Book Editing Associates

A carefully vetted group of boutique editors
Since 1998

Meet Our Book Editors
Based in the USA

Book Editing Associates

Our editors are all based in the USA

Serving Writers Since 1998

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.


The Best in the Business

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


Find the Right Book Editor

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


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, 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.

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.

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.

Featured Editors

David Cathcart

David Cathcart

David Cathcart has shepherded dozens of writers toward publication. His areas of specialty include Christian fiction and nonfiction, sci-fi and fantasy, and screenplays.
Caroline T

Caroline T.

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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