Our Book Editors

Professional Book Editing Services for Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction

Formed in 1998 to protect writers from online scams, Book Editing Associates continues to be a one-stop shop for writers looking for vetted and tested book editors, proofreaders, ghostwriters, publishing, and self-publishing consultants.

Get a free quote and sample edit from the best book editors in the USA.

 

David Alan

David Alan

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

DAVID ALAN has edited and authored books for 30+ publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, Lyons Press, Random House, Running Press, Warner Books, Total/Sports Illustrated, and Scholastic.

His books have generated more than $20 million in revenue and have appeared on the Today show, The Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. His rating on Goodreads.com is 4.2, based on more than 3,000 ratings.

Amy Bennett

Amy Bennett

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

Developmental editing, manuscript critiques, work-in-progress beta reading, query letters and book proposals

Former Locus magazine editor, AMY BENNETT is a critically acclaimed and agented novelist with knowledge of both the craft and the business of science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing.

She has seen a number of writing careers start while working at the Clarion East Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop.

Linda Bennett

Linda Bennett

Writing and Editing Experience

Linda has provided developmental editing, APA editing, substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading services to clients around the world:

  • More than 50 dissertations for Ph.D. candidates
  • More than 200 master’s theses and academic submissions for grad students
  • Fiction and nonfiction for published authors, including novels, short stories, poetry, religion, and philosophy
  • Business and marketing collateral for Fortune 500 companies
  • More than 100 peer-reviewed articles for academic and scientific journals
  • More than 35 IT books published by Sybex, Ventana, Macmillan, and Sage
  • Research reports and surveys for government organizations
  • Website content, business plans, corporate overviews, and case studies
  • An efficient, versatile, award-winning editor, Linda is an expert in APA and Chicago Manual styles, is experienced with MLA and AP styles, and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Lauren Brenzy

Lauren Brenzy

Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance LGBTQ+, Crime, Detective, Academic Nonfiction, Film Scripts, Media Books

LAUREN BRENZY has copy edited hundreds of novels, short stories, and nonfiction titles, including books by bestselling authors Jane Yolen, May McGoldrick, Paul Cornell, and Alyssa Palombo. She regularly works with large and small publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, Tor/Forge, Prometheus Books, Bella Books, Entangled Publishing, and Cobblestone Press.

She loves working with both first-time authors and established writers, from people looking for that final check to those who want involved editing and collaboration. She’s a writer herself, with a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, where she learned the art of constructive criticism, pacing, plot structure, and dialogue.

Beth Bruno

Beth Bruno

Contemporary Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Romance, Women’s Fiction

BETH BRUNO has edited more than 350 fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, many of them award winners.

Beth offers reading critiques, which offer written comments about structure, character development, plot, pace, reader engagement, tone, voice, clarity of language, and overall marketability.

Another dimension of Beth’s experience has been judging for an international contest: The Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Winners in more than 70 categories receive cash prizes, publicity, constructive criticism, publicity, and referrals to literary agents and publishers.

Theodora Bryant

Theodora Bryant

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance

THEODORA BRYANT has been editing professionally since 1994, ten of those with her fiction-only, award-winning publishing company.

She has been a member of the Book Editing Associates network since 2001. During that time her authors have garnered “Book of the Year” in science fiction, and “Finalist” and “Winner” awards in romance and mystery works. Her authors often receive outstanding reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.

She’s reviewed, evaluated, and edited thousands of manuscripts through the years and helps her authors navigate towards the “Top 100 Paid on Kindle” lists.

Peggy Campbell

Peggy Campbell

American History, Biography, Memoir, Journalism, Politics, Government, Public Affairs, Public Policy, Equine Subjects

PEGGY CAMPBELL has been line editing and proofreading nonfiction books for more than two decades, working for both top university presses and trade publishers. She is an expert user of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Her edited manuscripts have won a number of awards and honors, including New York Times Notable Book of the Year, the Tankard Award, Choice Outstanding Book of the Year, National Jewish Book Award, and Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

Carly Cantor

Carly Cantor

200+ books edited for major publishers and independent authors

Developmental editing, critiques, manuscript assessment, ghostwriting

CARLY CANTOR is a published author and publishing industry veteran who worked for several years as an acquisitions editor at a New York publisher where she acquired and edited numerous hardcover and trade paperback titles every year on a variety of nonfiction subjects, mostly in the areas of current events, how-to, and pop culture.

Carly edits fiction with an appreciation for how the brain works and for the fact that readers like to pick up clues while they read, as they do in real life, and figure things out rather than be constantly told how to interpret what characters are thinking and feeling. She pays attention to pacing, descriptive detail (the Goldilocks rule: should be just right; not too much, not too little), narrative arc, character development, dialogue, and general writing issues.

She knows the New York publishing world (and has access to the current thinking about what is hot and what is not).

David Cathcart

David Cathcart

Christian Fiction and Nonfiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Screenplays, Creative Nonfiction, How-To, Self-Help, Historical Fiction

DAVID CATHCART has worked as a writer, editor, publisher, educator, journalist, screenwriter, blogger, copywriter, book designer and proofreader for over 21 years. During that time, he has written, co-written, contributed to and edited over 125 published books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has also written, co-written, and/or directed and produced a dozen motion pictures, including feature film projects and documentaries.

David has shepherded dozens of writers toward publication, including those who have gone the traditional route as well as those who have chosen to self-publish. He has extensive experience at every stage of the publishing process, from development all the way to design and marketing.

His clients appreciate his extensive knowledge of story structure, his attention to detail, his knowledge and experience of the marketplace, and his friendly, honest approach.

Stacey Donovan

Stacey Donovan

Award-Winning Book Editor, Author, and Ghostwriter

Former literary agent and advertising copywriter, published author, editor and ghostwriter of several bestsellers, Stacey Donovan helps guide her clients’ books to successful publication, whether traditional, niche, or independent.

STACEY DONOVAN has edited or ghostwritten dozens of published books for her clients, many of which have received critical acclaim and awards. Among them: New York Times Bestsellers (Mystery); International Thrillers Awards (Thriller); Florida Book Awards (Thriller); Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Silver Medal Award (Memoir); Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year (Memoir); Stories of Mighty Women Top Biographies (Memoir); Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Ben Franklin Award, Bill Fisher Best First Book (Fiction); Chanticleer International Book Awards (Thriller)

As a professional editor and ghostwriter, Donovan is experienced in many genres: Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction; Mystery; Crime; Suspense; Psychological Thriller; Literary Fiction; Women’s Fiction; Young Adult; Erotic Romance; Erotica; GLBTQ; Memoir.

Donovan is also a published author of both fiction and non-fiction. Dive, her first, critically acclaimed novel was published in 1995 (Penguin) and reissued in 2015 (Open Road Media). The Art of Loneliness, a sexy novella, is available on Kindle. Co-authored by Donovan, the four-book series based on Zalman King’s Red Shoe Diaries is also available.

Johanna Ehrlich

Johanna Ehrlich

Jewish Topics, Judaica, Memoir, How-To, Inspirational

JOHANNA EHRLICH has been a freelance editor, copy editor, proofreader, and writer for more than twenty-five years. Having grown up in the center of a Jewish community, she is particularly adept at working on books with Jewish content. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and a long-time member of a world-renowned Jewish chorus that has honored her for her decades of leadership.

Johanna is eager to work on anything that “educates, inspires, or entertains,” to quote her public television station. Your nonfiction manuscript will benefit from her focused thinking and her clear-sighted editing.

Johanna is the author of eight books for young people (fiction and nonfiction, leveled readers and graphic novels), published by Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan McGraw-Hill, and PowerKids Press.

Marlo Garner

Marlo Garner

Children's Books

Marlo Garner has been editing children's books and teaching writing since the late 1990s. She teaches Writing for Children’s Books (picture books), Writing Chapter Books for Children, and various other writing and revision workshops.

Her chapter book series---which contains numerous poems and rhyming verse—was released in 2010, and she is the author and/or illustrator of a number of other published books for children, including a picture book for Internet security giant AVG.

Marlo received first place in the "published" division of the New England SCBWI 2013 illustration awards. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA).

Joan Giardino

Joan Giardino

Fiction and Nonfiction, Children’s Books, Young Adults, Adult

JOAN GIARDINO is an editor, proofreader, and Italian-English translator with more than 27 years’ experience in the book publishing industry.

She has edited or proofread hundreds of award-winning published books—children, middle-grade, and young adult fiction, nonfiction, adult fiction and nonfiction, biographies, and personal memoirs.

As an editor and book doctor she pays attention not only to grammar and punctuation, but to plot, characters, details, and stylistic consistency. She oversees the book production process from raw manuscript to finished book and conducts research to find artwork and historical documents to enhance the text.

Karin Graham

Karin Graham

Apocalyptic Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Literary Fiction, Police Procedural, Narrative Nonfiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers, True Crime

Developmental editor, copy editor, and writer with a background in criminal law and martial arts

If your novel has fight scenes or involves police procedures or the law, KARIN GRAHAM is your specialist. She has accompanied police on search warrants, observed autopsies, and been to countless crime scenes. She has training in arson prosecution, search and seizure law, and the insanity defense. She can help add realism to your writing.

S Maia Grossman

S Maia Grossman

Critiques, developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, manuscript critiques, coaching, synopses, query letters, cover copy

S. Maia Grossman has worked with major New York publishing houses for 25 years. Recognitions for her writers include a Lambda Literary Award nomination and Eric Hoffer Book Awards/Montaigne Medals Book Awards in SF/Fantasy.

She works on character-driven science fiction and fantasy, world-building, psychological horror, women’s fiction, and plots involving character growth and transformation.

David Henderson

David Henderson

Novels, Self-Help, Memoir, Christian, Spiritual, Business

DAVID HENDERSON has worked on 100+ manuscripts that have landed publishing deals.

His long track record as a ghostwriter, writer, editor, and filmmaker has given him exposure to a wide range of authors, writing styles, and genres, including novels, nonfiction works, self-help books, memoir, Christian and other spiritual writing, and business books.

With professional experience in both fiction and documentary film, as a producer, writer, and director, David is well versed in the art of cinematic storytelling and can edit or critique your screenplay.

Caroline Hiley

Caroline Hiley

Fiction Editor and Proofreader | Romance, Women's Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy

CAROLINE HILEY specializes in editing novels for independent authors and traditional publishers, including small press and Big Five. She also handles novellas, short stories, and memoirs.

From decades of experience as an editor, along with her experience as an award-winning novelist, Caroline understands the entire writing process from first draft to publication. She helps novice and seasoned authors prepare their novels for self- or traditional publishing, including help not only with storycraft and production but also book submission documents, such as queries and synopses.

Ana Howard

Ana Howard

Writer and Editor of Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade Fiction, Memoirs, and Historical Fiction

ANA HOWARD is the author of traditionally published eight novels. Her books include contemporary and historical children’s, young adult, and adult literature.

She has worked with both small independent publishers, such as Roberts Rinehart and Brown Barn Books, and large publishing houses, such as Penguin Putnam and American Girl.

She has seen one of her novels made into film and has won numerous literary awards.

Jeff Karon

Jeff Karon

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Biographies, Memoirs, Martial Arts, Technical

JEFF KARON, PhD, has written and edited over 100 books, articles, stories, poems, and doctoral dissertations across a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and business.

He is a board member, website designer, and webmaster for a literary press and a published writer and poet.

His editing specialties include general fiction, biography, memoir, literary criticism, philosophy, poetry criticism, creative writing, technical and business writing, journal articles, and scholarly books.

John David Kudrick

John David Kudrick

Christian Fiction and Nonfiction; Editor of 200+ Published Titles

JOHN DAVID KUDRICK (BA in theology, MA in fiction) has worked on titles published by Bethany House, David C Cook, Barbour, NavPress, Realms Fiction, Marcher Lord Press, and Whitaker House – where, as senior editor, he worked on James Byron Huggins’ Nightbringer, a book that Library Journal named one of its annual top five Christian novels.

Note: John David is booking for March 2020.

Floyd Largent

Floyd Largent

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Short Stories, Anthropology

Manuscript evaluations, developmental editing

FLOYD LARGENT edits nonfiction, novels, and short stories. His first love as a fiction editor is science fiction and fantasy for young adults and adults, especially for works in which science, characterization, mystery, and unusual cultures play an important part.

In nonfiction he specializes in anthropology, history, science, spirituality (including religious and New Age), and memoirs.

Rachel Lawson

Rachel Lawson

Rachel Lawson is a former college literature and writing instructor who offers excellence in comprehensive copyediting, line editing, and proofreading. Her strength lies in helping the author make his/her written voice shine in a highly readable, page-turning, memorable way.

Rachel specializes in the genre of Christian and spiritual/religious manuscripts, including children’s books, memoirs, devotionals, and larger theological works. Rachel’s work as a copy editor, line editor, and proofreader for three Christian publishers has now reached 30 Christian books.

She ghostwrites author bios, back cover copy of books, and author websites.

Rachel also designs and formats book interiors for print or eBook distribution.

Rachel invites all writers, but is especially interested in supporting the efforts of Christian and spiritual/religious writers, pastors and theologians, mystics, memoirists, and children’s and young adult book authors. With Rachel, you can prepare to publish your unique voice in a polished, professional manner.

E.M. Levy

E.M. Levy

Religion, Spirituality, Biography, Public Affairs, Memoir

Developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, rewriting, ghostwriting

E.M. LEVY has edited books for Doubleday, Random House, and many other publishers and individuals. He is at home in the social sciences and humanities.

He has edited important works of religious scholarship. In the area of general nonfiction, he has worked in a variety of genres, including biography, public affairs, spirituality, and memoir. Many authors who are nonnative English speakers have turned to him to perfect their English written expression.

Kendra Lund

Kendra Lund

Book Editor, Author, Writing Coach, Publishing Consultant

KENDRA LUND specializes in books on the spiritual end of the self-help spectrum, along with professional how-to guides, memoirs, and fiction. She is an advocate for authors with a message that inspires positive change in our lives. As a book doctor, Kendra serves mainly first-time authors—especially professionals in the self-development field—who want to share their experiences and wisdom.

Kelly Lynne

Kelly Lynne

Paranormal Romance, Westerns, Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Psychic, Supernatural Phenomena

KELLY LYNNE is the proud “auntie” to over 150 traditionally published novels, novellas and short stories. As an editor for The Wild Rose Press, she edited contemporary western and light paranormal romances, with heat ratings from sweet to spicy.

Kelly has published over 100 non-fiction articles, four short stories, and two novels. She helps authors polish their submission packets for literary agents and publishers, and also helps writers prepare their manuscripts for self-publishing.

Christa Michel

Christa Michel

Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

CHRISTA MICHEL has edited over 150 books in the romance, YA, middle grade, and women’s fiction genre, many of which have garnered industry awards or hit the NYT and USA Today bestseller lists. She has worked with smaller publishing houses as well as large NY publishers including St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan Children’s Books, Tor Teen, Kensington, and Sourcebooks. She is also an award-winning multi-published YA author.

Her editor philosophy is to create a partnership with authors so that she can guide them into perfecting the stories they want to tell. She approaches stories with grace, honesty, compassion, humor, and integrity.

Christa passed the proofreading test to join the Book Editing Associates network and may offer copyediting and proofreading services to her BEA clients.

Holly Monty

Holly Monty

Dissertation Editing, LaTeX, APA Formatting, Tables, Charts, Equations

HOLLY MONTY has been a dissertation editor, nonfiction book editor, and self-publishing consultant for more than a decade.

She has edited 200+ nonfiction books published by top university and academic presses and helps graduate students with APA editing, statistical writing, and development and formatting of tables and charts.

Gina Nelson

Gina Nelson

Christian YA and Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational

A professional editor for over twenty years, Gina specializes in line editing and proofreading Christian fiction and nonfiction/inspirational books for young adult and adult readers.

She has worked with smaller publishers, such as 5 Fold Media (which launched The Passion Translation) and Anaiah Press, as well as large publishing houses, including Crossroad Publishing Company and Pearson.

Gina’s passion is working closely with authors to ensure their unique voices are maintained while polishing the grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax, and word usage in their manuscripts.

Aubrey Otero

Aubrey Otero

Ghostwriter, Book Indexer, Copy Editor, Proofreader

AUBREY OTERO has 30+ years of experience as a writer and editor, including fiction, nonfiction, medical, academic, technical, and college-level textbooks.

She began a career as a technical writer: geophysics, geology, and information technology. Then transitioned into journalism, working as Associate Editor/Editor of the Catholic newspaper of San Diego and teaching fiction writing at the university level.

Andrea Reed

Andrea Reed

Book Designer and Typesetter

Andrea is a book designer and typesetter with 20 years of experience working with traditional publishers and self-publishing authors. She has worked on hundreds of books for publishers including John Wiley & Sons, Addison Wesley, and McGraw Hill; an 1,800-page book for the Office of the President; and many books for Smithsonian Institution.

Liz Richards

Liz Richards

Christian Book Editing, Proofreading, Indexing

Liz Richards is a Christian book editor who is passionate about helping others publish works that edify the body of Christ and glorify God.

She enjoys assisting and encouraging pastors and other Christian authors (novice and experienced, self-publishing or not) in their publishing efforts.

Andrea Robb

Andrea Robb

New York Times Bestselling and Award-Winning Book Editor

Literary Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Adult, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Erotica, Humor, New Age, Spirituality

ANDREA ROBB spent over a decade as an acquiring editor at Penguin Random House, working on key titles for Knopf, Doubleday, Pantheon, Vintage and Anchor Books. She edited Jennifer McMahon’s NY Times bestselling novels, The Winter People, The Night Sister, and Burntown; the NY Times bestselling Veronica Mars mystery series; and the Harvard Lampoon’s NY Times bestselling parody Nightlight.

Steven Severn

Steven Severn

Award-Winning Ghostwriter, Screenwriter, Editor, and Writing Coach for 6 #1 New York Times Bestselling Books

STEPHEN SEVERN edited #1 bestsellers Tears For My City, The Revved Life, and the Serafina series of children’s books, as well as the blog of bestselling Christian author Emerson Eggerichs. His work as editor earned him 25 international awards.

His ghostwritten screenplay was winner of Best Adaptation at the Hollywood Book Festival. He’s written or ghostwritten for rock magazines and heavy metal websites, film and TV reviews, and more than 30 published books.

Joya Stevenson

Joya Stevenson

Religion, Theology, the Bible, Mysticism, Spirituality

JOYA STEVENSON (PhD., Harvard University, Spiritual and Personal Development) edits in the broad areas of religion, theology, spirituality, and the Bible.

She works with original thinkers, inspired visionaries and mystics, theologians and biblical interpreters, researchers and academics.

SJ Sutton

SJ Sutton

Book Editor, Script and Screenplay Story Consultant, Publishing Consultant, Television and Film Industry Veteran

S.J. SUTTON has worked in the book publishing and the film industries for thirty years.

In the film industry she worked as a story analyst and development consultant on feature film and television projects for DreamWorks, Disney, Showtime, and Lifetime, including L.A. Confidential (Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published), Get On Up, Enigma, HBO’s Vinyl, and Defending Your Life.

Kelly Sweet

Kelly Sweet

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

Self-publishing consultant for independent authors

KELLY SWEET has provided copyediting services for independent authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, from short stories to epic, multivolume sagas. She gives her authors the best of both worlds: a keen eye for editorial details and affordable rates.

An independent author herself, Kelly has experienced the author-editor relationship from both sides and knows how important your voice and style are to your manuscript. You can rely on her to make corrections and suggest improvements while keeping your voice intact.

Caroline T

Caroline T

Editor for three New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling authors

Caroline T. has been editing popular fiction for over 20 years and has 400+ novels under her belt.

Her particular expertise is fiction for women: she edits all sub-genres of Romance, as well as Suspense, Thrillers, and Mysteries. Carla Neggers, Karen Robards and Andrea Kane—three New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling authors—had their books edited by Caroline.

Marie Valentine

Marie Valentine

Copyediting and Proofreading Services | New Author Assistance

MARIE VALENTINE helps first-time writers prepare their manuscripts for submission to publishers or in preparation for self-publishing.

Marie has worked for small, midsized, and academic presses, and helps authors who are new to the publishing process navigate the path to selling a book. She offers query letter and submission package review, and permissions assistance, and can answer questions you have along the way. She often blogs with her self-published authors to help promote their work.

Marie passed Book Editing Associates’ rigorous proofreading test, so you can trust that her edits will also clear up any typographical errors in your book. She is fluent in the Chicago Manual of Style and AP Style.

Don White

Don White

Editor of 3 New York Times Bestsellers and 3 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers

Don White is an award-winning editor with more than twenty years’  of publishing experience. Among the notable writers he’s edited are Gore Vidal, Edward Albee, E. Lynn Harris, Edmund White, and Samuel R. Delany.

He’s equally at home in fiction (literary novels, commercial fiction, mysteries) and nonfiction (memoir, biography, general nonfiction). As an editor and writer he’s freelanced for Doubleday, Penguin, Bantam, Basic Books, and Beacon, among others.

Don has been singled out for distinction by the American Library Association, Publishers Weekly, and Out Magazine. As an independent scholar he’s authored three books on African American history as well as several books for gay and lesbian readers. He’s also an emeritus board member of the Lambda Literary Foundation. Don lives in New York City.

Thomas Wray

Thomas Wray

Christian Book Editor and Bookcrafter

I’m a veteran editor and writer, with four decades of full-time work in book publishing, focusing especially on Christian books of all kinds. I’ve also edited numerous business and leadership books, memoirs, and fiction titles.

I’ve partnerered with dozens of respected communicators in bringing out many notable works. These authors have included Louie Giglio, Carolyn Castleberry, Henry Blackaby, J. I. Packer, C. J. Mahaney, Ruth Myers, Randy Alcorn, Thelma Wells, Richard Blackaby, Tony Evans, John MacArthur, Larry Crabb, Larry Osborne, Andy Stanley, and Dave Harvey, to name just a few.

Many of my editing projects have involved extensive collaborative writing—especially developing content from various author sources such as sermon transcripts, message outlines, letters, and journal entries. I’ve worked to maintain the author’s voice and style, and I’m grateful to have often been commended by authors for doing exactly that.

As an author, I’m currently writing the third novel in a trilogy of historical fiction (currently being agented for consideration by publishers). I’ve also written extensively for children (using a pen name), with more than twenty books published. Three of my books were winners of the Christian Book Award (the “Gold Medallion”) from the ECPA trade publishers association.

Note: Thomas’ rate starts at 7 cents per word.

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