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Developmental editing of fiction and memoir

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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 give fresh insight into your story and characters. Armed with editorial feedback, you can rework and polish your next draft.

Banner image by Annie Spratt on Unsplash 

On the blog:

selection of blog posts

What is the difference between a manuscript critique and a developmental edit? What do you get in one versus the other?

Do you have a novel or memoir that showed a lot of promise but ended up rejected? Is it time to dust it off and rework it?

Dialogue can make your scenes sparky and vibrant. Great dialogue can also boost tension But dialogue can also be problematic.

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Some writers pay for a copyedit before they send their manuscript to a developmental edit. This post addresses why this is a mistake.

Does your novel have different locations? What happens when your write about places you know AND places you’ve never visited?

Period language can really bring a historical era to life, but how much is too much? And what are the drawbacks of using it?

Main editing services:

ignite your plot, characters, and more!

Opening Chapters

Grab a detailed developmental edit of your first 15,000 words, with a report and track commenting. This feedback is based on several reading passes of your manuscript.

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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I’ve worked with manuscripts in the following genres:

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