Become a Book Editor

You will learn: what a book editor does, how to develop your skills to succeed in a book editing career, how to get hired for a job as a book editor, and how to start your own freelance editing business and get clients.

What Happens in the Book Editor Certificate Course

The Book Editor Certificate course is an online learning program with suggested readings from the textbook (IAP Career College Guide to Become a Book Editor). This course is self directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Book Editor Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Book Editor Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course and advice to help you succeed in the career.

Course Topics

The Book Editor Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Book Editor Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College. The course covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to become an editor of adult fiction or non-fiction books, including:

Introduction to Book Editing

  • The Book Publishing Industry
  • Types of Editors
  • Copy Editors
  • Structural Editors
  • Freelance Editors
  • Benefits of Being a Book Editor

Getting Ready

  • Publishing Skills and Knowledge
  • Grammar and Language Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Learning Book Editing By Doing
  • Freelance Editors
  • Benefits of Being a Book Editor

Getting Hired

  • Types of Employers
  • Large Publishers
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Learning Book Editing By Doing
  • Self-Study

Starting Your Own Freelance Editing Business

  • Creating a Business Plan
  • Financial Matters
  • Working With Support Staff

Getting Clients

  • Choosing Your Target Market
  • Marketing Techniques
  • Selling Your Services
  • Client Contracts

What Is Included in the Book Editor Certificate Course

This all-inclusive Book Editor Certificate Course package includes:

  • Registration for the Book Editor Certificate Course
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice
  • (Optional) 2024 membership in the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group for only $2.99 per month
  • Downloadable Book Editor Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • Textbook: IAP Career College Guide to Become a Book Editor (e-book edition)


Register for the Book Editor Certificate Course

$149.00
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You can have all this for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other programs. (We found courses based on old editions of our guides with registration fees of up to $999 and more.) We are able to offer you online courses at a significantly lower cost to you because of our expertise from over 20 years of producing the leading online guides for non-traditional careers.

Our online certificate courses have previously been offered for a registration fee of $297 U.S. and include a textbook and professional membership – a total value of almost $377.

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About a Career as a Book Editor

If you love to read, book editor could be your dream career!

Book editors are the people who shape what the world reads. They decide which manuscripts are worthy of becoming published books, and then they turn those manuscripts into masterpieces.

There are several kinds of editors including Copy Editors (who edit a manuscript line by line to ensure correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation) and Acquisitions Editors (who work with literary agents to buy books for publishing houses).

There are also a growing number of opportunities for freelance editors whose clients may include authors, book publishers, and corporations that need editing help.

It is an exciting time to be a book editor. With the rise of non-traditional forms of book publishing such as self-publishing and print on demand, the book publishing industry has seen more change and growth in the previous decade than in the previous century. In 2022, more than 2.5 million books will be published, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

...everything you need to succeed, from where to get the best experience while still in school to landing that great job and what to expect once you're there. The guide should be on the reading list of anyone interested in pursuing an editorial career in book publishing
Stacey A. Farkas, Editorial Director, Career Press

Why Get a Certificate?

How can you benefit with a certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College)?

A certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College may give you:

  • Respect as a professional
  • A competitive advantage when marketing your services
  • A sense of achievement and confidence
  • A credential for your resume when applying for jobs
  • Assurance to clients of your professionalism
  • Evidence of your expertise
  • Higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Certificates: A fast track to careers)

With the International Association of Professions Career College, you can earn a certificate online more quickly and affordably than many other educational options.

Why Choose IAP Career College?

The International Association of Professions Career College (also known as IAP Career College) aims to offer the finest in affordable online certificate programs for dream careers.

The textbooks for most of our courses were developed by our parent company, the leading online publisher of career guide books on how to get started in a dream career, with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Our guides have been used as textbooks for more than a decade, and you can find them in the career centers and library collections of many famed colleges and universities – from the University of Texas to the Fashion Institute of Technology – as well as in numerous public libraries in cities from Vancouver to New York.

It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other certificate programs. When we discovered online courses based on old editions of our career guides costing over $1,000.00, we knew it was time to offer our own online certificate programs.

Now, the leader in online career guides for dream careers, along with a team of respected academics, have created online certificate programs through IAP Career College, allowing you to study and earn a certificate from the comfort of your own home.

Established online in 1999, the parent company of IAP Career College (known as FabJob) is an award-winning organization named “the #1 place to get published online” by Writer’s Digest. Our company and career guides have been featured in media ranging from ABC to Oprah’s newsletter and respected news sites ranging from CNN to the Wall Street Journal online.

We continue this tradition of excellence in online career education with the International Association of Professions Career College. Each of our career certificate programs has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

We invite you to learn more about the online certificate courses we offer you by visiting our Certificate Courses page. We are also happy to answer any of your questions to help you decide whether an online certificate course from the International Association of Professions Career College is right for you.

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  • How Much Does a Book Editor Make?
    As a book editor, your income is determined by a number of factors, including: your experience, location, and what company you work for, if any. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual income for editors in the United States was $59,480 in May 2018, however the highest 10 percent earned more than $117,000.
  • What Does a Book Editor Do?
    Book editors are the people who shape what the world reads. They decide which manuscripts are worthy of becoming published books, and then they turn those manuscripts into masterpieces. There are several kinds of editors including Copy Editors (who edit a manuscript line by line to ensure correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation) and Acquisitions Editors (who work with literary agents to buy books for publishing houses).
  • How Do You Become a Book Editor?
    Earning a certificate as a book editor will equip you with the principles and techniques for becoming a professional book editor. A certificate also provides evidence of your expertise, assurance of your professionalism, an important credential for your resume, a competitive advantage when marketing your services and higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • What is the Book Editor Certificate Course?
    In IAP Career College’s part-time online Book Editor Certificate Course you will earn certification as a book editor and learn important principles and practical step-by-step techniques for getting started in a career as a professional book editor. This online course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks, however it may be completed in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks. The course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance, however as a student you have access to Faculty Members to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice.
  • What is IAP Career College?
    The International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College) is a leading online career college offering affordable online certificate courses and professional certifications for non-traditional and "dream" careers. When you take a part-time online certificate course with IAP Career College, you can schedule your learning around your life - you can work at your own pace, at the best times for you and from the comfort of your own home. IAP Career College and affiliated company FabJob Inc (the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career) have served over half a million career changers on six continents since 1999.