Hello! I’m Katherine, and I can help make your words sparkle!
I’m a former journalist who loves words. Editing is my passion, and I love helping writers tell their stories. I specialise in fiction, particularly in the crime and romance genres. I can also work on non-fiction. My particular area of expertise is working on a word and sentence level – I polish prose (I also make a mean banana loaf).
What can you do for me?
I offer copy-editing and copy-editing plus (basically copy-editing with a bit of oomph). I also offer book formatting for e-book and print, as well as guided upload to Amazon and other platforms. I can also write blurbs for your back cover copy or book descriptions for online platforms. I can even just answer questions about the self-publishing process or tutor you, if you’re an editor or author interested in learning about fiction editing.
Just some of the amazing books I’ve been fortunate enough to work on!
How do I know you’re any good?
I’m an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). If you don’t know what that means (and most people don’t), it means that I’ve reached the highest level in the society and have been vetted by a panel of experts. They’re like the Dragons’ Den but much nicer. I’m also the author of the CIEP’s Getting Started in Fiction Editing, so you could say I’ve even written the book on it!
I’m also a Charter Member of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP), and a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). And because I like to join things, I am also a member of the international editorial collective Editing Globally, a group of experienced editorial professionals who provide seamless and thorough editorial services to clients around the world.
What does all that mean? Well, it means a) I know what I’m doing (when it comes to being an editor, that is. I haven’t got a clue about some other things. DIY, for example) and b) that I care about professional development and improving myself (but I draw the line at only reading ‘improving’ books).
Okay, okay, enough already.
Take a look around my website and if you like what you see and want to explore working together, then send me an email and we can chat. Ideally about editing, but I also like to talk about dogs, chocolate, Harry Potter, and owls.