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Book-Editing.com Book Editor

Posted by Jessica Holbrook | Posted in Writing and Editing | Posted on 01-09-2009


Book-Editing.com needs FICTION specialists (mainstream and genre) who can perform ALL of the following services:

– developmental editing
– copyediting / line editing
– proofreading
– fact checking

Editors work directly with clients and remain freelance/independent contractors. Please review our web site before applying (www.book-editing.com). Qualified applicants will be sent several short editing and writing tests. Failed tests are not marked and returned. Do not respond if you are not qualified for this exact posting (i.e., you are a nonfiction editor), failed our tests within the past 18 months, or cannot make a 1-year commitment to the network.
Basic requirements:

  1. Freelance experience. You must be professional yet personable when contacted via e-mail and/or phone.
  2. You must be 100% freelance (no day job). No exceptions.
  3. 5+ years of editing experience and a track record of published fiction (not self-published) that you have edited.
  4. Ability to use Microsoft Word’s tracking and comment features. Your version of Word must be 2002 or later (a 2007 converter is required).
  5. Ability to send and receive file attachments.
  6. Extreme attention to detail (including copyediting, proofreading, fact checking).
  7. Ability to check e-mail several times each day (including once per day on weekends).
  8. Consistent availability (This is a high-volume network. Do not apply if you tend to stay busy and are only looking for “fill in” work.)
  9. Dependable Internet connectivity (primary/secondary).
  10. USA-based.
  11. Dependability (meeting all deadlines)
  12. English must be your first language.

Ethical policies
Freelance editors in this network:
– must use written contracts/service agreements that specify the scope of the project, the cost per word/per page/per hour, and payment methods
– may only offer services related to the tests passed (e.g., developmental editors and writers who do not pass the copyediting/proofreading tests may not offer copyediting/proofreading services through this network)
– may not subcontract projects to other editors
– must be willing to turn down projects that cannot (subjectively) be improved with the editor’s input
– must provide all network clients with a feedback form that is returned to the network coordinator

How to apply:

Send resume and list of FICTION books edited (and subsequently published) to

Preference will be given to applicants who intend to commit long-term, submit a bio written in third person (see examples on site), and provide verifiable feedback/references from clients (published writers).

Resumes without book lists will not be considered.


1. No phone calls
2. Do not use the chat button
3. No hard-copy resumes
4. No inquiries about “how to become an editor”
5. No free advice
6. No trainees / entry-level


Testing schedule varies.

You may not be contacted immediately after you send your resume.

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