[Publishing Services] Editing and Other Service Providers

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Note: Research, and interview any service provider. Ask for references. In his 2013 Book Publishing Industry Predictions, Smashwords founder Mark Coker included this warning for aspiring writers: “In the self-publishing gold rush, more money will be made in author services than in book sales" (Galley Cat).

See Writer Beware on Vetting Independent Editors and appropriate fees for freelance editors. See especially Editors and Editing from SFWA.

There's a useful guest post on Writer Beware from editor Katherine Pickett on Author-Editor Compatibility: The Crucial Element for a Successful Editing Experience. It's important to find the right editor for you and your book.

See [Publishing Services] What should I ask a prospective copy editor?

Consider also letting the ms. sit for a while and reading a few really helpful books about self-editing:

Renni Browne and Dave King. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print. (AW Amazon affiiate link)

Noah Lukeman. The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile. (AW Amazon affiliate link)

Editing and Critiquing Services

Editorial and Critique Services: Debra Doyle, Ph.D.
A published author of roughly thirty novels and numerous short stories, many co-written with James D. Macdonald, Dr. Doyle's credentials include non-fiction essays, and extensive experience as a college English instructor, and a Viable Paradise Workshop instructor. Dr. Doyle offers critiquing and line-editing services. References available.

Betsy Mitchell Editorial Services
Betsy Mitchell has been a New York science fiction/fantasy editor for more than 30 years, holding senior positions at Baen, Bantam Spectra, Warner Books, and the Random House Publishing Group, where she spent ten years as Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of Del Rey. Betsy Mitchell offers structural editing, line editing and copyediting services.

d.y.m.k. productions
Laura Anne Gilman was Executive Editor at Roc SF/Penguin for 7 years, and she's spent nearly twenty years in the editorial trenches with major New York publishers, including Berkley, Dutton, and New American Library, and worked with hundreds of authors, as well as writing numerous novels and short stories of her own. d.y.m.k. productions offers editorial services as well as proofreading, copy-editing, and proposal writing.

Spencer Ellsworth has over ten years experience editing & proofing manuscripts, including a stint with the L. Perkins Literary Agency, work editing and proofing for multiple clients including Lightspeed Magazine & the Bellingham Review, and a long career teaching college English. He is the author of the Starfire Trilogy, coming in 2017 from Tor Books.

P. N. Elrod Editing
P. N. Elrod has edited the top authors in the paranormal and urban fantasy genres. Her target market is writers who want a professional, but reasonably priced, edit on books they plan to self-publish through venues like Lulu, CreateSpace, Kindle, Nook Press, Smashwords, etc. Please see the link above for instructions; she reserves the right to refuse mss. that she feels are not quite ready.

Anna Genoese Editorial Services
Anna Genoese has worked in the publishing industry for more than a dozen years. Seven of those years were spent at Tor/Forge, where Anna conceived and executed their first dedicated romance imprint, Tor Romance, which specifically focused on paranormal romance. In addition to romance, Anna is well versed in working with genre and mainstream fiction of all sorts. Anna offers editorial services including polishing, developmental and line editing, copy editing, and proofreading.

Maya Rock, a former Writers House literary agent, runs Rock Editorial Services, a book editing company that specializes in young adult, literary, romance, scifi and fantasy, and memoir editing as well as in query letter and synopsis development. Her clients have been published by all the major houses.

Diana M. Pho is a multi-Hugo Award-nominated developmental editor, bringing over a decade of traditional publishing expertise to the table. She is a former editor at Tom Doherty Associates (for Tor Books, Tor Teen, Starscape & Tor.com Publishing). Diana offers manuscript evaluations, developmental edits, query letter reviews, and sensitivity readings for novels, comics, and short fiction. She can edit for adult, young adult, and middle-grade, with a particular focus in genre fiction. She is also an experienced workshop teacher and available for speaking engagements.

Barbara Rogan Barbara Rogan started out in publishing as an editor with Fawcett Books, then worked for many years as a literary agent. Now, in addition to her own writing, she teaches classes in writing fiction, and accepts occasional editing clients.

Sterling Editing
Nicola Griffith and Kelley Eskridge are award-winning writers and editors, each with more than 20 years of publishing experience. They provide coaching, line editing, developmental editing, and manuscript assessment in a variety of categories (adult, YA, MG) and genres (literary, f/sf, memoir, romance, LGBT).

Judith Tarr is the author of over forty novels and has lost count of the number of short stories published in anthologies and in periodicals from Amazing to Analog to GigaNotosaurus to Daily Science Fiction. She has been teaching writing in various venues, including Clarion and Wesleyan University, since 1983, and has been accepting online editing and mentoring clients since 2006. Her clients range from beginning writers to Nebula nominees; one of her client mss. won the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Novella. She is open to all genres and all stages of the process, including plotting and development. A good review/overview of her editing process for a completed ms. appears here.
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