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Vicki A.

Vicki A.

Indianapolis, IN, United States

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A former editor of For Dummies books, I enjoy working with writers of all levels of experience to help them publish quality books.


Work experience:

  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Small-business owner

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Romance Young Adult Christian (Non-Fiction) Religion & Spirituality Non-Fiction DIY & Crafts Health & wellbeing Women's Fiction Middle Grade Children's Self-help & Self-improvement Thriller & Suspense

Rebecca R.

Rebecca R.

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Insightful, thorough, and meticulous editor specializing in nonfiction and academic texts.


Work experience:

  • Northlight Editorial Services
  • Penguin Canada
  • Great North Artists Management

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading Query Letter Review

Genres: History Humanities & Social Sciences Non-Fiction Philosophy Law Literary Fiction Fiction Travel Business & Management Women's Fiction

Christa B.

Christa B.

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Nonfiction editor and book coach with 18+ years of experience helping authors bring their visions to life


Work experience:

  • Various Publishers, Authors, and Corporate Clients
  • Google
  • John Boswell Book Packaging
  • Various Clients

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Art Humanities & Social Sciences Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry Math & Science Home & Garden Sex & Relationships Self-help & Self-improvement Parenting & Families

Sandra H.

Sandra H.

Port Hadlock, WA, United States

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I have 25 years experience assisting bestsellers and award-winners, traditional and self-published. Focus: mysteries, thrillers and series.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Writers' International Forum
  • BAE Information Systems Technology
  • Manufactured Homes Magazine

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Action & Adventure Fiction Historical Fiction Women's Fiction Medical Thriller Thriller & Suspense Psychological Thriller Cozy Mysteries Mystery & Crime Dystopian Science Fiction

Veronica W.

Veronica W.

Hampshire, United Kingdom

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A bit of a geek with an eye for detail and a way with words: an experienced development editor and copy-editor with a passion for education.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Nelson Thornes
  • International Financial Publishing (now part of the Emile Woolf Group)
  • Kaplan Financial

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Business & Management Non-Fiction Humanities & Social Sciences Psychology Engineering Math & Science Education & Reference Finance & Accounting Physics & Chemistry Economics

Susan E.

Susan E.

Tampa, FL, United States

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Professional fiction and non-fiction editor with 30+ years' experience helping writers to hone their craft and tell their stories.


Work experience:

  • EC for Books (formerly Ellora's Cave Publishing)
  • Weekly Planet/Creative Loafing Newspapers
  • Tampa Tribune Newspaper
  • Psychological Assessment Resources
  • Arts Council of Hillsborough County
  • Self

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Humor & Comedy Art Humanities & Social Sciences Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Women's Fiction Plays & Screenplays Sex & Relationships Mystery & Crime Paranormal Romance Romance Architecture

Jeanette S.

Jeanette S.

New York, NY, United States

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Freelance editor with more than a decade of experience in fiction and nonfiction developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading.


Work experience:

  • JS Editorial
  • Penguin Random House
  • Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Amazon

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Romance Fiction Young Adult Business & Management Non-Fiction Career Guides Travel Women's Fiction Entertainment Fantasy Self-help & Self-improvement Urban Fantasy

Thalia S.

Thalia S.

London, United Kingdom

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Editor with over a decade's experience working with best-selling authors at Pan Macmillan and HarperCollins . I'd love to hear from you.


Work experience:

  • Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation
  • HarperCollins
  • Pan Macmillan

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Young Adult Biographies & Memoirs Non-Fiction Women's Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Health & wellbeing Coming of Age

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Have a rough draft on your hands, but not sure how to perfect it into a bestseller? You’re probably in need of a professional developmental editor. The all-important developmental edit is the stage in which the underlying problems of a story, such as plot, pace, and character development, are diagnosed and fixed. It’s an in-depth structural edit that every story must undergo to be the best possible version of itself.

Developmental editors are the freelance book editors behind this kind of edit. Experienced editors are one in a million, bringing decades of experience, instinct, and insight to the table and the story. Since it’s an intensive process, developmental editing rates generally tend to differ, depending on the length of the book.

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