Proximity breeds blindness. That’s the number one reason it’s absolutely necessary to get an editor for your book. Even bestselling writers know the truth: your content could be awesome, your style engaging, your writing enough to get a “heil!” from just about any grammar nazi—and you would still need someone to take a good, hard look at what you’ve written to help you find ways to take it that extra step from good to great.
If you’re an author looking to add that bit of polish to your work by taking on an editor or beta reader, I’d love to work with you. Here are the ways I’m happy to serve you:
Want to write a book but unsure of how to go about it? I’d love to help you conceive your topic, then work out the structure and flow to your writing so the points you want to make and the message you want to send to your audience are clear and focused.
I’ll look at your book from the mindset of an interested reader and offer you criticism and recommendations related to how you can make your book more of a page-turner. What parts are engaging, and how can they be made more so? What parts fall flat, and what would you need to add to interest and entertain your audience? These are just some of the questions I’ll answer, and more!
Line and Copy Editing
Is your message written in a clear and engaging style? Are your characters’ words and behaviors in keeping with their profiles and personalities? Just how readable is your book on a sentence-to-sentence, paragraph-to-paragraph basis? My job isn’t just to answer these questions—it’s to suggest edits that help you crystalize your style and voice as a writer.
I’ll also take a look at your grammar, spelling, punctuation, word usage, and more. If something is worded ambiguously, I’ll suggest revisions, taking into account your message and style. Line and copy editing are necessary steps for ensuring the quality of your work.
If your book is all but ready for publishing, it’s still a great idea to have someone take a look at the text and do a final check for any glaring spelling, grammatical or typographical errors. I’m happy to work with your manuscript right before it goes to your designer or even after it’s being laid out, during the final corrections stage before you send it to a printer.
I have edited manuscripts and magazines in the past, and while most of these have been silent edits for which I expect and receive no credit, I’ve asked my clients if I might list their work on my digital portfolio, and a few have agreed. Scroll down to learn who I’ve worked for and on which projects.
Thus far I have worked on one anthology under my romance pen name, Kate Sebastian. I compiled the 23 stories for Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology as well as performed content and line editing for many of the entries. While copy editing was outsourced, I also did additional copy editing and proofreading where necessary.
- Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology, edited by Kate Sebastian, 2017 (Compilation and content, line and copy editing)
Kimchi Press (Summit Books imprint)
- My Sassy Girl 2 by Kim Ho-Shig, 2015 by Kimchi Press/Summit Books (Line editing on translated text)
- My Sassy Girl 1 by Kim Ho-Shig, 2015 by Kimchi Press/Summit Books (Line editing on translated text)
- A Werewolf Boy by Kim Mi Ri, 2014 by Kimchi Press/Summit Books (Line editing on translated text)
- My Name Is Kim Sam Soon by Ji Su-Hyun, 2014 by Kimchi Press/Summit Books (Line editing on translated text)
Pop Fiction (Summit Books imprint)
- Falling for the Opposite by yourstrulytrina (Ma. Katrina Serrano), 2016 by Pop Fiction/Summit Books (Substantive and copy editing)
- A Miracle by peachxvision (Jessamine Verzosa), 2014 by Pop Fiction/Summit Books (Copy editing)
- Must Date the Playboy by notjustarandomgirl (Imma delos Santos), 2014 by Pop Fiction/Summit Books (Copy editing)
- For Hire: A Damn Good Kisser by Beeyotch (Ariesa Jane Domingo), 2013 by Pop Fiction/Summit Books (Copy editing)
- The Despicable Guy by Shirlengtearjerky (Leng de Chavez), 2013 by Pop Fiction/Summit Books (Copy editing)
- Scandalized by Tara Frejas, 2016 (Copy editing)
- A Portrait of Jade (#BuqoYA) by Justine Camacho-Tajonera, 2015 (Copy editing)
- The First Time They Met (#BuqoYA) by Ana Valenzuela, 2015 (Copy editing)
- In That Summer (#BuqoYA) by Jayen San Diego, 2015 (Copy editing)
- Crashing into Him (#BuqoSteamyReads) by Halina Cabrera, 2014 (Copy editing)
- Boyfriend-Stealing Bitch (#BuqoSteamyReads) by Halina Cabrera, 2014 (Copy editing)
Philippine Magazines & Websites
- ModernFilipina.ph, October 2014 to August 2015 (Editorial management and content strategy)
- Hitlist.ph (formerly TV5’s Kristn.com), March 2013 to September 2014 (Section editing and content strategy – Lifestyle)
- Men’s Health Philippines, March 2012 to March 2013 (Copy editing)
- FemaleNetwork.com, November 2010 to July 2012 (Editorial management and content strategy)