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Recommended Editors

Thank you for asking about my editorial and manuscript assessment services.  Due to the numerous requests for help that come across my desk daily, I have collated a list of recommended editors you might like to try in the event that I am unavailable. If I have not worked with the editors listed below personally, then they have come highly recommended to me by trusted colleagues. 

Before you engage an editor, ensure that your manuscript as clean as possible, that you understand the scope of the work you require,  and that your project is a good fit for the editor in question. Make sure you have your sample text and synopsis ready, an idea of your budget and the timeframe for the work. Remember, an editor can only assess the words on the page, so if you are an emerging writer looking for more hand-holding support, you might like apply to a mentorship programme first. For more information about preparing your project to send to an editor or mentor see our book Mark My Words: Read the Submission Guidelines and Other Self-editing Tips by Lee Murray and Angela Yuriko Smith (Yuriko Publishing). 

Types of Editing

Developmental / structural editors

This kind of editor examines the picture issues such as plot, character, structure, and pacing.  

Copy / line editing

Not entirely the same, sometimes editors will undertake both these functions at the same time; this is often the case for small publishing houses. A copy editor will examine the work for style, tone, and flow issues, while a line editor looks at the mechanics, checking grammar, spelling, punctuation, factual issues, and consistency.


Proof readers give the work a final close read to pick up any unexpected typographical errors, missing words, punctuation and formatting snafus, and other small errors which may have slipped through.

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Editor Listings

Pro tip: scroll down as the best editor for your work might not be at the top of the page


Aditya Deshmukh

Sci-fi, horror, thriller, crime, weird fiction and cosmic horror, romance

Developmental and copyediting

Barbara J Holten

Developmental, structural, and copy editing.  Proofreading. Fantasy, romance, and spec fic

Ben Eads Fiction

All genres except romance and non-fiction


Bernie Rutkay (Screenwriting)

Development/notes/mentoring in screenwriting

Brisbane Writers -- Lauren Elise Daniels

Adult and YA fiction and non-fiction. Assessment reports paired with a sample of line editing

Cameron Trost 

Horror projects, French-English translations

Candace Nola

Only horror/dark fantasy/sci-fi. Editing-proofreading-mentoring

Christie Stratos -- Positive Proof

All genres, lengths, forms

David T. Griffith

Fiction and non-fiction

Geneve Flynn (Bram Stoker Award-winning author-editor)

Specialises in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, thriller,  short and long fiction, adult, YA and middle-grade. Offers structural and line editing.

Grace Bridges Editing Services (NZ))

Best in science fiction and fantasy, but will also take other genres at your own risk (no erotica)


Hillary Raque Dodge
Potential clients can inquire on website

Holly Walrath (Nitpicker Extraordinaire)

All genres but prefers speculative

Hook of a Book -- Erin Al-Mehairi

Non-fiction and fiction work (developmental, line, and copy) as well as curating

Horrorsmithediting -- Lyndsay Smith

All  genres but specialize in horror, thriller, cozy mystery, dark fantasy, and fantasy (both YA and adult). Book coaching, developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading services

lsmith @

Jay Ali Direct

All genres, specialises in thriller-horror. Copy editing and proofing.

email: jayalicontact @


JH Moncrieff

All genres. Developmental and coaching.

John Palisano

Fiction and non-fiction projects

JVBWriteOn -- Josepth Van Buren​

Copy/line editing, proofreading, and book formatting.

Genres: horror, sci fi, fantasy, weird, bizarro, splatterpunk, poetry, and nonfiction, web copy, social media content, blog articles.

Kate Maruyama

Specialises in editor coaching to help people with their novels and short fiction

Kevin Berry Editing Services

Copy editing and proofing in any genre

Kiwiberry Editing -- Jana Mittelstädt (NZ)

Dev/content editing, proofreading, and translation to German 

Preferred genres speculative fiction, mainly fantasy, some romance (no thrillers, horror)

Lapsed Reality -- (Erin) Lydia Prime

Any genre. authorlydiaprime @ 

Michael Knost (award-winning author)

All fiction genres and lengths. Contact for availability & rates

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing -- Lori Michele
Editing, CFO/Layout

Phoenix Editing and Proofreading -- AJ Spedding

Preferred genres horror, fantasy, action-thriller, & speculative

Scarlette Editing -- Sephira Giron

All genres and all ages. Prefers developmental

Email sephgiron @ gmail . com for rate quotes and timelines 

Silvia Montserrat Joana -- Telltale Literary Translations

English-Spanish, also editing, proofreading and social media promotion in both languages

Shelley Lopez -- Shelley's Editing Services

From blog posts to dissertations...

Storycraft Workshops -- Rebecca Fraser (poet, author, editor)

Specialises in working with youth

Suzanne Reynolds Alpert

Specialises in developmental editing. Genres include sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism. Also poetry.

Dion Winton-Polak

Horror, SF and fantasy,  middle grade/YA books


Three Point Author Services -- Bre Lockhard

Team of three experienced with most fiction genres. Base rates and sample portfolio on website.

Tracy Benton (NZ)

Line editing, copyediting, and proofing. All genres, prefer memoir and non-fiction

Contact for availability and rates.  bentonbears [at]

Vicki Arnott

Editing Services in all genres

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