Editing your book is often one of the most important stages in getting your book ready for publication. It is a step that is absolutely essential and required in order to meet the industry standard. Here, you can find a collection of freelance editors, as well as some pre-professional-editor tools that can help you get your book as polished as possible before sending it off to a pro.

What you should expect for pricing: https://www.the-efa.org/rates/

Types of editing: 

Proofreading – usually done at the end of the editing process; picks up final mistakes, typos, grammar issues, and inconsistencies in the text

Copy editing – a word-by-word edit that examines grammar, usage, consistency, language and syntax errors, punctation issues

Line editing – a structural edit that focuses on sentence and paragraph flow, transitions, tone, style

Developmental editing – a full, substantial, structural edit that inclues examining story elements like setting, characterisation, timeline, plot, story structure, and more

Many editors will offer different things and different combinations of things. You can choose what you think you need and then search for your editor based on that information.


Editing Tools

Word Count Tool is word counting resource that analyses your average word count, your sentence length, word length, unique words and a whole lot more. This tells you precise word count, but only tells you averages on the others, with the exception of the mono/polysylabic words (this it shows you in percentages).

Free – $11.66/month

Grammarly is a grammar checking assistant that goes through and helps you tighten up your grammar. It is run by AI, which means that it does learn by having access to a very large database of grammar issues. This means that many of the common mistakes will be seen by Grammarly. However, if you are using something that is not quite as common, then it won’t catch these things. Grammarly claims to help with such things as correctness, clarity, engagement, delivery, and catching plagarism.

As long as you understand that it is not a substitute for a professional editor, you can absolutely use this tool to improve your writing and make the editing process easier. 

Professional Editors/Freelance Editors


Types of editing: Proofreading; Copy editing; Creative Consultations; Developmental editing; Line editing

Also: Publication preparation; cover design; website design

(Vanessa is my editor, and I have had a great experience with her.)

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