New! Book Editing Services

At last! Affordable editing made easy for self-published authors.

Edit your book

Introducing BookBaby Editing Services.

The first truly affordable book editing solution for self-published authors.

Every book needs editing, yet editing yourself is nearly impossible. Even bestselling authors would never dream of attempting it. Hiring an experienced book editor is often the best investment you can make for your book, and your writing career.

BookBaby Editing Services is for authors who need premium book editing for an affordable price. We’ve negotiated special rates with an exclusive network of editors from around the globe. These editors work with traditionally published authors in every genre, including many on the New York Times bestsellers list. Now for the first time ever, self-published authors have the opportunity to work directly with these topflight editors.

Affordable editing, optimized for the independent author

Choose the editing service you need:

Choose your editing package

Copy Editing: $7 per page

A basic word-by-word edit that addresses grammar, usage, and consistency issues.

  • Check for typographical errors, spelling errors, and consistency aspects, correction of grammatical and linguistic errors, attention to punctuations.
  • A review to ensure accurate and consistent usage.
  • Editing time: 6 to 8 business days

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Choose your editing package

Line Editing: $10 per page

A more intensive structural edit that focuses on the finer aspects of language—the flow of ideas, transition elements, tone, and style.

  • Includes all of the services performed in BookBaby Copy Editing plus:
  • Correction of awkward constructions and suggestions to make sentences crisper and tighter by fixing redundancy.
  • Review of key aspects of the manuscript—the narrative, vocabulary, structure, characterization, style, and development.
  • Editor's notes and overall comments.
  • Editing time: 8 to 10 business days

Not sure what type of editing service you need? Reading this may help.

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World-class editing at working-class prices!

See how our pricing matches up against other editing services:

COPY EDITING

COST TURNTIME
BookBaby $1,197 6 to 8 business days
DLA Editors $3,786 8 to 10 business days
Edit 911 $1,620 28 business days +

LINE EDITING

COST TURNTIME
BookBaby $1,710 8 to 10 business days
DLA Editors $4,628 12 to 14 business days
Lulu $2,220 3 to 5 weeks

Based on a 60,000 word, non-fiction book. Actual price will fluctuate depending on your final page/word count.

How it works

Choose your editing package

1. Choose the book editing service you need.

Upload your Word document

2. Upload your Word document.

Retrieve your edited manuscript

3. Retrieve your professionally edited manuscript in 8-10 business days.

You don’t have to place a book order to take advantage of our book editing services. All you need is your finished manuscript to get things started.

Edit your book

Why edit your book with BookBaby Editing Services?

1

Affordability:

Compare our rates with any other book editing business. Authors generally pay anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 for basic editing services. You’ll pay up to 50% less using BookBaby Editing Services. Plus there are no minimums or set up fees. You pay based only on the page-count of your book. You’ll get the best book for your buck with us.

2

Speed:

Self-publishing is about getting your book to market faster. We’ll efficiently have your edited manuscript ready for you in 5 to 7 business days. Some services like Edit911 can take up to four weeks to return your edited book.

3

Quality:

This is more than a simple proofreading service. Your book is edited by seasoned, professional editors who work with bestselling authors in every genre. You’ll receive a fully edited manuscript along with any additional editor notes and suggestions.

Working with our editing team

Working with our book editing team

We’ve assembled an all-star team of experienced book editors across the globe that take the stress out of editing your book on your own. Many of whom have worked with today’s bestselling authors in all genres, from Religion and Spiritual, to Sci-Fi and Fantasy, to Romance and many more. After you upload your unedited file, BookBaby will match your manuscript with professional editors who specialize in your particular genre. They’ll give your book a thorough edit and often provide helpful comments and suggestions.

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Before & After Sample

Frequently Asked Questions

How do editing services work?

BookBaby's Editing Services are easy to use. Simply follow these steps:

1) Setup your manuscript file to these specifications:

  • English language only
  • File Type: Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx)
  • Page Size: 8.5x11"
  • Pages Margins: Set to 1" on all 4 sides left, right, top and bottom.
  • Font Type: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: 12pt.
  • Line Spacing: Double
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How should I setup my manuscript file for editing?

Only a single manuscript file is accepted for editing services. Book cover files are not needed nor are they accepted.

Manuscript specifications:

English language only

  • File Type: Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx)
  • Page Size: 8.5x11"
  • Pages Margins: Set to 1" on all 4 sides left, right, top and bottom.
  • Font Type: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: 12pt.
  • Line Spacing: Double
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Can I speak or communicate directly with my editor?

No.
BookBaby’s service is a new and robust approach to editing projects. We’re able to charge the lowest rates because of our unique, and streamlined, editing network agreement. Our highly efficient operation matches your manuscript with a top flight editor from your genre. The service levels are clearly defined and the editors are professional. Through our program indie authors can now receive the same level of editing as traditionally published authors at major publishing houses.

Once our editors have your manuscript in hand, they spend quality hours on your book, providing corrections, fixes and suggestions. After finishing with your manuscript and providing some overall notes and comments, the editor moves onto their next project.

Our editors are not compensated for any additional consultations. If you require that kind of relationship with an editor, BookBaby editing may not be a good choice.

The only pages that don’t need editing are blank.

Choose BookBaby editing services if you want your writing to be the very best it can be.

Edit your book