How To Find A Book Editor As A Self-Published Author

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.

Beth Bruno

Beth Bruno

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.

Jeff Karon

Jeff Karon

Editing, Writing, Designing, Layout

Print and Web Document Design and Layout / Organizational and Developmental Editing / Substantive Editing / Copyediting / Writing Assistance / Ghostwriting / Book Proposals / Web Content and Blog Development

Autobiography / Biography / Memoir / Business Writing & Editing / Creative Nonfiction / Detective & Crime / Fantasy / Literary Fiction / Mystery / Poetry / Scholarly Writing (MLA) / Science Fiction / Science Writing / Short Stories / Suspense / Thesis and Dissertation / Web Content

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. His specialties include general fiction, biography/memoir, literary criticism, philosophy, poetry criticism, creative writing (including poetry), business writing (including reports, proposals. web content, résumés, and cover letters), journal articles, and scholarly books.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Marie Valentine

Marie Valentine

Copy Editing and Proofreading Services

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, LGBTQIA

Nonfiction: Memoir, Biography, Self-Help, How-To, Religion, Spirituality, New Age, Business, Technical

As an editor, Marie is vigorous yet hands-off: she will find errors and inconsistencies with a sharp eye but lets the work stand for itself. She won’t change anyone’s work into her own. She finds each author’s unique qualities and makes those resonate. Besides offering an objective critique, Marie provides advice on presentation. This can involve discussions on formatting the manuscript as well as crafting query letters for agent and publisher submissions, book marketing, and self-publishing.

  • Manuscript Evaluations
  • Copyediting and Proofreading
  • Query & Synopsis Development
  • Structural Editing
  • Permissions Assistance
  • Formatting

Marie has passed the rigorous proofreading test of this editing network, so you can trust that her edits will also clear up any typographical errors in your book. Marie knows how to identify inconsistencies in structure as well as style and spelling of key terms. She is fluent in Chicago Manual of Style as well as AP Style. She will adapt to your project’s own particular style and make sure it is consistent.

Elena Vaya

Elena Vaya

Copyeditor and Proofreader

Elena Vaya has more than 25 years’ experience as an editor, working with big publishing houses including Simon & Schuster and Macmillan, smaller boutique firms including Post Hill Press, and individual clients who self-publish. A former copy chief at San Francisco magazine and Yoga Journal, she has copyedited or proofread more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books in a wide variety of genres, and is skilled in Chicago and A.P. styles.

Elena is honored to have copyedited books by TV and radio personalities such as Spencer Christian, Jeffrey Lord, and Anthony Cumia; Hollywood insiders such as actress Marla Frees and manager-producer Norman Aladjem; political figures such as former president of Mexico Vicente Fox; renowned physician Erika Schwartz; and New York Times bestselling author Craig Hall.

An award-winning self-published author herself using a nom de plume, Elena can offer guidance and insight on the often confusing self-publishing and distribution process for both printed books and ebooks. She specializes in copyediting and proofreading books in the areas of business, biography and memoir, politics and government, self-help, and fiction but can work adeptly in any category.

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