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David Aretha (Freelance Editor)
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ALREADY AN IBPA MEMBER? Great! Simply log into the "members only" area of the IBPA website to download a current copy of the IBPA Membership Benefits Handbook containing all the information you need to take advantage of each IBPA member benefit.

The IBPA member benefit

IBPA members receive a 10% discount on freelance editorial services from David Aretha.

By avoiding overhead and working efficiently, David keeps rates low. Typical rates (exclusive of the 10% IBPA member discount) include:

  • Proofreading: 1.1-1.4 cents per word
  • Copy editing: 1.5-2.5 cents per word
  • Manuscript review/critique: 1.6 cents per word
  • Developmental/Content editing: rates vary

David can also provide a 3-in-1: developmental/content editing, copy editing, proofreading for one low price. Everyone’s needs are different. To accommodate, IBPA members can send David a sample of their manuscript and ask him what they’d like him to do. He’ll provide a free sample edit as well as a quote (fee and completion date).

About David Aretha

David Aretha has written and edited more than 300 books for 30-plus publishers, with combined sales of more than $20 million. He has edited books for HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press, Lyons Press, Scholastic, Total/Sports Illustrated, and other esteemed publishers, and he has edited manuscripts for dozens of self-published authors.


  • Copy editing, line editing, content/developmental editing, proofreading, query letters.
  • Fiction: novels, young adult, children’s, historical fiction.
  • Nonfiction: memoirs, history, sports, biographies, military, politics…pretty much anything.


"David Aretha is one of the most reliable and qualified copyeditors and proofreaders I have worked with in my many years in publishing. His attention to detail, his consistent and conscientious approach to the text, and his organizational skills ensure that the material he submits on editing projects is always of utmost quality." – Josh Leventhal, Publisher, MVP Books

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