Thursday, May 3, 2012

List of Editors for Hire for Indie Writers

When you self-publish, it is vitally important to present a well-crafted piece of work to the public. Self-pubbing has a negative connotation, thanks to all of the crap that's filtering onto the net that hasn't been refined or controlled in any way. If you are proud of the work, you need to take the time to make it the best it can be. Even if you are a good editor, you still need people to go over your work to spot mistakes. Below is a list of editing professionals I've compiled over the past couple of years. If you visit my website here, I have compiled a huge list with cover artists, formatters and editors.

My editors at one of my e-pubs, Kate Richards and Valerie Mann, have created an editing service called Wizards in Publishing. I can say honestly that they have made me a much better writer. And I'm so tickled they are offering this service now. They also format and upload if you need help that way.
I also have experience with The Authors Red Room. Literally, for the price I paid, 2 separate editors went over my work, and I was very pleased with the result. They had my ms turned around within just a few days.
Bev Harrison-   1 cent per word with $75.00 minimum fee. Although she runs specials.
Anne Victory-
Cathy Donaldson -edits
Bev Rosenbaum  does critiques
Eliza Knight      
Wendy Ely- also a multi-pubbed author.
Caro Carson The Midnight Line editor   Has edited for Catherin Kean, Kresley Cole, Susan Grant
Blair Bancroft-
New as of 03-25-12
Found these on Women’s Lit CafĂ©: Huge list of editors. - on the expensive side, but Big 6 experience.

This is not a comprehensive list, of course. These are just names that I've run across or heard people using. Be sure to investigate any service provider as thoroughly as you can.
If you have a suggestion, please please leave a comment with your recommendation.


Sally Berneathy said...

I have a I've been editing and correcting the writings and speech of others for most of my adult life...whether they wanted to be edited or not! Needless to say, not all my corrections were appreciated! I've been writing and critiquing since 1988. See website for details:

JM said...

Wonderful! I'll add you to my list. I'll also add you to the same list under Author Helps on my website. Thanks for stopping!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hey, JM. I clicked through via Triberr. I've returned to freelance editing after a layoff. I'd love to be included. Here's the link to my page:

And you are very right: we all need a good editor. I may work in the field, but I use someone for my own fiction, as well. As you said: she's made me a better writer. AND editor.

Lynnette Labelle said...

I saw this link on Twitter. I'd love to be added to your list. I'm a manuscript editor, copyeditor, proofreader, and writing coach. Read what others have said about my work on my testimonials page.

Here's the link to my website:


Lynnette Labelle

JM said...

Ladies, I will absolutely add you, both here and on my website. Thank you for letting us know about you!

Edward J. Coburn said...

Just a question. How important is it when writng a series to use the same editor for all of the books or does it matter. For example if I use editor X for the first book in the series but X's schedule for book 2 doesn't fit with what I want. Should I wait or find another editor for book 2?

JM said...

Hi Edward!
Well, I have to say it depends upon your timeline. If you absolutely love Editor X's style and believe they made the book better, and will definitely benefit the series, I would consider waiting. If you've committed yourself to a deadline, though, it may be worth trying another editor. You have to weigh fan expectation. Are they going to be seriously pissed that you didn't deliver? Or will it be no big deal?
I will say I've pubbed at 3 different pubs and self-published myself, so I've had a range of about a dozen editors to try. Some I've liked, some not so much, and a couple I dearly love, and pray that I get those people when I submit to that pub. I can honestly say, though, that I've learned from every one of them. Perhaps if you do go with the new editor they would spot new items of concern, or plot issues.
It really is up to you though, and your timeline and reader expectation. And it may depend on your own personal comfort level too. If editor X works for you, you may want to wait just to be more secure in the product you put out.
Sorry, this turned into a book, huh? Hope I helped clarify.

Edward J. Coburn said...

Thanks for the info. I have written a lot of text books over the years and I must say, I'm pretty easy on editors. Never had one I hated. I'll give what you said some thought. My deadlines are just that, mine. My first book just posted, so, even though two more of the books are already written, my readers (if I have any yet) have no expections as far as I know. I'm going to try to get all four out by Christmas (I'm currently writing 4).

JM said...

That's a lot to get out before Christmas. Once your editor's schedule frees up will they be able to do all that? You may want to consider using beta-readers or peers to at least get a handle on the feel of your content.
I wish you luck Edward!

Edward J. Coburn said...

I know what I'm doing is rather ambitious and maybe I'm a fool for doing it this way, but I tried the find and agent first and wasted a umber of months wiating.

Since the books are written (at least 3 and 4 are done) and I have editied them (Maybe not enough), I'd reall like to be on Amazon by Cristmas since that's the buying season. I don't know if the readers will buy the second and third book at virturally the same time, but I'm hoping. I don't want the books to merely languish in the ether. I want them to be read. So, I guess we shall see.

Gabriella West said...

Thanks so much for including Edit for Indies ( on your list, JM! It was a nice surprise.

Splendid Publishing said...


I'd be grateful if you included my site, Splendid Editing, in this list. Fast. Affordable. Approachable.

I'm Ben Rovik, a published playwright and self-pubbed author with a writing degree from Johns Hopkins and years of editing chops.
And more editors will be working under the Splendid Editing label soon.

Just subscribed to your blog. Thanks for this resource!

Julia M said...

I am a copyeditor, developmental editor, and writing coach. And I love working on indie projects, and with first-time authors!
My website is

Robin J Samuels said...

I found this page via Google and I'd love to be added to this list as well. I do developmental editing, copy editing and proofreading of both fiction and non-fiction books including self-help, personal finance, memoirs, YA, and women's fiction. More details - and testimonials - on my website, Thank you!

Robin J Samuels said...

I found this page via Google and I'd love to be added to this list as well. I do developmental editing, copy editing and proofreading of both fiction and non-fiction books including self-help, personal finance, memoirs, YA, and women's fiction. More details - and testimonials - on my website, Thank you!

Carol Gigliotti said...

Hi JM:
I do developmental, copyediting and proofreading of non-fiction. I would love to be added to your list.

My site is <a href="></a>

Very generous of you.

Thanks so much.


Kate Padilla said...

Hi JM,

Thank you so much for this list! I offer editing services (proofreading, line-editing and content editing) at I'd love to be added to your list.

Thank you so much,

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