An author using an author device may connect to a self-publishing network and identify a content selection that includes text from the author's manuscript. The content selection may be presented to a number of crowd editors through their crowd editor devices. The crowd editors may submit edited selections that include edits to the content selection. The author may then select a first edited selection of the edited selections and purchase that edited selection to be included in the manuscript, which also allows the author to then interact with a first content editor who edited the first edited selection. The author may send the first content editor a closed bid to edit more of the author's manuscript, which the first content editor can accept or decline, or negotiate. The author may alternately send more open bids to all or a subset of the crowd editors.