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Book Editing, Proofreading, Book Design,

Indexing, and Manuscript Submission Services

Professional Book Editing and Proofreading Services

Professional Book Editing and Proofreading Services | A Second Set of Eyes

The editors listed with Book Editing Associates can provide you with a competent and professional second set of eyes. It is a proven fact that it is impossible to proof your own work; you tend to overlook mistakes of all sizes. Your mind subconsciously fills in what it thinks should be there, and your conscious appraisal is none the wiser. But you can be sure that a literary agent or acquisitions editor will be aware of your oversights. Editing is an important part of the writing process that agents and acquisitions editors expect to be done, and done well. Do not send your manuscript to them without taking this important step.

Nothing But The Truth

After you submit your sample, one or more of our editors will realistically assess your writing. Whether you need only proofreading, a light copy edit, or a heavier developmental edit, or could benefit from formal writing instruction—or various options in between—they will tell you kindly and up front. You will also be quoted a fair, flat fee for the service(s) we recommend.

No Pressure—Ever!

The choice of service is ultimately yours. We will not pressure you into a higher level of service than you need or desire. In fact, we'll give you a choice at every turn—including a choice of editor or proofreader. At every step you'll be able to work with someone whose expertise and temperament match your needs.

Whatever level of service you contract, you will receive two files: one color-coded using Word's tracking feature, and the other "clean," with all changes incorporated. This allows you to view all editorial changes.

We focus on the following critical areas, as needed:

  Fiction Editing Services:

  • Plot Structuring
  • Setting the Hook
  • Building Suspense
  • Story Development
  • Point of View
  • The Scene / Setting
  • Character Development
  • Action and Pacing
  • Tone / Voice
  • Authentic Dialogue
  • Style Consistency
  • Readability
  • Climax / Story Resolution

 Nonfiction Editing Services:

  • Organization
  • Development
  • Message Effectiveness
  • Fact-Checking
  • Persona
  • Focus
  • Voice
  • Targeting Your Audience
  • Book Indexing
  • Marketability


Levels of Editing*

Manuscript Critiques

Evaluation of the strengths and weakness of the fiction or nonfiction presentation and the writing style.


Traditionally: Checking typeset copies against the original manuscript to correct errors introduced during typesetting or multiple copyediting passes.

Commonly: (As humanly possible) Detection and correction of any obvious errors in the manuscript (e.g., typos).

Copyediting, Line Editing

Editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and for internal consistency of facts; inserting headings; editing tables for content and format; and inserting (or marking the location of) art, tables, figures, and lists.

Substantive Editing (aka Developmental Editing, Structural Editing)

Clarifying or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure, clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, and other nonmechanical editing.

May include some rewriting and reorganization of text. Does not include research, writing original material, checking or correcting reading level, or creating/recasting tables and figures, unless specified.


Creating a new manuscript, or parts of a manuscript, using research and content supplied by the client.

Does not include research or writing original material, unless specified.

* These terms and definitions are often subjective. Each editor you query will provide you with a suggested scope of service and definition of terms.

Definitions of Editorial Skills (Editors' Association of Canada): Developmental / Project Editing, Substantive or Structural Editing, Stylistic Editing, Rewriting, Copy Editing, Picture Research, Fact Checking / Reference Checking, Indexing, Mark-Up / Coding, Proofreading, Mockup (Rough Paste-Up), Production Editing.