Word Marker Edits
Prepare your story for the journey ahead.
Kathrese McKee has operated Word Marker Edits since 2014; she is a Silver Member of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network. Although she specializes in editing speculative fiction, she has experience with multiple genres, including romance, mystery, and women's fiction.
Many authors enjoy her newsletter, Word Marker Tips for Authors. Look for this and other helpful materials on the Resources page.
If you need an editor for your book, please use the contact form below.
Are we a good match?
I specialize in editing fiction written from a Christian worldview; however, books written for the general market are welcome, too. I look forward to hearing from you!
I will not edit material that contains erotica. I reserve the right to refuse business if the project is not a good fit.
Are you Ready?
Prepare your story for the journey ahead.
So are you ready to roll?
Congratulations! You have the beginnings of a book. Many authors moan about the editing phase, but this is the time when you mold your work into a form you can be proud to share. Michael Crichton is credited with saying, "Books aren't written—they're rewritten." Take his words to heart. Great writers don't stop at the first draft.
How do I decide what to do next for my story?
First, do you have a completed manuscript? If your first draft isn't complete, then continue to write until you reach THE END no matter how awful you think it is. As Nora Roberts once said, "You can't edit a blank page."
If you have completed your first draft, I recommend that you find a few critique partners to help you get through the first revision.
Every writer and every story starts at a different level of readiness. A manuscript evaluation is an inexpensive first step to discover what needs to be done. Let me provide a detailed assessment of your manuscript. I'll make recommendations based on your needs, and point out what requires the most attention.
Should I get a Substantive Edit?
Yes. But let me explain. Every novel needs to pass through a substantive edit. This process involves checking all elements of fiction. Entire scenes and chapters may need to be rearranged, rewritten, or eliminated. This step is critical to the future success of your novel. A substantive edit tackles the big issues to help you avoid spending money on a line edit before your story is ready. No edits are made directly to your document, but comments may be inserted to aid communication. I will act as a consultant on your project’s premise, content, organization, and style, focusing on the following topics:
• Story structure
• Character development
• Point of view
• Pacing and tension
• Tone and mood
If your critique partners have lots of expertise, then you may have garnered most of the benefits of a substantive edit. If there's any doubt about the end result, don't just hope for the best. Devote the necessary funds to this process.
If you haven't been blessed with exceptional critique partners and money is tight, then I accept a limited number of clients for mentoring. In effect, you will be paying me to be your critique partner. You'll be able to accomplish more on your own as your skills grow.
What's the difference between a Line Edit and a Copyedit?
During a line edit, I will turn on Track Changes in Microsoft Word and make changes to your document, rewording as necessary to smooth out the prose. A line edit should be followed by a copy edit. A copy edit is primarily focused on correcting errors in punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling. These "PUGS" don't address readability and flow.
Is Proofreading really necessary?
Yes. This step separates the serious professionals from the amateurs. Don't try to do it yourself either. As a fellow author, I understand how tempting this is, but believe me, you cannot see the errors in your work at this stage.
The Destined Series
I would recommend her to any author who wants to produce a high-quality reader experience.
I’ve worked with Kathrese on three projects. Each time she amazed me with her ability to strengthen my prose, catch details I’ve missed, and enhance the impact of my stories while staying true to their heart. She’s also incredibly organized and thorough, so I can rest easy knowing my manuscripts are in such great hands. I would recommend her to any author who wants to produce a high-quality reader experience.
Anne H. Campbell
Journey to Freedom series
No question that I will go to her in the future.
What sold me was Kathrese’s approach. Instead of editing my novel in its entirety, she edited it in sections so I could apply what I learned to the next section before sending it to her. And learn a lot I did, from strengthening characters to the finer points of style and wording. No question that I will go to her in the future.
Chasing the Lion
I never want to release a title she hasn't had her eyes on.
Kathrese blew me away with an almost superhuman attention to detail for everything from grammar to quietly lurking formatting issues. I never want to release a title she hasn't had her eyes on.
Scott J. Abel
Without her assistance I wouldn't have landed my first publishing contract.
As a debut author, I knew how crucial it was to have a polished manuscript to pitch to agents and publishers. I also knew that editing was not my strong suit. Kathrese not only made that process bearable, but enjoyable. She was wonderful to work with, taking the time to explain her suggestions and offering invaluable advice. Without her assistance I wouldn't have landed my first publishing contract. She's definitely a go-to editor for any author.
Laura Anderson Kurk
Glass Girl & Perfect Glass
She’s a detail-oriented editor for writers who need a logical, linear thought process applied to their fiction.
I have given over my manuscripts and my self esteem to Kathrese, my writing and critique partner, and she miraculously improves both! Not only does she ferret out my inconsistencies and plot convolutions, but she also handles my sensitive writer’s ego with care and gentleness. She’s a detail-oriented editor for writers who need a logical, linear thought process applied to their fiction.
Lance and Quill & Falcon Heart
She is great at catching my slip-through mistakes and helping me shape my stories’ logical progression toward great creative works.
Kathrese and I have worked together for over a year, and Kathrese’s critiques of my books-in-progress have been insightful. She is great at catching my slip-through mistakes and helping me shape my stories’ logical progression toward great creative works. Even though I am an editor myself it is paramount to have eyes on my books that are not blinded by familiarity. Kathrese has generously given me this and more. I definitely recommend her services.
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