Hello, I’m Katherine Trail

Lover of words, wrangler of dogs and small children, tea-drinker, chocolate enthusiast, relentlessly cheerful, ridiculously chatty. Harry Potter fanatic.

I’ve been creating and editing stories ever since I was a child. I’m a former journalist, spending more than ten years working for regional newspapers, latterly as chief sub-editor of The Press and Journal. I also worked for a large Scottish police force as a senior media officer, helping to shape the media response to murders, serious assaults, helicopter ditchings and bomb scares.

I set up KT Fiction Editing in 2015 and have worked on more than a hundred projects since then with dozens of authors. I also dabble with my own fiction in what little spare time I have left, with a lively cocker spaniel and toddler to entertain! I live in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, with my husband and little girl.



Years' experience

Cups of Earl Grey

My Skills

I work on sentence-level editing for independent fiction authors and small publishers. I’m skilled in line and copy-editing, writing blurbs, critiquing, and formatting and design.

I have worked with authors ranging from first-time writers creating books for friends and family to New York Times and Amazon bestsellers, as well as award-winning books for publishers. I’ve even written my own book – for the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.

As well as completing numerous training courses and attending several editing conferences over the last few years, I have also given seminars and workshops to train other editors. I’m a tutor on the fiction editing course run by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.