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.


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

 After attending Pat Iyer’s Book Authoring Mastery Class, I was pleased to have Pat agree to edit my first book. The focus of my book shared many memorable stories and events through my fifty-year nursing career. Pat’s knowledge of grammar, the English language, and spelling was substantial in assisting me to produce a quality product. Pat is an experienced author and the value of her tips was immeasurable. Any questions I had during the process were answered almost immediately. I would highly recommend Pat as an editor, and used her services for my second book too.

– Laura Conklin MSN RN LNC

“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

“Thank you Pat for doing such a thorough job on my book — and in record time. Your skill with sentence structure enhanced my book, making the content clearer and more impactful for the reader. 


-Nancy Matthews

Author, The One Philosophy: A Better Life for You and Humanity

Founder, Women’s Prosperity Network