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Professional Editors & Proofreaders

Book Editing Associates

Professional Editors & Proofreaders

Professional Book Editors, Proofreaders, Book Designers,
Indexers, and Publishing Consultants

100,000+ published books (fiction and nonfiction), articles, stories, poems, scripts, and screenplays edited.

Your work is treated with the highest editorial and ethical standards.

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Book editing services offered by
self-publishing companies, PODs,
and vanity presses

With the ease of self-publishing, readers are flooded with choices, and the unedited free expression of every wannabe writer gives self-publishing a tarnished reputation. Polishing isn't just for publishers and agents—it's also for the readers. The solid stories that have been polished with an editor's expertise will rise to the top through word of mouth and reviews over those that suffer from common writing mistakes.

If you choose a publishing/printing package that includes book editing services, you are taking a book self publishingleap of faith and may not get the kind of quality attention your book deserves. Book editing is a labor-intensive activity and an art. Most POD or self-publishing companies or "vanity presses" offer editorial services charged at a fixed rate. They operate like editing mills. You have no personal relationship with your editor and no back-and-forth communication. The book editor gets paid only a portion of the total charge and will want to finish up with you as quickly as possible to move on to the next job. This approach treats an organic process as though it is a one-size-fits-all commodity. Almost all books end up needing more attention from a book editor than is at first apparent. Some POD/vanity publishers shop the web for the lowest price "editors" and have no screening process because the hiring agent is not qualified to grade a proofreading or copy/editing test.

Before self-publishing, hire an experienced hands-on book editor who will engage in direct back-and-forth communication with you and not rush through your project. This is the only way to ensure a quality product that you are proud to release to the world.

If you intend to self-publish, please see, "It’s the Book Editing, Stupid. Why You Need a Good Book Editor." Excerpt from The Fine Print of Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know About the Costs, Contracts, and Process of Self-Publishing, by Mark Levine.

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Need help with your submission? Call 1-855-EDITING (553-3484) Monday - Friday, 10a-7p central.

The coordinator is not able to provide price quotes or turnaround times for the freelance editors in this network but can confirm that your submission was received and expedite responses.

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...screens, tests, and monitors book editors, proofreaders, indexers, and publishing consultants. (Only 2% of applicants pass our infamous proofreading, writing, and editing tests.)

...allows you to locate and have direct contact with highly experienced book editing, proofreading, book indexing, and publishing professionals through one site (so you can stop your online shopping).

...helps writers avoid self-appointed but untested "copy editors," "proofreaders," and other online pitfalls and scams that target writers. (Anyone can put up a website and claim to be a book editor, claim to be USA-based, and fabricate positive feedback.)

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Although our quality and ethical standards are among the highest in the business, our prices are not.
Our goal is the best possible service at a reasonable price.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation sample edit and estimate

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