Every book needs a good, professional edit to make sure it reads well and doesn't contain any grammatical errors. Nothing will turn off a reader faster - especially a reviewer or bookseller - than to come across basic grammatical errors.
The first person every successful author thanks for making their book great is their editor (after their spouse and children, of course!).
No book or author is exempt from this basic requirement. Even if you are just publishing your book for friends and family - please at least have it polished by a copyeditor. Your readers will thank you.
Confused about the various types of editing? Not clear what your manuscript needs? Start with this description of editorial services.
Do you really need a copyeditor? See how Copy Editors Make Your Book Stand Out.
The following organizations can provide information and referrals for finding the right editor for your book.

Editorial Freelancers Association
EFA members are editors, writers, indexers, proofreaders, researchers, desktop publishers, translators, and others who offer a broad range of skills and specialties. The website offers a lot of resources to help authors (and editors) to better undertand the editorial process, as well as help in finding an editor.

American Society of Indexers
ASI is the only professional organization in the United States devoted solely to the advancement of indexing, abstracting, and database building.

Western New England Editorial Freelancers Network
The Western New England Editorial Freelancers' Network is an informal association of self-employed professionals who work with words. Our membership includes editors of many types of publications, proofreaders, indexers, researchers, and others. Many members have found the network a valuable source of information and advice, a useful job exchange, and a way of breaking the isolation experienced by many people who work alone.

Northwest Independent Editors Guild
The Northwest Independent Editors Guild connects clients with professional editors in the Pacific Northwest.

The following editors and editorial services are known to provide competent and reliable editorial services.
You should carefully review the services to be provided by the editor to make sure you understand the level and scope of services to be provided and to make sure they are appropriate to the genre of your book. Editors will review your manuscript and give you a written proposal as to the work to be done. Talk to several editors; the rapport you have with an editor is important. Don't expect them to do a lot of sample editing for you, but a short portion is important to let you see their style.
Don't understand the difference between Copyediting, Developmental Editing, Substantive or Content Editing, and Proofreading? You aren't alone. Editors can't even agree on the definitions and they do overlap, but here are the definitions we go by: Types of Editorial Services.


Diane Gedymin / The Publisher's Desk
The Publisher's Desk provides the following services to authors, agents and small presses:

  • Author coaching (for an inexperienced author who has a saleable idea but does not know how to proceed; or for experienced authors who want help along the way rather than heavily revising a final draft);
  • Editing (an editorial report outlining what editorial services are needed; services include levels of editing from copyediting through book doctoring and even ghostwriting as warranted.
  • Publishing consulting (discuss and provide a publishing plan or assess goals);  and,
  • Packaging (using quality providers from design to printing).


NY Book Editors
(888) 959-3082

Developmental, Content, Copyediting, Proofreading

Most genres, except Children's picture books

Kerrie Schurr
kerrie.schurr (at) gmail.com

Developmental, Content, Copyediting, Proofreading

Genres: Fiction (general, romance, historical), nonfiction

Subject-matter expertise: health, cooking, gardening, hiking/camping/backpacking/skiing, environment/nature, travel, science and engineering

Jason Black

Developmental editing in most genres.


Trey Schorr

Content editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, and Ghost Writing in most genres


Marcia Meier

Developmental and content editing

Genres: Literary fiction, women's fiction, nonfiction (memoir, autobiography, biography, business, self-help)


Susan Herman
Rhuby Editorial


Genres: Nonfiction, including memoir & creative nonfiction, health, spirituality, DIY, self-help, history, current affairs, popular science, professional development.


Marla Markman / Markman Editorial Services

Developmental and content editing, copyediting, proofreading, project management

Genres: Nonfiction


Linda Jay / Linda Jay Editorial Services
Words by LJ

Copyeditor, content editor, proofreader

Comfortable working with authors whose second language is English

Genres: Business, novels, memoirs, spirituality, fantasy, women's issues, children's books, academic topics, fantasy (zombies, vampires).

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Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh.
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And aides me when eye rime.

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Eye trussed too bee a joule.
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Too cheque sum spelling rule.

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Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we're lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault's with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word's fare as hear.

Too rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw's are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.

Copyright by The Journal of Irreproducible Results, the science humor magazine, www.jir.com, 1994 and 2000

Used by permission of the author