Editing for Fiction 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 stories have the ability to transform lives, you too are a beacon, sharing your story with the world. I want to ensure that nothing stands in the way of that story by helping you strengthen your characters and plot and ensuring appropriate pacing. I can help you avoid author pitfalls like head-hopping and info-dumping and reduce your errors so your readers stay connected to the story.

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.

  • Young Adult Fantasy and Dystopian
  • Children's Picture Books
  • Middle Grade Chapter Books

  • Adult Mystery/Thriller Books (clean content)

  • These are my favorite genres to read, and as such, I have informally studied these genres for years. Now as an editor, I have read up and studied best practices for each of these genres.

    As a mom to a toddler and baby and former 8th grade and 10th English teacher, I understand what teens and toddlers enjoy reading.

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


Testimonials

5 Stars

Katie was great to work with! She was fast, efficient and easy to communicate with. Her editing was very professional and her comments were very specific so that I never had to wonder why she made a change or what she felt was missing. I would definitely recommend her editing and will be contacting her for editing again with any and all editing work I need done in the future.

Katelyn Davis Picture Books

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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
  • Correcting all errors and infelicities in grammar, syntax, and usage
  • Rewriting any wordy or awkward sentences according to best writing practices
  • Conducting light fact-checking, names, places, dates (Complete fact-checking is the responsibility of the author.)
  • Creating a style sheet to ensure consistency
  • Pointing out and offering suggestions to fix info-dumping and head-hopping
  • Pointing out and offering suggestions to fix too much telling and not enough showing

SUBSTANTIVE EDITING ONLY

  • Rate: $0.02–$0.04 per word
  • Deals with big-picture issues. Some refer to this as developmental editing.

I offer two approaches to substantive editing: hands-on and coaching. With hands-on, I make more direct suggested changes to the text and explain the changes whereas with coaching, I leave comments explaining issues and offering suggestions for how you can fix it.

  • 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
  • Ensuring story doesn't rely on too much telling and suggesting ways to engage the reader through more showing

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: 6 Picture Books

Total to date: 3 Chapter Books

  • The Pantry Door
  • Jake and the Quest for the Five Stones

I finished several fiction editing courses (I am continuing to take more), so I am pleased to now offer editing for YA novels.  I have edited children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books, and one adult fiction, and in my editing training, I edited two novels.

YA Fantasy and Dystopian novels are my favorite to read, so I am hoping to start working with this genre.

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

Total to date: 1 mystery novel

  • Fletcher Boone, Motor City Episode 1

I just recently completed several fiction editing courses, so I am pleased to now offer editing for fiction novels.  

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

Professional Memberships and Associations