The Editors Directory Find an editor

The Editors Directory is a searchable list of freelance editors who are professional members of the Institute of Professional Editors. You can search for an editor who offers the services you need and has expertise in the subject or subjects you are writing about. It also allows you to search for editors who can work in a language or languages other than English, or have experience working with authors from a non-English speaking background.

Accredited and distinguished editors

If you are looking for a particular editor, use the ‘Editor’s Name’ box. The word or words you type here will be matched with text anywhere in their name, including any post-nominals. The search is not case-sensitive. A search for ‘John’ in the ‘Editor’s Name’ will find both ‘John Smith’ and ‘Mary Johnson’; a search for ‘phd’ will find editors with the post-nominal ‘PhD’ as well as any with ‘phd’ in their names.

Accredited editors have demonstrated their professional competence and understanding of editing standards, skills and knowledge by passing the IPEd accreditation exam. Distinguished editors were nominated by their societies to prepare for and assess the first two accreditation exams in 2008 and 2009.

Services

Editors may offer a wide range of services: what do you need?

Copyediting

Copyediting improves the accuracy, clarity and consistency of a document. It does not involve significant rewriting, providing a single authorial voice or tailoring text to a specific audience – these belong to a structural edit.

Illustration/photography

Locating suitable photos and/or artwork. May include obtaining camera-ready reproductions; preparing descriptions, working sketches and/or artist’s references or co-ordinates for illustrations, maps and diagrams; supervising production of final artwork; obtaining releases from and/or conducting financial negotiations with picture sources and artists; preparing labels, captions and sources for typesetting.

Indexing

Producing an alphabetical list of names and places and/or subjects and concepts that appear in a work.

A professionally compiled index:

  • is clear, comprehensive and consistent in style
  • includes subheadings to help the reader locate specific aspects of topics without having to search through irrelevant pages
  • connects all related headings in the index through the use of see and see also references
  • includes explanatory notes to put headings into context
  • may distinguish page references for illustrations, tables and footnotes from page references related to the main text.

Layout/design

copyedit or structural edit may include formatting your document with correct and consistent styles.

Some editors also provide desktop publishing services such as formatting, layout and design for print and/or electronic publishing. This might be in Microsoft Word or a specialist program such as InDesign.

Manuscript assessment

A manuscript assessment provides advice on stylistic matters and (if requested) commercial potential, and offers general advice on development. Assessment may be based on reading the whole manuscript or a representative section.

If you’re not sure whether your manuscript is ready for publication – whether you’re self-publishing or submitting your work to a publisher – you may benefit from a manuscript assessment. Some writers seek assessment if they have received several rejection slips and don’t understand why their work has not been accepted.

Print/production management

Some editors also have experience in production supervision and coordination. These services could include pre-press proofing and liaison with designers and printers, including specifications, scheduling and costs.

Project analysis/management

Editors can advise on many aspects of the publishing process, including:

  • the most appropriate form in which to publish your work
  • preparing text and images for production
  • identifying issues of defamation, libel or copyright where you might need to protect yourself
  • National Library deposit requirements
  • obtaining an ISBN, barcode and CiP (Cataloguing in Publication) entry.

If you are self-publishing, you may want an editor/publishing consultant to manage all or part of the process on your behalf. Some editors offer full self-publishing assistance and will oversee the entire production process. They can liaise with designers and printers.

Project managers organise the entire production of a publishing project, including hiring staff, supervising work, liaising and budgeting.

Proofreading

Proofreading involves checking that the document is ready to be published. It includes making sure that all elements of the document are included and in the proper order, all amendments have been inserted, the house or other set style has been followed, and all spelling or punctuation errors have been deleted. Proofreading is sometimes known as verification editing.

Research, fact checking

An editor who offers research or fact-checking services can help you to avoid the embarrassment of – for example – a misattributed quote or a scene that features a character smoking cigarettes before their invention.

Structural editing

Also called developmental, substantive or content editing, structural editing aims to ensure that the structure, content, language, style and presentation of the document are suitable for its intended purpose and readership.

It could include rewriting a document in plain English.

Training/coaching

Some editors deliver training, coaching or mentoring, either to individuals or to groups, on topics such as writing for the web or writing in plain English, and basic or advanced grammar and punctuation.

Writing

Some editors are also writers, creating work ranging from classified ads to articles and books.

Subjects

Individual editors’ profiles offer more detail of exactly which aspects of these broad subjects they specialise in. A topic may be found in more than one subject, depending on the focus of the work to be done: if your book on the Sydney Harbour Bridge focusses on its social impact, an editor specialising in the humanities might be suitable; if it’s primarily about the nuts and bolts, look for someone who is more at home with technology and engineering.

Arts, crafts and design

Includes but is not limited to Architecture, Arts, Crafts, Design, Drama, Film studies, Movies, Music and musicology, Performing arts, Photography

Business, economics and industry

Includes but is not limited to Accounting, Administration, Business, Commerce, Economics, Human resources, Industry, Investment, Management, Manufacturing, Trade, Training, Workplace relations

Computing, information and communications technology

Includes but is not limited to Communication, Computers, Electronics, Information science and technology, Library science, Process design, Software, Technology

Humanities

Includes but is not limited to Anthropology, Archaeology, Australian studies, Cultural studies, Drama, Education, Family, Film studies, Genealogy, Geography, History, Language, Linguistics, Literature, Media, Military studies, Movies, Social sciences

Law, politics and government

Includes but is not limited to Government, Law, Politics

Lifestyle

Includes but is not limited to Arts, Cooking, Decorating, Design, Do-it-yourself, Family, Gardening, Hobbies, Home improvement, House and home, Pets, Recreational activities, Relationships, Self-help and self-improvement, Sport, Travel

Medicine and health sciences

Includes but is not limited to Alternative medicine, Health, Medical sciences, Pharmacy, Psychology, Veterinary science, Wellbeing

Philosophy and religion

Includes but is not limited to Belief, Ethics and moral philosophy, Logic, Mind, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Spirituality, Theology

Science and mathematics

Includes but is not limited to Agricultural and horticultural studies, Animals, Anthropology, Aquatic sciences, Archaeology, Astronomy, Atmospheric sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Climate science, Computer science, Earth sciences, Ecology, Environment, Food science, Geography, Marine sciences, Mathematics, Nature, Physics, Popular science, Rural studies, Veterinary science, Weather, Zoology

Technology and engineering

Includes but is not limited to Aircraft and aviation, Building and construction, Computing, Food technology, Railways, Roads, Ships and shipping, Vehicles

Fiction genres

Some editors work on a variety of fiction, while others specialise in a particular type of work. Use this list to find an editor with experience in your genre.

Languages

All editors on this directory are fluent in Australian English.

Some editors are capable of working in one or more languages other than English or have experience working with authors from a non-English-speaking background. If your work has been written in another language, or translated from another language, you may find it useful to work with one of them.

Location

For most editing tasks, an editor’s location is irrelevant: most editors receive and deliver their work electronically. If you want an editor to deliver services such as training, you may wish to specify a location. If you select International, you can specify a country. If you do not specify a country, all members will be included in the results.

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.