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Finding the right book editor

The romantic myth of an author sitting alone in his room and emerging with a finished book is just that: a myth. Writing is a tough skill to master. Good books are the product of talent, craft, revision and more revision. Like all creative arts, writing requires critique from knowledgeable professionals who can make suggestions and provide direction from a perspective most writers can’t obtain on their own. From developmental editing — with advice on story and structure — to copy editing and proofreading, working with a range of book editors is absolutely crucial when writing a book. But where can you find the professionals with the right experience in your genre to take your story to the next level?

Look no further, here are some professionals who can help!

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Judith Paskin
Judith Paskin

Freelance children's book editor. I am also a professional proofreader and copy-editor. I have a background in journalism with the BBC.

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Jill Gallagher
Jill Gallagher

I offer a decade of editorial experience in textbooks, nonfiction trade titles, and literary fiction. I also write essays and like donuts.

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Shasta Clinch
Shasta Clinch

Detail-oriented copy editor specializing in Chicago Manual of Style standards. Efficient and able to manage multiple projects.

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Hannah Sheppard
Hannah Sheppard

Development Editor and Literary Agent with fifteen year's experience of trade publishing.

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Antonia Maxwell
Antonia Maxwell

Experienced editor specialising in non-fiction. I work with authors and publishers to shape, refine and polish text ready for publication.

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What to look for in an editor

Working with a professional editor can be one of the most rewarding experiences in an author’s life. You’ll probably learn more about the craft of writing — plot, characterization, dialogue, worldbuilding… — than if you took an creative writing course. However, as is always the case in creative endeavours, critique can be hard to accept. This is why you should seek an editor who’s not only experienced in their field, but whom you’d feel comfortable receiving feedback from. In the words of one of our Reedsy editors:

“Not every editor is right for every manuscript, or author. Editing styles vary as much as writing styles do, so when choosing an editor to collaborate with, consider how your early communications with this potential partner make you feel.”

What makes Reedsy's editors so special?

Reedsy isn’t a company providing book editing services; we are a marketplace of top-notch editors. We’re not going to assign you an editor you don’t know, nor fix a price with you. We give you choice, flexibility, and access to the best editorial talent out there. Every single freelance editor on the Reedsy marketplace has been carefully selected. They all have extensive experience and ample portfolios. When you browse through the professional book editors on Reedsy, you can refine your search by type of editing and genre. You can then approach several editors at the same time with a project brief and sample of your book. There are no set fees and each editor can offer you an individual quote. This means you will receive a range of quotes and responses to your brief, allowing you to choose the best editor for your book.

It is essential that you are 100% happy with the money you invest in your work. That is why Reedsy also offers a project protection policy, promising to act as a third-party intermediary to resolve any disputes, and offering refunds when appropriate.

Editing service definitions

Everyone uses different definitions for different types of editing. To make things a bit more transparent, here are our Reedsy definitions that all our book editors respect. Make sure you know what kind of editing you need or are looking for before you reach out to them!

Editorial Assessment

An Editorial Assessment is an overall manuscript review, providing feedback on the structure of your book, as well as characterisation, plot, pacing, style and conflict. Read more

Developmental Editing

Developmental Editing takes a closer look at the structures working within your text, such as themes, mythology, diction and tone. Read more

Copy-editing

Copy Editing is the service you need to perfect your text, strengthen your prose and ensure consistency of style. Read more

Proofreading

Proofreading is the final stage: a thorough check of small errors in punctuation, spelling and grammar. A proofreader will not give feedback on topics such as structure or other larger editorial issues, but will put the final polish on your work. Read more

Query Letter Review

A Query Letter Review analyses the strengths and weaknesses in your agent query proposals. An editor will go through your letter and the first pages of your manuscript and offer advice on how to make them more appealing to agents. Read more

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Judith Paskin
Judith Paskin

Freelance children's book editor. I am also a professional proofreader and copy-editor. I have a background in journalism with the BBC.

view profile
Jill Gallagher
Jill Gallagher

I offer a decade of editorial experience in textbooks, nonfiction trade titles, and literary fiction. I also write essays and like donuts.

view profile
Shasta Clinch
Shasta Clinch

Detail-oriented copy editor specializing in Chicago Manual of Style standards. Efficient and able to manage multiple projects.

view profile
Hannah Sheppard
Hannah Sheppard

Development Editor and Literary Agent with fifteen year's experience of trade publishing.

view profile
Antonia Maxwell
Antonia Maxwell

Experienced editor specialising in non-fiction. I work with authors and publishers to shape, refine and polish text ready for publication.

view profile

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