Book Editing Associates

A carefully vetted group
Since 1998

Meet Our Book Editors
Based in the USA

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

Our authors have published with major companies, including Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Hachette Livre, Harper Collins, MacMillan Publishers and more.

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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.

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Find the Right Book Editor

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

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Avoid the Fakes

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

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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

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

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

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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