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Developmental Editing of Fiction for Indie Authors

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Hi there!

I'm Karen McKellar and I'm a developmental editor of fiction and memoir.

Indie authors work hard on their manuscripts and want their books to do well, just like any other writer. But you don’t have the support of a publishing house or agent. 

That’s where I can help. Manuscript critiques and developmental edits can give you fresh insight into your story and characters. Armed with editorial feedback and an actionable rewrite plan, you can move on towards your final drafts with confidence.

Supercharge your plot, your characters and your writing.

IndieCat Editorial offers a number of services, including an opening chapters developmental edit of 15,000 words, complete with track commenting in the margins of the manuscript, an editorial letter, and a list of recommended books. This is an intensive look at your crucial opening scenes. The package includes an analysis of the synopsis. 

The manuscript critique is an editorial report that looks at your entire manuscript and gives detailed feedback. These reports run to many thousands of words and include recommended reading. There are no margin comments in this package.

The full developmental edit consists of an editorial letter, track comments in the margins of the manuscript, and a reading list. It is the largest package which covers full novels and novellas. Book maps are included where appropriate. 

Whichever package you choose, feedback is targeted at your overall needs and goals. At the outset of the project, you are asked to complete a questionnaire regarding your writing experience, intentions (indie publishing, traditional publishing or simply improving your writing skills), and so on.

If you want to test out my services, you can order a FREE sample edit of up to 2,000 words. It must be from a work of longer fiction like a novella or novel. It cannot be a short story or a piece of non-fiction. Feel free to contact me if you want a sample developmental edit. You can email me at:


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