Our Top 30 Short Story Editing Service Professionals

Unlock Your Narrative’s Potential With ServiceScape’s Short Story Editing Services

ServiceScape is home to a network of rated, and reviewed short story experts. Our skilled editors specialize in enhancing plot, character development, and language precision, allowing your storytelling voice to resonate.

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XpertEditor

1. XpertEditor

[Elite]
7,442 Client Reviews
276,300 Pages Edited

M.A. in TESOL Education from the University of North Carolina

Starting at $9.95 USD per page

WriteWatchman

2. WriteWatchman

[Elite]
4,691 Client Reviews
140,301 Pages Edited

Professor at Cincinnati State University

Starting at $7.00 USD per page

EditrixJD

3. EditrixJD

[Elite]
2,409 Client Reviews
104,385 Pages Edited

Writer at PBS

Starting at $9.45 USD per page

ProseTechnician

4. ProseTechnician

[Elite]
2,266 Client Reviews
86,091 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska

Starting at $5.95 USD per page

LexEditor

5. LexEditor

[Elite]
2,266 Client Reviews
54,161 Pages Edited

J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law

Starting at $11.00 USD per page

DoctorWord

6. DoctorWord

[Elite]
2,359 Client Reviews
51,686 Pages Edited

Copy Editor at Intergroup Japan

Starting at $9.88 USD per page

ErrorProof

7. ErrorProof

[Elite]
821 Client Reviews
29,467 Pages Edited

Director at Aetna

Starting at $7.00 USD per page

jmelton

8. jmelton

[Elite]
476 Client Reviews
23,564 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois

Starting at $8.50 USD per page

GlassPhoenix

9. GlassPhoenix

[Elite]
659 Client Reviews
20,178 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University

Starting at $10.95 USD per page

S.Edwards

10. S.Edwards

[Elite]
604 Client Reviews
16,663 Pages Edited

J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Starting at $15.50 USD per page

EditingWithExperience

11. EditingWithExperience

[Elite]
285 Client Reviews
14,523 Pages Edited

Editor at Elsevier Inc.

Starting at $5.95 USD per page

bszpak

12. bszpak

[Elite]
188 Client Reviews
13,786 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge

Starting at $4.95 USD per page

YourProfessor

13. YourProfessor


4,528 Client Reviews
242,936 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia

Starting at $8.95 USD per page

AcadConsult

14. AcadConsult


1,327 Client Reviews
81,462 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island

Starting at $9.99 USD per page

maxedwards

15. maxedwards


987 Client Reviews
64,613 Pages Edited

Copy Editor at McGraw-Hill Publishing

Starting at $6.00 USD per page

DrPam

16. DrPam


722 Client Reviews
39,228 Pages Edited

Professor at Marylhurst University

Starting at $10.80 USD per page

EMThompson

17. EMThompson


438 Client Reviews
22,849 Pages Edited

M.A. in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley

Starting at $5.95 USD per page

LMAedit

18. LMAedit


223 Client Reviews
14,766 Pages Edited

Director of Communications at the Yale Center

Starting at $3.95 USD per page

WriteOn

19. WriteOn


324 Client Reviews
9,984 Pages Edited

B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina

Starting at $22.00 USD per page

ChipperEditor

20. ChipperEditor


185 Client Reviews
5,865 Pages Edited

M.A. in English from McMaster University

Starting at $8.00 USD per page

EditingExcellence

21. EditingExcellence


186 Client Reviews
4,690 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Music History from the University of Chicago

Starting at $4.95 USD per page

BioEditorPhD

22. BioEditorPhD


119 Client Reviews
4,009 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of California

Starting at $6.95 USD per page

Keith2314

23. Keith2314


104 Client Reviews
2,996 Pages Edited

M.A. in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University

Starting at $4.95 USD per page

shaysieg

24. shaysieg


77 Client Reviews
2,623 Pages Edited

M.F.A. in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College

Starting at $18.00 USD per page

ArtemisInk

25. ArtemisInk


34 Client Reviews
1,880 Pages Edited

M.A. in Childhood Education from Hunter College

Starting at $15.25 USD per page

WordHelper

26. WordHelper


29 Client Reviews
793 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii

Starting at $10.50 USD per page

EditorEnRoute

27. EditorEnRoute


22 Client Reviews
546 Pages Edited

Copy Editor at Nella Media Group

Starting at $12.00 USD per page

PixelPerfectEdit(PPE)

28. PixelPerfectEdit(PPE)


11 Client Reviews
400 Pages Edited

Lecturer at the University of Pretoria

Starting at $7.99 USD per page

DrKEdits

29. DrKEdits


126 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University

Starting at $8.75 USD per page

EmpireStateEditor

30. EmpireStateEditor


107 Pages Edited

Editor at HarperCollins

Starting at $5.00 USD per page

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What We Bring to the Table

ServiceScape is built on 24 years worth of experience, working on over 340,000 projects with over 98,000 clients. Join the thousands of people who have chosen ServiceScape to find the best and brightest talent.

4.910 out of 5 Stars

125,902 Rated Projects

Your destination for professional short story editing services

With a deep understanding of the unique challenges inherent in short story editing, we appreciate the art of pacing, the skill of concise yet impactful character development, and the undeniable power of each carefully selected word. Editing a short story is not just about correctness but also about coherence, precision, and the harmonious blend of elements to create a compelling narrative. These subtleties make short story editing a specialized art form, one that our team of editors has mastered through years of experience.

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Our editors are not only well-versed in the techniques required for effective short story editing but also have an in-depth understanding of a wide array of genres. From the thrilling arcs of mystery and crime to the heartfelt narratives of romance and drama, and the intricate worlds of science fiction and fantasy, our team brings a wealth of knowledge and genre-specific expertise to every project.

With ServiceScape, you will find an editor who understands the soul of your genre and has the skillset to finely tune your story while preserving its unique voice. Your short story deserves nothing less than a seasoned editor who will approach it with the same passion as you, the author, have poured into it. Explore the possibilities with ServiceScape today and witness the transformation of your short story from good to unforgettable.

Choose your own top-rated short story editor

Editing a short story

At ServiceScape, we hold our short story editors to the highest standards, a commitment reflected in their consistently high ratings and glowing reviews. These seasoned professionals have honed their craft over countless stories, earning praise for their meticulous attention to detail, understanding of genre-specific conventions, and skill in preserving narrative coherence within the tight confines of a short story's word count.

Our editors are more than just grammarians. They are ardent lovers of storytelling, dedicated to enhancing the elements that make your short story captivating. Their expertise in working across a diverse range of genres ensures they can adeptly navigate the stylistic nuances and unique conventions of your specific genre, making your story resonate with your intended readership.

The collaborative journey towards refining your story begins with choosing the right editor, and at ServiceScape, we have simplified this process for you. Each editor's profile contains detailed information about their experience, areas of expertise, and past client reviews, providing you with all you need to make an informed decision. We invite you to discover our impressive roster of highly-rated short story editors. With ServiceScape, finding the perfect editor to breathe life into your story is just a few clicks away.

Our comprehensive short story editing approach

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Crafting a compelling short story is no small feat. It demands an efficient use of language, concise yet compelling character development, and skillful narrative progression, all within a confined space. Our professional short story editing services are designed to polish each of these critical elements, enhancing your storytelling and optimizing its impact on your readers.

Here's what you can expect when you entrust your short story to our editors:

  • Assessment and improvement of plot progression: Our editors will scrutinize your story's plotline to ensure it unfolds logically, maintains a captivating pace, and culminates in a satisfying conclusion.
  • Consistency checks: Whether it's a character's attributes or the narrative voice, maintaining consistency is crucial in short story writing. Our editors will keep an eye out for any inconsistencies that may confuse or distract readers.
  • Economy of language: Every word counts in a short story. Our editors will work to enhance clarity and precision in your language, eliminating redundancies and ensuring every sentence contributes meaningfully to the story.
  • Genre-specific considerations: From the suspense in a thriller to the worldbuilding in a fantasy, our editors understand the unique conventions of different genres and will ensure your story aligns with genre expectations.
  • Feedback on overall storytelling: Beyond the intricacies of grammar and punctuation, our editors will provide valuable feedback on your story's overall structure and its emotional resonance, helping you heighten its impact on readers.
  • Formatting and Presentation: Our editors will also ensure your manuscript adheres to industry standards for formatting and presentation, increasing its appeal to publishers.

In essence, our short story editing service is a comprehensive package designed to elevate every aspect of your story. Allow us to collaborate with you and see your story realize its fullest potential.

Adherence to genre conventions

Writing a short story

In the world of short stories, genre plays a pivotal role in shaping the narrative and engaging readers. Each genre, from fantasy and sci-fi to romance and mystery, comes with its own set of conventions and audience expectations. At ServiceScape, we understand this deeply and offer genre-sensitive editing to help your story fulfill its genre's demands effectively.

Our editors are experienced in a wide range of genres, each with a keen understanding of the unique elements that define them. They can skillfully weave in the required genre conventions while preserving the uniqueness of your narrative voice and vision. Regardless of whether your short story treads the realms of the fantastic or navigates the intricacies of human relationships in a contemporary setting, our editors are ready to help you enhance your story's appeal to its intended audience.

We take great pride in respecting and maintaining the author's unique voice and style throughout the editing process. Our editors work closely with you, offering suggestions that enhance your story while keeping your original narrative intact.

So, whether you're spinning a tale of interstellar adventure or crafting a poignant slice-of-life narrative, we have the perfect editor for you. We invite you to explore our platform, familiarize yourself with our editors, and find the ideal professional who resonates with your genre and storytelling style.

A culture of open communication

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Crafting a compelling short story requires meticulous attention to every detail, from character development to plot progression. Because of this, maintaining open and consistent communication throughout the editing process is vital.

At ServiceScape, we understand the importance of this collaboration and strive to facilitate smooth, open dialogue between you and your editor. Our platform offers direct messaging and virtual conferences. These options make it simple and convenient for you to discuss your story's direction, ask questions, or provide further clarification to your editor.

Our editors approach each project with a collaborative mindset, valuing your input and feedback at every stage of the editing process. This two-way communication ensures your story retains its original vision while receiving the necessary enhancements to make it more engaging and polished.

By working with ServiceScape, you can be assured of a collaborative editing experience, one where your ideas are heard, respected, and incorporated into the final version of your short story. We understand that you're not just looking for an editor, but a partner who can help bring the best out of your story, and we're committed to being that partner.

Exceptional short story editing service

A woman writing a short story

Our editors specialize in a wide array of short story genres, understanding the distinct conventions and reader expectations inherent to each one. From science fiction to romance, mystery to literary fiction, our editors can navigate the nuances of any genre, enhancing your story while retaining its unique style and voice.

We understand how vital each word is in a short story, and how every line contributes to the narrative. That's why we dedicate ourselves to polishing your work to the highest standard, enhancing your plot, pacing, and characters without sacrificing your distinct storytelling style. By choosing ServiceScape, you choose an editing service that respects and amplifies your unique voice, while bringing industry-leading expertise to refine your short story. With us, you can be confident that your story is in the best hands, and together, we can craft a piece of fiction that resonates with readers and leaves a lasting impression.

Frequently asked questions

How do I hire an editor?

You can hire an editor in just four steps:

  1. Browse our directory to find the editor you want to hire.
  2. Click the "View Profile" button to see additional information.
  3. From the profile page, click on the "Hire Me" button.
  4. Upload your writing and enter your project details.

You will have the option to either select a predefined service or create a custom project. If you select a predefined service, you can pay for your project immediately by using a credit card, U.S. bank transfer, or PayPal®. After your payment method has been approved, the editor will start working on the project as soon as possible and will deliver it by the due date you selected. If you select a custom project, the editor will provide you with a service proposal that will have a unique price for the unique service you require.

Can I have a free sample?

Sure! Many ServiceScape editors provide free samples. You can submit a free sample request by doing the following:

  1. Browse our directory to find an editor you'd like to ask for a free sample.
  2. Click the "View Profile" button to see additional information.
  3. From the profile page, click on the "Free Sample" button.
  4. Upload your writing and enter your project details.

If the editor accepts your free sample request, you will receive the sample edited version within a couple of days.

How do I contact an editor?

To contact an editor about your project, just do the following:

  1. Browse our directory to find the editor you'd like to contact.
  2. Click the "View Profile" button to see additional information.
  3. From the profile page, click on the "Send Message" button.
  4. Write and send your message.

We will email you a notification as soon as your editor replies to your message.

How do I set up a teleconference with an editor?

If you would like to speak with an editor directly, just do the following:

  1. Browse our directory to find an editor you'd like to speak with on a teleconference call.
  2. Click the "View Profile" button to see additional information.
  3. From the profile page, click on the "Teleconference" button.
  4. Enter the date and time you would like to have your discussion.

We will contact you right away about availability and set up the teleconference for all parties involved.

Where can I find ratings and reviews for editors?

You can find ratings and reviews from past clients within most editor profiles. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button to see them. You can also read ServiceScape ratings and reviews on eKomi. In addition, ServiceScape has been featured in several publications and websites, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, UpWork, HuffPost, Indeed, and The Ladders.

Can I see examples of work the editors have done in the past?

Many editors have portfolios which feature their editing. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button to view these edited versions.

Where can I find price and due date information?

A list of prices and due dates can be found within each editor's profile. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button.

Do you provide editing certifications?

Yes, we provide editing certifications. Simply request the document when you hire an editor. When your project is delivered, you can download the editing certification by clicking on your project and clicking on the "Certification" button. These signed declarations certify that a document has been professionally edited by a ServiceScape editor.

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