Karolyn H
Freelance Editor

Accurate and Dedicated


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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 language itself, its nuances and how its 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.
  • 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

Click through the slideshow below to see reviews from current and past clients. Or view them all on a single page.

"Can't say less than 'Perfect'! Thanks." -Moody, Canada, 2018

"Money well spent. I am so pleased with the feedback, editing and process. I will definitely buy again and highly recommend Karolyn H. Thank you!" -Abigail C., United States, 2018
“Swiftly and at a very reasonable cost, Karolyn turned my mess into great readability. She is a magician who silences the grammar police and turns criticism into praise. Quick, efficient and a pleasure to work with, Karolyn is most highly recommended by me (pity she can’t clean this up before you read it).” –Michael Smorenburg, South Africa, 2017
“This is simply outstanding work. As an inspirational author, my choice of words, choice of font, the format, all come together to make for an inspirational experience; and that great experience is exactly what my readers will get after this excellent editing. THANK YOU!” –Skip Johnson, United States, 2017
“Karolyn did an awesome job editing and proofreading my E-Book The Happiness Routine. She is extremely professional and communicating with her was always a joy. Her feedback about style, consistency and word choice took my book on a whole new level and gave it the right tone. All in all this was a wonderful experience and I am really looking forward to sending her my new book for a complete overhaul.” –Ed Holz, Germany, 2017
“Just finished going through your book edits. Amazing job, it looks ten times better.” –Bryan Wheeler, United States, 2017

“Great work! Will be back for more! Thank you for your hard work and quick turnaround.” –Paul Corrado, United States, 2017

“Karolyn is very professional and did an amazing job. I can definitely recommend buying her services. Thanks again so much for your help.” –Maria, United Kingdom, 2017
“Incredible editor! I always go to her for my writing revisions. Always delivers on time and the revisions are really high quality. Strongly recommend!” –Pedro, United States, 2017

“Wow, Karolyn went above and beyond! This is my second time using her services and I could not have been happier!” –Paul Corrado, United States, 2017
“Worked together many times before and will continue to work together! As always, great quality work and impressive timing.” –Pedro, United States, 2017

“Excellent work! Price-performance not comparable! Thank you so much!” –Marc, Canada, 2017

“The most profound proofreader and editor I have ever tried. Perfect work and fast delivery!” –Patrick Seitz, Spain, 2017
“Precise, fast and accurate, couldn’t ask for more.” –Michele, Spain, 2016

“Top Notch as usual! Karolyn is really the best editor I have ever worked with, she is a real person, not a company, you will have a direct and pleasant work relationship with her. Highly recommended.” –Luca, Malaysia, 2016

“Definitely five-star feedback. Quick, professional and pays attention to the details.” –Nimrod, Israel, 2016
“Fantastic work, Exceeded my expectations!” –Stephen Schab, United States, 2016

“Working with Karolyn was a great experience. She took the time to completely understand the requirements for the project and delivered on time. Very satisfied and will use her again in the future.” –Byron Ford, United States, 2016
“Karolyn was outstanding to work with – her skill set was excellent and she always responded quickly. She submitted her work in a timely manner and contributed a great deal to the ArtsAnywhere project. I would highly recommend her for any project.” -Laura Humbert, United States, 2016
“Karolyn is really careful about every document I give her. I have cooperated with her for a long time for nearly 30 papers and essays from students and friends.” –Chaon, China, 2016
“Amazing service, and great final product! Karolyn was very easy to work with, and answered all of my questions. I will definitely hire her again in the future.” –Derron, United States, 2016
“Karolyn is highly professional and I’m really happy to collaborate with her. Every aspect of my text (spelling, grammar, word order and vocabulary) was carefully reviewed and, as the result, I have the perfect English text!” –Mico, United States, 2016
“Karolyn is very professional. She has a keen eye and the work is on time, or early. I have written a series of books and her assistance has been vital to my work. Karolyn, you always have my support as a client.” –John S., United Kingdom, 2016
“Brilliant lady, very reasonable and very helpful. Thank you so much.” –Paul Redmond, Ireland, 2016

“The work was done very professionally! I recommend Karolyn to everyone who needs high quality editing! “ –Andy, United States, 2016
“Thanks for all your hard work and for surpassing my expectations.” –Freddy, United States, 2016

“Very good, fast, responsive and accurate. She puts love in her work, highly recommended.” –Luca, Malaysia, 2016

“I can always count on her to deliver outstanding work. She actually has raised my expectations on what to expect from proofreaders and editors.” –Nahid, United States, 2016
“As an ESL speaker, my written English is, by all means, rather horrible. I knew I needed someone to help me edit and proofread my eBook. Karolyn did the job perfectly! She got the work done before the promised date, and her work was professional and impressive! I will definitely use her again!” –Minna Wong, United States, 2016
"Karolyn has always been very fast, and very responsive, not hesitating to ask precisions, when my writings weren’t sufficiently clear. A seriousness that I’ve always appreciated!" –Lawrence Herbert, France, 2016
“Karolyn worked fast and efficiently, making all the improvements my short story needed, and all in time, respecting the deadline she had proposed and promised. I recommend working with her. I know I’ll use her services again in the future for my next texts!” –Lawrence Herbert, France, 2015
“Great job. After I had trouble with another editor, Karolyn re-did the job for me top notch! Completed as promised! Highly recommended! She will be my regular editor from here on in!” –Robert Fetner, United States, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I hire you?
    Visit my Contact page 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.
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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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