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Professional Book Editing Services

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  • 12pt font size
  • Double-spaced
  • Times New Roman font
  • 1 inch margins
  • 8.5"x 11" MS Word Document (.doc)

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Self-Publishing Packages

Book editors do more than make sure your I's are dotted and T's are crossed–they ensure your writing is fluid and poignant. The best way to make sure your book is perfectly polished before it's in print is to invest in editing services from a brand you can trust.

BookBaby Editing is for authors who want premium book editing for an affordable price. Our exclusive network of editors works with traditionally published authors in every genre, including many on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Now, self-published authors have the opportunity to work directly with these top-flight book editors. Just start by choosing from one of our editing services below!

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Line Editing

Line-by-line stylistic editing

$10 per page

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  • Line-by-line stylistic editing
  • Intensive overall structural edit ?
  • Word choice and syntax inspection ?
  • Plot and pacing review ?
  • Survey transition elements ?
  • Audit tone and style ?
  • Review character development ?
  • Writing flow enhancement ?
  • Voice maintenance ?
  • Basic proofreading
  • Editor's notes and comments ?
  • Adherence to Chicago Manual of Style
  • Timeline: 8 to 10 days
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Copy Editing

Word-by-word mechanical edit

$7 per page

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Proofreading

Character-by-character review

$3 per page

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Why trust us to edit your book?

BookBaby’s network of editors is experienced with non-fiction books like biographies and academic journals, and a range of fiction novels too—from Sci-Fi to Romances. Many are seasoned professionals who have worked with bestselling authors across multiple genres, as well as a few publishing houses too.

All editors have an academic degree in English, Communications, Education, Literature, Journalism, or another study relevant to publishing. Each editor generally uses the industry-standard Chicago Manual of Style to complete their work. But many are also adept within other popular styles, including AP and MLA.

You can expect to have your edited manuscript ready in 6 to 10 business days.

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I've only gone through the process of Copy Editing so far. The editing was very thourough, and I appreciated all the small errors caught that would make a book look sloppy in print. Also, the editor respected my style and understood how I was using grammar.

Judith, BookBaby Author

How BookBaby’s editing process works

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Choose the book editing service you need.

Upload your Word document

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Retrieve your edited manuscript

Receive your professionally edited manuscript in 6-10 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.

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Let us edit five pages of your book for FREE.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a book editor?

Yes!

Having your manuscript reviewed by a professional book editor is a rewarding experience. In addition to the improvements to your manuscript, you will also benefit from the feedback on your writing that only a finely tuned professional editor can provide. Writers often comment on the lifelong benefits enjoyed from their very first editing experience. If a writer wants to ensure they are creating an impactful and enjoyable reading experience for their readers, then editing is a no-brainer. Remember nothing is more damaging to your author brand that publishing a book with embarrassing typos and grammatical errors. Read more.

How much does book editing cost?

BookBaby Book editing prices:
Line editing: $10 per page
Copy editing: $7 per page
Proofreading: $3 per page

What is the difference between copy editing and proofreading?

Book proofreading is the vital last step of the editing process. After your manuscript has received its professional edit, your book proofreader will perform a final review to fix any remaining mechanical and grammar issues before your book is printed and published. Proofreading is not a structural edit and instead focuses on eliminating minor errors and inconsistencies.

Copy editing is a basic word-by-word edit that addresses grammar, usage, and consistency issues. Your copyeditor will correct continuity issues in your story and ensure your manuscript is free of technical problems or major loose ends that’ll confuse your readers. Read More

What is the difference between copy editing and line editing?

Copy editing is a basic word-by-word edit that addresses grammar, usage, and consistency issues. Your copyeditor will correct continuity issues in your story and ensure your manuscript is free of technical problems or major loose ends that’ll confuse your readers.

Line editing is an intensive structural edit that focuses on the finer aspects of language—the flow of ideas, transition elements, tone, and style. Your line editor will take a critical look at your manuscript’s writing flow, language usage, character development, and make suggestions that ensure that you’re communicating your story effectively while maintaining your voice. Read More

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 or Spanish 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 or Spanish 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.

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