Professional Nonfiction Editing Services

Whether you write professionally or for pleasure, high-quality nonfiction editing is essential to your success as a serious author. But it doesn't have to come with a serious price tag.

The DLA Difference

From structure and organization to logic, clarity and effectiveness, we know what it takes to get the details right—and to get your manuscript ready to engage your audience.

Professional Nonfiction Editors

Our editors are the best in the business. They are professional nonfiction editors who:

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Possess 50+ years' combined experience evaluating, developing, copyediting and proofreading nonfiction

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Bear editing expertise across all nonfiction genres

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Edit 5+ million words annually

Genres We Edit

We edit across all nonfiction genres, including:

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Biography

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Essay

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History

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Journalism

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Law

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Memoir

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Narrative Nonfiction

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Philosophy

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Reference

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Religious

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Self Improvement

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Speech

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Textbook

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True Crime

Style Guide Experts

We guarantee our editing of your manuscript will adhere to the stated requirements of any of the following style guides:

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APA (both 6th and 7th editions)

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MLA

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Chicago

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Turabian

Help Finding an Agent or Publisher

Need help finding an agent or publisher? No problem! We can give you advice on the best way to find one for your manuscript.

We can also help with our editing and feedback services on your:

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Query Letter

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Synopsis

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Outline

Our Services

Manuscript Evaluation

Not sure if you have a viable project or what level of editing you need for your manuscript?

Our Manuscript Evaluation includes a positive, respectful read-through of your manuscript and in-depth feedback detailing its strengths and weaknesses, ways to improve its marketability and the level of editing required.

It provides a big-picture guide for further developing your manuscript, covering:

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Pacing and Flow

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Structure and Organization

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Clarity and Logic of Ideas

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Appropriateness to Audience

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Point of View

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Narrative Voice and Style

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Mechanics

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Plot and Characterization

Developmental Editing

Ready to collaborate to achieve your goals for your manuscript?

Our Developmental Editing starts with a 30-minute consultation to get to know you as the author and your experiences, motivations, vision and timeline for your project. (If we have provided you our Manuscript Evaluation, we use our evaluation as the basis for the consultation.)

We follow this with a thorough, in-depth review of your manuscript, as well as a follow-up consultation, to help you achieve your vision.

In our in-depth review, we make edits and provide feedback to address issues in:

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Pacing and Flow

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Structure and Organization

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Clarity and Logic of Ideas

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Appropriateness to Audience

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Point of View

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Narrative Voice and Style

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Mechanics

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Plot and Characterization

In our follow-up consultation, we answer your questions about the recommendations we have made, including guidance on which choices to make to achieve the vision you have for your manuscript.

Developmental Editing does not include Copyediting or Proofreading, which are described below.

Copyediting/Line Editing

Ready to fine-tune your manuscript?

Our Copyediting/Line Editing provides a detailed, line-by-line edit of your manuscript. It covers:

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Consistency, Engagement and Clarity of Writing Style and Tone

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Consistency, Logic and Clarity of Ideas

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Settings, Characters and Plot

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Word Choice (Denotation, Connotation and Rhythm)

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Unnecessary Repetition/Redundancy

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Sentence Structure (Including Fragments and Run-ons)

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Flow and Transitions

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Syntax, Punctuation and Grammar

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Typographical Errors

Proofreading

Ready for an agent or publication?

Once your manuscript has been through the developmental editing process and been copyedited, you're ready for proofreading.

Proofreading provides a last check of your manuscript to identify any last items needing correction. It covers:

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Syntax, Grammar and Punctuation

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Typographical Errors

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Formatting and Layout

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Get to Know Us!

We are a team of dedicated, in-house editors with 50+ years' combined experience.

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Awards Our Clients Have Received

Little Slices of the Big Easy by Robert Woolfolk
Point Deception by Jim Gilliam

Point Deception
by Jim Gilliam

Honorable Mention
New York Book Festival

Feedback We've Received

"DLA Editors & Proofers provided a tremendous service to me as an author and as a client. Between the personal phone calls and the editor comments I received, I really felt they cared ..."

Michael M., Rockwall, TX

Want a FREE Sample?

If you have more than 3,000 words, we'll edit the first 300 words for FREE!

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