Editorial & Design Services

I offer editing services for individuals and publishers.

  • If you are a publisher, and interested in editing of any type, typesetting (InDesign), or cover design, just email me (paulaguran@paulaguran.com).
  • For individual’s novels and novellas, I am currently working through Reedsy.com. Please check there. Here’s my Reedsy profile.
  • Reedsy doesn’t offer services for original short fiction, so I do that directly. Please see Short Fiction below for work under 17,500 words.

I specialize in speculative fiction, but I also edit historical, general fiction, romance, and non-fiction. (Really, about anything. I’ve even done minutes of business meetings.) Of course, I also copyedit. For fiction, I am experienced with Chicago Manual of Style and have the latest online edition. I’m also familiar with Associated Press style for nonfiction.

There are a few testimonials at the bottom of the page. I’ll be adding more as time and the kindness of writers I’ve worked with allows.

You can also check the Books Page under “Novels & Collections Edited” to see who and what I’ve edited.

Short Fiction

I’ve edited two magazines—Bones and Horror Garage—and won an IHG Award for the latter along with a World Fantasy Award nomination. I edit the long-running Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror anthology series and the newer Year’s Best Fantasy series. (Both now with Pyr.) Previous to that, many years ago, I ran an online dark fiction workshop and taught classes for Writers.com.

I offer a general assessment of what works and what does not work in your story. If needed and/or possible, I offer overall suggestions for improvement. I don’t make specific corrections or, in most cases, offer exact “fixes” for problems. I will commit to a copy edit or full edit only after an assessment. We would discuss additional fees at that time.

Short Fiction Critique Fees:

  • Up to 2,500 words: flat fee of $50
  • 2,501 to 6,000 words: flat fee of $100
  • 6,001 to 10,000 words: flat fee of $150
  • 10,001 to 14,000 words: flat fee of $175
  • 14,001 to 17,500 words: flat fee of $200


I also do typesetting and cover design. You can see some examples of the latter on the cover design page. Email me (paulaguran@paulaguran.com) directly for more information on typesetting (InDesign) or cover design.

Once determined, payment can be made through Zelle, PayPal, Stripe, or Venmo. (Zelle does not take credit cards.) I will invoice you and when payment has cleared, I will start work.


    Paula Guran saved my career. She’s the best editor I ever had. Insightful, conscientious, knowledgeable. There’s a reason I thank in her in my books.
    John Shirley, winner of the Bram Stoker Award, Emmy nominee, author of the bestselling novels BioShock: Rapture and Demons.
    As a writer and editor, I consider myself extremely lucky to have had my work edited by Paula Guran! Not only does she have an extensive knowledge of “The Rules”—grammar, spelling, punctuation, oh my!—but she also has a deep knowledge of the genre, history, literature in general, and human nature. All of which goes towards making her one of the leading editors in speculative fiction today. Writers need editors who get them and what they’re trying to do with their stories—Paula Guran is just such a person. Highly recommended.
    Angela Slatter, award-winning author of All the Murmuring Bones
    Paula is a great editor, and a delight to work with!
    Elizabeth Bear, Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Astounding Award winning author
    Paula Guran is one of the stalwarts of genre fiction for a reason. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with her in her capacity as original anthology editor and her feedback was invaluable. She has an incisive eye, huge knowledge of her subject, and great respect for stories and writers.
    Priya Sharma, Shirley Jackson Award, British Fantasy Award, and World Fantasy Award winning author
    Paula is an amazing editor. She worked with me on my novel and made it so much better. She really got me.
    Sally McBride, author of Water, Circle, Moon

Questions? Email paulaguran@paulaguran.com.