Editing Process: Summary

Our editing services are personalized to suit your unique needs.

Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 3.17.17 PMStart by logging in and sharing a sample of your work, which is used to match you with the right editor. You’ll receive the editor’s profile (which includes a biography of their career: both the major publishers they worked for and a list of notable books that were edited by them).

If you agree that it’s a great match, a test edit and a consultation call is scheduled between you and the editor. The conversation helps the editor determine which kind of edit will benefit you most.

It’ll signal the beginning of a productive, successful relationship between you and your editor.

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Editing Process: In-Depth Review

Finding your ideal match in an editor is the most important step. We take many factors into account:

  • Your genre and synopsis
  • Your writing style
  • Your personal rapport with the editor.

All these components go into finding your editor. Even editors who have experience in the same genre differ in terms of taste, interest in humorous memoirs vs. didactic memoirs, plot driven vs. character driven narratives, and an eagerness to work with authors who are earlier on in their development or authors who are more experienced.

Here are the steps that will ensure you get the right edit:

  • 1

    Submit your name and email.


  • 2

    Fill out an online form and upload a sample of your manuscript.

  • 3

    Your recommended editor receives your profile, along with a draft of your manuscript, to decide if your narrative resonates with them. This part is critical.

    The magic between an author and an editor happens when the editor genuinely appreciates the author’s work.

  • 4

    You receive your editor’s profile. A profile includes a biography of where they’ve worked and a list of books they’ve edited.


  • 5

    A test edit and a consultation call is scheduled between you and your editor. This allows you to establish a rapport. It also helps the editor understand your primary concerns about the manuscript.

  • 6

    You receive a proposal with a detailed explanation of an edit that’s tailored to your manuscript and your goals.

    It includes three package options and follow-up time with your editor.

  • 7

    Spoiler alert: You’ll cancel all your plans on the day your edited package is delivered. All you’ll want to do is sit down and devour it!

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    Let’s get started! There’s no commitment to receive your editor’s profile.

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Editing Services

NYBE has designed its editing services to benefit authors at every stage of their development. Your editor will recommend the edit that’s right for you.

A summary of the services may be found below. Find your quotes here. 


A Critique provides broad feedback on your manuscript. It focuses on story and plot structure, voice, character development, thematics, clarity, consistency, and any other weaknesses that are specific to your narrative and prose.

At the Critique stage, you’ll receive specific advice to help revise your manuscript on a structural level.

You’ll receive an Editorial Memo which opens with a broad response to your manuscript, its structure and style, then gets progressively more detailed. The memo’s conclusion provides a list of highly specific advice that pertains to certain sections and/or pages.

The memo may offer suggestions to:

  • Refocus the core intentions and goals of the book
  • Examine the narrative voice and strengthen it
  • Restructure the plot to maximize the narrative’s impact
  • Remove sections that aren’t essential to the story
  • Strengthen characters that feel underdeveloped
  • Build upon sections of the narrative that feel underdeveloped
  • Advise on any issues with the pacing
  • Address repetitive weaknesses in the prose.

You may choose to follow-up with your editor if you need additional clarification and advice. Depending on the editor’s location and your preference, you may meet in person, over skype, schedule phone calls, or correspond via email.

Click here to see Examples of Editorial Memos.

Average Timeline: 5-7 Weeks

Average Quote: Find your quote here. 

Please Note: The timeline depends on your editor’s schedule. 

Average quotes are based on the length of your manuscript.


A Comprehensive Edit is the most in-depth, detailed edit available. It won’t be recommended unless your editor feels your manuscript is ready.

This edit addresses the structure of your narrative, plot and pacing, voice and tone, at a micro-level. The edited package includes:

  • An Editorial Memo
  • Editorial Comments
  • A Line Edit

Editorial Memo

The Editorial Memo is similar to a Critique’s (see above). However, at this point it will include more detailed feedback because your manuscript is structurally sound.

Editorial Comments

Comments will be made in the margins of your manuscript to point out specific scenes, actions, turning points, or descriptions that can be strengthened.

Comments may:

  • Highlight sections that require more detail to lend weight to the narrative
  • Point out scenes that disrupt the momentum of the narrative
  • Identify repetitive stylistic problems
    Address weaknesses in the plot, such as scenes that lack tension, settings that aren’t fully realized
  • Point out illogical or unbelievable parts of the narrative
  • Show which specific events, actions, or turning points don’t work and how they may be altered to enhance the character’s development.

Line Edit

The most detailed part of this edit is the line edit. A line edit uses deletions, shifts in words, phrases, or sentences, to improve the prose and its overall effect. Track changes in Word are used so you can clearly see the editor’s changes and accept, reject, or modify them. Line edits improve the flow, pacing, and polish of your manuscript.

Line edits may:

  • Trim words, phrases, or sentences that are extraneous and do not contribute to the story
  • Establish a good rhythm by rearranging passages and suggesting new passages
  • Tighten dialogue, point out inconsistencies, tonal shifts, and unnatural phrasing
  • Suggest changes to the prose when the momentum of the narrative is disrupted
  • Add words or phrases that clarify or enhance your meaning.

Once again, every manuscript is unique. Your line edits will depend entirely on your manuscript’s needs.

Comprehensive Edits include three Package Options. You may select follow-up meetings, phone calls, or email correspondence periods.

To get a better idea of what a Comprehensive Edit looks like, please review these pages from a few different Editing Packages.

See Examples of:

Average Timeline: 6-12 Weeks

Average Quote: Find your quote here. 

Please Note: The timeline depends on your editor’s schedule. 

Average quotes are based on the length of your manuscript. 


An editor will help strengthen your proposal before you submit to agents.

The edit addresses any weaknesses in your pitch and provides editorial feedback on your opening chapter(s).

It includes:

  • An Editorial Memo
  • Margin Comments
  • A Line Edit
  • Follow-up meeting/phone-call
  • Post-edit guidance via email

Your edit may offer suggestions to:

  • Strengthen your pitch on the concept of the book (what’s original about the idea)
  • Strengthen the description of your platform (relevant publications, endorsements, etc.)
  • Improve your comp title selection and presentation
  • Help clearly define the market and/or need for the book that’s not too broad or niche
  • If appropriate, polish the chapter outline and descriptions.

Editorial margin comments may:

  • Point out strategic missteps in the presentation and suggest changes
  • Highlight sections that require additional details
  • Identify repetitive stylistic problems
  • Demonstrate where the proposal loses its focus or relevancy
  • Suggest how to enhance more personable and authentic elements
  • Show specific points or transitions that don’t work well and suggest how they may be strengthened.

The line edit uses deletions, shifts in words, phrases, or sentences to improve the prose and its overall effect.

Average Timeline: 2-4 Weeks


In a Query Letter, every word counts. It needs to sell the agent on your story.

Our edit connects you with a former literary agent who knows how to help you strengthen your Query Letter.

Your edit may show you how to:

  • Improve the description of your book to make it more compelling
  • Enhance the personable and authentic elements of your letter
  • Show where the letter loses its focus or relevancy
  • Show specific points or transitions that don’t work well and how they may be strengthened
  • Point out strategic missteps and suggest changes
  • Improve your comp title selection and presentation
  • Highlight sections that require additional details
  • Strengthen the description of your platform (relevant publications, endorsements, etc.)
  • Research which agents to pitch and how to personalize your letter for them.


The Query Letter edit may include:

  • A Query Strategy Phone Call
  • An Editorial Memo
  • Margin Comments
  • A Line Edit
  • Post-Edit Guidance via Email


Average Timeline: 1-3 Weeks

Average Quote: $300 – $600

Please Note: The timeline depends on your editor’s schedule. 

Quotes depend on your choice of follow-up options. To get started, login below or contact us here.


Copyediting is a form of editing that’s done within a publishing house when a manuscript is in its final stages. Unlike an edit, a copyedit does not alter the content of the text. A copyeditor focuses solely on spelling, punctuation, grammar, terminology, jargon, semantics, inappropriate figures of speech, consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization, as well as the continuity of plot, setting, and character traits.

At any publishing house, as well as at NY Book Editors, only copyeditors perform copyedits. It’s an entirely different role than an editor’s, and involves its own training and experience. The same individual should not perform both types of edits. We engage experienced copyeditors, so just as with your editor, a full profile of the copyeditor along with a list of books he’s copyedited will be submitted to you.

Please note: If you intend to query agents, you probably won’t need a Copyedit. Comprehensive Edits are often the last step for authors who are looking for an agent. Unless your agent specifically asks for a Copyedit, it’s not necessary after one of our Comprehensive Edits. Even agents who initially ask for a copyedit end up changing their minds once they see how polished manuscripts are after our Comprehensive Edit.

Once your manuscript is acquired, your Publisher will perform a copyedit. On the other hand, if you’re self-publishing, we highly recommend you get a Copyedit.

Our Copyedits are performed in accordance with the current editions of the Chicago Manual of Style, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, and current standard practices in book publishing.

Please note: Copyedits are seldom available to authors who have not been edited by NY Book Editors. In most cases, it is the only way we can ensure a manuscript is ready for a Copyedit.

Average Timeline: 3-5 Weeks

Average Quote: Find your quote here. 

Please Note: The timeline depends on your editor’s schedule. 

Average quotes are based on the length of your manuscript. 

  • “The final revisions are going well and I hope to have my E-book published (self-published) on Amazon within the next month or so. Thanks again for the very fine editing work. Best to you and Natasa, you guys were great to work with.” — Mike McGranahan

  • “I am very impressed with everything. Andy did a wonderful job on editing the manuscript. In the beginning I was a little overwhelmed, but have taken on his comments one by one.” –George Moser

  • “I found the services provided by the team at NY Book Editors to be extremely professional, reliable, and helpful. Everyone I worked with was very friendly allowing me to immediately feel comfortable with sharing such a personal project of mine … Jane provided me with helpful techniques to tell a more linear, powerful, easy to follow story that is sure to leave a lasting impression.” — Christophe Lafontant

  • “I am so appreciative of Victoria’s hard work and good insight, especially given that the draft was in a very rough state, and very much appreciate her encouragement and spot-on feedback. Will be taking it all very much to heart!” — Alissa Lee

  • “I think the editorial input from Caroline was spot on and incorporated nearly all of it with ease. The parts meant to help add depth were especially appreciated. She is very likable in conversation. Also our joint experience in fashion and retail brought an added dimension to the work. Thank you for your very good recommendation.” — Diane Courtney

  • “Thank you for your response to the manuscript. The feedback you’ve returned is an enormous help and I will take everything Julie has noted into consideration.” — Sven Sandrasagra

  • “I’m so happy I stumbled across the NY Book Editors site … the other editing services out there aren’t nearly as professional and personal. I only wish I had known about your services earlier. The most important thing to me is making my novel the best it can be. So how William ended his editorial memo spoke volumes to me.” — Andrea DeAngelis