36 Book Editors in India- Fiction & Non -fiction

Editors in India

Book Editors are important for any writer. An editor doesn’t just provide constructive feedback, but an editor can also be someone, who can work with you on bettering your manuscript. They usually feature on the third or the fourth number in the To-do list of any writer, where the first few things basically involving writing and research.

Editing can mean a complete overhaul and restructure of a document, or simply putting on the polish.

In this article, we will cover the following points, before sharing a list of book editors who offer editing services in India for both fiction and non fiction.

Who is a Book Editor?

Book Editors work on your manuscript in terms of different aspects like storyline, plot, characters, narrative, dialogues, language and grammar of your manuscript. They polish your manuscript to make it publishing ready.

Why should you work with an editor?

With availability of online apps and sites like Grammarly, one might argue on the need to hire an editor. However, working with an expert can never be compared to working with an app.  Any app or site comes with its own limitation when it comes to language, local words / names and grammar. For e.g., While color is right in American English, it is incorrect in British English.

Any app/ website might not be able to detect the localized words for food, dressing habits, traditions and culture which are extremely important when you are writing a story set in India. Most importantly, all apps cannot deliver 100% accuracy of being error-free. Furthermore, apps cannot look at things like structure and flow – they can only give feedback at the language and grammar level. For structure and flow, you need an editor competent enough to do structural editing.

Moreover, writing can be extremely lonely at times. Having an editor with you, also means having a person by your side, who can be your sounding board, agony aunt, friend, confidante and your 3 am go-to person for anything and everything that is writerly. Of course, that is what friends and family are for, but professionals are professionals. The value and expertise they bring along cannot be quantified in words.

What are the different types of editing?

Usually, book editors in India provide the following editing services:

  • Structural Editing/ Developmental Editing

In developmental editing service, the editor usually analyses the manuscript based on various aspects of novel writing which includes theme, characters, genre/sub-genre etc. for fiction while for non-fiction it will be analyzed on clarity and consistency. The core focus here is more on the plot and the narrative.

Recommended For
Authors who are looking at detailed feedback on their writing which includes plot, characters and the flow. 
  • Line Editing

This involves correcting &/or improving the consistency, tone and style. In this the editor works on the grammar of the manuscript along with spelling and punctuation. Here the focus is on the language.

Recommended For
Authors who have already worked with beta-readers previously or have ensured adequate research before writing the book because of which it is structurally strong and are looking only for language correction in their manuscripts should ideally consider this editing service. 
  • Proof-reading

The final step in editing, this includes a thorough check for any inconsistencies, spacing issues, spelling mistakes, typos and grammatical errors that might have got missed out till now. This step is to ensure the manuscript is error free and ready for publishing.

Recommended For
Authors who have already self-edited their manuscripts to quite and extent and need one more eye to ensure it is error free should opt for this editing service.

List of Manuscript Editors in India for Fiction, Non fiction & Academic writing

NameName of Business (if separate)Email AddressWebsite (If any)LocationNature of editing services offeredAny preferred types of writing (academic / legal / fiction / Narrative non-fiction etc.)Genres in order of preferenceAny non-editing services offered?Work Experience
Akanksha Purohitpuroaaks@gmail.comAhmedabadStructural Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingI prefer fiction and narrative, but have been writing technical, web and marketing content for bread and butter.1. Fiction
2. Romance
3. Sic-fic
Ghost writing, Beta Reading, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitchLess than 2 years
Ganesh VancheeswaranI run it in my name.thewholehog@gmail.comWebsite: www.ganeshv.com LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ganesh-vancheeswaran-communicationspecialist/BangaloreStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingAll fiction & non-fiction, including anthologies, essays and business/professional books. No particular preference; I am equally open to all genres and topics.Ghost writing, Beta Reading, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch, Coaching on book writing2-5 years
Samarpita Mukherjee SharmaCover To Cover Writing Studiosharma050309@gmail.comwww.samarpita.inBhopal, IndiaStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental Editingfiction, self-help, memoirsEverything except sci-fi and fantasy.Cover design, Ghost writing, Beta Reading, Book Marketing, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch, author website, logo design10-15 years
Venkataraman AnantharamanThe Art of Copyeditingavenkat1964@gmail.comhttps://theartofcopyediting.com/ChennaiStructural Editing, Line EditingMy website with its extensive content can be a good example. It also has a blog section; I write whenever I find time. (I'm basically a one-man army, conducting webinars online, picking up corporate assignments, and also preparing to put up my courses online.)No. I deal only with academic editing.More than 15 years
Jehanara WasiEditorjehanarawasi@gmail.comGaziabadStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-readingAcademic, literature, history, biography, visual and performing arts1. Literature 2. History 3. Biography 4. Visual and Performing Arts 5. Academic journalsGhost writing, Research, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch, Transcription, translation servicesMore than 15 years
Megha Dabralmemeghadabral@gmail.comDehradunLine Editing, Proof-readingNarrative non-fiction and academicTravel, memoirs, romance, historical fiction, mythology5-10 years
Richa Kapoorkrichakapoor@gmail.comDelhiStructural EditingNon-fictionMythology, historical fiction, memoirs, travel, romance 10-15 years
Priya TalwarEditor's Atelierpriyatalwar.24@gmail.comhttps://editorsatelier.comDelhiStructural Editing, Line Editing, Developmental EditingAll trade genres except science fiction, fantasy fiction, and poetry. Autobiography, biography, Memoir, anthology, management, leadership, self help, parenting, spirituality Ghost writing, Research, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch, Anthology_006 is a 6 month programme with an aim to create your best anthology in just 6 months, Four by Fifty helps submit your best work in 4 months with 101 support and more!5-10 years
Gita MohanN/Adrgitamohan@gmail.comGoaStructural Editing, Line Editing, Developmental EditingNo STM. Everything else is fine!No preference as suchI also teach and conduct workshops. I take on French to English translations.5-10 years
Neetu Ralhanneeturlhn@gmail.comGurgaonStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-readingCreative non-fiction, poetry, children’s fiction, Humanities & Social SciencesTravel, memoirsBeta Reading5-10 years
Niveditaniveyarao@gmail.comHyderabadProof-readingFiction1. Memoir 2. Romance 3. Mythology 4. Historical fiction 5. Travel2-5 years
Dagny Solserenely.rapt@gmail.comhttps://serenely.rapt.comIndiaStructural Editing, Line Editing, Developmental EditingFiction, narrative non-fiction, non-fiction1. Historical Fiction 2. Mythology 3. Memoirs 4. Romance 5. Sci-fi 6. TravelBeta Reading, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch, Author Coaching2-5 years
Inderpreet Kaur UppalEloquent Articulationinderpreetedits@gmail.comwww.inderpreetuppal.comIndiaStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingFiction / narrative non-fiction1. Romance
2. Fiction
3. Historical
4. Memoirs
5. Mythology
Manuscript Appraisal5-10 years
Urbi BhaduriMaps for Lost Writersurbi07@gmail.comNo website, but an article published recently in Scroll talks about a new project I started during the pandemic: https://scroll.in/article/970811/one-writer-has-taken-an-initiative-to-help-her-peers-fight-a-creative-block-during-the-pandemicIndiaStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingPublications by nonprofits, fiction & non-fiction1. Novels 2. Short stories 3. Self help, spirituality and productivity 4. MemoirsMore than 15 years
Dr Neha Neharikanehaneharika88@gmail.comLucknowStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingAcademicNA2-5 years
Tara KhandelwalBoundtarakhandelwal489@gmail.comwww.boundindia.com, www.tarakhandelwal.comMumbaiStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingFiction, narrative non-fiction, memoir1. Literary fiction, biographies and autobiographies, business books, argument based non-fiction, historical fiction, crime and thriller, mythologyGhost writing, Beta Reading, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch5-10 years
NamrataKeemiya Creativeskeemiyacreatives@gmail.comhttps://keemiyacreatives.wordpress.com/MumbaiStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental Editing1. Fiction 2. Narrative Non fiction 3. Non fiction1. Romance and Romcom
2. Women's Writing
3. Drama
4. Spirituality
5. Suspense/ Thrillers/ Murder Mystery/ Crime Thrillers
Cover design, Ghost writing, Beta Reading, Book Marketing, Research, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch, Alpha Reading, mentoring, Tie-ups with hybrid publishing houses for discounted publishing packages 5-10 years
Manali DesaiA Rustic Mindmanali1988@gmail.comarusticmind.comMumbaiStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingAll1. Romance 2. Historical Fiction 3. Travel 4. Mythology 5. MemoirsGhost writing, Beta Reading, Book Marketing, Research, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch, Manali Desai2-5 years
Sanjay SethiMatrix Publishing Groupssethi@rootsandshoots.co.inhttps://matrixpublishers.org/New DelhiStructural Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingAll genresMemoirs, Non Fiction, Coffee TableCover design, Ghost writing, Beta Reading, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch, Custom PublishingMore than 15 years
MJ NeelaFreelance Editormjneela@gmail.comNew DelhiDevelopmental EditingFeature stories, Essays, SOPEssays, Narrative non fiction10-15 years
Asha kumarias_kum_roy@yahoo.co.inNew DelhiLine EditingFiction and nonfictionRomance, mythology, historical fiction Copy editing10-15 years
Arpita Pandeyarpitapandey802@gmail.comhttps://mytalesbook.wordpress.comNew Delhi, IndiaStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-readingArticles,blogs, fiction,newsRomance, Historical fiction, Memoirs, Mythology, travelBeta Reading, Research, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitchLess than 2 years
Harika Chris (Harika Bantupalli)Revise and Wrap Editing and Design Servicesreviseandwrap@gmail.comwww.reviseandwrap.comNilgiris, IndiaStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingFiction, narrative non fiction. 1. Romance 2. Thrillers 3. Drama 4. Psychological Fiction 5.YA 6. Historical Fiction 7. MemoirsCover design, Beta Reading, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch, Mentoring, Author Coaching, Critiquing2-5 years
Divya DubeyAuthorz Coracleauthorzc@gmail.comwww.authorzcoracle.comNOIDAStructural Editing, Line Editing, Developmental EditingFiction, narrative non-fictionFiction, mythology, romance, memoirs, travelMore than 15 years
Deep DownerDD Edits Inc.deep.downer@gmail.comdeepdowner.meNOIDAStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingFictionSuspense, Thriller, Mystery, Historical, Romance, DramaGhost writing, Beta Reading, Outlining5-10 years
Preeta Priyamvadapreeta.edit@gmail.comNoidaLine Editing, Developmental EditingFiction, Non-fiction, AcademicMemoirs, Historical fiction, Romance, Mythology, Detective, Travel Ghost writing, Beta ReadingMore than 15 years
Mriga Maithelitalscanbefun@gmail.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/mrigamaithelOnlineStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingFiction, narrative non-fictionMy only preference is that the book should not have graphic descriptions of violence and crime.5-10 years
Nirja SharmaAarahan Publishersemailnirja@gmail.comwww.aarahanpublishers.comPuneStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingFiction/ Blog1. Romance 2. Mythology 3. Travel 4. FantasyCover design, Beta Reading, FORMATTING, PRINTING 10-15 years
Srabani Bhattacharyasrabha22@gmail.comPuneStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingAcademic, fiction, non-fiction, CVs, Cover Letter, SoPTravel, Memoirs, Mythology, Romance, Historical fictionBeta Reading, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch, Creating pitch deck biblesLess than 2 years
Dola Basu SinghShiuli Editing Servicesdolabsingh@gmail.comwww.shiuli.comPunjab, India.Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingFiction, Narrative non-fiction.1. Crime/Mystery/Thriller
2. Women's Fiction
3. Romance
4. Own Voices
5. Fantasy
6. Horror
7. Short Stories/Anthologies
Coaching and mentoring new authors, Story consultation.5-10 years
Veena RegidiEditorregidi.veena@gmail.comN.AVisakhapatnamStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingAnything and everythingNon fiction, narrative, fictionGhost writing5-10 years
Debalina Roydebalinar520@gmail.comN.AKolkataStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-readingOpen to all types of writingN.A2-5 years
Vinita R.K.Soulpenradhakrishna.vinita@gmail.comMumbaiStructural Editing, Line Editing, Proof-readingAcademic, Fiction1. Memoirs
2. Travel
3. Romance/ Thriller
Ghost writing, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch2-5 years
Dr.Karthik T.V.Govt. Servicedrtvkarthik@gmail.comHyderabadLine Editing, Proof-reading, Developmental EditingFiction,Biographies, Humour,etc.Memoirs, Travel, Personalities,etc.Research, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch10-15 years
Poonam Ganglanipoonamganglani@gmail.comwww.poonamganglani.comChennai, IndiaStructural Editing, Line Editing, Developmental EditingAll types of fiction and non-fiction1. Memoirs and travelogues 2. Narrative non-fiction 3. Business books and self-help guides 4. Literary fiction 5. CookbooksBeta Reading, Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch, Publishing consultancy10-15 years
Cora BhatiaWrite Editors Hubcorabhatia@gmail.comhttps://writeeditinghub.wordpress.com/GoaStructural Editing, Line Editing, Developmental EditingFiction and PoetryRomance, historical fiction, mythology, travel, memoirs.Synopsis Writing , Blurb writing and pitch10-15 years

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What does this list contain?
  • Names of  Book Editors in India who provide editing services
  • Email ids
  • Editing Services offered – Important to analyze according to your requirements
  • Preferred Genres & Sub-genres – Crucial while deciding who can be the best editor for your manuscript
  • Any other additional services offered apart from editing – Added benefits* 
  • Number of years of experience
Points to consider while hiring the editing services of a manuscript editor
  1. Editing is charged on a per word basis and the charge varies from editor to editor. It depends on various factors ranging from the type of editing required to the experience of the editor hired for it. The usual range we discovered while working on this post was starting from .60 paise / word to Rs. 2 per word. ( As on September, 2020) Please note the charges are subject to change taking into consideration various things like volume of work, nature of work involved etc.
  2. You can avail all of the above editing services or any one of them depending on your requirements. The cost will vary accordingly.
  3. Any manuscript can require more than one round of editing to make it error free.
  4. If required, you can always request for references. Most of the editors are willing to share references of clients and books they have worked on in the past or any other testimonials to their work unless their confidentiality clause does not allow them to do so. Some have even mentioned these on their sites for easy access.

Other services for writers

*Apart from editing services, some of these editors also offer other services like ghost writing, beta reading, manuscript review, research etc. To give you a brief idea about these:

  • Ghost Writing – It is like hiring someone else to write your book. When the book gets published, it is still in your name and the writer (ghost in this case) walks away with the payment you have made towards writing the book. The charges are usually based on the nature of the project, research required, word count and delivery deadlines. The cost might also vary basis the experience of the writer hired for such services because that in turn, will also impact the quality of the writing.
  • Beta Reading / Manuscript Review / Manuscript appraisal / Manuscript Assessment – In simpler words, this is nothing but a review for your book, but before it is published. Usually, beta-readers are experts in specific genres and the feedback provided by them also inspects various elements of book writing along with salability of the book. Unlike editing services, these reports are charged on the total word count of the manuscript and have a slab rate instead of a per word charge.
  • Research – Whenever a writer embarks on a journey of writing a book which is backed by immense research, the research usually takes up a lot of time leaving little to almost no time for writing. That is one of the reasons why such books take years to release. That is where you can decrease some of your work load by allocating the research work to someone else while you focus solely on writing your book. The cost depends on the number of hours allocated to research.

If you are just starting out with an idea, you might want to read our Beginner’s guide to writing a novel to get more clarity. While which type of publishing to opt for can be a difficult decision to make for the question – Tradition or self publishing – in India, which is better for a first time author?  is something we hear the most. With the rise in publishing options available for writers in India, it is important to hear what a published author has to say about Amazon or Self Publishing in India.

Editing is an imperative phase of any writer’s journey to getting published. History has witnessed many a successful writer-editor teams who have gone to deliver bestsellers after bestsellers. What makes a strong writer-editor team is the ability to understand each other’s needs and wants to execute it perfectly. And this, can happen only over a period of time with lot of patience and effort from both the ends.

As Tim Foote says, “Everyone needs an editor!” and with this list, we believe it is just a matter of time for you to find a perfect editor for your manuscript.

Disclaimer: Himalayan Writing Retreat has only collated a list for the benefit of the writers/ authors. We do not have any tie-up or association with any of these editors mentioned in the list. In case you are an editor and want to be included in this list, do reach out to us. 


 Please Note: This list is dynamic and we will keep on adding to it. If you are an editor or know someone who is, and would like to be added to this list, do fill up this form.  

13 Responses

  1. An excellent article to help new authors with their work. Just one shortcoming, it seems your article includes editors in the English language only. Could you include a few Hindi and other Indian language editors as well?

  2. This could have been a great article but it is not because the blog has not been edited for whatever reasons. Also, proof-reading has been listed as a type of editing, which is wrong. Proof-reading is a process that takes place after the manuscript has been typeset. The title says, “30 Manuscript Editors …,” but the list has 31 names.

    1. We intended to highlight it as one of the many services (Typesetting) taking into consideration authors who would like to opt for Amazon KDP route for publishing and hence, would skip the typesetting but need this service.

      Also, the list is dynamic as we are still adding more people to the list. Our aim to build a database of editors in India. As we keep adding people, we will keep changing the number to match it as well.

      1. Thanks for the clarification on proofreading. If the list is dynamic, the title of the blog should be changed. The aim is noble, but there should also be a screening process. My question about the blog not being edited still remains unanswered,

  3. Thanks Chetan for a very informative piece. Is the price which you have mentioned standard across India or is it different based on the region or the language. Would really appreciate if you had some suggestions or information on editors from Kerala.

    1. Hi Ronia,

      The price mentioned by us was more of a range we observed when we wrote that article. The cost usually depends on various factors like the type of editing involved, number of words and also the experience of the editors.

      As of now, we do not have any specific information or suggestions on editors from Kerala as per the data collated from our form.

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