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Since so many editors have been laid off lately and the editors who are still working in publishing houses are swamped, new writers and illustrators have been turning more and more to freelance editors for help with their manuscripts.


If you are one of those writers or illustrators looking for a freelance editor, a book doctor or a writing coach, here are a few people (in alphabetical order) you might want to turn to. Their rates are not listed below but please check their websites or just contact them directly and feel free to let them know you found them on Balkin Buddies:


Emma D. Dryden


336 Central Park West

Suite 3F

New York, NY 10025

cell 718 213 2127

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Liz Van Doren

New York, NY

(email her directly for rates and other information)

Sarah Thomson

Portland, ME

(email her directly for rates and other information)


Linda Zuckerman

The Friday Group

15418 SW Ashley Drive

Tigard, OR 97224

(503) 590-6947

(queries only; no manuscripts)