A team of certified Story Coaches and senior book editors dedicated to perfecting your book

Since 1994, we’ve helped over 50,000 authors with writing, proofreading, publishing, and manuscript editing services. You write it and we can perfect it!

Our affordable book editing services are available 24/7 and provide structural, developmental, line, and copy editing customized to your unique needs and publication desires.

We transform writers into authors!

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Why not just self-edit your book?

As an author, you are often just too close to your work to clearly see what needs to be done to take your book from good to great. After all, you’ve been living and breathing the subject matter and plot line for months, if not years!

That’s where our professional book editing services come in. It’s our job to clean up and critique your work. We not only improve your manuscript, but we also help you avoid future snags and become a better author overall.

Fiction Book Editing

Fiction authors benefit most from a structural story edit by a Certified Story Coach. Our vetted, professional editors are the first in the world to receive StoryCoach certification. They successfully provide the most comprehensive structural editing using an objective approach which evaluates every detail of your story. You receive an in-depth edit, book review, professional summary letter, and procedural review of over 38 distinct elements within your story.

Our fiction editing method includes critiquing your story arc, assessing your key scenes, judging the word count of scenes per chapter and character, confirming the themes and balance of your scenes, and outlining exactly how and why you need to make revisions to strengthen your presentation. This is all embedded into your document and presented via our licensed professional editing software.

Are You a Fiction Author? – I write stories and require an assessment of the plot, characters, setting, and overall story arc. I focus on reader engagement and require an editor experienced in critiquing and fiction publishing.


Nonfiction Book Editing

Nonfiction writers need objective evaluation and editing expertise from a Book Coach specialized in your specific genre. You receive a comprehensive nonfiction edit, book review, professional summary letter, and evaluation of over 20 different elements within your manuscript.

Our nonfiction editing method includes evaluating your book’s structure according to your objectives as an expert author, the expectations of your readers, and the promised purpose of your book. Our editing goals are to ensure your book has logic, structure, and an engaged audience. Without these foundations, a nonfiction book fails.

Are You a Nonfiction Author? – I write inspirational, motivational, or enlightening topics based on philosophy or experiential knowledge. I am an expert and focus on a unique audience or market. (Note: Research requires an Academic Editor for references, citations, etc.)


We transform writers into authors

Achieve your dream and become a bestseller

Whether you are self-publishing, publishing traditionally, or hybrid publishing, contracting professional book editing services is essential to your success.

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Find the editor that is right for you and your book manuscript today! Your book editor is your secret weapon to success. Use their insight, experience, and skills to build a strong manuscript and a solid reputation.

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What book editing services mean

Professional book editors read and examine every single word. We consider every sentence, paragraph, plot point, argument, and more when editing. Your professional editing coach ensures that your writing is consistent and coherent throughout the entire manuscript.

Our certified book editors polish your manuscript while remaining true to your voice and intentions as an author. Even a near-perfect piece of work can benefit from a keen editorial eye. Our goal is to provide the essential corrections while weeding out illogical statements and inconsistencies.

We ensure your readers remain engaged throughout your writing.

You’ve done all the hard work of getting the words down on the page: now’s the time to put your feet up and let our editors clear up any oversights.

Professional book editors

Our book editors have advanced degrees and over 20 years of experience with publishing, editing, and writing. They have extensive experience in providing substantive edits in a variety of genres, including literary fiction, creative nonfiction, Christian writing, textbooks, biographies, romance, westerns, sci-fi, self-help, urban, children, and young adult–the list goes on!

We have over two decades of priceless experience in the writing, publishing, and editing industry. With our history of successfully published books and articles, we promise a satisfaction guarantee for all our clients.

Professional book editing services for every step of your story

Book editing often encompasses basic copy editing (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.) as well as larger development elements of your manuscript. Professional book editors review the important writing and elements necessary for success in your genre.

Fiction Editing Services

  • Plot Structure
  • Storyline
  • Point of View
  • Character Development
  • Tone, Voice & Dialogue
  • Pace & Setting
  • Readability & Organization
  • Message Effectiveness
  • Target Audience
  • Focus

Storytellers – Get a certified Story Coach to structurally edit & critique the story arc, plot, characters, and scenes of your novel or series. Discover our fiction editing services here.


Nonfiction Editing Services

  • Author’s Purpose
  • Reader’s Expectations
  • Book’s Promise
  • Organization & Support
  • Development, Tone, & Voice
  • Genre appropriate pace
  • Message Effectiveness / CTAs
  • Audience Engagement
  • Viewpoint
  • Narrative Techniques & Style

Experts & Authorities – Get executive editing and book coaching services to successfully publish your book and share your message clearly. Explore our nonfiction editing services here.


Evaluating what your book needs based on these three pillars

Professional, vetted editors experienced in your genre provide comprehensive and personalized editing based upon:

  • Your editors’ detail-oriented, professional evaluation
  • Which stage of the editing process you are in
  • How much editing & coaching you desire for your specific goals

It is easy to get started

1. SUBMIT. Simply submit your manuscript via our secure form. Indicate the genre, word count, and special instructions to get an instant price quote.

2. RECEIVE. Get a free editing sample within 24 hours from an editor specializing in your genre, such as a certified Story Editor or structural Book Coach

3. START. Our vetted editors will start working on your book as soon as you confirm the editing services that best suit your needs.

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Insights you get from your free editing sample that will help you make the right choice

As each author is unique, it is vitally important to first determine what your individual needs are through a professional editing sample and editorial critique. This manuscript review includes providing professional recommendations from your editor regarding which specific editing level fits your project.

Gain insight into your writing via:

  1. Personal editing of your writing
  2. Professional recommendations from your editor regarding your manuscript’s unique needs
  3. Confirmation of your specific instructions and requests, along with a timeline of how we will deliver these promises
  4. Examples of the different editing levels we provide  for your evaluation, such as structural, substantive, line, or content editing
  5. Summary letter sample which outlines the deliverables of a premium edit

It is easy to determine if our editors are the right “fit” for you. Get a free editing sample of your writing. We’ll provide a professional recommendation for which editing level is best for you

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