I am currently available to critique query letters, synopses, or submission packages! I am CLOSED to full manuscripts from new clients effective 1/19/2017 unless referred by a current or previous client. Past and present clients are still welcome to book full manuscripts with me. If you’re looking for a short story editor, please reach out to Kat Howard or E.C. Myers, both excellent and trustworthy.
If you’re looking for a copyeditor, I recommend Kim Eun-Byeol. You can find more information and rates here.
10% discount off full manuscript editorial services for diverse books! For this I am using the diversity definition used by We Need Diverse Books: “LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities currently marginalized in North America.” Please note this in your booking request. You do not have to give me details if you’re not comfortable! This goes by the honor system. Just tell me you or your book qualify for the diversity discount and it’s yours.
To book, please fill out my contact form at the bottom of this page. I respond within 24 hours to all requests! The formatting may appear weird on the contact form but I promise that it shows up correctly in my inbox. No need to submit more than once!
Query Letter Help ($50, includes up to 3 reads)
If you’re struggling with your query letter, I can help! From just starting out and needing someone to walk you through the process, to critiquing a rough draft of a query, I’m here for you. No matter what it takes, I promise you we’ll get your query in tip-top shape together.
Synopsis or Brainstorming Assistance ($125)
Need help with your synopsis, the most elusive of those writing challenges? Working on an idea but can’t quite figure out how to kick it to the next level? I’m here for you! I’ve worked with published authors and unpublished authors to help turn their synopsis into something that shines, or to use a synopsis to flesh out a new book idea. We’ll make a plan that works for you! I’ll help you find motivations and stakes for your characters. Unlimited emails back and forth including reading outlines for 3 months per purchase!
Submission Package ($200)
If you’re getting ready to query, or you’ve been querying and you’re just getting no responses, I can help! In this package, I’ll look at your query letter, synopsis, and your first 30 pages. Just like with my query package, I’ll look at your letter 3x with this package!
The Big Picture Package ($0.005/word) — CLOSED 1/19; No New Clients
If you’re looking for a beta read, or just reading for a particular issue (ie a plot or structural problems), then this is the package for you! You’ll get a short edit letter, including my favorite parts and any concerns I had, along with a few examples of those concerns in text (via Word track changes.) For instance, if I note in the edit letter that the voice seems inconsistent, I won’t let you flounder about trying to figure out what that means! I’ll find a few examples in the text and highlight them for you.
The Nitty-Gritty Details ($0.007/word) — CLOSED 1/19; No New Clients
The Nitty Gritty Details package gets down and dirty with your manuscript–to clean it up! In this package, I’ll go through the whole manuscript, line by line, and leave comments and edits as necessary, including light proofreading. I am not a proofreader or a copy-editor, but if I see it, I know an editor or agent will! We’ll look at character motivations, plot problems, structure, point of view, dialogue, and anything else I feel might be holding your manuscript back from being the diamond I know it can be. You’ll get a substantial edit letter , and one “Big Picture Package” reread of the revised manuscript.
Skype calls for full manuscript clients: $10/10 minutes up to 60 minutes at a time.
Payment accepted via Paypal. 50% deposit required at the time of booking. Remainder of the fee due upon my receipt of manuscript.
I specialize in helping writers sort out their structure, plot, pacing, and character motivations!
How to Format Your Material For Me: I prefer to receive everything double-spaced, size 12 Times New Roman font, with page numbers. Your document title should include your last name and the title of the book. “Query1” or “DraftThree” will get lost on my computer. I prefer everything in .doc or .docx as I use Microsoft Word. Thank you!
I can’t wait to get started with you! To book, email me through my contact page. Please note if the book is considered diverse (see definition at the top of this page) for your 10% discount. I respond to all requests within 24hours. If I don’t respond, please try again and let me know on Twitter or through my Facebook page just in case something’s gone wrong in the email pipeline!
“I just have to tell you how WONDERFUL your edits were. You saw exactly what I was trying to accomplish with my story and made spot-on suggestions to better build it toward that goal, and your enthusiasm for the plot twists and characters helped ME feel excited, too, for a book that had too long been a source of frustration for me. You went above and beyond to point out typos and logistical/physical inconsistencies (like the mechanics of make out times, haha) as well as the big-picture elements I’d requested, and didn’t hesitate to offer original suggestions that really helped me rethink several elements that had long stymied me. In short, you are AWESOME. THANK YOU!” — Lindsay Smith, author of SEKRET, SKANDAL, and DREAMSTRIDER.
“Katherine’s ability to pull back and see the big picture was beyond invaluable for me. She offered poignant critique on structure that needed stabilizing, and addressed critical pacing issues—all the while offering encouragement and boundless enthusiasm for my world, my characters (one of whom she’s adopted), and my story. She helped me remember what I loved about this book in the first place with her infectious joy over where the story could go after publication. With her help and guidance, I was able to address my agent’s revisions and make the book truly sing. I cannot thank her enough for all her help and will definitely use her for all my projects in the future.” – Tristina Wright, author of 27 HOURS (Entangled Teen, 2017)
“I’m so happy I found you and your Big Picture Package. Your attention to detail picked up on things I totally missed, and your suggestions and examples provided solutions that made the story and characters more layered and powerful. Your thoughtful and enthusiastic comments made me laugh, tear up and make changes that thoroughly improved my story. It was truly thrilling to read your excited comments about the characters and relationships within the story. I’m honestly over the moon that you loved my story so much and so excited with how the story turned out after implementing your edits. Thank you so much!” – Jen Wilde, author of QUEENS OF GEEK (Swoon Reads/Macmillan 2017)
Ready to book? Great!
I am a freelance editor, not a writing teacher. Please take this into consideration when you’re deciding if you’re ready for this level of edits!