Editing for Fiction Authors

General Information

Katie Chambers sitting on her sofa, with her glasses on, reading from a book.

I applaud your creative ability to create characters and an entire plot. You’ve created and written an entire story. What an awesome labor of love! You’ve taken it as far as you can, and now you’re ready for an editor.

The next step in your journey can be oh so hard.

Nerve-wracking and imposter-syndrome inducing.

But you can do this. And I can help you. I will be honest, but I will 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 make sure 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.

As an additional service to you, I provide resources and guidance to help you with the steps that come after editing.

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 developmental editing.

  • Young adult fantasy, dystopian, supernatural, mystery, and thriller
  • Adult dystopian, mystery, thriller (clean content)
  • Children’s picture books and chapter books
  • Middle-grade novels

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.

*I am open to projects outside these genres except historical, literary fiction, dense science fiction (I will edit light science fiction like the Cinder series), and graphic novels. I will edit romance, but only if there are no graphic sex scenes.

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

Katie  did fantastic editorial work on my post-apocalyptic fiction novel The Last Hacker. She delivered on-time and communicated frequently. Not only did I hire her for copy editing, but also for developmental and story editing. With her help I was able to fix plot-holes as well as mistakes made with story narrative. If you want professional editing, this is the place to get it. It truly is the best of the best in terms of quality. You can trust that your work can stand against top titles published in book stores if you work with Katie.

Mark Wahlbeck, Adult Novel

Fantastic Editor!

So professional and FAST! I appreciate timeliness and she is SO responsive. She had helpful suggestions and was very thorough. Highly recommend!

Carol Wyllie, Picture Book

I was so impressed with Katie’s edits! She did a great job maintaining my stylistic preferences while thoroughly catching grammatical and flow errors. She offered well-thought-out and meaningful stylistic line edits, and worked with me on revisions until I was satisfied with the end product. I would definitely use her again and would highly recommend her!

Rachel Strubhar, Chapter Book

I highly recommend Katie Chambers with her editing skills. I sent my book off to Katie and she returned it using my words in a improved way. I will continue to use Katie because she is thorough, and to the point. She worked on my manuscript in a very timely manner and our communication with each other was answered promptly.

Victoria Smith, Picture Book

This is the second time I have used Katie for my editing work. Just like with my first novel, she provided the best possible work I could get. She was thorough and it was obvious she truly cared about my book. I look forward to using her again on future projects.

Christina Singh, Young Adult Novel

The Secrets of Stonecavern is my first novel written for children ages 10 – 13. As an editor, Katie, helped me tremendously. Her insight, ingenuity, and communication through the editing process took my book to a level that exceeded my expectations. She was there every step of the way and her encouragement helped me finish on time and confident others will enjoy reading my story. I was extremely pleased with her detailed recommendations on how to make the story stronger, and I highly recommend Katie to any writer, seasoned or novice, as a editor. I will definitely hire Katie for Book 2.

Laura Woodward, Middle-Grade Novel

I really enjoyed working with Katie. This was my second book project and my first time using a professional editing service. Katie is very clear in all of her communications and always meets to agreed deadlines. I accepted almost every change she suggested as she made my writing come across more clearly. What a difference a second set of eyes can make. I strongly recommend Katie Chambers’ professional services. You will not be disappointed.

Monique Theoret, Picture Book

Katie Chambers has a wealth of knowledge and experience in editing. She took my rough labor of love and pulled apart all the plot holes, missing content, data dumps, and confusing dialog. She took the time to learn about the characters, and her understanding of each and the feedback she provided helped me improve my overall character development. She also pointed out areas of the story that were lacking, allowing me to bring more action and better flow to the overall story. Her efforts assisted me in polishing, re-write, expanding, and clarifying all elements of the book. The Traveler, Viator Awakens is my first novel, and having an editor who could take the story from big picture concepts, dive into the fine details, then step back to make sure the big picture concepts still work was essential. She gave tons of feedback and explanations as to why something needed more detail or how the data dump slowed the story. She edited in a way that offered me, a first-time author, an opportunity to learn and become a better writer. Working with Katie has been a pleasure, and I look forward to our next project together.

Suzi Shoemaker (SD Schue), Young Adult Fantasy Novel

Katie’s review of my manuscript was prompt and she significantly improved the quality and readability of my story for which I am sincerely appreciative. She made many insightful suggestions along with wonderful edits. I highly recommend her editing services.

Vernon Baumrind

As this was my very first experience as a picture book author and it was also a self publishing project, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I was so nervous about finding the right person to edit my book. Fortunately, I was referred to Katie and she was highly recommended. She did not disappoint! The turn around time exceeded my expectations and she also found a proofreader for me. I would definitely recommend Katie and if I have another idea for a book she will be the editor I will be contacting!

Lee Shaw, Picture Book

I was referred to Katie Chambers by a trusted mentor and was thrilled when she agreed to edit my children’s book manuscript. I thought it was pretty good when I submitted it, but it was so much better when she returned it. I am thrilled with her work. She set forth clear parameters, worked quickly, and gave me excellent return for my money. I would encourage any author to work with Katie to greatly improve any manuscript.

Shannon Carpenter, Picture Book

Katie Chambers is a delight to work with. She is prompt, efficient, incredibly knowledgeable and very good at what she does, editing. She has edited my three children’s picture books and lifted them each to a higher level of writing. One of the picture books is a rhyming poem that was actually quite difficult to punctuate and phrase. Katie made sense of it all so I am now confident the poem reads as it was intended to read, and correctly relays when the narrator is thinking or speaking out loud.

A real plus about my experience working with Katie, is that she gives corrections and feedback professionally and matter of factly. I never once felt judged or diminished in the slightest way. She continually made me feel we were a team and from this positive experience, I have had every opportunity to grow as a writer.

Another real plus about working with Katie, is the confidence and peace of mind I now have about my books when they publish. I know I have a quality product that is professionally edited that will stand the test of time. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Katie as a professional editor to anyone. I will always send my work to her for her critical expertise. My book venture absolutely depends on it. Thanks Katie!

Catherine Russell, Picture Book

Rates and Services

My rates include two and a half passes for one service (or for each service if you get both in separate rounds) and three and a half passes for my combined package. 


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

Developmental Editing

Rate: $0.02–$0.04 per word

Deals with big-picture issues. This includes in-text edits, comments, and an editorial letter.

  • Ensuring it meets genre conventions and works for the intended audience

  • Offering suggestions to fix plot holes and 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

  • Pointing out and offering suggestions to fix info dumping, head-hopping, and point of view inconsistences (also included in copyediting)

  • Ensuring a good balance of showing and telling (also included in copyediting)

  • Offering suggestions on how to close the narrative distance and go into a deeper POV when needed

  • Ensuring scenes are well-organized and match a clear timeline

  • Writing a multi-page editorial letter detailing strengths and weaknesses and how to fix big-picture issues

Copyediting

Rate: $0.016–$0.026 per word

Deals with word- and sentence-level issues. My copyediting service includes stylistic editing, what some call line editing.

  • Correcting 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 in punctuation and style preferences as well as character facts

  • Pointing out and offering suggestions to fix info dumping and head-hopping

  • Ensuring dialogue is true to the character and has a good balance of action beats when needed

  • Pointing out and offering suggestions to fix too much telling and not enough showing

Copyediting and Developmental Combined Package

Rate: $0.03–$0.045 per word

This combines copyediting and developmental editing in one round at a discounted rate. I offer this to help meet authors’ budget and deadline needs.

Note 1: While I strive for high quality, combining them is a lot to focus on at once. I do multiple passes and have learned how to appropriately prioritize to ensure a good quality. But you will get an even better quality if you pay for each service as a separate round.

Note 2: This does not include formatting, proofreading, or designing the cover. I will suggest colleagues to contact for those services.

Proofreading

Rate: $0.016 per word

Proofreading is only available for manuscripts that have been professionally edited first, as this doesn’t replace editing. Also, it is not a good idea to have your editor also proofread your manuscript, so one of my vetted proofreaders will do the proofreading if you opt for this service.

Meet my proofreading team.

  • Correct errors with grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage

  • Correct any formatting errors

  • Comment on, but not correct, any phrasing that stands out in a bad way

  • Note any plot or continuity error

Note on Order:

Traditionally, proofreading comes after interior book design/formatting, so proofreader can also check for design errors.

However, this is more expensive, as you then have to pay the formatter or proofreader to implement the changes into the formatted manuscript.

Beacon Point offers proofreading either before formatting or after formatting.

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Portfolio

Total to date: 58 fiction books, 8 Adult Fiction (1 mystery, 3 thriller, 4 dystopian), 6 Young Adult (1 fantasy, 2 dystopian, 3 supernatural), 5 Middle Grade, 6 Chapter Books, and 33 Picture Books

Not Yet Published Titles

Adult novels

  • Fletcher Boone, Motor City Episode 1 

Young adult novels

  • Dread of the Land

Middle-grade & chapter books

  • Stonecavern

  • We’re Never Far Apart

Picture books

  • Katie Lou and Maxie Mike’s Dragon Adventure

  • Katie Lou and Maxie Mike’s Wild West Adventure

  • Katie Lou and Maxie Mike’s Pirate Adventure

  • Serena’s Vision Board

  • Lola’s Balloon

  • How to Keep a Crocodile

  • Lambi Has the Bumps

  • Gavin, the Guide Giraffe

  • Simbi, the Multicultural Lion Cub

  • Wheels In My Head Go Round and Round

  • Wilbur B. Bunny and his Baby Sisters

  • Patrick, the Sun Conure Parrott, vs the Hawk

  • Flower Power

  • 3rd Ant Book

  • Little Pumpkin At the Race

  • Swimmy The Secret Superhero