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


Testimonials

4.7 Stars (Skills, Quality, Availability, Cooperation=5; Deadlines and Communication=4)

I feel Katie did an excellent job overall! This was my first book, so I had a lot of editing that needed to be done. I wrote the book several times over an extended time, so there was a lot of repetition and too much detail that I feel she did a great job sorting through. In the beginning we didn’t communicate clearly about time expectations. However, once we cleared that issue up she was awesome at doing all she could to ensure meeting deadlines, which I really appreciated. On the first edit, she missed a couple things like switching tenses, and proper capitalization/editing of headlines, however she brought the tense issue to my attention and went back to fix it for me. She did several edits, correcting tenses and headlines on her second edit. I am satisfied with her work and would hire her again and recommend her to others. Thank you Katie for all your hard work! 🙂

Ashlee 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 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

SUBSTANTIVE EDITING ONLY

  • 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

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: 43 nonfiction books, 8 informational

Total to date: 43 nonfiction books, 4 Religious, 1 Memoir

Professional Memberships and Associations