However, before you send your manuscript to a book agent or publisher, make sure it has been edited to a high level.
There are a number of editing services available across the state such as those offered by the following 19 top book editors in Florida.
Note: Always do ample diligence when selecting a book editor and find out all you can about the individual’s/organization’s experience including any of those below.
Laurie Rosin has been an editor since 1979 in Sarasota. She has striven to perfect the works of several authors and writers with her skills. Running her business under the name of The Book Editor, she is keen to work with new writers and support upcoming authors. A strong believer of constructive criticism, Laurie offers positive remarks and suggestions that improve your writing and creating talent. Having worked on 38 national best-sellers, she is one of the best in the business. She promises a turnaround of 2-3 weeks on an average length manuscript. Her fees depend on your word count. Genres she prefers include romance, self-help, memoirs, mystery, thrillers and fiction. Email her to know more about pricing and other services.
With Thomson Writing & Editing service you get more than just editors. A team of experienced publishing professionals work seamlessly to edit, proofread, review, and critique and market your book. They create a marketing proposal so that your book can reach the intended target audience and markets. Time, energy and efforts are being invested by everybody to ensure your book has the perfect platform and space to succeed. They expect full cooperation and support from you and honesty. An editor-writer relation only works if both sides are honest and supportive as the goal is common. Try before you buy is their policy so you can send a 1000 word excerpt and they will provide you with a free sample edit. Inform them about the full word count of your manuscript and they will send you a quote. Email them a sample to learn more about retaining their services.
With over 40 years of publishing experience between the founders, you can be guaranteed you are working with experts. Eric Orloff and Jon VanZile are renowned in the publishing industry for their writing and editing. Their focus is not just on editing your book effectively but allowing you to flourish through the process. They offer comprehensive editing, developmental editing and proofreading services for interested authors and writers. You can mail them requesting a free sample edit or use their online form to ask for quotes.
4. Paula Stahel
Writer, ghostwriter and editor, Paula Stahel has worked in several roles. Her passion remains helping young writers finding their voice or strengthening their art through careful editing and guidance. Working in the Chicago Manual style of editing, she lets you decide the tone of the book. Her recommendations are suggestions not decisions you have to accept. Her belief is that the author is the final decision maker regarding the book. Writers and authors can engage in open, fair discussions to improve grammar, tone, voice, characters and the flow. You can send a sample of 20 pages for her to review and edit free of cost. Fill the online contact form to request a quote or learn more details of the Tampa based editor.
A bestselling author in her own right, Jennifer is also a ghostwriter and editor. She is the co-author of the global bestseller Chicken Soup for the Women’s soul. Specializing in editing full length non-fiction books, Jennifer can step in at any stage of the book. She will hold your hand as you write, review and critique your work for any flaws or imperfections. Jennifer prefers business, self-help, memoirs, health, how-to and spirituality. You can ask her for a general review or critique or line edit your book. She reportedly works faster than any other editor out there so that’s something to watch out for! Contact her via email for further details and quotes.
A full service agency comprising of editors, ghostwriters and coaches, The Editor Garden is based in Jacksonville. They know that writers can need the help of an editor at any stage of writing. It maybe that they are stuck at the very beginning. Started with only one editor, today they have a team of editors and writers to help any amateur author or budding writer eager to work on his manuscript. An editor will step in and suggest how to proceed to reach the end you have in mind. Or they may need an unbiased opinion about the first draft. With dedicated editors assigned to your project, they can also offer you help in choosing a publisher and picking a marketing strategy. . Genres they work on include fiction, children’s fiction, young adult, spiritual, self-help, memoirs, literary fiction, poetry, academic books, business, marketing, personal statements and online content. Founded by Kimberly Ashley, it has a team of experienced editors and writers waiting to work with you. You can use the contact form to request quotes or email them to learn more about services.
Primarily working with academic writers and authors, Judith Miller has been an academic professional since 30 teachers. Teacher, faculty developer, assistant dean and research professional, she has won awards for her research and writing. She is more focused on developmental editing which focuses on the tone, the flow, the voice of the book rather than the grammar or the technical aspects. Academic works need to be research based and convey complex ideas in simple words. Judith will help you achieve that goal and providing a marketable book. Use the contact form to reach her for a consultation.
8. Teresa Bruce
A freelance editor for nearly 7 years, Teresa is a writer and poet. There is a dire need for experienced, committed editors who believe in fostering talent and not just churning out books. Editors need to build relationships with their writers so they can work together towards a common goal of getting a great book published. While her blog and website is mainly to focus on her writing, she offers editorial services to authors and writers based in Florida. Her preferred genres include non-fiction, creative non-fiction, short stories and poetry. Teresa works as a proofreader for anybody who just wants to polish their grammar and English before sending their manuscript off to publish. Email her to learn more about her editorial services and prices.
She launched A Word Affair in 2004 to offer editing services to writers and authors in need. Under her company, she edits, proofreads, analyzes or reviews your manuscripts. Patricia can customize editing packages depending on your need, experience and the level your manuscript is currently at. Manuscript critique, line editing, conceptual editing, proofreading and analyses are the services she provides to emerging authors, professional writers or even amateur ones. She likes fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, biographies, narrative non-fiction and popular culture. Write an email describing your work and what you require from her.
10. Carol Raym
A former communications and marketing professional, Carol Raym founded Custom Communications in 2016. Since then she has helped several writers by editing and reviewing their work and getting it ready for publishers. Her editing style cleans up the unnecessary stuff from your book and makes it crisp, concise and powerful. Working in the communications industry for almost 20 years has enabled to recognize what good writing is. She has worked on blogs, articles, books and online content making her understand the restrictions of various forms of media. Fill the contact form to receive a free 30 minute consultation.
11. Nicole Wayland
Nicole Wayland formed Ford Editing in 2012 to support publishers, organizations and authors in the editorial department. She believes that it is imperative to retain the essence of each author’s individual voice without diluting the message. Her editing style will polish your writing, play on your strengths and keep your book mistake free. She does copy editing and proof reading for various genres. Contact the Indian Rocks Beach based editor using her online contact form.
12. Jonathan Best
Jonathan Best operates Best Editing Services to assist students, academics and professionals in their research and study work. A Ph.D, Master of Divinity, copy editor, editorial consultant and librarian, he has years of knowledge and experience in the academic field. An active member of various organizations and networking associations, he understands the value of supporting authors by enriching their work and writing style. He provides full professional editing and proofreading to anybody who requires it. He charges per hour and you can write to him to learn more about his services.
13. Erica Ellis
Under her company Ink Deep Editing, Erica has worked with several promising and new authors. A certified copy editor, Erica will tell you that you need different types of editing for self publishing and for traditional publishing. A nuance very few editors are aware of, she ensures you know which path you are going to take and edits your manuscript accordingly. Traditional publishers or literary agents offer editing but if your book looks raw or unpolished, they will reject it before you even get a chance. Erica can point out plot holes or slow pacing which can distract readers from your story or annoy them. Erica does developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and manuscript review for various genres. She charges per word and you can request a free sample edit of 4-5 pages or 1000-1250 words. Email the Parrish based editor to learn more details and information.
14. Danielle Holmes
Danielle Holmes launched The Observer’s Table to indulge in her passion of writing and to continue her love affair with words. A freelance editor and proofreader, she appreciates the hard work that goes into writing and putting your soul out on the manuscript. She also works as a copy writer or content writer but editing remains her first love. Writers looking for developmental editing, copy editing or heavy copy editing can approach Danielle. She works only in non-fiction genres. Charging on an hourly basis, you can write to Danielle to figure the next steps.
15. Sandi Schwartz
A freelance writer, editor and blogger, Sandi has also worked on research projects in a consulting capacity. A person of varied tastes, Sandi specialized in topics such as parenting, wellness, alternative fuels, environment and human behavior. Her analytical mind can help edit your reports, journals, non-fiction books and academic materials by checking facts, proofreading and ensuring the language is simple yet explanatory. A lot of non-fiction books tend to use a lot of jargon which puts off readers. Sandi works on simplifying your data without changing the meaning. Fill the contact form to explain your project and learn more about the rates.
16. Kristen Stieffel
Kristen calls herself a mentor more than an editor as she believes that an editor is the one who truly guides and encourages an author. Under her guidance, authors get something more than just editing or correcting grammar. They find their writing voice, their writing style and their genre. Kristen reviews a manuscript from the reader’s viewpoint. Do the pauses seem too long? Are the paragraphs too descriptive? Things only a critical reader may notice and remember are the things she notices. A freelance editor since 2011, Kristen offers developmental editing, copy editing, and line editing, substantive editing, proofreading and manuscript evaluation. Kristen is accepting new clients from February 2019 but you can write to her to learn about her schedule.
17. Faye Roberts
A lifetime member of the Florida Library Association, Faye is an experienced writer and editor. Whether its fiction or non-fiction, Faye can help edit your manuscript to make it palatable to the publishers and readers. Literary agents and publishers want a book that is ready for the market, lacks mistakes and has a unique voice. Faye can help your book to reach that level and keep the interest alive by editing and proofreading your manuscript. Email her to learn more about rates and services.
Patty is Chief Editor of The Write Writing and is located in St Petersburg, Florida. A teacher, educator, writer and editor with over 40 years of experience, Patty loves working in fiction and creative fiction. While the company works only with non-fiction, academic materials, white papers, ebooks and research projects, you can write to Patricia to discuss your project and needs. Email Patty regarding your manuscript and the kind of editing you require.
19. Thressa Smith
A freelance and certified copyeditor, Thressa Smith has a Ph.D. A research professional, her experience is vast and varied in the academic field. If you are a student, academic professional, teacher, research associate or scientist, Thressa has a keen eye and skill for pointing out mistakes and helping your paper read clear, concise and perfect. For non-native speakers of English, Thressa’s editing skills can come handy and helpful. Email Thressa for further details and prices.
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Shikha Pandey is a creative, content and script writer based in Mumbai, India.