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.
Pro tip: scroll down as the best editor for your work might not be at the top of the page
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
Development/notes/mentoring in screenwriting
Adult and YA fiction and non-fiction. Assessment reports paired with a sample of line editing
Horror projects, French-English translations
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
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 @ horrorsmithediting.com
Jay Ali Direct
All genres, specialises in thriller-horror. Copy editing and proofing.
email: jayalicontact @ gmail.com
All genres. Developmental and coaching.
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.
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 @ gmail.com
All fiction genres and lengths. Contact for availability & rates
Developmental editing from plot to punctuation
Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing -- Lori Michele
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 https://poetsilviacr.wixsite.com/telltale
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.
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] xtra.co.nz
Editing Services in all genres