Are you an author based in Portland, Eugene, Salem, Bend, Medford or another city in Oregon?
Do you need your first or latest book edited?
Below you’ll find 17 top book editors in Oregon.
Note: Always take your time when selecting a book editor. If there are a few editors you want to make contact with, request sample edits, ask them questions about their experience in editing a book in your genre, ensure you understand the editing approach used by the individual and are happy with it.
Based out of Portland, Oregon, Camilla Ruth Kaplan is a freelance book editor and founder of Into the Words Editorial Services. With previous experience working for Ooligan Press, Camilla has a thorough understanding and interest in the publishing industry. She has worked with authors like M. Searcy, Ashish Bauron, and Kella Hanna-Wayne.
Services that she offers include copyediting, developmental editing, proofreading, ebook design, and project consultation. If you’re interested in working with Camilla, the best way to reach her is either via email or through her website’s online contact form. Be sure to ask for a free project quote or to see samples of her work to get a better sense of her editing style and capabilities.
RoAnna Sylver is a freelance book editor specializing in both long and short fiction. She especially loves to work on projects of fantasy and science fiction with very progressive storylines and underrepresented voices. She is capable of working on books, manuscripts, short stories, novels, and poetry collections. RoAnna is also a fellow writer whose primary project is the SFF/dystopian series Chameleon Moon.
Based out of Portland, Oregon, RoAnna offers developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, line editing, story editing, project editing, and beta reading services. You can learn more about her service rates on her website. If you’re interested in working with RoAnna, the best way to reach her is via email.
3. Megan Pugh
Megan Pugh is a freelance book editor who specializes in nonfiction. Based out of Portland, Oregon, she has over 13 years of experience as an editor. Having earned a PhD in English from UC Berkeley, Megan especially loves to work on academic projects geared toward wide audiences.
Services that she offers includes manuscript evaluations, developmental editing, and substantial line editing for books. Since all projects vary in subject matter and length, it’s best to reach out to Megan for a free project quote. You can do so via email. Megan should reach out to you promptly to discuss your project and editing service needs.
Based out of Elkton, Oregon, Joanne Sprott is a freelance book editor and founder of AfterWords Publishing Services. With over 20 years of experience in the editing field, Joanne loves to work on a wide range of projects, including trade fiction and nonfiction, scholarly books, and more technical documents. Some of her clients include authors like Marie Friend, Michael Froehls, and Eric Ehrke.
Services that Joanne offers includes copyediting, proofreading, developmental editing, interior book design, and self-publishing assistance for independent authors. Since all projects vary in subject matter and length, it’s highly recommended that you reach out to Joanne through her website’s online contact form or via email to request a free project quote.
With over 40 years of experience in the publishing industry, 11 of which has been spent as a freelance book editor, Thomas H. Womack is a talented editor based out of Sisters, Oregon. He has worked with clients like Random House, Crossway, Harvest House and David C. Cook. Thomas is also the founder and operator of BookOx, an editing service. He loves to work on both fiction and nonfiction projects, including self-help, memoirs, children’s books, and genre fiction.
Services that he offers includes author mentorships, substantive editing, line editing, indexing, promotional copy and strategy prep, as well as manuscript critiques and proposal analyses. You can contact Thomas via email to request more information and ask for a free project quote. He should respond to you very promptly to discuss your book editing needs in more detail.
6. Esa Grigsby
Esa Grigsby is a freelance book editor based out of Portland, Oregon. Having earned an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University, Esa is a firm believer that one-size-doesn’t-fit-all. She will pay specific attention to your manuscript’s editing needs and efficiently identify and correct any issues your project may have to help it shine before submission. She has worked on projects like “Psychopomps” by Alex DiFrancesco, and “Virtue” by Geoffrey Holland.
She is happy to work on memoirs, short stories, creative nonfiction, literary fiction, romance, and really any other category of writing. Services that she offers includes a thorough manuscript critique that will identify issues with narrative, structure, and language. She also offers comprehensive developmental editing and design. If you’re interested in working with Esa, the best way to contact her through her website’s online contact form to request more information or a free project quote. Alternatively, you can reach Esa via email.
Jennifer Zaczek is a freelance editor and founder of Cypress Editing, an editing service based out of Portland, Oregon. With over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry, Jennifer loves to work with independent authors of both fiction and nonfiction. Projects that she has worked on include “Weavers” by Aric Davis, “The Hawthorne Season” by Riccardo Bruni, and “Blood Dahlia” by Victor Methos.
Services that she offers includes manuscript critiques, developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, eBook formatting, and query letter reviews. She is happy to provide a free sample edit of the first 2000 words of your manuscript to give you a better sense of her editing capabilities. If you’re interested in working with Jennifer, the best way to reach her is through her website’s online contact form or via email.
Based out of Portland, Oregon, Sarah Inez Breeding is a freelance editor and founder of Best Friends Publishing Services, LLC. She loves to work on project of both fiction and nonfiction, including academic and scholarly books and articles. She has prior experience working as an in-house editor for major publishing companies like Routledge, Taylor and Francis Journals, Yale University Press, and Macmillan.
Services that she offers include copyediting, line editing, developmental editing for fiction, manuscript critiques, proofreading, fact-checking and reference editing, word styling, and editorial project management. She even offers eBook formatting and cover and interior design for independent authors. If you’re interested in enlisting Sarah’s editing service, the best way to reach her is through her website’s online contact form.
9. Jim Whiting
With over 30 years of editing experience, Jim Whiting is a freelance editor based out of Adair Village, Oregon. Jim is also a fellow author of over 230 children’s books, and has worked on an impressive handful of both fiction and nonfiction editing projects. Some of the projects he’s worked on include “Honey Bee’s Adventures at Wilderness Pond” by Cathy Davis, and the Bainbridge Review as their sports editor.
Services that Jim offers includes rigorous copyediting and proofreading of your manuscript to really polish it prior to submission to literary agents or publishing houses. For more information, or to request a free project quote, you can reach Jim via email or through his website’s online contact form.
10. Rebecca Pepper
Rebecca Pepper is a freelance book editor based out of Portland, Oregon, who has over 25 years of experience in the editing field. She prefers to work on nonfiction projects, and has an impressive amount of experience editing cookbooks. She offers copyediting and proofreading services. Since all projects vary in length and require varying levels of editing attention, you’re strongly encouraged to reach out to Rebecca to request a project quote. The best way to reach her is via email, as her website is currently under reconstruction.
11. Melissa Ousley
Melissa Ousley is a freelance editor and award-winning author based out of Warrenton, Oregon, who specializes in adult and young adult fiction projects. Her debut book, “Sign of the Throne” won a 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award. With prior experience working as an editor for Barkign Rain Press, Melissa is capable of working on academic articles and more serious nonfiction book projects.
She offers developmental editing at a rate of $50/hour, copyediting at a rate of $40/hour, proofreading at $30/hour, and consultations starting at $50/hour. For more information about her rates and services, click here. If you’re interested in working with Melissa, the best way to contact her about her services is via email.
12. Sione Aeschliman
Based out of Portland, Oregon, Sione Aeschliman is a freelance book editor with over 15 years of experience in the publishing industry. Having earned an MA in English Literature, Sione specializes in developmental editing for young adult, new adult, and adult fiction. She has worked on projects like “All Your Broken Pieces” by Evie Drae, “A Lifetime of Impossible Days” by Tabitha Bird, and “Pairs With: Life” by John Taylor.
Services that she offers includes manuscript critiques ($750 for up to 750k words), partial manuscript critiques (starting at $250), manuscript assessments ($150 for the first 10 pages, $375 for the first 50 pages), and manuscript consultations (starting at $75 for up to 10 double-spaced pages). If you’re interested in working with Sione, you can contact her via email or through her website’s online contact form.
Kristen Haberthur is a newly established freelance book editor based out of Portland, Oregon. Having earned a PhD in Viral Immunology from Oregon Health and Science University, Kristen specializes in nonfiction projects and prefers to work with academic material and subject matter through her editing service, Fiddlehead Biosciences. She’s more than happy to work on grant proposals, books, and website copy.
Services that she offers includes content editing, copyediting, proofreading, and presentation coaching. For more information on her rates, it’s best to reach out to Kristen to request a free project quote. You can do so by using her website’s online contact form or via email.
Melissa R. Weintraub is a freelance editor and founder of DoubleCheck Writing & Editing, LLC, a writing and editing service based out of Corvallis, Oregon. With over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry, Melissa has worked with clients like The Corvallis Clinic of Behavior Health Department, and the Linn-Benton Community College Writing Desk.
She offers her editing services for a flat fee of $35/hour, and is happy to work on academic these, dissertations, and manuscripts. She strongly encourages you to reach out to request a free project quote, and so that she may also learn a bit more about your project and the type of editing services you require. The best way to contact Melissa is via email.
15. Cassie Duncanson
Cassie Duncanson is a freelance book editor based out of Portland, Oregon. Having earned an BA in English from the University of Massachusetts and an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University, Cassie has over 5 years of experience working in the editing field.
Services that she offers includes copyediting, content editing, ghostwriting and even book reviews. Her editorial samples are available upon request. If you’re interested in working with Cassie, you can request a free project quote via email. Be sure to provide a bit of information about your book such as its genre, an approximate word count, and an estimated turnaround expectation.
16. Kirk Perry
Kirk Perry is a freelance editor who specializes in scholarly and trade works. Based out of Portland, Oregon, Kirk is also the founder of Syntaxis Editing Services. Projects that he’s worked don include “A Woman, a Man, a Nation” by Jeff Shumway, “Arizona State Parks” by Roger Naylor, and “The Films of Clint Eastwood” by Matt Wanat and Len Engel. Having earned an MFA in Poetry, Kirk also has experience teaching the writing program at the University of Massachusetts.
Services that he offers includes substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading. For more information about his editing services, click here. Kirk strongly encourages you to reach out via email to request project rates. Be sure to include a bit of information about your book, like it’s genre, approximate word count, and expected turnaround time. Also be sure to provide your contact information so that Kirk can respond to you promptly.
17. Gerda Barker
Gerda Barker is a freelance editor and founder of Solid Proof PDX, an editing service based out of Portland, Oregon. She has previous experience as one of the founding literary editors of PRAXIS, an arts and culture magazine based out of Chicago. Gerda likes to work with clients on both fiction and nonfiction projects to help tell their unique stories without sacrificing quality.
Services that she offers includes proofreading, copywriting, and copyediting. She likes to work closely with her clients to make sure they get the most of her editing services. If you’re interested in working with Gerda, you can contact her via email or through her website’s online contact form to get started.
Do you know of any other book editors in Oregon? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!
K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.