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Book Editing and Proofreading Services

Professional Book Editors You Can Trust

Amelia Beamer, Editor

Why Choose Authors’ HQ Book Editing Services?

Seasoned Professionals

Our team of editors are masters of their craft. With years of industry experience, they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to your manuscript. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, or academic writing, our editors have specialized skills tailored to your unique needs.

Proven Record of Success

In a world brimming with websites offering editing services, picking your editor can be a stressful endeavor. We have a record of success you can rely on. Also, you have direct contact with your editor without a third-party filter.

A Commitment to Excellence

Your success is our success. Our editors are industry veterans in traditional publishing and self-publishing. 
100% positive feedback, which is proudly posted for your review. 

FAQ’s

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Our editors require a sample of your work to perform a preliminary edit, which helps them provide an accurate cost estimate for the entire project. Pricing is influenced by the depth of editing needed and the complexity of the content, with each project receiving a tailored quote.

We understand that many other book editors provide costs upfront. We do things this way to ensure that your manuscript gets the attention required to make it the best it can be.

This way of doing things also ensures that you are not charged more than is necessary.

Q: How are editors vetted for Authors' HQ?

A: Authors’ HQ editors undergo a rigorous selection process, involving tests and thorough verification of their qualifications. Developmental editors are required to have a proven history of successfully edited publications, while copy editors and proofreaders must demonstrate their expertise by passing specialized tests. If an editor’s biography does not mention “copyediting,” this indicates their primary focus is on content development or substantive editing, not on copyediting and proofreading services. Conversely, inclusion of “proofreading” in a biography signifies that the editor has successfully completed the highly challenging proofreading test, which boasts a mere 2% pass rate.

Q: What distinguishes a critique from developmental/substantive editing and copyediting?

A: Copy editors collaborate with authors to enhance the clarity, readability, and accuracy of the text. They focus initially on the finer details—words, sentences, and paragraphs—and progressively address broader structural issues.

In contrast, developmental or substantive editors tackle the manuscript from a holistic perspective, concentrating first on overarching elements such as plot and character development. Given that manuscripts undergoing developmental editing often require substantial reworking, it is impractical to copyedit extensive sections that might later be significantly modified or removed.

A critique editor evaluates a manuscript and provides the author with a report highlighting the strengths and weaknesses, along with suggestions for improvements. This process is distinct from actual editing; it does not involve making the changes directly. Unless there is an additional mentoring agreement, the author is responsible for deciding how to incorporate these suggestions. Some critique editors may also offer developmental editing services to help authors restructure and possibly rewrite their manuscripts.

Q: Is my personal information and submitted sample confidential?

A: Yes. We never share your information or any of your work with anyone for any reason. It will only be seen by the coordinator and the editor(s) you select.

Q: How do I get started?

A: Browse the bios of our editors below. You can click through to learn more about them. When you are ready, click the button to contact an editor, which will direct you to the Contact an Editor form.

Meet Your Editor

Amelia Beamer, Editor

Amelia Beamer

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Erotica, Romance, Young Adult, Thrillers, Literary Fiction

Developmental Editor, Manuscript Critiques, Work-in-Progress Beta Reading, Query Letters and Book Proposals

Amelia Beamer has a long list of publishing industry credits. Her background includes 15+ years of magazine editing, running an imprint of translated titles for a major Japanese publisher, and being a traditionally published and critically acclaimed novelist.

As an independent book editor, she approaches novel editing as a fan first, with a reverence for the craft, diligence, and integrity that it takes to write a novel. Her feedback is designed to make sure books are as competitive as possible, without changing the author’s voice. She strives to live in that balance between being kind and being thorough in her editing.

Besides her favorite genres listed above, she’s also happy to take on nonfiction and books that don’t easily fit into categories.

Theodora Bryant

Theodora Bryant

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance

Developmental Editor, Copy/Line Editor, Manuscript Evaluation

Theodora Bryant has thirty years of experience in the editing and publishing businesses, first through her own small press, and then as a freelance developmental editor, experience that has produced an impressive track record of successful novels.

Her work has resulted in several authors who have garnered US and international “Amazon Book of the Year” awards in science fiction and fantasy, “Finalist” and “Winner” awards in romance and mystery, and excellent reviews from critics such as Library Journal.

She believes the author/editor relationship is a valuable part of the job and thinks that lends to the success of the hundreds of authors she’s helped in multiple genres–some who’ve only finished one book, others who are on their fifth–by keeping that relationship front and center.

Karin Cather, Editor

Karin Cather

Apocalyptic Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Police Procedural, Narrative Nonfiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers, True Crime, Martial Arts

Author, Ghostwriter, Developmental Editor, Copy Editor

Karin Cather, with her background as a former prosecutor and a Krav Maga black belt, uniquely blends her skills in editing and ghostwriting. She specializes in detective, dystopian, select fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction. Karin also brings her expertise to forensic psych reports, providing valuable insights into behavioral health issues.

Her focus is on preserving the author’s voice and balancing creative expression with writing conventions, making her an excellent choice for those seeking a comprehensive and insightful editor or ghostwriter.

Stacey Donovan, Editor

Stacey Donovan

Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult, Erotic Romance, Erotica, LGBTQ, Memoir

Author, Ghostwriter, Developmental Editor

Stacey Donovan is an award-winning book editor, ghostwriter, and author, celebrated for her work across multiple genres. She has edited or ghostwritten dozens of published books, many receiving critical acclaim and prestigious awards, such as New York Times Bestsellers and International Thriller Awards.

Donovan’s approach to editing and ghostwriting is marked by her close engagement with the material and her clients, providing thorough, insightful, and sometimes humorous feedback. She is praised for her ability to understand and enhance unique writing styles, including those that push the boundaries of language and style. Her clients commend her for her professionalism, insightful evaluations, and the transformative impact she has on their work.

Stacey is the author of Dive, a novel noted for its pioneering portrayal of LGBTQ themes in young adult fiction. 

John David Kudrick, Copy  Editor, Proofreader

John David Kudrick

Action/Adventure, Children’s Fiction, Christian Fiction, Contemporary/Mainstream, Detective/Crime, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller/Suspense

Copy Editor, Proofreader

John David Kudrick is a fiction specialist who offers copy editing and proofreading to authors. With almost thirty years of experience as a writer/editor, along with an MA focused on fiction, he’s had the opportunity to work on nearly 300 published fiction and nonfiction titles, serving authors from all over the US and around the globe.

Along with editing and proofreading novels, John David continues to read a wide variety of fiction outside of work, allowing him to sharpen and increase his feel for and familiarity with the Land of Story. So when he partners with an author, he focuses on making sure that their story is as clean and coherent as possible and that it’s ready to submit to agents/publishers or indie-publish.

Kendra Langeteig, Editor

Kendra Langeteig

Memoir, Literary Fiction, Personal Growth, Self-Help, Mind-Body, Science and Spirituality, How-to Guides

Writing Coach, Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Publishing Consultant 

Kendra Langeteig, “The Book Doctor,” holds a PhD in English Literature from Indiana University. With a diverse background in teaching, research, and publishing, Kendra is adept at assisting experienced and first-time authors, including non-native English speakers.

As a specialist in “transformation,” Kendra resonates with powerful, heartfelt messages on behalf of positive societal change. Her clientele often includes life coaches, healing practitioners, and spiritual teachers seeking to share their insights and expertise in a practical book. Personal storytelling is featured in most of the self-help books she works on, and this former literature professor loves partnering with authors of memoirs and novels as well.

Kendra’s commitment to nurturing the potential of every new book and author is reflected in her intuitive holistic approach. Skilled at deep listening, she encourages authors to grow as writers as the journey unfolds. Working with Kendra, authors learn more about the finer craft of book writing and develop the confidence to launch their books into the world.

Kevin Miller, Editor

Kevin Miller

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Screenplays, Historical Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, How-To, Self-Help, Christian Fiction and Nonfiction, Graphic Novels

Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Typesetter, Cover Designer

Kevin Miller is a thirty-year veteran of the publishing industry who has edited hundreds of books for traditional publishers as well as indie publishers and authors. Throughout his career, Kevin has shepherded dozens of writers toward publication, including those who have gone the traditional route and those who have chosen to self-publish.

Some of Kevin’s clients include actor William B. Davis (X-Files, Upload), Hollywood storyboard artist Doug Brode (Maze Runner, Thor), broadcaster and former NFL football player Spencer Tillman, and Glass Hammer co-founder Steve Babb.

Kevin has extensive experience at every stage of the publishing process, from developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading to typesetting, cover design, and marketing.

His clients appreciate his extensive knowledge of story structure, his attention to detail, his knowledge and experience of the marketplace, and his friendly, honest approach to the writer-editor relationship.

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