Editing for Authors

General Information

I applaud all your hard work spent writing a book. I know it can be nerve-wracking to have someone else critique your work, so while I will be honest, I strive to encourage you along the way, acting as a beacon guiding your editing journey.

And since words have the ability to transform lives, you too are a beacon, sharing your message and story with the world. I want to help ensure that nothing stands in the way of that message by reducing errors and strengthening your content.

Let’s build a partnership to make your book the best it can be in the time allotted.

Genres I edit

I offer both copyediting and substantive (developmental) editing for nonfiction and fiction.

Nonfiction
  • Self-help/How-to Books

  • General Informational Books (excluding highly scientific texts)

  • Religious Guide Books
  • Memoirs and Biographies
Fiction
  • Young Adult Fantasy
  • Young Adult Dystopian
  • Children's Picture and Chapter Books

  • Christian or Clean Romance

Resources for you

Visit my writer's resources center for articles and ebooklets focused on helping you.

My resource center offers resources in a variety of categories:

  • Working with an editor
  • Self-editing
  • Style sheets
  • Self-publishing tips
  • Fiction writing tips
  • Nonfiction writing tips
  • Grammar and punctuation help


Reviews

5 Stars

Katie, there is nothing I could tell you to improve on. You were SO easy to work with I can’t imagine working with anyone else on my future projects. Your comments and editing were absolutely on point. You were even able add content when needed with my style of writing. All in all, 5 stars!

Cody Smith Self-help book

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Rates and Services

My rates include two and a half passes.

Rates depend on the depth of editing needed. After I complete a free sample (1,300 words or less), I will determine your rate.

COPYEDITING ONLY

  • Rate: $0.015–$0.025 per word

  • Deals with word- and sentence-level issues. My copyediting service includes stylistic editing, what some call line editing.
  • Correct mechanical issues: spelling, capitalization, and punctuation
  • Correct all errors and infelicities in grammar, syntax, and usage
  • Rewrite any wordy or awkward sentences according to best writing practices
  • Check endnotes and footnotes
  • Conduct light fact-checking, names, places, dates (Complete fact-checking is the responsibility of the author.)
  • Create style sheet to ensure consistency
For fiction, this also includes pointing out minor big-picture issues like info-dumping and head-hopping, but does not include full detailed big-picture editing.

SUBSTANTIVE EDITING ONLY

  • Rate: $0.02–$0.04 per word
  • Deals with big-picture issues
Nonfiction
  • Suggesting organizational changes: rearranging sentences, paragraphs and/or chapter order, adding additional headings and subheads to aid the reader, and adding in transitions
  • Suggesting content changes: deleting repetitive material, adding or querying content to fully explain ideas, and ensuring content meets your readers' needs
Fiction
  • Ensuring it meets genre conventions and works for the intended audience
  • Pointing out plot holes and commenting on pacing issues
  • Strengthening characters: making sure they are fully developed, have clear motivations and goals, and stay consistent
  • Ensuring story has a strong, compelling core conflict
  • Removing head-hopping, unnecessary info-dumping, and point-of-view inconsistencies

COPYEDITING & SUBSTANTIVE EDITING PACKAGE

  • Rate: $0.025–$0.05 per word

  • This combines copyediting and substantive editing at a discounted rate. Instead of paying multiple editors, you can hire me for both your substantive and copyediting needs, saving you time and money.

  • Note: this does not include formatting, proofreading, or designing the cover. I will suggest colleagues to contact for those services.

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Portfolio

Total to date: 40 nonfiction books, 6 informational

Total to date: 38 nonfiction books, 4 Religious, 1 Memoir

Total to date: 5 Picture Books, 2 Chapter books

I just finished my fiction editing training, so I am pleased to now offer editing for fiction novels.  I have edited children’s picture books and chapter books, and in my editing training, I edited two novels.

To build my portfolio, I am offering 40% off your total. 

Professional Memberships and Associations