Book Editing Associates

A carefully vetted group Since 1998

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The Best in the Business

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


Find the Right Book Editor

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.

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“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.

Book 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.

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.


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.


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