Editing with Pat Iyer

A book editor serves as a consultant, guide, and expert to guide you through the process of completing your manuscript. Whether you choose to work with a traditional publisher or self-publish your book, an editor organizes, tightens, and polishes your work. As an editor, I can help you on several levels.

The process will vary according to which service you choose. You and I will have an initial consultation to discuss the scope of your book and to develop a plan. We can meet over Zoom, on a phone call or in person.

Developmental Editing

You have great ideas, but you aren’t sure how to organize them. You need help with structure and content flow. You may need help in composing an outline. You might need someone to turn your raw material into a carefully organized and easy-to-understand book.

As a developmental editor, I help authors gain the vision for their book and guide them through the process of writing with calls at a frequency we agree to until your manuscript is completed.

I review what you’ve written and suggest ways to alter the manuscript to make it complete, comprehensible and correct. I will provide copy editing and proofreading services until your manuscript is ready to be published.


You might think that if your book is traditionally published, an in-house editor will take care of proofreading and editing, but such services are decreasing as publishing houses cut back on expenses. If you choose to self-publish, you should have a professionally edited book to avoid the typos and grammatical errors that too often characterize self-published works.

What if you already have written your book and need some editing before it is final? I will edit and proofread your book until it is polished and ready to go to a publisher or to be self published.

Any successful author will tell you that a manuscript needs a second pair of eyes. We get too close to our material. We read it the way we think we wrote it. We read words that aren’t there. And unless you’ve been editing and proofreading your material on a regular basis, you know it’s been a long time since you learned the rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.


Editing takes the review process a step deeper. I replace repetitive words and phrases, cliches, rewrite incorrectly structured sentences, and turn passive language into active and powerful writing.

I will catch those embarrassing typos and help you present your knowledge in a professional way.

If you are working with a traditional or indie publisher, I will help you submit a professionally polished manuscript or book proposal.

“If you want to write a book and need someone to help you get it done, Pat Iyer is THE one. She will be your accountability partner, keeping you on track, organized and on time. As a skilled editor, Pat will take you through the process of putting the book in your head into people’s hands.”

– Nancy Lynn, Author of The Young Polished Professional

“I can’t say enough about my editor Patricia Iyer. A consummate professional, she served as a valued and objective outsider reviewing, editing and organizing my manuscript from her fresh and experienced perspective. Most importantly, she reminded of the importance of writing to my audience and not to myself.”

– Muktananda, Author of Conscious Awakening: A Journey into Light

“Pat’s editing services were invaluable to me in getting my book just right. Having objectivity, she helped me eliminate redundancies and tighten up my writing so that it was smoother and more succinct.”

– Cindy M Hartner author of You Don’t Get a Map You Get a Compass