Are you looking for the right person to prepare and perfect your book for self-publishing?
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.
My featured service is a complete Book Overhaul, for fiction and nonfiction titles. This solution addresses 7 Key Elements for self-publishing. I also offer website content editing and academic article proofreading.
Complete Book Overhaul (copyediting service) features:
Website content editing:
Copyediting and proofreading 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:
Proofreading 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, publication, product review writing, college paper writing, academic assignment completion, website design, website creation
“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
“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
“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
Click images to enlarge. Below is a small selection of projects that I've worked on.
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!