Editing for Nonfiction 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 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.

  • Self-help/How-to Books**

  • General Informational Books (excluding highly scientific texts)

  • Religious Guide Books
  • Memoirs and Biographies

**I specialize in self-help and how-to books. Having studied best practices for that genre, I know the common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and I can offer specific feedback on how to best appeal to your audience.

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


5 Stars

I am very satisfied with Katie’s work editing my book. She was very helpful with rewording sentence structure, grammar, and typos. She offered suggestions in moving paragraphs around so the reader would have a clearer time with the book. By the end of working with her I felt I had a friend that was really for me and my endeavors than just someone I hired to edit my book. I would certainly use her again for my next book.

Katherine 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.


  • 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 that endnotes and footnotes are correct and consistent
  • Conduct light fact-checking, names, places, dates (Complete fact-checking is the responsibility of the author.)
  • Create style sheet to ensure consistency


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

  • I offer three approaches to substantive editing: hands-on, coaching, and blended. With hands-on, I make suggested changes directly to the text whereas with coaching, I mostly leave comments. Blended mixes the two.
  • 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


  • 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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Total to date: 45 nonfiction books, 8 informational

Total to date: 45 nonfiction books, 4 Religious, 1 Memoir

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