professional book editing services

Book Editing, Proofreading, Book Design,

Indexing, and Manuscript Submission Services

Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader, and Ghostwriter

Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts

Experience

With over twenty years’ experience in the publishing industry Sara Hopkins has edited or copyedited nearly three hundred manuscripts for clients around the globe. Sara was employed full-time at Bantam Dell in New York before striking out as a freelancer for such major publishers as Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Rodale. She specializes in editing manuscripts in the genres of contemporary fiction—including historical fiction, romance, erotica, and mystery/suspense—as well as health and nutrition.

Praised by authors and publishers alike as a detail-oriented editor with an eye for accuracy and inconsistencies, she believes the devil is in the details and a fine-tooth comb is essential to bring a manuscript to its full potential. Motivated by her love of a fabulous read, Sara knows what it takes to turn a good idea into a great book without compromising the author’s unique perspective and voice.

Editing Services

Sara specializes in developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading for fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. She has worked on over two hundred titles and prides herself on her many repeat clients. Nonfiction titles she has worked on include biographies, wellness and fitness (she is a certified yoga instructor), travel, politics, and current events. Her list of fiction books covers nearly every genre from science fiction to erotica but she has a special passion for manuscripts that involve a critical timeline or chronology, fantasy world, or period setting. The devil is in the details, and Sara likes to get in there too, polishing every manuscript without infringing on the author's vision.

Copyediting

Editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and for internal consistency of facts; inserting level heads and approximate placement of art; editing tables, figures, and lists; making sure house style is adhered to.

Substantive/Structural Editing

Clarifying or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure. May include some rewriting and reorganization of text.

Rewriting

Creating a new manuscript or parts of a manuscript on the basis of content and research supplied by Client.

Books Published/Edited

Arthur, Keri. Dangerous Games.
Beckett, Galen. The Master of Heathcrest Hall.
Cope, Steven. The Wisdom of Yoga.
Blood and Beauty Dunant, Sarah. Blood and Beauty.
The Invisible Code - Editor, Sara Hopkins Fowler, Christopher. The Invisible Code.
Smoke and Mirrors - book edited by Sara Hopkins Harris, C.R. Smoke and Mirrors.
Release Me Kenner, J. Release Me.
King, Laurie R. The Art of Detection.
King, Laurie R. Touchstone.
Thunderstruck - edited by Sara Hopkins McCracken, Elizabeth. Thunderstruck.
Northrup, M.D., Christiane. The Wisdom of Menopause.
Northrup, M.D., Christiane. Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom.
Keeper of the Keys O'Shaughnassy, Perri. The Keeper of the Keys.
O'Shaughnassy, Perri. Sinister Shorts.
Slaughter, Karin. Beyond Reach.
Slaughter, Karin. Fractured.
I Kiss Your Hands Many Times Szegedy-Maszak, Marianne. I Kiss Your Hands Many Times.

Feedback / Testimonials

"Sara was so helpful with … everything! She gave great insight into some of the secondary characters, tying in flashbacks and smoothing out the whole flow of the story. She also picked up every single typo, punctuation error and in several spots came up with better phrasing where I'd been struggling. Her comments were very positively conveyed, wording things as suggestions or questions. She made me feel like I was on the right track but gave me perspective from a fresh reader. This was a very encouraging, positive interaction that I would definitely recommend to others as well as use again." - Sarah McGregor

"I liked the polishing done to keep my manuscript flowing nicely and ridding it of unnecessary wording. Sara even added descriptions to make the scenes more vivid and pointed out things I wouldn't have caught otherwise. I wish the pricing was cheaper for Indie authors such as myself, but I felt the quality of work was nice." - S.J. Lynn

"When I was looking for someone to carry out a copyedit of my first novel I was really fortunate to have found Sara at short notice. I loved the fact that she read the manuscript before making any changes and spotted inconsistencies that I had not. She took the time to add a little more fun to my novel content, and after a few minor revisions the manuscript flowed much better. Working with Sara was a real pleasure, very professional and exceptionally timely." - Carol White

"The editing was comprehensive, the fact-checking was right on the mark, and the suggestions to improve the manuscript, such as adding more location (Chicago), background, etc., were superb. But even the little things were invaluable to me—the removal of the extra space after the sentences, the uses of as or while or and between topics, and the insistence on uniformity of names, etc., helped me tremendously — a novice writer." - Michael Ellman

"It was an honor and pleasure to work with Sara." - Darshaun McAway, Girlfriend vs. Wife Duties

"All I needed to do was read her sample edit. Just one page. Immediately, I knew I had found my editor. I can go on and on about her attention to detail, her extensive knowledge of all manners of wordsmithing, her insightful suggestions, her endless willingness to massage the project to a polish that both she and I were happy with, but I will merely say the following. This book editor made me feel so incredibly confident in her ability to edit that I asked her to edit two additional manuscripts and I absolutely could not be happier with the end result. From day one all the way up until the end (and beyond), I truly felt like she understood me, my manuscript(s), and what I was going for. Holding my hand throughout this exciting process was this skilled and thoughtful partner and I count myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to benefit from her editing services." - Courtland Smith

"Sara is a thoughtful and attentive reader. She caught plot holes and inconsistencies that none of my beta readers picked up on. She also helped me hone my narrative voice and render the style of the book consistent throughout. She’s a highly skilled editor and I will gladly hire her again for future projects." Jay O’Shea

"I've spent a fair amount of time researching editors and consultants and I found this network in particular very helpful. I will definitely recommend the service to anyone looking for an editor. I don't think I truly appreciated just how valuable Sara's help was going to be up until I actually saw her work. Her input and suggestions has proved extremely valuable and there is no question in my mind that it has gone a long way in helping take the novel to the next level. I will undoubtedly be knocking on her door first for any future help with my novels." Matt Zietsman

"My editor is one in million! She painstakingly edited, commented and proofread my manuscript. When it came time for submission, I can't thank her enough how she found out a surprise cut off date that caught me off guard and she worked on her birthday night till 3 am helping with the last details of submission." Jyoti Jain

"Having been responsible for a large university press, I can assuredly state that Sara is the most talented editor I have ever encountered. What makes her different is her keen ability to understand the author's voice and not impose hers on top. She gets it. I would not even think about using someone else for my next book." Richard Steiner

"Sara did a fantastic job of editing my novel and returning it in a timely fashion.  She was both professional and friendly and answered any question that I may have had.  I would recommend her services or the network to anyone who needs to have editing services." Sabrina Asper