Book Editing Services for Authors

The Expert Editor’s most popular service for authors is book editing.

Book editing is designed for authors with a finished (or largely finished) manuscript who require a professional editor to improve the quality of their writing. Whilst our editors pay attention to the many universal norms of good writing, we also optimise the language in the context of the genre and target audience.

We are equally capable of assisting both first time and experienced authors, whether they are submitting their manuscript to a publisher or going down the eBook and self-publishing path.

Many of our clients have successfully published their novels and manuscripts after receiving our assistance. See a selection of our published clients here.

We have edited books in nearly every style and genre. In particular, we are experts at assisting clients with:

  • Novels, novellas, and short stories
  • General nonfiction (such as biography, memoirs, self-help, etc.)

Our mission is to assist you in publishing a book that your readers will love, and that includes quality writing that is error-free and consistent.

Outline of The Expert Editor’s book editing service

As part of The Expert Editor’s book editing service, we:

  • Eliminate spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes
  • Improving word choice, tone, awkward phrasing, flow and readability
  • Make the writing more engaging
  • Ensure consistent language, spelling (British/Australian or American English) and style
  • Where appropriate, make comments and suggestions in the margin about content, such as plot problems, weak dialogue, etc.

The author retains complete creative control over their work. We edit Microsoft Word documents using the Track Changes tool. Therefore, all our changes are clearly visible, allowing you to accept, reject or modify them. Suggestions and comments are made in the margin.

At the completion of each job, authors receive the following:

  • Track Changes copy of the manuscript, with all changes clearly marked up.
  • Clean copy, with the changes already incorporated.

If you would prefer a book proofreading or manuscript assessment service, please visit those pages for more information.

Quality editing by professional editors

The Expert Editor is a popular professional editing option for authors in Australia and overseas because we provide a high-quality service at affordable prices.

Our book editors have considerable experience in the publishing industry, with many having worked for major publishing houses in Australia. They are all Australia-based and native-English speakers.  Be assured that your editor will be confident, experienced and fearless when it comes to making the changes that are necessary to perfect your manuscript.

We are always happy to outline the professional background of your editor and if requested put you in contact with them via email or phone.

Along with the caliber of our book editors, we offer outstanding value to authors because of our exclusively online, efficient and flexible operation.

Check out how much your book will cost to edit using our Price Calculator.

Flexibility on the return date

We realise that some authors may have a tight deadline for publication, whilst others just want the editing process to be completed in a reasonable time. Therefore, we have a flexible approach to turnaround times. Clients can choose their preferred return date and we never charge extra for a short turnaround.

Read more about turnaround times on the Prices page.

The importance of book editing

Some authors choose to skip professional book editing, and instead have their manuscript proofread by a friend or family member before publication. However, this ignores the great potential of professional editing to improve even already good writing.

The quality of writing is a significant factor in the popularity of any book. No matter how inspiring or original the content, if the language is not fluent, consistent, and mistake-free, the book will fail to have the impact it should.

The publishing market is also so competitive that an author can be certain that those in competition with them would have received professional editing, and therefore not having it becomes a distinct disadvantage.

Contact us today

Please contact our friendly customer support team for more information about our book editing services.

Whether you have completed your manuscript and require a professional editor immediately, or are researching your options for the future, we are happy to answer your questions and discuss your needs.

Publicious, Manuscript Assessment, Copy Edit and Proofreading

Publicious Editing services

“Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane.”
George Orwell (1903-1950)

You’ve finished your manuscript. You’ve read through it around twenty-times. You’ve made all the necessary changes and fixed all the errors and typos. You’ve even let old Mrs Smith down the road (the retired English teacher) read it and, even though she picked up a few more errors, she loved it so much she raves that it should be made into a movie. Sound familiar…?

You might not think so but it is a fact that all professional writers need professional editing. The books you see in the bookstores are, in some cases, vastly different from the manuscripts submitted to editors by even the most accomplished authors. It is the editor’s job to work closely with the author to tighten and polish the manuscript then it is the publisher’s job to make sure the finished article is right for publication.

If you are a self-published author; it is important to remember that YOU are the publisher, so it is your responsibility to ensure that your book is as good as it can be and worth the money you are expecting to sell it for.

We have created a worldwide database of qualified editors with specialties covering all genres. This is great news for self-published authors for the following reasons:

  • All our editors are hand picked by us and experienced in their fields.
  • We can match the right editor to your book. If you have written a children’s story aimed at 5-8 year olds, it is essential that your editor is qualified and experienced in editing this genre. Like wise for poetry and academia. Different books require different editors!
  • We have editors worldwide, so whether you are in the US, UK, Australia or anywhere else, we have you covered.
  • Our rates (see below) are very competitive; in fact we doubt you will find editing of this quality at these prices anywhere.
  • Our editors charge per page (Industry Standard 290 words) and not per hour, which means you will know exactly how much your edit will cost before committing to the work. No nasty surprises at the end!
  • We work via the Internet in Microsoft Word and use track changes, which means you will save on the time and expense of having to print and post your manuscript.
  • We make the process easy and affordable and give you the peace of mind that your book will be right.

Meet our editors here

Here’s a breakdown of the editing services we provide:


Manuscript Assessment (AKA Structural or Substantive Edit)

This is a great place to start if you need a critical eye to check over your manuscript before submitting it for editing. Copy editing and proofreading tend to look in detail at the accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation etc, while a Manuscript Assessment will give you professional advice on the big picture. You’ll receive a written report by one of our qualified editiors detailing aspects of structure, style and prose such as plot, character, point-of-view, pace, writing style, narrative, dialogue, presentation, length, and use of research etc.

A manuscript assessment is designed to ready your manuscript for copy editing or proof-reading.


Copy Editing

All titles submitted for copy editing are required to be vetted past the first draft status (beta readers, peer reviews/critiques, etc). Submissions should be around third draft status, already be as clean and tight as the author can make it on their own – and be ready for the resource of a professional editor to bring the work to publish-ready status. For more information see the chapter on editing in our ebook,The Publicious Guide to Self-Publishing.

A copy edit includes the following checks:

  • punctuation and spelling
  • sentence structure (syntax), basic paragraph structure.
  • subject and verb agreement and proper word use
  • redundancies and inconsistencies and extraneous sub-plots
  • dialogue flow and format

Throughout the editing process the editor will write comments, suggestions and feedback in the comments/margins designed to strengthen and benefit the readability of your ms. It is then down to you the author to implement these changes, disregard them, or compromise as preferred. Remember, at the end of the day you as the self-published author are the boss!


Follow-up Proofread

Should a ms need proofreading even if it’s been edited?

Yes. During and after the edit, sentences, paragraphs and, in some cases, whole chapters may have been rewritten by the author and can contain new typos or errors that weren’t there during the edit. This is where a final proofread will pick up any problems and ensure the author the peace of mind of knowing that their book is the best it can be.

A basic proofread is designed to pick any remaining errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling and is not designed as an alternative to editing.

Please note: proofreading can only be carried out once an edit, either by Publicious or your own editor, has been completed. Our affordable proofreading service is designed to give your ms that final professional polish that it deserves.

Combined Copy Edit and Proofread Package (recommended)

Includes everything that is listed in the two categories above but offered at a discount price to our authors.

A combined ms appraisal, copy edit and follow-up proofread package is also available at an even greater discount (see below).


Costs for all editing services:

Please note: all prices are quoted in Australian dollars (AUD). To convert prices to your currency please use our handy currency converter at the bottom of this page. Prices will vary depending on the amount of work required, for this reason manuscripts are priced individually. The following prices are supplied as a guide only and would only apply for those works that need a minimum amount of work.

Please state which of the following services you will require when contacting us.

Manuscript Assessment

$0.011 per word
Minimum charge for a manuscript assessment is $400.00.

Copy Edit

$5.00 per A-4 double-spaced page (290 words, quarter pages and less are calculated to the author’s benefit)
Minimum charge for a copy edit is $500.00.

Follow-up Proofread

$3.00 per A-4 double-spaced page (290 words, quarter pages and less are calculated to the author’s benefit)
Minimum charge for a follow-up proofread is $300.00.

Combined Copy Edit and Follow-up Proofread Package (recommended)

$7.00 per A-4 double-spaced page (290 words, quarter pages and less are calculated to the author’s benefit)
Minimum charge for a combined editing package is $700.00.

Combined Assesment, Copy Edit and Follow-up Proofread Package

Assesment $0.010 per word. $6.00 per A-4 double-spaced page (290 words, quarter pages and less are calculated to the author’s benefit)
Minimum charge for a combined editing package is $900.00.

Get a quote here


The guidelines for submitting a manuscript (ms) for editing are as follows:

  • ms should be typed on A4 (US letter) Word document (or similar)
  • Double spaced, single-sided.
  • 3 cm (1.18 inch) margins
  • Font Times New Roman regular 12 pt
  • Pages to be numbered
  • Title and/or author’s name on each page
  • Manuscript can be sent to us either as an email attachment or uploaded via our upload page (password required) or posted as hardcopy to Publicious 
  • All our editing services require MS Word or Pages (or similar) and use track changes and comments
  • Your privacy and intellectual property are paramount. This means no other person has access to your work during the editorial process. Your ideas and words will not be disclosed to anyone without your express permission. You retain the copyright to your work