A MIGHTY Team of Professional Book Editors
Everything changes when you find the right editor
About Our Editors
NY Book Editors is a premiere affiliation of professional editors and copy editors with years of experience in New York City’s major publishing houses. Our editors have worked for Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and prestigious independent publishers.
Their booklists include New York Times Bestsellers and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and Pushcart Prize.
However, we realize a stellar track record in traditional publishing isn't enough. A careful vetting process ensures that our editors are also the kind of people you want to work with. They understand the challenges and vulnerabilities of first-time authors, and are passionate about helping you meet your writing goals.
You'll find a professional partner who will provide an edit that is enlightening, instructive, and leaves you with a renewed focus and insight into your work.
“These are highly trained professionals who know your market. And it’s worth it. Great editing by industry pros can make all the difference in your book’s salability.”
“A team of professional editors who have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.”
“You’ll get the same quality and personal service as authors publishing traditionally.”
A rigorous vetting process identifies the best editors.
We only work on word-of-mouth referrals from existing editors, agents, or in-house editors. When a publishing professional we trust goes out of their way to recommend an editor for our team, we know they’re a stand-out talent.
Many of our book editors and copy editors have over a decade of experience at a major publisher, and the minimum requirement is four years. Their books have garnered notable awards, reviews, or bestseller status.
Great editors communicate with clarity and specificity, they have a positive attitude and an empathetic, insightful approach to the voice and intentions of an author. We look beyond the professional achievements to find people who become trusted advisors.
The best editors commit a great deal of time to each project, so they're selective about the work they take on. We expect—and encourage—editors to accept only the work that resonates with them.
Our editors must strive to maintain a great track record. If for any reason an editor can’t meet this standard, we will redo the edit with a new editor or refund it fully.Ready To Find an Editor?
Dream Editors Make A Difference
“I am honest when I say there is absolutely no way I could have accomplished this dream without you. I was just raving about you again to my friend … I loved my experience working with you — it was the equivalent of a very expensive MFA.”
In my early twenties, I struggled to write. I never shared my work or asked anyone for help. I thought Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and everyone else I admired had achieved dizzying heights on their own. It wasn't until I started working in publishing that I learned that all successful authors had a trusted sherpa with them on their mountain. They had editors. In fact, Hemingway and Fitzgerald had the same one: Maxwell Perkins.
For someone who has struggled desperately to write, experiencing the guidance of truly great editors, it has a profound effect. Some people are rocked to the core by beautiful music. I come undone when I see a beautiful edit. NYBE became a way to give authors access to the kind of editing that is a fading craft. We strive to deliver edits that are thoughtful, insightful, and make the author feel like they've finally found a like-minded, brilliant mentor, and they’re no longer alone.
Here are some of the books we've been honored to edit.