If you’re an author in Los Angeles and are looking book publishers across the city, here are 9 for your consideration.
However, before you make a submission to any of these, be sure your book is professionally edited.
If you need an editor, below are 17 top book editors in Los Angeles.
Note: Before parting with any money for the editing of your book, take time to assess an editor’s experience, request sample edits, read all the reviews you can find about the individual’s services and engage in conversation so you get a feel of the editor’s personality and editing approach.
1. Nomi Isak
Nomi Isak is a writer, ghostwriter, and editor who’s won several awards for her book editing services. Some of her clients include Time-Warner AudioBooks, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the University of California Press, and more. She offers editing, manuscript critiques, and even private coaching over phone, Skype, or in person. She’s happy to give you a free 15-minute consultation about your book editing needs. You can contact her either by phone or via email in order to get a quote for your project. For more information about her services or to learn more about Nomi, feel free to check out her website, found here.
Sharon Goldinger is the editor and founder of PeopleSpeak, a small editing service company. She specializes in editing non-fiction manuscripts and offers content editing, copyediting, proofreading, manuscript assessments, book proposal and book query consultations, as well as fact checking services.
Sharon has worked with authors like Brian Tracy, author of “The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Science,” and Cynthia Kersey, author of “Unstoppable.” The best way to get in contact with Sharon about receiving a quote is either by phone or email. For more information about Sharon, feel free to check out her website.
Monica Faulkner is an official member of the Los Angeles Editors & Writers Group. As an editor and writer based out of Los Angeles, Monica offers a wide variety of book editing services like manuscript assessments, developmental editing, one-on-one coaching, copyediting, and proofreading. She is open to working on a broad range of manuscript genres, including fiction, nonfiction, and self-published manuscripts.
She’s worked with award-winning authors like Ramon Resa MD, author of “Out of the Fields,” and Stephen Altschuler, author of “The Mindful Hiker: On the Trail to Find.” The best way to contact Monica is either by phone or email. You can find her full profile on the LAEWG website for more information here.
Merrill Feitell is another member of the LAEWG. She herself is an award-winning fiction writer, so she knows exactly how to help edit your book manuscript to really impress a potential agent or publishing company. She offers manuscript consultations, developmental editing, and even author coaching for those interested in improving their writing skills. With an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University, Merrill is fully qualified and eager to help you with your editing needs.
The only way to contact her currently is via email, but you can find more information about here here. Be sure to mention what type of editing services you’re interested, the approximate length of your manuscript, as well as the genre of your work. This way, Merrill will better be able to provide you with a project quote.
Barbara DeSantis is a publishing industry veteran. With nearly twenty-five years in the industry, she can without a doubt use her experiences to help make your manuscript stand out from the rest. She has worked with companies like Simon & Schuster, and also freelances for companies like Penguin, Dutton, Plume and more. She specializes in fiction manuscripts, with particular interest in women’s fiction or young adult fiction.
Some of the services that she offers includes developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, line editing, and manuscript assessments. While her rates are not explicitly stated on her LAEWG profile, you can contact her via email or phone to receive a free quote for your project. For more information about previous projects that she’s worked on, click here.
6. Rob Bignell
Rob Bignell is a freelance book editor based out of Los Angeles. With an MA in English and a BA in Journalism, Rob is a seasoned writer and editor who can help take your manuscript to the next level. Some of the services that he offers include developmental editing beginning at $35 per hour, proofreading, copy editing, and substantive editing (rates vary depending on manuscript length). It can take Rob anywhere between four to six weeks to return a fully-edited 90k-word novel, which is incredibly fast compared to industry standards.
The best way to get in contact with Rob about his services is through his website’s online contact form. Be sure to mention what type of services you’re interested, along with the approximate word count of your manuscript and its genre. This way, Rob can get back to you with an accurate project quote.
7. Lisa Rojany
Lisa Rojany is the editor and founder of Editorial Services of Los Angeles. With over twenty years of experience as a professional editor, Lisa has also written several books including “Writing Children’s Books for Dummies.” Some of the most recent projects that she’s worked on include “Stranded in the Wild” by Gary Rodriguez and “The Sand Game” by Karen Schiff.
Lisa offers several editing services including line editing, manuscript rewriting, copyediting, creative and publishing development, literary consultations, proofreading, agent or publisher proposal writing, and author coaching. You are more than welcome to contact Lisa through her website’s online contact form in order to receive a free quote for your project. She’s more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about her services!
Naomi Eagleson is the editor and founder of The Artful Editor, a Los Angeles-based book editing agency. Naomi herself has an MFA in Creative Writing and is the author of “Radiant Field.” Her agency offers manuscript critiques, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and comprehensive manuscript editing services. Several of the authors that she’s worked with have gone on to become Amazon best-sellers and won several awards.
You can receive a free quote by contacting Naomi through her website’s online contact form. Be sure to indicate what type of editing service you’re interested in, provide a brief description of your book, as well as your contact information so that she can get back to you.
9. Seth Fischer
Seth Fischer is a freelance editor based out of Los Angeles. He currently teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. He’s worked with people like Marcos Martinez, the editor-in-chief at Stillhouse Press, and Chip Jacobs, author of “People’s Republic of Chemicals.” Seth specializes in developmental editing and copyediting. In terms of rates, he charges between $75 to $125 an hour. For a project estimate, you can also get in contact with him via email. For more information about Seth and the work that he does, feel free to check out his website, found here.
10. Jennifer Pooley
Jennifer Pooley is a freelance book editor and literary agent with Bent Agency. She’s worked with companies like HarperCollins, William Morrow, and Harper Perennial. She likes to work on projects of literary and commercial fiction, historical fiction, and memoirs. Jennifer also likes to work on manuscripts intended for e-book publications. Not only can she help polish up your manuscript, but she also offers pre-submission packages to help you better find a literary agent or publishing company. The best way to contact Jennifer is either via email, or on Twitter. You can also find her full profile on the Publishers Marketplace, found here.
11. Kristen Havens
Kristen Havens is a book editor who’s worked with people like Jorgen Hesselberg, author of “Unlocking Agility”, and Michael Pearsall, author of “Purposeful Leadership for a Total Engagement Culture.” With over fifteen years of experience as a freelance writer and editor, Kristen knows her way around nonfiction manuscripts.
Some of the services that she offers includes manuscript critiques, content editing, substantive editing, and developmental editing, line editing, book rewriting, and even ghostwriting or collaboration services. Since all projects are different and require different levels of attention, she charges on a case-by-case basis. The best way to receive a quote is by contacting Kristen via her website’s online contact form.
12. Katherine Don
Katherine Don is an editor with Yellow Bird Editors. She also happens to be a journalist and published author of several nonfiction books. With a master’s degree in Literary Journalism from NYU, Katherine specializes in narrative nonfiction works.
She is capable of offering manuscript critiques, content editing, developmental editing, query letter editing, and even offers private coaching for authors hoping to develop their writing skills and techniques. The best way to get in touch with Katherine is by using the Yellow Bird Editors’ online contact form. Be sure to mention that she’s the editor you’re most interested in working with. You should hear back from Katherine within one to two business days.
If you’ve written a work of young adult fiction or middle grade fiction, fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, or even a children’s picture book, Bradley Wilson may be the editor you’ve been searching for! Bradley is another editor with Yellow Bird Editors based out of Los Angeles. With a degree in creative writing, Bradley knows exactly what it takes to help make your manuscript the best that it can be.
Some of the editing services that he offers includes content editing, developmental editing, manuscript critiques, author coaching, and ghost writing. He’s worked with authors like Christina Soontornvat, author of “The Mapmaker’s Boy,” and David M. Simon, author of “Trapped in Lunch Lady Land!” You can get in contact with him either by phone, or through this online contact form.
14. Sara Kocek
Sara Kocek is the founder and editor of Yellow Bird Editors. Having earned an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU, Sara has a particular interest in working with genre fiction, namely romance. She offers manuscript critiques, developmental editing, content editing, query letter editing, and author coaching for adults, college students, high school students, and for children. Sara’s worked with authors like Pamela Hutchins, the bestselling author of the What Doesn’t Kill You series, and Elizabeth Buhmann, bestselling author of “Lay Death at Her Door.” You can get in contact with Sarah through this online contact form.
15. Katie McCoach
Katie McCoach is a Los Angeles-based freelance developmental editor of young adult fiction, new adult fiction, and adult fiction only. With a rate of $0.017 per word (for a project of $750 minimum), Katie can help give you an in-depth critique of your manuscript in terms of your characters, overall plot, structure, pacing, and writing techniques. Depending on the length of your manuscript, it can take Katie anywhere between two to four weeks to complete her editing. She notes that if you have a manuscript that’s under 30k words, you should get in contact with her for a free quote. You can reach Katie either by email, or through her website’s online contact form.
16. Meghan Pinson
Meghan Pinson is the editor and founder of My Two Cents Editing, which was founded in 2009. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. She offers manuscript critiques, developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, line editing, substantive editing, and writer mentoring services. She and her team of editors at My Two Cents Editing even offer beta reading services if you’re interested in knowing what impression your book will leave on your intended audience! While her rates aren’t explicitly stated on her website, you can definitely schedule a phone call with her or contact her through her website’s online contact form to begin discussing project quotes.
17. Michael Jabbra
Michael Jabbra is a new player in the world of freelance editing, but he has lots to offer his clients with nonfiction manuscripts. As a recently graduated student of political science, he has great insights into history, economy, law, and more. He is an official member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and has roughly two years of freelance editing experience.
Some of the services that he offers includes research, fact-checking, proofreading, manuscript assessments, and ghost writing. He’s more than happy to meet you in person to discuss your project and editing needs if you live within driving distance of Los Angeles. The best way to contact Michael is either by email or through his website’s online contact form.
Are you aware of any other book editors in Los Angeles? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!
K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.