Karen McKellar. Developmental editor of fiction and memoir.

Supercharge your plot, your characters and your writing


Ready for a professional manuscript assessment? I’m Karen McKellar and I specialise in developmental editing. IndieCat Editorial offers a number of services, including an opening chapters developmental edit of 10,000 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.

If you want to test out my services, you can order a FREE sample edit of up to 2,000 words. You can email me at: karen@indiecateditorial.com

Professional Training


My developmental editing services cover the following genres:

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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