Freelance Editor Recommendations

Updated 8/16/21.

Sometimes it’s necessary to work with a freelance editor to improve your writing skills or help make your manuscript more marketable. I’ve compiled a list of editors I know who are very good at what they do. There is a link to each individual website, so that you can see what services they offer and what they charge.

You may want to read this post: 5 Things to Do Before Hiring a Freelance Editor.

Please note, I offer coaching and consulting, including query letter critiques (click HERE to learn about coaching) but I don’t do editing. 



→ Nathan Bransford. Click here. Also offers coaching and brainstorming.

→ Erin Healy. Click here. Developmental (content) editing, coaching, word crafting.

→ Karli Jackson. Click here. Developmental & line editing; jacket copy preparation; manuscript viability review.

→ Lindsay Harrel. Click here. Specializes in content or developmental edits for fiction.

→ Natalie Hanemann. Click here. Also does story coaching for fiction and nonfiction.

→ Chuck Sambuchino. Click here. Also edits query letters, synopses, and proposals.

→ Ami McConnell. Click here. Also offers manuscript viability review and coaching/consulting.

→ Noveldoctor. Click here. Edits fiction and memoirs. Also works on book proposals.

→ Dave King. Click here. Co-author of Self Editing for Fiction Writers.

→ Mike Loomis. Click here. Nonfiction developmental editing, co-writing, and ghostwriting.

→ Staci Frenes. Click here. Developmental and line editing for memoir and fiction.

→ Christina E. Boys. Click here. Developmental & line editing of both fiction and non-fiction.

→ Edit Resource. Click here. This is a company that contracts with the best fiction and non-fiction editors in the business. They have a variety of editors available and they can connect you with the right editor for your project. Look over their list, then contact them.

→ Diane Higgins. Click here. Editor of several  NY Times bestselling books.

→ Art Lizza. Click here. Specializing in conceptual-developmental editing.

→ Susanne Lakin. Click here. Specializing in fiction.

→ Kathleen Groom. Click here. Non-fiction and memoir, editing and copywriting.

→  Margot Starbuck. Click here. Non-fiction and memoir.

→  Robin Patchen. Click here. Offers critiques, mentoring, editing and proofreading.


The following are editors who come highly recommended, but with whom I have not worked personally.

→ Katie Wall. Specializes in fantasy and sci-fi. Click here.

→ Christy Callahan. Click here.

→  Ken Walker. Click here.

→  Christi McGuire. Click here.

→  Michelle Schacht. Click here.

→ Jenne Acevedo. Click here.

→  Kathi Ide. Click here.


Looking for ongoing coaching and accountability? I recommend Manuscript Accelerator for a 6-month or 12-month package.


Our agency is NOT connected financially or any other way with these editors. These are recommendations based on my knowledge of their previous work.

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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