Updated March 2020
None of these freelancers or services have paid to be listed, nor do I receive a commission for referring you. These are all people I’ve either met and worked with directly, or people who have long-standing and respectable reputations in the writing and publishing community.
The Best of My Advice
- For free: Jane’s Writing Advice Archive
- In book form: The Business of Being a Writer
- Learn about my paid services.
Editing and Coaching
- Writer and editor Andi Cumbo-Floyd offers a wide range of budget-friendly services for all types of writers. I recommend her manuscript review, where you can get big-picture feedback before investing in a comprehensive editing job.
- Writer and editor Susan DeFreitas offers manuscript evaluations and coaching for writers working in speculative and literary fiction, with a focus on social/environmental justice and writers from historically marginalized backgrounds.
- Lisa Cooper Ellison is an experienced writing coach and thoughtful editor who can help a wide range of fiction and creative nonfiction writers.
- Whether you’re writing a novel, seeking a ghostwriter, or looking to publish a book from your nonfiction expertise, Stuart Horwitz of Book Architecture can help.
- Editor Paul Witcover is a traditionally published author of speculative fiction who can offer editorial help across a range of fiction categories.
- Mehta Book Editing can help with both children’s and adult work, including young adult, middle grade, commercial women’s fiction, literary fiction, and more.
- Lexi Services (Melanie Bishop) offers manuscript editing and consulting across genres.
- Ginger Moran offers memoir coaching—and more.
Copyediting and Proofreading
- Copy Write Consultants offer very affordable copyediting and proofreading services for any genre.
- Reedsy is a marketplace of book publishing professionals.
- The Editorial Freelancers Association is a national, nonprofit professional organization of writers and editors, with 2,500 members nationwide. You can post your job to their JobList for free.
Book Design and Production
- Damon Za is a popular choice for self-publishing authors, with economical packages and professional cover and interior design services.
- Golden Ratio Book Design (Tony Bonds) works one-on-one with independent authors to develop custom cover designs, print interiors, and ebook formatting at an affordable rate.
- Book Design Templates from Joel Friedlander is the most economical resource for producing an interior design for print (POD) book; his templates can also produce EPUB files.
- If you need help with print and ebook formatting/conversion, check out eBookPartnership.
Book Marketing and Publicity
- AuthorPop helps with book launches, book marketing plans, author website development, and platform development.
- Amy Collins at New Shelves offers a range of book distribution and marketing services—including assistance with libraries, bookstores, and Amazon.
- Best Page Forward offers a book description toolkit to ensure professional and persuasive book marketing copy.
- Books B Nimble Marketing offers ebook marketing primarily for self-published authors.
Agent or Publisher Research
- Copy Write Consultants: They offer customized market research based on the qualities of your book project.
Permissions and Fair Use Research
- Copy Write Consultants: If you’re struggling with securing permissions, or aren’t sure if you even need permissions, this firm can help you sort through all the questions (and risks).
Legal Issues | Literary Lawyers
- If you need to hire legal counsel or consult with a lawyer who specializes in the publishing industry, try Alan J. Kaufman
- Peter Beren is a consultant and agent (not a lawyer) with expertise in legal issues
- Here’s a fuller list of literary lawyers.
- Check out Writer Digital or Dandelion Web Marketing for website launches or redesigns.
- If you need hourly help or task-specific support, check out BoydPress.
A Few More of My Favorite Folks
- Want to start a freelance writing career? Christina Katz offers excellent classes and Carol Tice has wonderful resources
- Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers newsletter lists semi-pro or higher paying markets and contests as well as grants, crowdfunding, contests, publishers, agents and employers.
- Writing a script? Jeanne Bowerman
- Need a platform to help facilitate your writing or critique group? Try Inked Voices.
- Want to share your work with other writers and get feedback? Try one of these communities: Wattpad or Scribophile
General Industry Resources
- Especially good for sussing out scams and not-quite-legitimate publishers and agents: Writer Beware. It’s also a great 101 site for learning about the publishing industry.
- Wondering how to get published? Read my “start here” post.
- Wondering how to find publishers and agents? Here are free resources.
Can’t find what you need? Search The Writer’s Knowledge Base for an answer; it’s curated by someone in the business you can trust.
News & Trends
Writers tend to get frustrated and bitter in their attempts to publish—usually because they don’t understand how the publishing industry works, or they have expectations that will never be met. Try these resources to better navigate your way to success and learn about the changes facing the industry: