Writing a great story is one thing but getting it ready for publication is another thing all together, with the majority of authors writing in Word it can be a very frustrating time when it comes to the editing stages of your book. For lots of indie authors they will work away at this process themselves, taking many hours and also leading to a frustrating experience that makes you question what it is you've started.
So why on earth would you put yourself through this major headache? Well, for some it will be a budgetary constraint and for others it's the need to micro-manage every aspect of the work itself, however, there are some great alternatives to struggling away at it yourself.
Research is now easy to do and with a quick search through the forums and many online directories you'll see countless companies who offer editing services to authors (not to mention the many freelancing sites), there are people who work with some of the biggest authors offering their services to the indie author as well, so here we have a list of ten editors that you may want to consider whilst getting your book ready for publication.
Having been in operation since 1997 Scribendi is one of the biggest online editing services to date (processing more than 300,000 orders). They offer over 250 separate editors covering virtually every topic and genre imaginable, along with a full editing service they also proof read manuscripts and give many other options for both business and non-fiction.
NY Book Editors, are a group of editors who have worked with the four big hitters of the publishing world, they’ve edited some of the most popular and well recognized books and many well known authors too, they also offer critiques of your work, proposal edits, query letter edits, copy editing and ghostwriting services for a complete editing service.
Edit 911 have a highly trained team of editors on hand who are also writers, they started back in 1999 and have some of the most knowledgeable people available to help authors. They offer editing for fiction, nonfiction, essays, academic, business, help with the publication process and with query letters etc.
Book Editing Associates are a collection of editors, publishing consultants and other experts within the publishing world, they offer copy editing, ghostwriting, query letters and proofreading as well.
Manuscript Critique is a service run by the editor Michael Garrett (who was Stephen Kings first editor), he offers editing services along with proofreading and honest editorial feedback to each author he works with.
Winning edits are a group of editors & writers who specialize in the growth of authors through their books, with a focus in business and productivity they offer copy editing and developmental expertise for works of non-fiction.
First Editing were first established back in 1994 and have worked on over 200,000 documents, they offer editing, proofreading and many other services aimed at all types of authors, genres and written word documents.
Novel Gazing are full editors along with their offering of a proofreading service too, they can also create a synopsis and optimize your work for use as an eBook. Their three editors have close to thirty years-experience between them all.
Prowriting aid is a great free online editing service which alerts the author to potential issues with their work, it can help with the readability of your manuscript and check for hidden & passive verbs, the over use of adverbs or repetitive structure, words or phrases and it can also remove clichés and redundancies. However, it will not edit the creative value of the book (so you will still need a human to take care of this aspect for you).
Edit my novel is a business which is run by Bestselling author and book editor Cara Lockwood, She offers copy editing, copy-proofing, and developmental editing services designed to get the best from your work and look great when published.
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