The Indie Author’s Guide to Book Editing: How to Find, Hire, and Work with the Right Editor for Your Manuscript


Book Summary

“The first critical step in self-publishing your book is finding a great editor. Sarah’s book will pay for itself 100 times over.”—Mark Levine, CEO of Hillcrest Media Group and author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

For authors new to independent publishing, the idea of hiring a professional editor can be daunting. Concerns may include: 

  • What does an editor do?
  • Do I really need an editor for my book?
  • How do I know what kind of editing my book needs?
  • Where can I find beta readers?
  • How can I find a great editor when I’m not an editor myself?

The Indie Author’s Guide to Book Editing shows authors new to the publishing process how to make sure their manuscripts receive the editorial attention they deserve, even with a self-publisher’s unique production schedule, budget constraints, and publishing goals. 

Author and editor Sarah Kolb-Williams provides an in-depth look at the editing process squarely from a self-publishing perspective. She breaks the complex world of editing down into manageable pieces, making the entire process a little more accessible and a little less overwhelming for authors who have never worked with a professional editor before. 

If you know you need editing but you’re just not sure where to start, The Indie Author’s Guide to Book Editing will demystify the process. You’ll discover effective ways to self-edit, work with beta readers, avoid scams and unqualified editors, and find the perfect editor for your book. 


“Refreshing, witty, and personable, The Indie Author's Guide to Book Editing is a clear, concise overview of the myriad aspects of editing ... Examples use Zombies, Star Trek, and wookies to illustrate salient points. I'm an indie writer who has struggled through a *lot* of dry, monotone guides to writing: how refreshing to see an editing guide that brings both expertise and personalty to the mix. Highly recommended!”

—Maia Sepp, author of The Migraine Mafia

“Lest you think editing is a dry topic, I can vouch for her sense of humor. Consider her explanation of why we spell out numbers in the text of a book as opposed to using numerical digits: 'The spelled-out numbers look like they belong in the sentence, while the digits stand out like a Wookiee at a nude beach.' C'mon, is there ever an inappropriate moment for Star Wars humor?”

—David Bruns, author of The Dream Guild Chronicles

“I thought I'd read everything there is to know about editing. Then I discovered this book. It breaks down the editing process into simple steps and explains editing/publishing jargon. There's also some very handy tips on grammar. I'd say the book isn't just for those who are self-publishing (indie authors) - it's a useful reference guide for anyone trying to edit their own work. I'll certainly be referring back again. I only wish it was a printed copy to add to my reference shelf!”

—LM Milford, blogger at Tales from the Writing Desk

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About the Author

Sarah Kolb-Williams is a science fiction editor, independent author, and serial comma enthusiast from the Twin Cities. She is the author of The Independent Author's Guide to Book Editing, which helps new indie authors find, hire, and work with the right editor for their project, goals, and budget.

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