Karolyn H
Freelance Editor

Accurate and Dedicated


Are you looking for the right person to review, correct and perfect your book before self-publishing?

Request a Quote from me today. -- Karolyn H

My passion is to enable clients to communicate their words and ideas in the most appealing way. I have a solid background in editing and proofreading and enjoy helping clients refine and sharpen their content for publication or personal satisfaction.

I am an editor, current and former small business owner, undergraduate holding a two-year degree, blog writer, avid reader, and native English speaker, with over 20 years of related business, academic and personal experience.

My love for language and editing began in high school as a quiet teenager who frequently offered to help close friends, including an ESL student, proofread and polish their papers. As a voracious reader from childhood, I spent a lot of time at the library and read mysteries, westerns, science fiction and encyclopedias for fun.

One of the first professional employment positions I held was as Executive Secretary for the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce in Seattle, WA. Duties included proofing and editing monthly newsletters (in print!), office letters, board member minutes, networking business packets, and writing emails and replies to clients requesting information about the area.

While my son was in elementary and middle school, I volunteered my services as a web administrator for a school website for two years. I also attended a business computer training vocational school from which I received a Certificate for Integrated Computer Applications.

Later, I received an Associate Degree from Olympic College, focusing my study on English, writing and literature, and philosophy. I throughly enjoyed writing college essays on most subjects and excelled in this area.

Subsequent employment included administrative positions for utility companies, and state and county departments. All utilized and enhanced my proofreading, writing, editing and written communication skills.

Concurrently, I started and managed two small businesses: a retail collectibles store and a store for specialty crocheted items. I created, wrote all content for and managed websites for both businesses for several years.

A short time travelling overseas cultivated the desire already present within me to foster and enhance the expression of ideas and narratives between people of any background. I've studied a few foreign languages to varying degrees not only because of this desire to elevate communication, but also due to my fascination with the nuances of language and how the many parts fit together.

My freelance editing business was born while traveling the U.S. as a passenger on an 18-wheeler for several months in the spring of 2015. The business has since evolved and expanded through a variety of avenues. Projects that I work on have been narrowed down from a huge assortment of novellas, speeches, blogs, manuals, spreadsheets, dissertations, and more, to my primary interest: books and websites.

I have lived in the Olympia area of Washington State for five years and enjoy the convenience as well as proximity to the surrounding beauty of parks and mountains. Favorite pastimes when I'm not working for clients include: camping, finding live music, crocheting, blogging, coffee with friends, in-depth business discussions with my adult son, and reading mysteries, scifi, and books about nutrition.

Karolyn H

from my home
office or on
the go



My featured service is a complete eBook or traditional book Overhaul, for both nonfiction and fiction titles. I also offer website content editing and academic article proofreading. I have experience working with both American English and British English and am familiar with their variations.

Complete book and eBook Overhaul (copyediting service) includes:

  • For Nonfiction: Feedback about any issues related to tone, audience, details, logical order, clarity, consistency, structure, transitions and overall impression.
  • For Fiction: Feedback about any issues related to characterization, plot, pacing, setting, dialogue, transitions, craft, and overall impression.
  • Related topic and term research, fact-checking.
  • Proofread spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, pronouns, spacing, verb-tense and basic formatting consistency.
  • Eliminate redundancy and extraneous words and phrases, adjust sentence and paragraph structure, rewrite run-on sentences, replace overused words with synonyms, and substitute weak words, phrases, and sentences with stronger alternatives while keeping original tone.
  • Format indents, spacing, paragraphs, alignment, font size, bulleted lists, styles, table of contents, headers, footers, sections. *Formatting for eBooks and printed books is very different and results in separate documents for each.
  • Add relevent front matter: title page, copyright page, dedication, epigraph, contents, foreword, preface, acknowledgements, introduction.
  • Write description for book cover or Amazon listing.

Website content editing:

Copyedit and proofread English website content including page text, text in rotating images, pop-up menu and comment text, and link titles (design and source code--css, html, etc.--not included).

Academic article proofreading:

Proofread English and ESL academic essays, dissertations and articles for spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, pronouns, spacing, and verb-tense. Provide feedback about any citation issues. (Copyediting is NOT provided for academic content as this would violate standard policies regarding academic integrity and collaboration)

Services NOT provided:

content creation, ghostwriting, product review writing, college paper writing, academic assignment completion, website design, website creation



Client Reviews

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“Karolyn does a great job editing and cleaning up my writing. Where she really excels is reviewing for clarity. Karolyn brings a fresh perspective that makes things clear and concise. She will definitely be part of my review process in the future!” -Tom Henricksen, US, 2018

“I employed Karolyn to edit my 92,000-word novel manuscript. In a few weeks, Karolyn managed to comb over every word, finding plot inconsistencies and idea for improvements that I would never have noticed, to say nothing of how well she polished my grammar. I could not be more grateful or recommend anyone higher for the job. Thank you!” -G.A. Dazio, US, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I hire you?
    Please use the Contact form below to Request a Quote
  • What education or training have you received that relates to your work?
    I have over 20 years of experience in editing acquired through various business administrative positions, college course writing and training, website creation and management, and personal use. Please visit my About page to read more about my professional and editing background.
  • Can I hire you to write new content or to ghostwrite?
    I do not provide new content writing for books or websites, essay writing or ghostwriting. However, my work often includes rephrasing.
  • What types of clients do you typically work with?
    I’ve worked with eBook and traditional book authors, blog writers, small business owners, non-profit organizations, university students and many other clients.
  • Do you have any advice for new clients?
    Contact me as early as possible to ensure that I will be available to work on your project within your desired timeframe. I will ask several questions prior to starting on a project, to learn about its background and your writing goals and expectations. Throughout the project, be sure to respond to questions I may have for you in a timely manner to prevent delays.
  • What are some details that clients should think through before discussing their project with you?
    Know the total word count or at least the page count. Have a timeframe in mind that allows for some discussion and revisions if necessary. Additional details can be found in my Terms and Conditions.
  • What payment methods do you accept?
    Accepted payment methods include debit, credit and PayPal. All payments are processed securely through PayPal (account not required). After discussing terms for your project, I will email you an invoice through PayPal. Additional details can be found in my Terms and Conditions.
  • I have a general question or comment not addressed on your site.
    Please use the contact form below.

Contact Me

You may request a quote using the form below. Please read my Terms and Conditions before submitting. I’d be happy to provide a complimentary copyediting sample (800 words) if you’d like. I look forward to talking with you!

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