Developmental editor Karen McKellar

I’m Karen McKellar and, though I’m based in Scotland, I’ve worked with writers from around the world. I’m particularly interested in horror, science fiction, historical, and literary writing. But I’ve also edited romance, fantasy, and crime/thriller.

I’m on a mission to help writers knock out their best work. This is why I chose to specialise in developmental editing. Because, while grammar and spelling are important, a good story with strong characters is a reader’s number one priority.

My developmental editing shows you how to redraft your novel with confidence. Advice is given on what is best for you and your novel. Armed with this feedback and revision guidelines, you can rework your novel with confidence.

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My developmental editing services cover the following genres:

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My Core Values


Developmental editing is the most expensive form of editing, putting it beyond the reach of many writers. Ask about custom packages tailored to your budget.


You find it nerve-wracking to have your work analysed by a stranger. You will be treated with respect and empathy. My goal is to nurture your writing.

Customer Service

You’re entitled to good customer service, including timely communication. Your needs are assessed and I do my best to meet them.


If you’re a newer writer, your developmental edit should include an element of coaching, to bring your skills and knowledge up to a whole new level.

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