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Writing, Editing, and Proofreading Since 1994

Hi! We are a family of editors and editing consultants who love to empower authors and researchers by fine-tuning your writing so you can publish confidently.

We want to share in your writing’s success and help create your legacy.

Our staff has a fantastic array of skills, such as developmental & structural editing,  academic reviews & publications, ebook formatting, proofreading, and publishing insights & experience.

Thus, you have dependable experts to answer all your questions.

First Editing’s Business and Passions

We are a vetted team of professionals. You get editors who are qualified, experienced, and passionate about helping all writers achieve their dreams.

We value excellence and offer a satisfaction guarantee as proof of our confidence.

It’s truly amazing that we get to work personally with enthusiastic writers like you while living lifestyles we love and working in an industry about which we are passionate.

We live worldwide. As a team, we cover all the world’s time zones so rush services are always available. Plus, many of us are digital nomads who roam the world.

We work completely online. You can catch us via email, phone, or chat. Thus, we’re proud of the fact that our company maintains an extremely low carbon footprint.

We meet exciting new writers every day and we get to maintain personal relationships with like-minded people who desire to achieve their publishing dreams.

We have expertise in publishing, editing, writing, formatting, proofreading, hoola-hooping, and more!

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Basic

Copy Editing

Request professional copy editing as your FINAL service (with no planned revisions) before formatting,  proofreading, and publishing

Recommended only for confident writers prepared to format; your final editing service

Necessary when completing your final edit with NO further revisions planned

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Line Editing

Be prepared for your public debut with line editing. This is the industry standard necessary before presenting for peer review and agent submissions.

Recommended by university professors (academic editing service) and literary agents as the minimum standard necessary before submission, review, or publication

Necessary when you have been advised to seek professional editing or plan on publishing or distributing publicly

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Editing Package

All-Inclusive content editing, supplemental rewrites, plus a professional manuscript critique ensures your success! Your best investment in your writing

Recommended for analysis and restructuring of your manuscript when you need extensive feedback and coaching assistance

Necessary when you want help beyond organizing and presenting your ideas, need assistance with the English language, and desire an extensive assessment

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More Details: Basic Copy Editing

Basic Copy Editing is your final edit with no planned revisions before formatting, proofreading, and publishing.

Recommended for confident writers prepared to format with no major changes and for researchers prepared to submit for approval or peer review

Level 1 – Copy Editing includes checking your grammar, spelling, and punctuation for accuracy; ensuring consistency in your writing, word choices, style, and compositional spacing; and eliminating jargon and repetitious words.

All professional editing services are customized to your unique writing needs: Fiction, Nonfiction, or Academic Research.

Copy editing is provided by experienced professional copy editors specializing in your genre and writing style.

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More Details: Standard Line Editing

Standard Line Editing is the industry standard most recommended by agents and university professors prior to submission for application and review.

Necessary when you have been advised to seek professional editing services, an academic editing service, or plan on publishing/distributing publicly

Level 2 – Line Editing includes all Level 1 – Basic Copy Editing services (correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, word usage; eliminating jargon and repetition; ensuring style consistency; and adjusting compositional spacing) PLUS checking for subject-verb agreement, correcting sentence structure, and including transitional phrasing as appropriate.

Your professional line editor also improves the continuity and flow of your writing and support statements. Additionally, your corrections are supported by additional remarks and feedback throughout your manuscript.

All professional editing services are customized to your unique writing needs: Fiction, Nonfiction, or Academic Research.

Line editing is provided by experienced professional line editors specializing in your genre and writing style.

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More Details: Premium Content Editing

Premium Content Editing is your ideal choice for completing your manuscript’s first draft when you desire honest feedback and thorough professional guidance. Choose content editing prior to peer review or public distribution as it is comprehensive.

Also known as Developmental Editing, Structural Editing, and Substantive Editing.

Content editing is also highly recommended for first-time authors, non-native English writers, and as an academic editing service.

Necessary for manuscripts requiring extensive corrections of English grammar, clarity, or comprehension.

Level 3 – Premium Content Editing includes copy and line editing (Levels 1 and 2) by correcting spelling, grammar, and punctuation; evaluating word choice; eliminating jargon and repetition; ensuring style consistency; revising inappropriate verb tenses; and inserting transitional phrasing.) Your content editor also evaluates the continuity/flow of your thoughts, ensures support of statements, and provides formatting of citations/references, and footnotes according to industry style guide formatting. Lastly, you receive assessment and feedback on your manuscript throughout your document’s comments section.

Your professional editor ensures that you deliver the best quality writing, research, and product possible to your audience. We analyze the big picture of your overall presentation.

All professional editing services are customized to your unique writing needs: Fiction, Nonfiction, or Academic Research.

Content editing is provided by experienced professional content editors specializing in your genre and writing style.

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More Details: Executive Editing Package

Executive Editing includes Content Editing and a Professional Editorial Review. It is ideal for authors needing a comprehensive content edit plus in-depth analysis, evaluation, and possible rewrites/restructure of the manuscript.

Recommended for clients who need lots of feedback and support. It is for dedicated writers, committed researchers, and determined business executives who want their writing taken seriously.

Level 4 – Executive Content Editing Package – includes precise copy editing, detailed line editing, and in-depth content editing (Levels 1, 2 and 3). Your content editor corrects spelling, grammar, and punctuation; evaluates word choices; eliminates jargon and repetition; ensures style consistency; revises inappropriate verb tenses; and inserts transitional phrasing. Your editor then evaluates the continuity/flow of your thoughts, ensures support of statements, and provides formatting of citations/references, and footnotes according to industry style guides.

Additionally, you receive a complete editorial assessment of your manuscript and writing style in a separate document as the Professional Editorial Critique. Lastly, you get extensive professional supplementary sentence rewrites (up to 20%) when necessary.

Of course, all positive feedback provided by our professional editors is yours. You are welcome to use this critique in your reviews, book promotions, and marketing.

Your content editor ensures that you deliver the best quality writing, research, and product possible to your audience. We analyze the big picture of your overall presentation.

All professional editing services are customized to your unique writing needs: Fiction, Nonfiction, or Academic Research.

Executive editing is provided by experienced professional content editors specializing in your genre and writing style.

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First Editing’s Founder JoEllen Taylor

Hi! I am an independent author, avid reader, speaker, speechwriter, and entrepreneur. Just over a decade ago I recognized how the writing industry has huge group of writers struggling to become published authors.

We are now in the Golden Era of eBook publishing.

I saw the value of connecting quality editors with struggling writers. However, I didn’t just want to create another directory of freelancers. There are simply too many “instant experts” who claim that they can edit a book.

Instead, I wanted to find and vet dedicated, experienced, and professional editors. I wanted to work with the best –  people who take pride in their work, deliver according to a firm schedule, and really connect with authors.

I have been with First Editing over a decade now and love it!

Our Vision

Thus, online we created the means of building professional relationships with authors who are searching for editing services and quality assurance. It all came together as First Editing.

The concept was simple but the reality is much more challenging. We create affordable editing with a predetermined delivery time and personal, customized editorial reviews and consultations.

As a team, we realize the value of having a front-line of professional editorial account managers who personally assist you, the client, in effectively discovering and communicating your needs. In this way, we assure that you achieve your overall editorial goals.

Over the years, we have received tens of thousands of questions in the process of transforming writers into published authors. Now, we have expanded to build a network of recommended providers for the services that we don’t offer but know are so incredibly important in your book’s journey.

Ultimately, the questions from writers have evolved over the decades. To help all those authors we have now created our 10 step process to publishing. Image with hyperlink – CTA caption

We have served over 40,000 thousand authors over just in the last decade and have an ever-growing base of successfully published authors.

We continue to provide quality editing services – that is our specialty and your benefit. We have fostered tens of thousands of valuable author relationships. We want to share this knowledge to help you achieve your publishing goals.

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The First Editing Company

First Editing Editors

FirstEditing.com originated in 1994 as part of a larger writing organization for academics and researchers. However, in 2007, we launched as a separate corporation focusing strictly on editing services for both academics and authors.

Besides providing professional editing at an affordable price with personal service, we also provide amazing career opportunities for editors.

Our staff consists of a family of editors who have the freedom and opportunity to create the lifestyle they desire. While some focus on family or charitable service, others travel the world. We are proud to help them achieve their dreams while they help our authors achieve their publishing dreams!

Over the years we have grown! From a small family of editors to an enormous family of successfully published authors! (Professionally edited by us!)

We are proud and privileged to have over 1000+ testimonials.

We Care

You have a qualified team of friendly, authentic, and approachable real people who are actively concerned and engaged in your personal success and journey as an author. We match your personal editorial needs with your professional editor, who specializes in your unique genre/field of study.

We Are Professionals

You consistently receive honest, detailed, and helpful feedback. Our unbiased and experienced editors focus on providing the services and support that authors like you need to publish. We have decades of experience in the writing, editing, and publishing fields. We will share this knowledge freely throughout the process.

We Are Knowledgeable

You benefit from our extensive training, experience, and skills. You now have a team of editors available 24/7. We interact and proactively work to consistently provide you the best advice and service in the industry.

We Are Honest

You will consistently receive unbiased, trustworthy, genuine advice and feedback which values your time and investment. We will never recommend more or less than you actually need. We are tactful but straightforward in our communication.

We Are Dependable

You get quality services delivered on time. If it’s not to your satisfaction, we will work earnestly to fix it. We will ensure that your editing experience is honorable. We are upfront and honest. You are never surprised with hidden fees or unnecessary recommendations. We always strive to provide you with the best editing service and experience in our industry.

Additional Key Ingredients:

  • Personal – You are not just an email address to us. We value your relationship and want to share in your successful journey now and in the future.
  • Authentic – We are real people that you can talk with and get to know. We strive to be open and honest about the best choices available to you.
  • Optimistic – We love to encourage you and provide solutions for your problems. We have knowledge and connections. We can do this together as part of your team!
  • Experienced – check out our large family of successfully published authors; read a few of our 1000+ testimonials from authors just like you!
  • Successful – We have been in this industry since 1994. That’s longevity in the industry. You benefit from that. Check out the other businesses and universities we have edited.
Client Reviews
“Once again, I'm blown away by the service by FirstEditing. Christine has really taken my work to where I'm extremely confident in publishing it for the public to read. It's amazing how rewrites can make a difference to a story and while we had to condense some, it truly has ...”
–Daria Humble, USA
“I could not believe how swift the editing was done. Personal communication was excellent. The cost was also reasonable.”
–Kingsley South Croydon, United Kingdom
“The price was very competitive.”
–Euphrosiane Somerville, USA
“I liked the prompt return of the sample and recommendation of the editing level needed. The editing was very good and added to the quality of manuscript.”
–Greg Wheaton, USA
“I've been writing professionally for five years now. I had 3 years of college-level writing classes before that. The folks at First Editing saved me endless embarrassment with their 'catches' of things that managed to make it past 8 levels of proofing, Beta-Reading and other developmental stages. No one, regardless ...”
–R. Roderick Yoncalla, USA

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