opinions about your work—we’ll be glad to help you work toward your goal.

The book editors and proofreaders posted on this site specialize in numerous fiction genres and nonfiction topics. Have your book manuscript, short story, or article professionally edited before submitting to a literary agent, publisher, or book printer.

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David Alan

David Alan

Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Critiques

Fiction: novels, young adult, children’s
Nonfiction: memoirs, history, sports, biographies, military, politics

DAVID ALAN has edited more than 200 books and authored nearly 100 books for 30 publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, Lyons Press, Random House, Running Press, Warner Books, Total/Sports Illustrated, and Scholastic. His books have generated more than $20 million in revenue and have appeared on the Today show, The Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. His rating on Goodreads.com is 4.21 based on nearly 3,000 ratings.

“Excellence is his habit,” asserted publisher Les Krantz, “and everybody I’ve teamed him up with (my clients, my authors, namely) loves to work with him. They are very vocal about it.”

Amy Bennet

Developmental Editor, Line Editor, Critiques, Beta Reading

Science fiction, fantasy, and horror

Former Locus magazine editor, Amy Bennett is a critically acclaimed and agented novelist with knowledge of both the craft and the business of science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing. She has seen a number of writing careers start while working at the Clarion East Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop, and she is a graduate of the Clarion Workshop with many years of critique experience. She edited and helped package novels and collections over multiple genres, including young adult, thrillers, literary fiction, and erotica.

``Amy taught me the importance of character building, plot direction, introduction of new characters, and much more.``

Beth Bruno

Beth Bruno

Developmental Editor, Writing Coach, Book Submission Packages, Indie Contest Judge

Women's fiction, YA (young adult), self-help, psychology, commercial fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction, adventure, memoir, biography, humor, literary fiction

Beth has edited more than 350 fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, many of them now award winners. Her favorite genres are: women’s fiction, YA (young adult), self-help, psychology, commercial fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction, adventure, memoir, biography, humor, literary fiction, and general nonfiction.

Beth also offers reading critiques, which are less costly than line-by-line editing, and include: reading of the complete manuscript, plus written comments about structure, character development, plot, pace, reader engagement, tone, voice, clarity and richness of language, and overall marketability.

She knew my genre well and gave me lots of feedback that was relevant and appropriate for what I was trying to do. She knew my market and readers. She went the extra mile to ensure that my book was the best it could be.”

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Theodora Bryant

Developmental Editor, Line Editor, Creative Writing Coach/Mentor

Romance, Paranormal Romance, Women’s Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

I have been editing professionally since 1994, ten of those with my fiction-only, award-winning publishing company. I have worked with Book Editing Associates exclusively since 2001. During that time my authors have garnered “Book of the Year” in science fiction, and “Finalist” and “Winner” awards in romance works. My authors often receive outstanding reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.

I’ve reviewed, evaluated, and edited thousands of manuscripts through the years; my work has received the highest marks by at least ninety-nine percent of my authors for the amount of extra effort I put into helping my authors achieve the best results with crafting and perfecting their novels. Combine that with my many years studying the world Amazon created for authors, how to make sure my authors know how to get on the “Top 100 Paid on Kindle,” and my knowledge of how agents and editors work in the traditional market, makes me one of the best “edges” you can have for success in the crowded world of publishing

“Theodora is an amazing writing coach, mentor, and editor. the best I’ve worked with and without her assistance, my books would have never achieved their current level of success. You simply won’t find a better editor or writing coach anywhere.”

Carly Cantor

Developmental Editor, Critiques, Ghostwriter

300+ books edited for major publishers and independent authors

CARLY CANTOR is a published author and publishing industry veteran who worked for several years as an acquisitions editor at a New York publisher where she acquired and edited numerous hardcover and trade paperback titles every year on a variety of nonfiction subjects, mostly in the areas of current events, how-to, and pop culture. She is currently a meticulous, hands-on independent editor who “becomes one” with every project, paying close attention to both the big picture and the small details. Her extensive experience includes critiquing and development editing of fiction and nonfiction projects.

``You see so much that nobody else sees. I wish I had met you sooner.”

Stacey Donovan

Stacey Donovan

Ghostwriter, Writing Coach, Developmental Editor

Contemporary Fiction, Detective, Erotica, Gay/Lesbian, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Women's Fiction, Memoir

STACEY DONOVAN is a ten-time published book author of both fiction and non-fiction. DIVE, Her first, critically acclaimed novel was published in 1995 (Penguin) and reissued in 2015 (Open Road Media). THE ART OF LONELINESS, a sexy novella, is currently available on Kindle. Co-authored by Donovan, the four-book series based on Zalman King’s RED SHOE DIARIES is also available.

Donovan has edited or ghostwritten dozens of published books for her clients, many of which have received critical acclaim: Two became New York Times Bestsellers (Mystery); another won International Thrillers Awards First Novel Finalist (Thriller); another won Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) 2017 Silver Medal Award (Memoir), Foreword Reviews 2017 INDIES Book of the Year (Memoir), and Stories of Mighty Women Top Biographies 2016; another won Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) 2017 Ben Franklin Award, Bill Fisher Best First Book (Fiction).

``Professional, industrious, intelligent, sensitive, encouraging, communicative, supportive, precise, punctual thoughtful . . . and she led me to publication of my fiction and non-fiction books.”

Marlo Garner

Marlo Garner

Writer, Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Illustrator

Children's Picture Books, Young Adult Chapter Books

MARLO GARNER has been editing books and teaching writing since the late 1990s. She teaches Writing for Children’s Books (picture books), Writing Chapter Books for Children, and various other writing and revision workshops. She also works in an editorial advisory capacity, and as a copyeditor and illustrator for a number of independent or educational publishers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

``Her comments were insightful and sensitive. Many times I thought, I can’t believe I didn’t see that!”

Joan Giardino

Substantive Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Fact Checker

Historical Fiction, Memoir, Science for Children and Young Adults

JOAN GIARDINO is an editor, proofreader, and translator with more than 25 years’ experience in the book publishing industry. Her clients include major book publishers, authors, illustrators, theater directors, and personal historians.

She has edited or proofread hundreds of award-winning published books-children, middle-grade, and young adult fiction, nonfiction, adult fiction and nonfiction, biographies, and personal memoirs. Joan makes certain that the text rings true when editing nonfiction, historical fiction, or fiction that includes real places and events.

``Joan is the highest quality, hardest working and most honest editor I’ve ever worked with.``

Karin Graham

Karin Graham

Writer, Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader

Apocalyptic Fiction, Memoir, Literary Fiction, Police Procedural, Narrative Nonfiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers, True Crime.

KARIN GRAHAM has a BA in comparative literature, a JD from William and Mary Law School, and a certificate in editing from the University of California Berkeley. If your novel has fight scenes or involves police procedures or the law, Karin is your specialist. Karin is a trained martial artist, with a third degree black belt in tae kwon do and years of training in hapkido. She is uniquely able to evaluate the realism of your fight scenes. She has training in arson prosecution and investigations and has given lectures to investigators on the subject of search and seizure law and to college students about the insanity defense. She can help add realism to your writing

I trust Karin immensely as a copywriter and editor. Everyone could do with a dose of her red pen magic.”

David Henderson

David Henderson

Ghostwriter, Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Cinematic Storytelling

Screenplays, Fiction Novels, Self-Help Books, Memoirs, Christian, Spiritual, Business, Theses, Disssertations

DAVID HENDERSON has worked on 100+ manuscripts that have landed publishing deals. He helps writers identify the strong and weak points of a text and provides guidance on the “big picture” elements such as plot, structure, character, and tone.

``He took the ramblings of a first time, grammatically challenged author and made beautiful sense of it all. He is a wizard at his craft.”

Caroline Hiley

Caroline Hiley

Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader

Novels, Short Stories, Memoirs

CAROLINE HILEY specializes in editing novels for independent authors and traditional publishers, including small press and Big Five. She also handles novellas, short stories, and memoirs.

From decades of experience as an editor, along with her experience as an award-winning novelist, Caroline understands the entire writing process from first draft to publication. She helps novice and seasoned authors prepare their novels for self- or traditional publishing, including help not only with storycraft and production but also book submission documents, such as queries and synopses.

``Her editing of my manuscript exceeded my expectations and produced a clean polished finished product.``

Ana Howard

Anna Howard

Author, evelopment Editor, Self-Publishing Consultant, Writing Coach

Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade Fiction, Memoirs, Historical Fiction

ANA HOWARD specializes in fiction and, as the author of eight published novels, offers a unique editorial perspective. Her books include contemporary and historical children’s, young adult, and adult literature. She has worked with both small independent publishers such as Roberts Rinehart and Brown Barn Books, and with large publishing houses such as Penguin Putnam and American Girl. She has seen one of her novels made into film and has won numerous literary awards.

``Ana is a true professional, and made me feel like a professional as well. Her insights into the story and my writing style were deep and layered, including elements I would not have even thought about.``

Jeff Karon

Jeff Karon

Ghostwriter, Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader

Creative Nonfiction Memoirs, Short Stories, Poetry, Self-Help, Theses, Dissertations

JEFF KARON, Ph.D. is a former English professor, writer, editor, poet, teacher, and technical writing consultant with over 25 years of experience working with writers of all skill levels. While part of this editing network, he has edited over 100 books, articles, stories, and poems across a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and business. His specialties include general fiction, biography/memoir, literary criticism, philosophy, poetry, and scholarly books.

``Not only was the quality of his work outstanding, his enthusiasm about creative writing and his encouragement carried me through a very difficult time,:

John David Kudrick

Copy Editor, Critiques


Christian Fiction and Nonfiction, Action, Military, Children's Young Adult, Literary Fiction, Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

With a BA in theology, an MA focused on fiction, and nearly two decades of editorial/writing experience, John David has been privileged to work with some of the finest publishers in the nation, including Bethany House, David C Cook, Barbour, NavPress, Realms Fiction, Marcher Lord Press, and Whitaker House – where, as senior editor, he worked on James Byron Huggins’ Nightbringer, a book that Library Journal named one of its annual top five Christian novels.

To date, John David has had the opportunity to serve as an editor on more than 175 published titles and to work with authors from across the US and around the world.

``John David Kudrick is the best editor I’ve ever worked with.``

Floyd Largent

Floyd Largent

Developmental Editor, Critiques, Writing Mentor, Submission Services

Science Fiction, Fantasy Anthropology, Mainstream Fiction, Memoir, Mystery, Short Stories

During my 35+ years in the literary world, I've built experience in many aspects of the field---from non-fiction to fiction, short stories to novels, game creation to publication tips. My first love as a fiction editor has always been science fiction/fantasy and related genres. In addition to many SF/F novels for adults, I've also had the pleasure of working on a number of fun and imaginative Young Adult works, mostly fantasy, and always welcome the opportunity to assist writers with such stories. In addition, I've also edited several imaginative mystery series, as well as the occasional romance and mainstream work. My greatest strengths lie in manuscript evaluation and developmental editing, especially for works in which science, characterization, mystery, and unusual cultures play an important part.

“I just got an email that my book made it as a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards!``

E. M. Levy

E. M. Levy

Ghostwriter Substantive Editor, Line Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Critiques, Evaluations

General Nonfiction, K-12 Education, Religion, Spirituality

A professional editor for over thirty years, E. M. Levy has edited books for Doubleday, Random House, Princeton University Press, Macmillan, Paulist Press, Prentice-Hall, SUNY Press, Scholastic, Scholars Press, Praeger, Solution Tree Press, and many other publishers and private individuals. His projects have received publishing and professional awards. For over seventeen years, he worked in-house as a senior editor focusing on developmental and substantive editing.

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Kendra Lund

Book Doctor, Book Editor, Author, Writing Coach, Publishing Consultant

Kendra specializes in books on the spiritual end of the self-help spectrum, along with professional how-to guides, memoirs, and fiction. She is a passionate advocate for authors with a message that inspires positive change in our lives.

As a book doctor, Kendra serves mainly first-time authors who want to share their wisdom and experience by writing a book, especially professionals in the self-development field. Publishing a book helps authors to make a difference by reaching a wide audience. For the professional, a book is a virtual passport as it opens the door to new career opportunities. Kendra also enjoys working with novelists who want to take their writing to the next level. She offers highly intuitive support to bring out the greatest potential in every book and author. Whether working on a subtly nuanced fictional narrative or a practical guide to spiritual wisdom, she respects the integrity of the author's unique voice and vision.

Kelly Lynne

Kelly Lynne

Developmental Editor, Writing Critiques, Submission Services

Paranormal Romance, Westerns, Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Psychic, Supernatural Phenomena

Kelly Lynne is the proud ``auntie`` to over 150 published novels, novellas and short stories, which have sold to Kensington Publishing, Carina Press, Cerridwen Press, Awe-Struck Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Wings ePress, Bradley Publishing, Damnation Books, and The Wild Rose Press as well as author self-published titles. These books have gone on to earn high praise from reviewers and readers, as well as multiple awards and contest wins. As an editor for The Wild Rose Press, she edited contemporary western and light paranormal romances, with heat ratings from sweet to spicy. Outside of romance, her fiction fortes include sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, young adult, and stories of psychic or supernatural phenomena.

``I loved her insight and I know my story is better after she worked her magic.``

Holly Monty

Holly Monty

Thesis and Dissertation Editor, Technical Editor, Science & Medical Editor, APA Format

Economics, Education, Linguistics, Nursing, Medicine, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies, Tables, Figures, Equations, LaTex, Chicago Manual of Style, Certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS)

Holly Monty has been a dissertation editor, nonfiction book editor, and self-publishing consultant for more than a decade. Holly has edited 200+ nonfiction books published by top university and academic presses, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, MIT Press, University of Minnesota Press, University of New Mexico Press, John Wiley, W. W. Norton, Sage, Springer, Elsevier, Routledge, Greenwood, ABC-CLIO, Praeger, Cengage, and Teacher Ideas.

Andrea Robb

Andrea Robb

Developmental Editor, Line Editor, Evaluations, Publishing Consultant

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Erotica, Humor, New Age, Spirituality

New York Times Bestselling and Award-Winning Book Editor
Andrea Robb spent over a decade as an acquiring editor at Penguin Random House, working on key titles for Knopf, Doubleday, Pantheon, Vintage and Anchor Books. Prior to that, she was on the editorial team at The Book of the Month Club, where she evaluated hundreds of titles for club inclusion.

Notable fiction projects that Andrea has edited have included Jennifer McMahon's NY Times bestselling novels The Winter People, The Night Sister, and Burntown; the NY Times bestselling Veronica Mars mystery series; the Harvard Lampoon's NY Times bestselling parody Nightlight; the translations of Paulo Coelho's internationally bestselling novels The Spy, Adultery, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Aleph; Whiting Award-winner Melanie Sumner's How to Write a Novel; and Latifah Salom's debut suspense novel, The Cake House.

``Working on a novel with Andrea is truly an adventure in creative collaboration.``

Ginny Rogers

Ginny Rogers

Manuscript Critiques, Publication Analysis, Writing, Editing, Proofreading, APA Format

Action, Adventure, Thriller, Fantasy, Historical Romance, Self-Help, Grief, Relationships, Memoir, Military, Business, Theses, Dissertations

Polish provides luster, adds richness, and enhances beauty. It works on fingernails, shoes, furniture, even your car. Ginny Rogers specializes in polishing your writing, whether a book manuscript, a dissertation, or a business manual.

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First-place winner of the 2015 CIPA EVVY Award for Best Fiction - Action/Adventure genre
Winner of Outskirts Press Best Book of 2015 award
Honorable mention, Writer’s Digest 2015 book awards

``If what I need is a skilled pen able to sharpen plot development while polishing the edges; to cause prose to leap off the page, gripping a reader with anticipation; and to excite imagination with blazing imagery, then I turn to Ginny Rogers. A highly talented editor and writer gifted with uncanny insight, Ginny Rogers is at the pinnacle of her craft.``

Stephen Stevern

Stephen Severn

Ghostwriter, Developmental Editor, Writing Coach, Film Adaptation

Children's Books, Christian, Religion, Theology, Science Fiction, Music, Rock & Roll, Heavy Metal, Film & TV

STEPHEN SEVERN is an award-winning ghostwriter, editor, screenwriter and writing coach. Mentored by Academy Award-winning writer Stewart Stern (Rebel Without A Cause), Stephen served as editor for the #1 best-sellers Tears For My City and The Revved Life. He also served as consultant for Robert Beatty’s New York Times #1 best-selling Serafina series of children’s books, published by Disney Hyperion, and as editor for the blog of #1 best-selling Christian author Emerson Eggerichs.

Stephen’s work as editor has resulted in 25 international awards. In addition, his ghostwritten screenplay was winner of Best Adaptation at the Hollywood Book Festival, and a runner-up at the prestigious Circus Road Script Competition. He’s written for rock magazines and heavy metal websites, film and TV reviews, and ghostwritten or edited more than 30 published books.

``Stephen has been a super-charged rocket booster to my progression as a writer. He’s taught me a TON about harnessing the universal principles of Story, always with unflinching respect–no, not respect, REVERENCE–for the unique, very personal story I’m attempting to tell.``

Joya Stevenson

Ghostwriter, Rewriter, Developmental Editor, Writing Mentor, Scholarly Writer, Academic Editor

Religion, Spirituality, Theology, Christian, Catholic, New Age, Memoirs, Humanities, Personal Development

In the broad area of religion, spirituality, and the Bible, Joya works with original thinkers, inspired visionaries and mystics, theologians and biblical interpreters, researchers and academics.

Credentials include:

The Study of Religion: Scholar in Biblical and Religious Studies (Ph.D, Harvard University).
Spiritual and Personal Development: Professional Coach
Interfaith Chaplain.

Caroline T.

Caroline T.

Developmental Editor, Line Editor

Romance, Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers

Editor for three New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling authors
Caroline T. has been editing popular fiction for over 20 years and has 400+ novels under her belt. Her ability to see the big picture, combined with an in-depth knowledge of today’s publishing market, makes her an invaluable partner in the editing and publishing process.

``Thanks to her recommendations on a particular manuscript, that story was then reviewed by a NY Times best-selling author who was so impressed she referred me to her agent. At that point I became agented and sold my first novel.``

Marie Valentine

Marie Valentine

Copy Editor, Proofreader, Story Development, New Author Consultant

New Authors, First-Time Authors, Self-Publishing Authors, DIY Authors, Query Reviews, Publisher Submissions, Poetry, Experimental Writing, Permissions Assistance

Fiction: Short Stories, Literary, Commercial, Mainstream, Young Adult and Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Detective/Mystery, Suspense, Action/Adventure, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Erotic, GLBTQIA

“We've worked together on multiple projects. Her hard work and creative spirit have always been an inspiration to me. Her love for language/writing/editing are clear, and she turns that into enthusiastic and insightful contributions to a project.”

Thomas Wray

Thomas Wray

Ghostwriter, Co-Writer, Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Book Promotion

Christian Fiction and Nonfiction, Children's Books, Historical Fiction, Memoirs

I'm a veteran editor and writer, with four decades of full-time work in book publishing, focusing especially on Christian books of all kinds. I’ve also edited numerous business and leadership books, memoirs, and fiction titles.

I’ve partnerered with dozens of respected communicators in bringing out many notable works. These authors have included Louie Giglio, Carolyn Castleberry, Henry Blackaby, J. I. Packer, C. J. Mahaney, Ruth Myers, Randy Alcorn, Thelma Wells, Richard Blackaby, Tony Evans, John MacArthur, Larry Crabb, Larry Osborne, Andy Stanley, and Dave Harvey, to name just a few.

Many of my editing projects have involved extensive collaborative writing—especially developing content from various author sources such as sermon transcripts, message outlines, letters, and journal entries. I’ve worked to maintain the author’s voice and style, and I’m grateful to have often been commended by authors for doing exactly that.

As an author, I’m currently writing the third novel in a trilogy of historical fiction (currently being agented for consideration by publishers). I’ve also written extensively for children (using a pen name), with more than twenty books published. Three of my books were winners of the Christian Book Award (the “Gold Medallion”) from the ECPA trade publishers association.

``Thomas knows about far more than grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. He grasps issues, deep meanings, overarching themes, and God’s word. Whenever I worked with Thomas on a book, I always knew I was in great hands. He always made my writing better. Much better. I wholeheartedly recommend him to you as an outstanding editor. ``

Don White

Don White

Ghostwriter, Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader

Literary Novels, Commercial Fiction, Mysteries, LGBT, Memoir, Biography, African American History

Editor of 3 New York Times Bestsellers and 3 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers

Don White is an award-winning editor with more than twenty years’ of publishing experience. Among the notable writers he’s edited are Gore Vidal, Edward Albee, E. Lynn Harris, Edmund White, and Samuel R. Delany.

He’s equally at home in fiction (literary novels, commercial fiction, mysteries) and nonfiction (memoir, biography, general nonfiction). As an editor and writer he’s freelanced for Doubleday, Penguin, Bantam, Basic Books, and Beacon, among others.

Don has been singled out for distinction by the American Library Association, Publishers Weekly, and Out Magazine. As an independent scholar he's authored three books on African American history as well as several books for gay and lesbian readers. He's also an emeritus board member of the Lambda Literary Foundation. Don lives in New York City.

``Don did an intelligent, careful edit, and he brought the work in on a very tight deadline, without sacrificing any quality. We were delighted with his editorial suggestions, and the author was as well.``