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Book Editing Associates is a small, carefully
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Our editors are all based in the USA

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We screen, test, and monitor editors, proofreaders, and publishing consultants. Our network represents the best in the business.

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Think of us as a matchmaking service for writers and book editing professionals.

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

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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

Serving Writers For 21 Years

Book Editing Associates was formed in 1998 to help writers avoid online scams and match writers with experienced and proven professionals in the publishing industry.

Major Publishers

Simon & Schuster, Regency, St. Martin’s, HarperCollins, Avon, Lyons Press, Penguin Random House, Bethany House, David C. Cook, NavPress, Kensington, Tor, John Wiley & Sons, Addison-Wesley, McGraw-Hill, Knopf, Doubleday.

How To Use The Book Editing Associates Website

Choose A Book Editor

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.

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.

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, Ethical Editing Services

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing helps identify and fix any big-picture problems with your story, focusing on characters, dialogue, plot, pacing, and appropriateness for your target audience. This is a back-and-forth relationship with your developmental editor, and is often the first step in the editing process.

Copyediting

Copyediting, sometimes called “line editing,” fine-tunes the language of your book and catches inconsistencies, repetition, unintended errors in grammar, and adherence to a publisher’s house style.

Manuscript Critique

A manuscript critique and evaluation summarizes the strengths and weaknesses of your fiction or nonfiction manuscript and offers suggestions for improvement. The detailed editorial letter may cover point-of-view, characterization, setting, voice/tone, pacing, and structure.

Proofreading

Proofreading looks for typographical errors, punctuation errors, misspellings, and formatting issues. Professional proofreading is the last line of defense against publication errors.

Our editors work with nonfiction and fiction manuscripts targeted for literary agents, traditional publishers, or self-publishing services such as Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords, BookBaby, Barnes & Noble Press, Kobo, IngramSpark, Draft2Digital, and Lulu.

Even in the age of self-publishing, our standards have not changed. Our editors who have self-publishing experience only must pass the same entry tests as editors with in-house publisher experience.

If you intend to self-publish you don’t need to shape your manuscript for literary agent representation or a particular publisher. Instead, you and your editor have the freedom to realize your vision without literary agent or publisher considerations.

Have your nonfiction or fiction manuscript, short story, script, poem, screenplay, or article professionally edited before submitting to a literary agent, publisher, or book printer.

A professionally edited self-published book helps get the positive feedback you and your editor want.

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Featured Editors

Don White

Editor of 3 New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestsellers.

Caroline

Editor for three New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling authors - 400+ published novels.

David Alan

David Alan

The author and editor of more than 300 books, David Alan knows what it takes to get a book published.

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Latest Blog Posts

6 Best Young Adult Books Of 2019 … Second Round

6 Best Young Adult Books Of 2019 … Second Round

If you’re anything like me you want more – more fresh and fascinating Young Adult fiction. Here I pick up where I left off in early spring with my first round of this year’s favorite titles.

Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations of 2019

Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations of 2019

One editor’s take on what makes novels-to-film engaging, with top new picks for literary movie fans. Her picks for best book-to-screeen (big or small) adaptations:
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Netflix 2019)
Native Son by Richard Wright (HBO 2019)
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (Hulu 2019)
A Dog’s Journey by Bruce Cameron (In theaters 2019)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (In theaters 2019)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (In theaters 2019)
It: Chapter 2 by Stephen King (In theaters 2019)
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem (In theaters Nov. 2019)
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (In theaters Dec. 2019)

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