Book Editors For Indie Authors
Self-Publishing, Ebook Publishing, and Print-on-Demand Consultant
Copyright, ISBN Numbers, Printers, Distribution, Marketing
For two decades, our editors were required to have traditional publishing house experience to join this network, and most still have publishing house background. However —
The #1 question we receive: Do we work with editors who intend to self-publish? Our answer —
Yes! We’ve worked with many self-published authors who hold themselves to a high standard. Our own standards have not changed. Our editors who have self-publishing experience only must pass the same entry tests as editors with 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. A professionally edited self-published book helps get the positive feedback you want.
The editors listed below help writers prepare their manuscripts for self-publishing.
Developmental Content Editing, Writing Assistance, Query Letters, Book Proposals, Submissions to Literary Agents and Publishers
Fiction and nonfiction: adventure, children’s books, contemporary, education, humor, memoir/biography, mystery, romance and women’s fiction, historical, creative nonfiction, literary fiction
Beth has edited more than 350 fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, many of them now award winners. Her favorite genres are: women’s fiction, YA (young adult), self-help, psychology, commercial fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction, adventure, memoir, biography, humor, literary fiction, and general nonfiction.
Beth also offers reading critiques, which are less costly than line-by-line editing, and include: reading of the complete manuscript, plus written comments about structure, character development, plot, pace, reader engagement, tone, voice, clarity and richness of language, and overall marketability.
Children’s Book Writer, Editor, and Illustrator
MARLO GARNER has been editing 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.
She also works in an editorial advisory capacity, and a copyeditor and illustrator for a number of independent or educational publishers.
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) .
Paranormal Romance, Westerns, Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Psychic, Supernatural Phenomena
Kelly Lynne is the proud "auntie" to over 150 published novels, novellas and short stories, which have sold to Kensington Publishing, Carina Press, Cerridwen Press, Awe-Struck Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Wings ePress, Bradley Publishing, Damnation Books, and The Wild Rose Press as well as author self-published titles. These books have gone on to earn high praise from reviewers and readers, as well as multiple awards and contest wins. As an editor for The Wild Rose Press, she edited contemporary western and light paranormal romances, with heat ratings from sweet to spicy. Outside of romance, her fiction fortes include sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, young adult, and stories of psychic or supernatural phenomena.
Empathic about the "feel" of a story, Kelly provides suggestions so that authors may revise with their own style in mind, preserving the individual voice, while alerting authors to current trends in publishable styles. Developmental fiction editing requires an emotional investment in the work—an investment of time and effort that Kelly is happy to make.
Kelly has published over 100 non-fiction articles, four short stories, and two novels. She knows the hoops authors are expected to jump through and helps authors polish their submission packets. Query letters, synopses and professional quality formatting are as important as a well-polished manuscript.
Book Designer and Typesetter
Andrea is a book designer and typesetter with 20 years of experience working with traditional publishers and self-publishing authors.
Andrea has worked on hundreds of books for publishers including John Wiley & Sons, Addison Wesley Longman, and McGraw Hill, an 1,800-page book for the Office of the President, and many books for Smithsonian Institution.
Copy Editing and Proofreading Services
New Authors, First-Time Authors, Self-Publishing Authors, DIY Authors, Query Reviews, Publisher Submissions, Poetry, Experimental Writing, Permissions Assistance
Fiction: Short Stories, Literary, Commercial, Mainstream, Young Adult and Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Detective/Mystery, Suspense, Action/Adventure, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Erotic, GLBTQIA
Nonfiction: Memoir, Biography, Self-Help, How-To, Religion, Spirituality, New Age, Business, Technical, Web Journalism
BA – English & Spanish Literature, University of Minnesota
MA – Communications, Marquette University