SRD Editing Services

It’s official: you’re writing your manuscript. You know you need an editor. An experienced editor. An editor who can help in more ways than one. The book editing team at SRD Editing Services located in Orlando, Florida, is ready to help.

SRD Editing Services: Helping dreams become books

Fiction & Nonfiction Editing. Book Coaching. Proofreading.

Get an editor for your fiction or nonfiction manuscript for best results.

Whether you’ve written a summary and an outline or a full manuscript, whether you’ve focused on a specific genre, whether you’re telling your history or personal advice: finding an editor for your book is a vital step in your process to publication.

Editors Are Manuscripts' Best Friends

An editor should bring to your manuscript: A fresh set of experienced eyes, knowledge of publishing, and a true talent for storytelling. Every manuscript needs friends to help it pass “good” and reach “masterpiece.”

Book editors are valuable at multiple stages in the drafting process. From conception to release day, your manuscript can always use a friend.

At SRD Editing Services, we aim to be the best book editors you’ve ever worked with.

Self-Publishing & Traditional Publishing Book Editing

The world of publishing is more complicated and exciting than ever. Authors have the choice between pursuing traditional publishing (with an agent or publishing company) and self-publishing options (which might include hybrid or vanity publishing.) 

We work with all writers, no matter which publishing path is right for them. As editors for traditionally published authors, we know that agents and publishers have high standards. As editors for self-publishing authors, we understand the unique needs and stresses that come with publishing your own materials. We offer advice and support services as editors for book publishing, no matter how that book reaches its market.

Academic Line Editing (APA 7th edition)

Graduate students and professional academics have their own unique needs. Academic writers need to find an editor who understands submission guidelines and requirements and the specific details of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). 

Prepare your thesis, dissertation, academic essay, or journal article with academic line editing from SRD Editing Services.

Editing Services in Orlando, Florida. Serving Central Florida Since 2018

Located in Orlando, Florida, our editors may be available to meet in person with nearby authors in the Central Florida area. For writers who live farther away, you may be able to arrange to meet virtually if necessary. If you need to find a book editor who will work with your unique situation, just ask, and we’ll see if we can accommodate. 

Cortni Merritt, MA, Editor at SRD Editing Services

A writer, reader, and poet from childhood, I love a well-told story. After obtaining a BS in psychology, I worked in marketing and sales before returning to complete a BA and an MA in English literature, along with a graduate certificate in publishing and editing.

For more than a decade, I’ve been a freelance writer and literary editor with individuals and companies around the world, and although I’d like to say I’ve seen it all, I read something new every day.

I founded SRD Editing Services in 2018, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, and proud to focus our work on Florida-based authors.

Testimonials from Clients

She went the extra mile …

Cortni did an excellent job, completing the work far ahead of schedule. Editing a work written in a dialect is tricky, and she went the extra mile to get it right.

Nonfiction author
Developmental + Line Edit. 2016-2017.


“Absolutely amazing! Professional, efficient, fast, and just simply incredible to work with! Highly recommend! Thank you, Cortni!”

K. Read., Children's poetry author
Line edit. Children's poetry. 2021. Repeat client.

Pure gold …

Her comments are pure gold.

Christian H. Fiction author.
Developmental Edit. 2019.

Creative. Businesslike. Terrific.

Hire Cortni if you seek an editor with an incredibly creative mind and a businesslike manner. She’s terrific all the way around. Trust me!

Guy B., Fiction author
Developmental edit & line edit. Fiction. 2019-2020. Repeat client.

Real collaborator with deep commitment …

Cortni went far above and beyond and become a real collaborator with deep commitment to the success of the project.

Fiction Author
Developmental Edit. 2018.

Will be using for more work …

Excellent communication and clearly a desire to do the job to my specific guidelines. Will be using Cortni for more work in the future

Whitney E. Nonfiction author.
Developmental + Line Edit + Proofread + Ebook. Repeat client. 2019.

With love and attention …

My first book is my baby and I interviewed many people for editing, ultimately choosing Cortni — and I’m glad I did! She treated my work with love and attention, so I knew it would be a stellar product. So far, nothing but 5-star reviews!

Matt J. Repeat client. Nonfiction author.
Developmental + Line Edit. 2016-2017.

Your work is always good …

Thank you for always getting work done quickly. You care about customers! I really do appreciate that, and I have always been satisfied by your work.

Yoon Tae Sung, PhD.
Academic line edits. Repeat client. 2014-2019

Give your work the attention it needs …

Cortni provided editing services for my book. She was professional, timely, and provided feedback, which I needed and appreciated. If you are an author in need of editing services I would recommend Cortni. She will give you and your work the attention it needs.

Fiction author
Line edit. 2019.

Awesome! Goes above and beyond.

“Cortni is awesome! Work is always done by the due date if not sooner and she goes above and beyond. Love working with her and will continue to do so!”

Teresa S., Nonfiction author
Line edit. Academic. 2021. Repeat client.

Timely, quality work …

Cortni was great. Timely, quality work. Very cooperative and friendly. Would absolutely recommend.

Matt B. Nonfiction author.
Line Edit. 2016-2017.

Got my dissertation to the level it needed to be …

Thank you Cortni for helping me to get my dissertation to the level where it needed to be! Thanks to the assistance provided, there were relatively few changes that the university’s dissertation form & style editor requested I make. I appreciate all the help!

Benjamin S., PhD candidate
Academic Line Edit. 2019.

Satisfied customer, right here …

Satisfied customer, right here …

Stephen "Mack" Mackleprang. Nonfiction & Fiction author.
Line Edits. Repeat client. 2018-2019.

Made the editing process a breeze …

Working with Cortni was an absolute pleasure! Her communication is stellar and she does a great job in getting very clear on exactly what your result is. She is professional, very easy to talk to, and knows what she is doing. The editing process for my book was a breeze thanks to Cortni and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have worked with her. If you are looking for an editor for your book or manuscript of any kind, do not hesitate to reach out to Cortni. I will definitely be hiring her again in the future!

Victor P. Nonfiction author.
Developmental Edit. 2018.

100% satisfied …

Fantastic, speedy work. Got it right the first time, I am 100% satisfied and will return when I have another project

Nonfiction author.
Line edit. 2019.

Best detail of work & price I’ve experienced…

“After 20 years as a ghostwriter and author I have used different editing services. I chose to look local and found SRD Editing Services. Cortni was amazing. The detail of work and price was the best I’ve ever experienced. I highly recommend and will continue to use in the future.”

Paul M., Fiction author
Line edit. Fiction. 2021.

Really Helpful & Communicative

“I loved working with Cortni. She is excellent at her job, very punctual, and really helpful. She went above and beyond what was asked of her. She is a very nice person and easy to communicate with. I would highly recommend her services and look forward to working with her again.”

Robert S., Fiction author
Developmental edit & line edit. Fiction. 2020-2021. Repeat client.

Worth three exclamation points …

Exceptional work done in a timely manner. Thank you!!!

Corrine A., PhD. Candidate
Ghostwrite & Line Edit. 2019.

From Nervous to Excited …

Having Cortni as an editor totally improved my book, and I went from feeling nervous about how my book would be received to being excited about how my book would be received. All the best, and I look forward to crossing paths again soon.

Bryan G., Nonfiction author
Developmental Edit. 2019.

Insights, tools, & a pleasure to work with…

“Cortni helped me through editing my book, A Paw Partnership. She had so many interesting insights, and tools up her sleeve to make my chapters stronger and more informative. She was very patient and kind throughout the process with her calm demeanor, and was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend SRD Editing services for any editing needs!”

Neha T., Nonfiction author
Developmental edit. Nonfiction. 2020-2021.

Helpful for anyone who needs an editor …

This was my second time using Cortni as a Beta Reader. She was very helpful with her feedback both times, which is why I rehired her. I would recommend her as an editor or reader for anybody who is looking for one.

Fiction Author
Beta Read + Line Edit. Repeat client. 2017-2019.

Exceeded my expectations …

Cortni consistently exceeded my expectations. She is professional, thoughtful and respectful. I highly recommend her editing services for long-form fiction in the women’s lit genre. I would work with her again.

Emily W., Fiction author
Line Edit. 2016.

Ready for the shelves …

I couldn’t have produced half of what I did without her. Amazing work and easy to work with. I’d recommend her to anyone with something they want turned into something ready for the shelves.

Nonfiction author.
Developmental + Line Edit. 2019.

Results-oriented and rewarding experience …

Working with Cortni has been a highly results-oriented and rewarding experience. It has been among my best professional experiences when it comes to writing and collaborating.

Developmental Edit author.
Nonfiction. 2012.

Communicative and great work …

Very communicative and did great work. Would hire again.

Nonfiction short story author.
Developmental + Line Edit. 2018-2019.

Helped our paper get accepted for publication…

“Ms. Cortni Merritt helped us with the quality of our English in our review paper on Mechanoactivation. Our research team was struggling to have our paper accepted and once Ms. Cortni Merritt edited it, it got easier to read and it got accepted for publication. Thank you!”

Angelina G., Academic Nonfiction author
Proofread. APA Academic Nonfiction. 2021.

The best thing I could have done …

I’m impressed with Cortni’s work, really so. Bringing her on board was the best thing I could’ve done. Thank you so much.

Guy B., Fiction author
Developmental + Line Edit. 2019.

Brought value with her ideas and resources …

Cortni was the perfect partner to work with on my editing. Her communication was perfect and I could always count on her to complete the work on time and with complete accuracy. She understood the scope of the project and exceeded all my expectations. She brought more value in her ideas and resources but also made sure my voice and creativity were protected. I would highly recommend Cortni and will continue to offer her opportunities to work with me on future projects.

Whitney E. Nonfiction author.
Developmental + Line Edit + Proofread + Ebook. Repeat client. 2019.

Feedback on point …

Cortni was such a pleasure to work with. Her communication was always open & frequent, and her feedback was on point. Thanks Cortni!

Toi P., Fiction author.
Line Edit. 2016.

Courteous, dedicated, and professional …

Working with Cortni has been such a pleasant experience. I felt that my work was in a professional’s hands. She is courteous, dedicated, and always maintains communication. I’m satisfied with the final product and will definitely hire her again.

Ahmed Seif, M.D., Nonfiction author
Developmental Edit. 2016-2017.

The best I’ve worked with …

I wouldn’t have had the confidence to go straight to press without Cortni’s help. She is the best proofreader I’ve ever worked with. She’s fun and professional. I recommend her to everyone who’s in need of an editor or proofreader.

Fiction Author
Proofread. 2018-2019.

A gift …

Cortni is not only a professional, but she is so easy to work with and she offers support an encouragement throughout the process. That is a gift. Happy to refer her to anyone in this field.

Nonfiction author.
Developmental + Line Edit. Repeat client. 2019.

Treats your work like her own …

Cortni is such a wonderful talent! Great to work with. I can’t wait to work with her again. Cortni will treat your work like her own!

Darrius S. Repeat client. Nonfiction author.
Developmental + Line Edit. 2016-2017.

Went above and beyond …

Cortni was an absolute pleasure to work with. I would use her again. She went above and beyond the role of a proofreader.

Edy N. Nonfiction author.
Proofread. 2017.

5 stars …

Great feedback. 5 stars.

Beta Read author.
Fiction. 2017.

Dedicated Professional Book Editors

As a professional book editor, I’ve scaled mountains of manuscripts (fiction and non-fiction), and traversed thousands of pages of business documents and websites, touching on innumerable topics and industries. In dark hours, I’ve researched countless subjects in order to become educated before the sunrise, and I thoroughly enjoy the learning experience I receive with every project. I find true joy in editing books for writers. 

Editor at their computer, editing services for fiction, nonfiction, verse.

Located in Orlando, Florida, I am available to meet with nearby writers in person, and with long-distance writers using a variety of digital tools. No matter where you are in the world, I’ll be ready when you need.

As SRD Editing Services grows, I am building a team of other professional book editors who want nothing more than to deliver the best results we can to help turn your dream into a printed or digital book. Working with any member of my team means that you’re working with professionals who want to help you deliver your best product and artwork to the world.

Professional Editing Memberships & Associations

SRD Editing Services is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association since 2022.

Logo of the Editorial Freelancers Association

SRD Editing Services is a member of the International Association of Professional Writers & Editors since 2023. 

Logo of the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors

Discounts for Editing Services

15% off for Repeat Clients

Editors at SRD Editing Service love working with repeat clients! Whether you return at a later step in the same manuscript or with an entirely new manuscript, we extend a 15% discount as a “thank you” for your repeat business.

15% Discount for Bulk Proofreading

Are you a writer who publishes frequently online, either in a series, short stories, or standalone pieces? Some writers with a frequent publishing schedule are looking for bulk rates on proofreading for fiction or nonfiction series, blogs, or other ongoing publications. Our editors are happy to extend a discounted rate to authors publishing on an ongoing basis.

10% off for University of Central Florida and Florida State Alumni

Founder and lead editor Cortni Merritt is a proud alumnus of the University of Central Florida (BA English literature, 2012) and Florida State University (MA English literature, 2014). To show support for our fellow Knights and ’Noles, we offer a 10% discount for fellow alumni or current students at either of these amazing Florida schools! 

We do ask for verification of your graduation or current enrollment. Ask for details!

The SRD Editing Services Process

Our team has created comprehensive, streamlined processes for each service that we offer. We use MS Word and its built-in Track Changes feature, as well as margin comments to perform all beta readings and sensitivity readings, editing services, and proofreading. We have a standardized invoicing process, allow for flexible milestone payments, and provide an editorial letter with each project, to summarize the final thoughts and address any lingering concerns or questions. Plus, your editor will provide you with tips and resources no matter whether you’re planning to publish traditionally or self-publish.

Find out more about the Onboarding Process and Payment Options

SRD Editing Services Policies

The team at SRD Editing Services values confidentiality and professionalism. For every client, our standard policy is to specify the terms of service a Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) and a standard freelancer contract. Although we are fully professional editors for book publishing who aim to satisfy every client’s needs, we know there are rare times when a refund is the most satisfactory for everyone, which is why we’ve standardized and publicized our refund policy.

Find out more about the Contract Terms, NDA, and Refund Policies.

Want to Read More from Our Editor?

The SRD Editing Services team publishes blogs on topics of writing, editing, our favorite books and authors, and more! Peruse published articles and subscribe to our blog to receive the newest articles in your email inbox.

poet, publishing and editing servicesCheck out the Published Poetry page from editor Cortni Merritt.

Helping dreams become books: SRD Editing Services