Are you interested in joining the Black Editors & Proofreaders directory?

Being a BEP editor means you handle your business like a true professional. This means being responsive to all direct inquiries in a timely manner, maintaining open lines of communication with clients throughout their projects, adhering to strict confidentiality policies regarding clients’ works, meeting deadlines at or below agreed-upon rates, and possessing the skill and expertise necessary to effectively and personally complete all projects that are contracted without secretly outsourcing to other or unqualified individuals.

BEP companies operate with valid business licenses registered as independent editorial service providers. We run our companies with integrity and commitment to excellence. We maintain strict confidentiality pertaining to clients’ and prospective clients’ projects and do not forward any of clients’ materials to other editors or individuals outside of our network without prior written consent.

If this sounds like you, you should apply to join our network!


We are currently actively accepting applications from individual freelance developmental and substantive/line fiction and nonfiction editors, ghostwriters, beta readers, and advanced review copy readers. If that’s you, please apply.

We currently have a waiting list for copyeditors and proofreaders and will not be accepting applications for this until further notice.

To apply, editors and proofreaders must have, at a minimum:

  • a valid business entity certificate in the name of the editorial services firm, whether LLC, DBA or other legal entity (a Tax ID number is a plus)
  • a website dedicated to your editorial services business or an “editorial services” page on a related business site, such as a writing or communications firm
  • be an independent freelancer and not the owner or member of an agency or team of editors
  • experience in every “genre” listed in your profile

Additionally, book editors must demonstrate experience on at least 4 published books. Developmental and substantive editors are required to provide either links to 4 published books that are well-reviewed on Amazon or Goodreads or you may also provide samples of works that are not-yet published as long as they demonstrate the editing you performed. You can also provide a combination of the two.

The cost to be listed in the directory is $6 per month or $65 for the first year, after which you may apply for renewal at the then-current rate, plus a one-time $20 setup fee.

If you possess the qualifications, but do not yet have a website, business formation, or the required minimum book references, WordWiser Ink may be hiring editors for subcontracting work, so check with them.