Editors

MEET OUR EDITORS

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Service Provider Contracts are not supplied by IAX in any form or fashion. The service providers listed on this site, have been vetted by IAX to be reliable, professional, and of a level of quality, but any contracts for hire are expected to be handled between / provided by the Provider and/or the Customer [i.e. the author]. IAX bears no responsibility over mediating or overseeing the transactions between Provider and Customer. We do not collect commission, royalty, or revenue in any way from any transaction. The prices and services remain wholly controlled by the service provider.

However, if you do encounter any issues (either with a service provider or a customer) please use the "Rate Your Experience" form or contact Atlas at indieauthorconnect@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE:
Editors typically charge based on word count, so you may see a range from $0.01 to $0.025 (or higher) per word depending on their rates. This would mean that a 50k word book charged at $0.015 per word, would cost ~$750 to edit. 

Also, be aware that most editors offer a free 1,000 word sample edit. This is highly encouraged as it gives both the author and the editor a chance to determine if the relationship is the best fit. It may also be beneficial as some editors may lower their rate if the manuscript is relatively clean already. Be sure to discuss these options with the editor you choose to work with!

With a track record spanning back to 2003, we have contributed our expertise to over 200 fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, and a host of website and social media content. We have a background in early childhood and special education.

We have collaborated with best-selling authors and an award-winning publisher in various capacities including ghostwriting, proofreading, and beta reading. Our scope of work extends to editing copy, developing content, transcribing, and translating from Urdu to English for subtitling of video, audio, and various media content for a non-profit website and its affiliated social media platforms. We also developmentally edit, critique manuscripts, and rewrite revisions. We have a talent for working with ESL authors to bring structure to their stories and help them find their voice as writers.

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing. Copy Editing. Line Editing. Proofreading.

GENRE(S):

Action / Adventure.Comedy. Contemporary / Slice of Life / Drama. Fantasy. General Fiction. Non-Fiction. Romance (No Spice). Sci-Fi. YA / Teen / Children. 

PAYMENT:

Deposit depends on service. Does not offer a payment plan.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

With a background in both education, and marketing I've been working as a copywriter/editor, a ghostwriter, and PR/Marketing professional since 2020. My background includes a Bachelor's degree in Communication with a specialization in emerging media. I've completed multiple projects and worked on various stages in the author space. Not only is my work in the author space I also work as a social media manager, marketing/business consultant, and have experience in ad space. My husband and I run Shook&Co, a web design company that helps with web development and I also do copy and graphic design for it. I love to read and though I tend to keep my marketing business separate from my reading/writing, the two worlds often intersect (like here). I'm neurodivergent, a big fan of parenthesis, and will always root for the oxford comma. As an enneagram 9, I'm always happy to help people, sometimes to my own detriment. I don't believe in gatekeeping and am always willing to help others where I can. 

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing. Line Editing. Copy Editing. Proofreading.

GENRE(S):

Contemporary / Slice of Life / Drama. Fantasy. General Fiction. Horror / Thriller / Suspense. Romance. Sci-Fi.

PAYMENT:

50% deposit. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

I want to ensure high quality editing is affordable to all authors, so not only do I strive to keep my prices as low as possible, I also offer payments plans to make sure I can meet everyone where they're at. I'd love to connect and chat more about your book baby, so let's set up a FREE 1000 word Tier 2 sample edit and follow up video consultation.

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing.

GENRE(S):

Action / Adventure. Comedy. Contemporary / Slice of Life / Drama. Crime / Mystery. Fantasy. General Fiction. Historical (with Contemporary twist). Horror / Thriller / Suspense. Non-Fiction. Romance. Sci-Fi.

PAYMENT:

Deposit depends on service. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

I am a developmental editor and book coach helping to bring fiction novels to life by retaining the author's voice and elevating the reader experience.  

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing.

GENRE(S):

Action / Adventure. Comedy. Crime / Mystery. General Fiction. Romance.

PAYMENT:

50% deposit. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

$0.03 per word.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS:

The Magic You Bring by Amanda Gale 

The Heart's Symphony by Margaret G. 

Darren Beaming

I've been teaching script writing for over ten years in Ireland and have recently published my first book Verses in the Sand. I've been teaching about narratives, story arcs and characters etc. So I've been an unofficial developmental editor for the last ten years or so. I've recently been reading some indie author works and feel that they could have benefited from stronger narratives. As I'm new to the field. I'm going to offer my services for free to one user. 

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing.

GENRE(S):

Action / Adventure. Crime / Mystery. Fantasy. General Fiction. Historical. Horror / Thriller / Suspense. Romance (Clean). Sci-Fi.

PAYMENT:

No deposit required. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

Devon Maxwell, the owner of Impaxt Consulting, provides various copywriting and editing services for multiple organizations, from graduate students and aspiring authors to law firms and political campaigns. An aspiring author herself, Devon has six years of non-fiction copywriting and editing experience, chiefly working on manuscripts in the realm of political science, public policy, legal theory, feminist theory, psychology, and social psychology. When she isn't reading her life way, you'll find her on Feminist BookTok spreading the word about up-and-coming feminist authors and books! 

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing. Line Editing. Copy Editing. Proofreading.

GENRE(S):

Non-Fiction.

PAYMENT:

Deposit depends on service. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

I provide line/copy editing, book coaching, and support for self-publishing authors of inclusive romance, cozy mysteries, and children's books. I'm particularly interested in books featuring queer, disabled, and fat characters.

I graduated from Penn State University, where I aced the 400-level editing and proofreading class. I worked as a proofreader for a national advertising magazine for two years, then joined the staff of a group of local weekly newspapers, where I served as a feature writer, photographer, and copyeditor for 14 years. After taking classes in copyediting and developmental editing of fiction from the Editorial Arts Academy, I opened my freelance editorial business in February 2021. 

SERVICES:

Line Editing. Copy Editing.

GENRE(S):

Contemporary / Slice of Life / Drama. Crime / Mystery. Romance. Queer / BIPOC. Children's Picture Books.

PAYMENT:

$250 non-refundable down payment. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

$0.01 per word

My approach to editing is centered around collaboration and partnership. I aim to educate through each edit, creating an inviting atmosphere that’s tailored to your learning style and helps you grow as a writer. I know how vulnerable you may feel having someone walk into the world you've created, shift things around, and mark it up with their editing pen. That's why everything is a discussion. 

In addition to this, I take pride in staying abreast of industry trends, style guides, and best practices. My commitment to continuous learning empowers me to provide informed and relevant feedback, ensuring that your manuscript not only meets but exceeds industry standards.

 I am committed to ensuring that your narrative not only reflects your unique voice but also adheres to the highest professional standards, making a lasting impact on your readers. Your words matter, and they deserve to reach the world. 

SERVICES:

Line Editing. Copy Editing. Proofreading.

GENRE(S):

Action / Adventure. Comedy. Contemporary / Slice of Life / Drama. Crime / Mystery. Fantasy. General Fiction. Horror / Thriller / Suspense. Romance. Sci-Fi

PAYMENT:

25% deposit. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

I am an editor and writer with over 20 years of experience and am passionate about helping writers and their writing grow and flourish. After beginning my career at Blackwell Publishing, over the past 16 years I have freelance edited books and articles for academic and independent authors in a wide range of fields, including art history, economics, health, law, literature, philosophy, public policy, and travel. I also founded and co-lead a writing group for emerging authors and have provided generative comments on over 120 creative writing pieces.

I love working collaboratively with writers to help them find and strengthen their voice and clearly express their ideas. I guide writers through the revision process with patience and attentiveness, providing generative, encouraging, and detailed comments on their work.

My specialties include humanities, social sciences, racial and social justice, poetry, memoir, and creative nonfiction. 

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing. Line Editing.

GENRE(S):

Non-Fiction.

PAYMENT:

50% deposit. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS:

Morocco Bound: A Guide for Expats by Julie McDaniel
Birthing in the Spirit by Cathy Daub 

In addition to owning her own freelance editing business, Elizabeth works as a deputy editor for Write My Wrongs Co. Previously, she worked in the nonprofit sector for 20+ years, using storytelling to raise money for a variety of causes. She's a poet, author, photographer, and mom of two girls who loves books, theatre, music, movies, and all things creative. 

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing. Line Editing. Copy Editing. Proofreading.

GENRE(S):

Contemporary / Slice of Life / Drama. Crime / Mystery. Fantasy. General Fiction. Horror / Thriller / Suspense. Non-Fiction. Romance.

PAYMENT:

50% deposit. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

Jay Ann Cox

Writer, editor, teacher with more than three decades of experience. Tech savvy, multiple style sheets, introductory rates for Q1 & Q2 2024. I provide intuitive, helpful, cheerful and transparent edits. 

SERVICES:

Chapter Critique. Developmental Editing. Line Editing. Copy Editing. Proofreading.

GENRE(S):

Action / Adventure. Comedy. Contemporary / Slice of Life / Drama. Crime / Mystery. Fantasy. General Fiction. Historical. Non-Fiction. Sci-Fi.

PAYMENT:

50% deposit. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS:

INCOMING!: Memories of a Combat Medic: Growing Up Poor, Getting Drafted to Vietnam, Coming Home and Coming Out. by Larry Sanders

My goal is to cultivate a friendly and professional relationship with my authors. If I'm doing my job right, my influence on the manuscript should be near invisible. I celebrate writing that breaks the rules and take an unfussy editing approach. I am not a hard-nose, judgey grammarian who wields grammar guides like weapons (though I do reference the Chicago Manual of Style religiously).

My favorite books to read generally fall into literary fiction and speculative fiction genres, though I can find something to appreciate about most genres. I'm one of those "nose stuck in the book, will read anything" kind of people. 

My professional background is in behavioral healthcare, and I pursued continuing education in editing and proofreading, both of which I've demonstrated my competency through the completion of certificate programs. 

I am a member of the Editorial Freelancer Association, ACES: The Society for Editing, and the Northwest Editors Guild. 

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing. Line Editing. Copy Editing.

GENRE(S):

Action / Adventure. Contemporary / Slice of Life / Drama. Fantasy. General Fiction. Historical. Horror / Thriller / Suspense. Sci-Fi.

PAYMENT:

Deposit depends on service. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS:

Curiosity by Autumn Potts 

I believe there’s nothing like the collaborative effort of working with an indie author to bring a new book to its readers. I have a Certificate in Editing from Poynter University/ACES and passed the Publishing Training Centre’s proofreading course with distinction, but my favorite training was attending the Writers’ Police Academy, where I took hands-on courses taught by law enforcement, EMTs, firefighters, and scientists that help with realism and fact-checking.

I'm a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), where I serve as the Michigan chapter coordinator. I've worked for large and small presses and dozens of indie authors.

When not in my home state of Michigan, I can be found hiking through the woods on my family’s hundred-acre farm in West Virginia or kayaking on the lake across the street. 

SERVICES:

Line Editing. Copy Editing. Proofreading.

GENRE(S):

Action / Adventure. Comedy. Contemporary / Slice of Life / Drama. Crime / Mystery. Fantasy. General Fiction. Historical. Horror / Thriller / Suspense. Sci-Fi. Queer/ BIPOC

PAYMENT:

50% deposit. Does not offer a payment plan.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS:

The White Tower (The Aldoran Chronicles: Book 1) by Michael Wisehart
Brink of War (The Prosecution Force Thrillers Book 1) by Logan Ryles
Just Cause (Detective Madison Knight Series Book 5) by Carolyn Arnold
Setting Out (Dark Highway Home Book 1) by Lars Larsen
Charleston's Daughter (The Low Country Series Book 1) by Sabra Waldfogel  

As an avid book lover, I thrive on bringing writers' visions to life. Despite being relatively new to developmental editing, my services are not only budget-friendly but also highly dependable, delivering insightful feedback swiftly.

Each editing package I offer includes a detailed multi-page analysis covering key elements such as character development, plot structure, and pacing. After you've had the opportunity to digest the feedback, we'll delve deeper during a one-hour video call. This session is designed for you to ask questions and clarify doubts, ensuring you have a clear path forward for your manuscript. 

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing.

GENRE(S):

Crime / Mystery. Dystopian. Fantasy. Horror / Thriller / Suspense. Military.

PAYMENT:

25% deposit. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

No sample edits available.

RATE:

$0.006 per word

I have been an editor for indie authors for over a decade. I specialize in urban fantasy, romance, historical fiction, and YA providing developmental editing, line editing, and proofreading. I also offer book blurb and synopsis writing services as well as query letter review to help clients polish their marketing materials. 

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing. Line Editing. Copy Editing.

GENRE(S):

Comedy. Crime / Mystery. Fantasy. General Fiction. Historical. Horror / Thriller / Suspense. Romance. Sci-Fi.

PAYMENT:

Deposit depends on service. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS:

Second String Savior by R.E. Carr and Rick Gualtieri
Devil in the Dark by Shannon Elliott
The Curse of House Corbant by Patrick Luther
Island Red by Matt Serafini
Runes Of Steel (Recollections of a Rune Knight Book 1) by Jack Cullen 

Megan G. Mossgrove is a poet and writer working on her debut fantasy romance novel, The Wingbreaker. After months spent beta reading, and with enthusiastic encouragement from those who appreciated the thorough feedback, Megan is earning a copyediting certification through Writer's Digest University. She offers a range of services, in order to better serve the community that helped her find a place in the bookish world. 

SERVICES:

Manuscript Assessment. Chapter Critique. Line Editing. Proofreading.

PAYMENT:

50% deposit. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

I’m an editor through my company, Glasswing Editing, and specialize in romance, fantasy, and sci-fi. I’m extremely passionate about helping writers propel their writing to the best it can be. As an editor, I’ve only ever received five-star reviews from my clients—a streak I never intend to break!

I pour my heart and soul into every project. I believe in building up an author, not cutting them down. I believe that a great editor acts as an author’s coach, teammate, and cheerleader, all in one. I believe in giving thoughtful insight alongside my edits so the author can learn and grow from their mistakes or missteps. I pride myself in doing all this while still preserving the author’s unique voice, which is always at the forefront of my mind. 

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing. Copy Editing. Line Editing. Proofreading.

GENRE(S):

Fantasy. General Fiction. Romance. Sci-Fi. LGBTQ.

PAYMENT:

Deposit depends on service. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS:

Gravity by Tal Bauer
How to Say I Do by Tal Bauer
Wish Marked by Lissa Bolts
Alpha Squad by V.S. Hall
Lake of Sapphire by Mallory Benjamin 

I am a fiction and narrative nonfiction editor working with independent authors. I love helping authors bring their best book to their readers; my clients have said that my copyedits helped bring out their unique voice and made it shine. I began my editorial career as an intern in 2015, started my own business in 2017, and have since earned a certificate in copyediting from the University of California-San Diego Extended Studies and edited over 100 books. I grew up in Colorado and live in North Texas where I enjoy listening to audiobooks, knitting, and hanging out with my family and dog.

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing. Line Editing. Copy Editing.

GENRE(S):

Romance.

PAYMENT:

50% deposit. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS:

Camp Willowswish by Don Scarborough
Too Far Gone by Emma Lee Jayne
Kill Call by Jeff Wooton
The Brass Queen -- Grand Tour (Brass Queen book 2) by Elizabeth Chatsworth

Lifelong writer, self-published novelist, freelance developmental editor, and all around delight. 

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing.

GENRE(S):

Action / Adventure. Comedy. Contemporary / Slice of Life / Drama. Crime / Mystery. Fantasy. General Fiction. Historical. Horror / Thriller / Suspense. Non-Fiction. Romance. Sci-Fi

PAYMENT:

25% deposit. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

Hey there, my name is Samantha and I live in Washington state with my husband, our three daughters, our chihuahua and all of my books. I have degrees in Psychology and Literature. I started editing for friends a few years back, then turned my hobby into a business when my "Editor Life" series went viral on TikTok. I've also advocated for indie authors who have been taken advantage of by scam editing services and brought awareness to the indie community of what they should expect when hiring editors. 

SERVICES:

Developmental Editing. Line Editing. Copy Editing.

GENRE(S):

Fantasy. Romance. Sci-Fi. Upmarket.

PAYMENT:

50% deposit. Payment plans available.

SAMPLE EDIT:

Free 1,000 words.

RATE:

Contact for rates.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS:

The Secrets That You Keep by Chloe I Miller
Descent into Darkness by T.S. Kinley
Unbreak Me by C.A. Grieco
Commanding Earth and Shadow by S.J. Barnett
Agnarr's Jarlin by Jenifer Wood 

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