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Offline AmyKeeley

Good freelance editors?
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:20:18 PM »
Any recommendations?

(I'm looking for someone to copy edit/proof my ms. but other specialties are welcome.  Maybe this thread could become a list of sorts.)
« Last Edit: July 20, 2012, 02:53:44 AM by AmyKeeley »

David Bridger

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Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2012, 11:40:29 AM »
Rhonda Helms, my editor at Carina, also does freelance editing.

She's excellent. I recommend her enthusiastically. :)

Offline Roman_Writer

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 02:19:28 PM »
I can recommend Robert Clark who did a terrific job on my althistory thriller.

Offline JeroenFM

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2012, 01:11:29 PM »
Ashley Davis. She did copy/line editing on both my novels. She is blindingly fast, reasonably priced and a very nice person to work with.

Offline Caroline Bott

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2012, 11:33:42 AM »
John Jarrold

Literary agent, script doctor and editor.  Used to run the Earthlight SF imprint for Simon and Schuster.

Offline rmprioleau

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Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2012, 03:05:10 PM »
I second Ashley Davis. She does amazing work.
I also highly recommend Red Adept Publishing (

R.M. Prioleau - fantasy author of "The Necromancer's Apprentice" and "The Pyromancer Trilogy" (official website)

Offline AndrewThornway

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 07:43:27 PM »
Sounds like you're after a sub-editor / copy-editor rather than a editor.

A sub-editor (UK term, copy-editor is the US version) corrects spelling, grammar, etc, whereas, an editor chops the waffle from your text / help with characters / any problems, etc you might have.

A good freelance sub-editor will cost you about £150 per day.

Offline fairbetty

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2014, 11:42:47 PM »
Just throwing my hat in the ring of good freelance editors. I'm of the development/content type mostly, but can also be persuaded to copyedit occasionally.
Freelance editor of fiction, fantasy and sci-fi.

Mark E Tyson

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Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2014, 01:22:31 AM »
I recommend Courtney Umphress She is incredibly good and reasonably priced. I have had all of my books edited by her.

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Defenders of the Sacred Land
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Offline Shecky

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2014, 03:11:36 AM »
I'm a freelance copyeditor, but I'll leave the question of "Are you any good?" up to you. Take a look at the covers of selected works I've done (scroll down). You'll note a possibly familiar title toward the bottom of the list. :)
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Offline Joie

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2014, 03:33:22 AM »
I am also a freelance editor, both content/developmental and copy edit. Have a look at my site to see if there is potential for a good fit!   :)
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Offline WordSorceress

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2014, 03:58:36 AM »
My editor is Marg Gilks and she's fabulous!

I'm also a freelance editor (and I think I'm pretty good). I specialize in speculative fiction and focus on structural editing, but do copy editing as well.

I know a lot of really good editors, and you can find some of them here: (Caroline Kaiser, Arlene Prunkl, Dawn Hunter are a few more I can vouch for as knowing their stuff and being really friendly)

Associations like SfEP and ACES are good resources too.

Just like publishers, be sure to research your editor to make sure they're a good fit. Personality is as important as qualifications.
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Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2014, 09:48:10 AM »
Regardless of which direction you pursue to find your editor, whether you get a referral or connect with a freelance editor online, be sure to talk to someone the editor has worked with in the past or, at the very least, look at a work sample.


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Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2014, 02:22:44 PM »
I edit now and again. Mostly horror though. You can email me from this here forum.

Over at my publishing house, I use Max Booth III
and Lori Michele

They're both great.

Offline El Pato Loco

Re: Good freelance editors?
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2014, 10:17:59 PM »
I know an excellent one who also owns a small indy publishing company but I may be biased as I'm married to her ;)

Unfortunately, and I do speak from a significant amount of personal experience, when I hear or read the question from self publishing authors "Does anyone know a good freelance editor?" what is usually meant is "Does anyone know a good FREE editor?"

Yes it's a tough world getting your book published but why do most newbie writers seem to think that editors, proof readers, typesetters and cover artists don't like to eat or have a roof over their heads?

I'm not attempting to suggest that the original poster is in any way one of that ilk and I genuinely wish Amy every success in getting her works published, but sadly a great many are and then they get the hump and wonder why no one will take them seriously...

Apologies for the rant... didn't mean to hijack the thread... it's late and I'm a bit tipsy...