fix your plot, characterisation, and more

Manuscript critiques and developmental edits for indie authors!

Looking for detailed developmental feedback?

I'm Karen and I'm a specialist developmental editor who works mostly with indie authors!

Writing your fiction or memoir can feel intimidating without the support of a traditional publishing setup. That’s where I can help you.

Karen McKellar. Developmental editor of fiction and memoir.

Based in Scotland, UK, I have years of developmental editing experience and have worked with indie author clients on both sides of the Atlantic. I offer specialised manuscript critiques and developmental edits tailored for indie authors and self-publishing authors like you.

I also work with authors intending to submit to agents.

I’ll read your manuscript in depth and give you easy-to-follow feedback on your plot, structure, characters, and lots more. I aim to make your rewriting manageable.

If you’d like to try me out, I provide a FREE 2000-word sample edit so you can get a taste of my editing style before committing.

Whether your tale is gothic/horror, literary, thriller/crime, historical, or romance, I can help.

And for those working on a memoir, I can also help you bring your personal story to life.

Looking to ignite your opening pages and grab readers from the start? Consider my Opening Chapters Developmental Edit, where I’ll analyze the first 10,000 words of your manuscript alongside a synopsis, all for just £150. It’s the perfect introduction to developmental editing at an affordable price.

My services include an element of coaching in my feedback where relevant and some email support.

Below are just a few of the books I’ve worked on.

You can also check out my training on the About page.

Contact me today to get started!

Banner image by Paige Cody at Unsplash.

The Other by Sandy Hogarth, one of my editing clients

ignite your plot, characters, and more!

Opening Chapters

Grab a detailed developmental edit of your first 10,000 words, with a report and track commenting. Includes analysis of your synopsis. £150 with a 7-day delivery.

Manuscript Critique

Get a detailed 20-30 page report on your manuscript’s plot, structure, characters, and more! This feedback is based on several reads and not just one or two passes.

Developmental Edit

Get the most detailed feedback of all – margin comments throughout your manuscript and a report. Generally there are four complete passes of the manuscript.

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