Editing Services

General Information

Katie Chambers sitting on a sofa with a folder and pen, editing a document. There are books behind her on a shelf.

As the writer of any type of content, you have done the hard work. So first, congratulations! You did it—something many cannot do. Take a moment to appreciate how awesome you are for tackling this hard task.

Now, you need a guide to help smooth out any potential issues and to direct and cheer you along the revision phase, which can often be harder.

I act as that guide—a beacon—building a trusting partnership with you through kindly worded queries, astute suggestions, and changes that preserve your voice.

Instead of paying for multiple editors, you can hire me for multiple editing needs in one package deal, saving you time and money. My package deal includes several passes so I can address big-picture issues while also focusing in on every detail.

My Credentials

Completed 12 professional editing courses.

Recognized as the top preferred editor for SPS within 4 months editing for their clients

Received a glowing recommendation from my nonfiction and fiction developmental editing teacher: she had never met anyone who picked up the art of developmental editing as quickly as I did

Edited over 200 books, 6 websites, 8 business documents, 37 resumes and cover letters, 48 biographies, and 5 personal statements

7 years’ editing experience

Earned my bachelor’s in English education with honors

Editing Details

Services

Substantive/developmental editing

Suggesting and making changes to content and organization—ensuring clear, coherent delivery.

With fiction this means looking at plot, characters, setting, pacing, and point of view.

Copyediting

Fixing errors with grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation; suggesting changes to sentence structure and word choice, ensuring your language is clear, fluid, and pleasurable to read; and ensuring consistency.

*My copyediting service includes what some call line or stylistic editing.

Proofreading

Fixing remaining errors with grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation; fixing formatting errors; and commenting on any awkward phrasing (this service comes after editing).

Clients I Work With

Fiction authors

YA fantasy, supernatural; YA and adult dystopian, mystery, thriller; middle grade; picture books; and chapter books

Nonfiction authors

Self-help, business, how-to, memoirs, and religious guide books.

Business professionals

Website content, business marketing documents, and self-marketing documents (resumes, cover letters, biographies, and personal statements)

Editing Style

I am a hands-on editor, as I have found that is the preferred style for most of my clientele. What this means is that I make subjective changes directly to the text rather than inserting a comment to just suggest you make a certain change. Any change I can’t make myself (such as content-based changes on a subject matter I don’t know a lot about or moving content that I have already edited and don’t want to lose the tracked changes), I do just suggest the change in a comment.

But whether the change is made in text or suggested in a comment, the change is still just a suggestion. You have full control and can reject anything you don’t agree with.

Because I make changes directly to the text, if you do agree with them, you can just click on accept rather than having to take the time to make the change yourself. If you agree with my reasoning for the change but don’t like the way I made the change, you can then tweak my change to make it your own or reject it and write your own entirely.

Just because I make the changes directly to the text doesn’t change the fact that you are in control.

I just ask that you consider why I made a change before rejecting it outright.

Editing Process

Nonfiction process

This is my usual process, but I can adjust it to fit your needs. This has just been the workflow that has worked best for the majority of my clientele. To expedite the process and ensure I can start round two quickly, you can choose the chunking method.

Combined Package or One Service Process:

Round One: I complete two editing passes. I complete my first pass, double check my work and add any additional edits during a second pass, and then send the manuscript to you. If you choose the chunking method, I send the manuscript to you in chunks (I do two passes on one chunk, then send to you, etc.)

  • To the Author: Your job is to accept/ reject changes and add any additional material or changes per my suggestions. If you choose the chunking method, while you are completing your tasks on the first chunk, I will start working on the next chunk.

Round Two: Once I get the manuscript or all the chunks back from you, I will complete my final half pass.

  • In this half pass, I edit any newly added material, make changes agreed upon ahead of time (e.g., rearranging content), check all comments and your responses and add anything as needed, run grammar and spelling checks, and check consistency (e.g., spelling, formatting, etc.).
  • To keep my rates affordable, this second round is not a full read-through. It is a cleanup round. It is important and ideal for the editor to see the manuscript again after handing it over to the author, which is why I include this second round, but I have found authors often cannot afford two complete rounds. Thus, I essentially only charge you for the first round since this is just a courtesy cleanup.

If you or I think at that point another full editing pass is needed rather than just a cleanup, I am willing to do so at a discounted per-word rate.

Both Services in Separate Rounds

Round One: In this round, I focus on substantive editing. The process is the same as the combined or one service process round one where I do two passes.

  • To the Author: Done the same way as the combined package or one service process.

Round Two: Once I get the manuscript back from you, I complete the copyediting round, which is one full editing pass.

  • To the Author: Done the same way.

Round Three: This is the final half pass. In this half pass, I edit any newly added material, make changes agreed upon ahead of time (e.g., rearranging content), check all comments and your responses and add anything as needed, run grammar and spelling checks, and check consistency (e.g., spelling, formatting, etc.)

Fiction process

This is my usual process, but I can adjust it to fit your needs. This has just been the workflow that has worked best for the majority of my clientele.

Combined Package or One Service Process

Round One: I complete two full editing passes. If contracted for a combined package, then I do both services, but note that after this round some errors will remain that will be cleaned up in round two. Along with the edited manuscript, I will send an editorial letter that gives context for my changes and suggests some ways to fix big-picture issues.

  • To the Author: Your job is to accept/ reject changes and add any additional material or changes per my suggestions.

Round Two: If you do the combined package, I will do one full quick read through to check for remaining errors and to perform an assessment on the big-picture items and how well they were incorporated.

  • Assessment: If a lot of big-picture items remain, I will recommend an additional pass at a discounted per-word rate. But, of course, it is up to you.

If you are doing one service, I do a half pass, editing any newly added material, checking to see how well you applied the suggestions in the editorial letter, responding to comments, and checking consistency. This secound round is just a half-pass courtesy cleanup round, not a full read through. I also do an assessment and let you know if I think another full round would be in your best interest.

Both Services in Separate Rounds
Round One: I complete two full editing passes focusing on developmental editing. Along with the edited manuscript, I will send an editorial letter that gives context for my changes and suggests some ways to fix big-picture issues. I may fix some grammatical errors as I notice them, but I will not focus on copyediting.

  • To the Author: Your job is to accept/ reject changes and add any additional material or changes per my suggestions.

Round Two: I will complete two full copyediting passes and note any additional big-picture issues. This round also includes another shorter editorial letter with any remaining big-picture issues for you to fix.

  • To the Author: Your job is to accept/ reject changes and add any additional material or changes per my suggestions

Round Three: This is a final half pass. In this half pass, I edit any newly added material, check all comments and your responses and add anything as needed, run grammar and spelling checks, and check consistency.

Resources

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 a great job helping me turn my fiction dystopian novel from a rough draft into a compelling read. Not only did she point out where the manuscript could be improved, she provided me with invaluable resources that helped improve my skills. With her help, I made great strides in showing rather than telling, building tension, avoiding head-hoping, improving dialogue and internal thoughts, and removing all of the plot holes and inconsistencies. Her approach is thorough. The manuscript was throughly reviewed and edited and she also provided a lengthly editorial letter describing some of the big-picture items I needed to consider and change. Ultimately, I accepted all of her suggestions.

I can’t believe how much better my manuscript is after working with Katie. She is a great asset and worth every penny. I highly recommend her services.

Keith Davidson, Adult dystopian novel

Katie is a highly organized professional who provided insight and suggestions to improve my writing. She guided me through the editing process and thoughtfully considered not only grammar and organization but also the flow and intent of the book itself. She took my project as seriously as I did and paid attention to every detail. I would work with her again in a heartbeat and won’t hesitate to recommend her.

Dr. Ed Foresman, how-to book

Katie did a brilliant job of taking a rookie writer through the editing process. I’ll be collaborating with her on any books, etc that I write. She is a valuable partner in the process.

Bill Gilliland, business book

Katie easily absorbed My book’s main ides and then added ideas that I didn’t think about. That says a lot about how she works.

She didn’t just give me grammar and spelling advice. She did much more by suggesting paragraph movements and sentence structure as well as suggesting erudite ideas to enhance and add clarity to the book.

This was more of a consulting relationship than pure editing.

I will use her again!

Kevin Smith, how to book

I was so fortunate to have Katie Chambers edit my memoir. She helped polish my story from editing the conventions of writing to addressing the content, style, and structure. I was impressed by how Katie gave brilliant suggested options to improve and strengthen the manuscript. She is very professional and gets the job done. As an editor, Katie is a true gatekeeper between the author and the reader.

Brett Preiss, Memoir

I was extremely impressed with Beacon’s work on my manuscript. I thought I was pretty good with grammar, but they really cleaned things up. Aside from that, it was clear they took the time to familiarize themselves with the flow and content of my work. This was evidenced in their comments and suggestions regarding said content. I would confidently consider them for any future projects.

Mick Naples, Religious Guide Book

Working with Katie on ‘What’s Going on With My Family?’ was an honor! Her meticulous attention to detail and unwavering dedication to the project truly set the bar high. Not only did she ensure that the narrative flowed seamlessly, but her keen insights and thoughtful suggestions elevated the content to new heights. Her expertise in non-fiction editing is unmatched, and Katie’s ability to navigate complex concepts related to trauma and families within the text was truly remarkable. Thanks to her guidance and expertise, the book resonates with readers on a profound level, sparking meaningful conversations and offering invaluable insights. I wholeheartedly recommend Katie to anyone seeking excellence in their non-fiction editing needs. She is a true professional and a pleasure to work with!”

Dr. Kelly Bohnhoff, Self-Help Book

5 Stars! A great book is two hands clapping. One is the writer; the other the editor. I have worked with a lot of top editors over the years and while they all have talent the majority live in a world of their own timing – they are not reliable. So while there may well be two hands clapping they don’t clap at the same time which leads the writer into realms of frustration. Waiting, wondering and worrying.
Not so with Katie Chambers. She is an excellent substantive editor and is prompt and reliable. A pleasure and a relief to work with.
That being said the bottom line with any review is would you work with this person again? And the answer is a definite yes. And I will recommend her to my fellow authors and speakers. Thanks Katie.

Nicholas Boothman, New York Times Bestselling Author

I enjoyed my experience working with Katie. As a first time author, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the editing process. I heard horror stories about editors completely changing your words, and writers losing confidence and giving up. I never experienced any of these working with Katie. In reality, she motivated me to think deeper and create a product that my readers will find valuable. I’m passionate about helping social service professionals and the notes Katie provided pushed me to create a product that will make a difference. If you’re looking for an editor that will challenge you to become a better writer while giving your manuscript the transformation it needs, I HIGHLY recommend you work with Katie.

Sabrina, Business Book

I was originally referred to Katie by my SPS personal coach. and could not have been happier with the decision to go with her. She is very affordable, professional, and qualified. Some of her changes were beyond my expectations and improved the overall quality of my manuscript without compromising its integrity. I highly recommend her!

Kelly Burns, picture book