Editors for Self-Publishing Authors
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.
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.
Editing, Writing, Designing, Layout
Jeff is a former university English professor and current writer, editor, and business consultant with over 25 years of experience working with writers of all skill levels. He has edited hundreds of books, articles, stories, and essays across a broad range of disciplines.
As a business consultant, he helps individuals and organizations build their reputations and brands through writing, editing, deep web design, instructional design, and marketing, and will bring his strategic focus to bear on your projects.
He is an expert in Adobe Creative Suite programs including InDesign(used for professional book and document layouts) and Illustrator, a publishing member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP), and a consultant for the Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education.
He blends editing and design skills to ensure that your work fulfills your vision and helps authors produce print- and web-ready publications suitable for today’s publishing platforms.
BARBARA KIMBLE has worked as a writer, ghostwriter, editor, teacher, coach, corporate communication consultant and journalist, and served as Writer in Residence at Tyndale House Publishers. She has written or co-written ten books, published more than 600 articles in the Chicago Tribune, and edited approximately 200 books for various publishers and authors.
Barbara has helped dozens of writers to prepare for the publication of their books, including both those who have published with traditional publishers and those who have chosen to self-publish, including teaching a six-video writing course for a publisher.
A true wordsmith with a love for the beauty of language and the power of ideas, Barbara aims for clear and memorable writing that includes the occasional touch of humor, if appropriate. She makes what’s complicated easily understandable whether when editing a book, writing a web article, or coaching authors.
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.
Editing and Formatting Services
Copyediting: grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency, style
Line editing: sentence structure and clarity
Substantive editing: organization and structure
APA, Chicago, MLA, or according to university or publisher guidelines
Chicago to APA conversions
Tables, figures, and equations
LaTeX document editing
Holly Monty has been a dissertation editor, nonfiction book editor, and self-publishing consultant for more than a decade. Holly has edited 200+ nonfiction books published by top university and academic presses, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, MIT Press, University of Minnesota Press, University of New Mexico Press, John Wiley, W. W. Norton, Sage, Springer, Elsevier, Routledge, Greenwood, ABC-CLIO, Praeger, Cengage, and Teacher Ideas.
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.
Self-publishing consultant for independent authors
Author of four novels and one nonfiction book
You’ve spent countless hours crafting your story and building your fictional world—don’t let grammatical errors or other flaws break the spell. Kelly Sweet has provided copyediting 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.