Editorial Services

Regardless of your publishing goals, the quality of your work matters—no one wants to read a book that's riddled with typos and grammatical errors. However, even the best writers make mistakes. iUniverse provides editorial services that will help you make your book the best it can be.

In order to take advantage of our Editorial Services, you must have access to Microsoft Word. Our editing appears as tracked changes in your manuscript, which must be read in Word.

Read our Editorial Services FAQ page to learn more about what to expect from your editing services and for more information on industry standards.

Please note: iUniverse evaluators, editors, and copywriters follow the most current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which is the premier style guide used by book publishers.

Music mogul Don Tolle's book, For the Record, earned the Editor’s Choice award from iUniverse. Tolle was thoroughly impressed by the care and attention he received during his editing and publishing process.

Core Editorial Services

Core editing services focus on improving the nuts and bolts of a book: grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure. Services include Copyediting, Line Editing, Content Editing, and Content Editing Plus.

Advanced Editorial Services

Sometimes manuscripts need specialized attention that goes beyond detail work in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Our experienced editors take an in-depth look at your book's content and other high-level stylistic considerations, including content, plot, and pace. Services include Developmental Editing, Book Doctoring, Ghostwriting, and Ghostwriting Estimate and Sample.

iUniverse author Robert Chipley explains why he chose the self-publishing route for his books Germania and Gorging Out . He also describes his positive experience with iUniverse’s editorial services and how his books were pre-adapted for screenplays.

Author Assistance Editorial Services

While all of our Editorial Services aim to assist authors, this category of services takes an extra step, providing professional guidance to authors during the crucial revision stage following a core editorial service. Services include a Quality Review and an Editorial Assistant as an add-on to all of our Core and Advanced Editorial Services. Plus, Researching is available to those authors who need help gathering facts, such as for historical works or memoirs.

For more information on Author Assistance Editorial Services, refer to the following form, which is used to provide additional information for the Editorial Assistant before work can begin on your manuscript: Editorial Assistant Form (.doc, 93KB)

Cover Copy Polish

With iUniverse Cover Copy Polish, ideas you provide allow us to create intriguing copy that can help you clinch the sale.


Our proofreading and revisions services can help save you from embarrassment and costly corrections after publication.


To maximize the usability of a nonfiction title, readers, book buyers, librarians, and reviewers will expect you to include an index in your book. You can even sell your book to readers by the index.