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Prepare your story for the journey ahead.

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Kathrese McKee has operated Word Marker Edits since 2014; she is a member of ACES: The Society for Editing, and 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.

Kathrese McKee

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Prepare your story for the journey ahead.

Congratulations! You have written a book. Most people who think they want to be an author do not make it this far.

Many authors moan about the editing phase, but this is when you mold your work into a form you will 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.

What comes next for your story?

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.”

Every writer and every story starts at a different level of readiness. If you have completed your first draft, find a few critique partners to help you get through the first revision. Or you may decide to invest in a story evaluation/diagnostic which can save you a lot of wasted effort in the long run.

Services

What is a Story Evaluation and Diagnostic?

The Story Evaluation and Diagnostic is the premier service at Word Marker Edits. Get an unbiased assessment of your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses; find out whether your story fits your intended genre and audience. No edits are made directly to your document.

The Story Evaluation and Diagnostic service includes:

  • A thorough read through of your entire manuscript.
  • A completed Story Rubric.
  • Follow-up communication via email within 30 days.
  • A chapter-by-chapter checklist of suggested changes.
  • Teaching brochures and resource recommendations.
  • A recorded 30-minute Zoom call.
  • Unlimited email follow-up communication.
  • Guaranteed completion within 50 days.
  • Begin with a free phone consultation.

What is a Substantive Edit?

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.

The editor will act as a consultant on your project’s premise, content, and organization, including the following topics: character, plot, setting, point of view, theme, and style.

Entire scenes and chapters may need to be rearranged, rewritten, or eliminated. This step is critical to the future success of your novel. If you have experienced critique partners, 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.

The Substantive Editing service includes:

  • A thorough read through of your entire manuscript.
  • A summary document containing recommendations for improvement.
  • If necessary, your document may be returned with Track Changes turned on and comments included to aid communication.
  • Follow-up communication via email within 15 days.
  • Teaching brochures and resource recommendations.
  • Thirty days of email follow-up communication.
  • Guaranteed completion within 42 days.
  • Begin with a free phone consultation.

What is a Line Edit?

A line edit addresses readability, flow, and craft; this is when your prose gets polished.

You will receive your work back with Track Changes turned on so you can accept or reject the suggested changes; you may also receive a fresh document with Changes Accepted. The editor will make many comments to let you inside their thought process. This is a great opportunity to learn about the craft of writing.

The editor will root out repetition and weasel words and make suggestions about phrasing, pacing, setting the scene, hooks, and scene/chapter arcs.

Even this late in the game, the editor may discover plot holes. They will search for anachronisms, factual errors, and writing mistakes, like a character changing name or hair color in the middle of the story.

Deletions, additions, and changes abound in this phase. Occasionally, sentences and paragraphs will be put in a new order for clarity and flow.

The Line Editing service includes:

  • A thorough read through of your entire manuscript.
  • Your document with Track Changes turned on.
  • A fresh document with Changes Accepted.
  • Follow-up communication via email within 15 days.
  • Teaching brochures and resource recommendations.
  • Thirty days of email follow-up communication.
  • Guaranteed completion within 42 days.
  • Your document must pass a preliminary evaluation before acceptance.

What is a Copyedit?

A copyedit should come after you make your last revisions following the line edit because new errors are introduced during the revision process. A copyedit focuses on eliminating the “PUGS”—errors in Punctuation, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling.

The Copyediting service includes:

  • A thorough read through of your entire manuscript.
  • Your document with Track Changes turned on.
  • A fresh document with Changes Accepted.
  • Thirty days of email follow-up communication.
  • Guaranteed completion within 21 days.
  • Your document must pass a preliminary evaluation before acceptance.

What is Proofreading?

Proofreading is an essential step that comes after your book is formatted, when you have your proof copy ready to be published. Formatting involves touching the document, and errors always seem to creep in. Words and letters go missing, as do periods and commas.

Some authors are able to perform this step themselves, but a fresh pair of eyes often spots errors the author overlooks.

The Proofreading service includes:

  • A thorough read through of your entire manuscript.
  • Your document with Track Changes turned on.
  • A fresh document with Changes Accepted.
  • Thirty days of email follow-up communication.
  • Guaranteed completion within 14 days.
  • Your document must pass a preliminary evaluation before acceptance.

Are we a good match?

Let's get acquainted. See my About page, read the blog posts, and check out my books. Download some resources and receive my weekly newsletter. Then use the contact form or submit your project. I look forward to hearing from you!

Important Note

I will not edit material that contains erotica. I reserve the right to refuse business if the project is not a good fit.

Testimonials

Kaylin-Lee

Kaylin Lee
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.

Nancy-Kimball

Nancy Kimball
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
Sunrise

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.

Azalea Dabill
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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