Do you write science-fiction, fantasy, crime/thriller, historical, literary, romance or memoir? I’ve worked in all those genres. Mostly adult, but YA too. I’m Karen McKellar and I’m based in Scotland, have an honours degree in film and media. For years I wrote book, film and music reviews for a popular website, had fiction published on both sides of the Atlantic. I’ve mostly edited US and European writers, including writers with English as a second language. I’m also a member of the US Editorial Freelancers Association and abide by their code of conduct.
While a beta reader can give you a reader’s view of your manuscript, they are less likely to dig deeper, let alone offer solutions. The big picture problems of plotting, structure, characterisation, themes, narrative questions, and more, are where developmental editing comes in. Whether you want your opening chapters analysed or your whole manuscript critiqued, I offer a range of packages which can be adjusted to suit your needs and your budget.
Developmental editing is the most expensive form of editing, putting it beyond the reach of many writers. I aim to offer custom packages, tailored to your budget.
I understand how nerve-wracking it is to have your work analysed by a stranger. I treat my clients with respect and empathy. My goal is to nurture your writing.
I believe in good customer service, which also comes with good communication. I assess the client’s needs and goals at the outset, and do my best to meet them.
I believe that a developmental edit should include an element of coaching, to bring a writer’s skills and knowledge up to a whole new level.