Book Editing Associates

Perfecting Manuscripts Since 1998

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Professional Book Editing

Only trust the pros with your book.


A Team of 38 World-Class Editors


Average Editing Experience of 24 Years


Over 9,500 Books Edited


32 New York Times Bestsellers


12 Other Bestsellers (e.g., LA Times, Amazon)


Winners of Multiple Awards


Edited Books for All of the Top 10 US Publishers


The Best in the Business

We screen, test, and monitor our editors. Our network represents the best book editors in the business.


You & Your Editor are Partners

Your relationship with your editor can make the difference between failure and success.


Avoid the Fakes

Avoid self-appointed but untested “copy editors,” “proofreaders,” and other online pitfalls and scams that target writers.


A Service You Can Trust

Your work is treated with the highest of ethical standards.

Awards won by Helen Starbuck

Books by Helen Starbuck

“Thank you for your careful and helpful edits and for pushing me to make things better; I really appreciate it and lately have realized just how lucky I was to connect with you.”

—Helen Starbuck

How To Use The Book Editing Associates Website

#Review our Network of Book Editors

Review our Network

Review our editors and submit a sample using our submission form. 

You can select more than one editor, or we can help you find a good match.

#2 Matchmaking


We send your submission to the editor(s) you have selected, or that we feel will be a good match.

Your editor will contact you with a quote.

#3 Select and Hire your Editor

Select Your Editor

You deal directly with your editor.

Once terms are agreed upon your chosen editor will get to work on your manuscript.

Professional Book Editing Services

What type of editing does your manuscript need?

Bring your book to life with the help of a professional book editor. 

Browse our  services below and find the perfect editor for your needs.

Developmental Editors

Developmental Editing Services

An in-depth analysis of your manuscript.

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Copy Editing Services

Ensure accuracy, catch omissions, inconsistencies, and repetition.


Book Proofreading Services

Ensure your manuscript is free of typographical errors, misspellings, etc.

Manuscript Critique

Manuscript Critique Services

Honest manuscript evaluations from industry professionals.

Query Letters

Query Letter Services

Struggling with your query letter? We can help.


Book Writing Services

Have a great idea and need a writer to make it happen?

Latest Blog Posts

Five Stages of Drafting a Novel

Five Stages of Drafting a Novel

How many drafts does it take before your novel is finished? When should you start line editing? When do you put in your subplots? How much planning should you do before you start your first draft? The answers to each of these questions will be different for every...

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What does a book editor do? 

What does a book editor do? 

Key Takeaways A book editor does more than just checking grammar mistakes; they work holistically to enhance the content and shape sentences for emotional impact. There are different types of editing: developmental, line, copy, and proofread, which range from macro to...

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Carrie Cantor – Editor Spotlight

Carrie Cantor – Editor Spotlight

Carrie Cantor is a highly experienced editor for critique and development of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. She has worked as both an acquisitions editor at a publishing company and as a literary agent and knows what good writing looks like. Her advice has been...

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