Kristin Carlsen

Kristin Carlsen - Editor

Seattle, WA, USA

Passionate, experienced, and thorough copyeditor and proofreader of fiction and nonfiction books, ready to learn all about your project!

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Overview

I have worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for eight years, editing numerous fiction and nonfiction books for publishers and independent authors alike. Much of my experience has been editing contemporary fiction and romance, and I edit self-help books as well. I also enjoy working on sci-fi and fantasy manuscripts when I get the chance, genres I read in whenever possible. I've been part of a monthly sci-fi/fantasy book group for years with other wordsmiths who edit and read widely in those genres.

It’s my job as an editor to keep an eye out for issues that might trip up readers or otherwise interrupt their immersion in a story. More specifically, I smooth out problems with grammar, punctuation, and spelling, and call attention to any inconsistencies in the text (e.g., issues with timeline or character names changing), while always preserving the author's unique voice. I bring a calm and kind approach to every project I work on and relish delving into each manuscript that comes my way.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Romance
Non-Fiction
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Certifications

  • Certificate in Editing, University of Washington Extension

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
July, 2012 – Present (almost 9 years)

Offering copyediting and proofreading services to independent authors, publishers, academics, magazines, businesses, and nonprofits.

Editorial Intern

YES! magazine
August, 2008 – October, 2008 (2 months)

Researched and wrote several pieces for the quarterly magazine, which included conducting interviews in English and Spanish.

Participated in editorial meetings, read submissions, handled editorial mail.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Leaving Blythe River: A Novel

Catherine Ryan Hyde

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes an unforgettable story of courage and finding forgiveness in an unforgiving wilderness.Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he’s barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his ... read more

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes an unforgettable story of courage and finding forgiveness in an unforgiving wilderness.Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he’s barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his ... read more

Fury of Obsession (Dragonfury)

Coreene Callahan

Dragon warrior Venom lives in self-imposed isolation. Cursed by his toxic touch, he is deadly to anyone who has contact with him for too long. Set apart from others and hounded by intense loneliness, he craves the lasting connection he believes he cannot possess. Until a chance encounter with a sultry mortal offers a ray of hope…Evelyn Foxe is the woman of Venom’s every desire, but she’s too b... read more

Dragon warrior Venom lives in self-imposed isolation. Cursed by his toxic touch, he is deadly to anyone who has contact with him for too long. Set apart from others and hounded by intense loneliness, he craves the lasting connection he believes he cannot possess. Until a chance encounter with a sultry mortal offers a ray of hope…Evelyn Foxe is the woman of Venom’s every desire, but she’s too b... read more

Allie and Bea : A Novel

Catherine Ryan Hyde

An Amazon Charts bestseller.Humor and heart move the fast-paced journey of an unlikely pair coming together to form a family of their own in this touching story from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde.Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a... read more

An Amazon Charts bestseller.Humor and heart move the fast-paced journey of an unlikely pair coming together to form a family of their own in this touching story from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde.Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a... read more

Say Goodbye for Now

Catherine Ryan Hyde

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a feel-good story of four outcasts who learn that some bonds are stronger than blood.On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are the... read more

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a feel-good story of four outcasts who learn that some bonds are stronger than blood.On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are the... read more

Fury of Surrender (Dragonfury Book 6)

Coreene Callahan

In the sixth installment of Coreene Callahan’s bestselling Dragonfury series, a tormented dragon shifter finds solace in the healing powers of a woman—one who needs her own salvation.Dragon warrior Forge has been sentenced to death by the Dragonkind elite. Recalling the memories of his family’s murders could drive him to the edge of insanity, but it’s the only way to remove the target on his b... read more

In the sixth installment of Coreene Callahan’s bestselling Dragonfury series, a tormented dragon shifter finds solace in the healing powers of a woman—one who needs her own salvation.Dragon warrior Forge has been sentenced to death by the Dragonkind elite. Recalling the memories of his family’s murders could drive him to the edge of insanity, but it’s the only way to remove the target on his b... read more

The Wake Up

Catherine Ryan Hyde

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes an emotional novel of how one man’s life changes forever when he rediscovers his ability to feel the pain of others.Something has been asleep in forty-year-old cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte for a long time. It all comes back in a rush during a hunting trip, when he’s suddenly attuned to the animals around him, feeling their pain... read more

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes an emotional novel of how one man’s life changes forever when he rediscovers his ability to feel the pain of others.Something has been asleep in forty-year-old cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte for a long time. It all comes back in a rush during a hunting trip, when he’s suddenly attuned to the animals around him, feeling their pain... read more

A Survivor's Journey: From Victim to Advocate

Natasha Simone Alexenko

An inspiring true story of love, hope, and victory—and of one woman who was determined to make a difference in the wake of a crime.On August 6, 1993, twenty-year-old Natasha Alexenko was assaulted at gunpoint. After nearly a decade, her backlogged rape kit was finally tested and her rapist, who roamed free for ten years, was brought to justice. On the day he was sentenced, Alexenko vowed that ... read more

An inspiring true story of love, hope, and victory—and of one woman who was determined to make a difference in the wake of a crime.On August 6, 1993, twenty-year-old Natasha Alexenko was assaulted at gunpoint. After nearly a decade, her backlogged rape kit was finally tested and her rapist, who roamed free for ten years, was brought to justice. On the day he was sentenced, Alexenko vowed that ... read more

Heaven Adjacent

Catherine Ryan Hyde

The New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde is heartfelt and perceptive in this bittersweet story about slowing down and discovering what can be gained when leaving everything behind.Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one ... read more

The New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde is heartfelt and perceptive in this bittersweet story about slowing down and discovering what can be gained when leaving everything behind.Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one ... read more

The Victims' Club (Kindle Single)

Jeffery Deaver

Snap. Upload. Ruin a reputation.In this page-turning short story from international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, senior detective Jon Avery inherits a deeply troubling case. At an off-campus party, university professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed, and photographed on a burner phone. In seconds her humiliation is uploaded, and millions of JPEGs are zipping like immortal wasps throug... read more

Snap. Upload. Ruin a reputation.In this page-turning short story from international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, senior detective Jon Avery inherits a deeply troubling case. At an off-campus party, university professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed, and photographed on a burner phone. In seconds her humiliation is uploaded, and millions of JPEGs are zipping like immortal wasps throug... read more

Just After Midnight

Catherine Ryan Hyde

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes an uplifting and poignant novel about friendship, trust, and facing your fears.No longer tolerating her husband’s borderline abuse, Faith escapes to her parents’ California beach house to plan her next move. She never dreamed her new chapter would involve befriending Sarah, a fourteen-year-old on the run from her father and reeli... read more

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes an uplifting and poignant novel about friendship, trust, and facing your fears.No longer tolerating her husband’s borderline abuse, Faith escapes to her parents’ California beach house to plan her next move. She never dreamed her new chapter would involve befriending Sarah, a fourteen-year-old on the run from her father and reeli... read more

Have You Seen Luis Velez?

Catherine Ryan Hyde

An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller.New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde brings heartwarming authenticity to the story of two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear. Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father’s wife. Not at school, where he’s an out... read more

An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller.New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde brings heartwarming authenticity to the story of two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear. Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father’s wife. Not at school, where he’s an out... read more

Stay

Catherine Ryan Hyde

An unforgettable novel about the power of friendship and kindness by the New York Times bestselling author of Pay It Forward.In the summer of 1969, fourteen-year-old Lucas Painter carries a huge weight on his shoulders. His brother is fighting in Vietnam. His embattled parents are locked in a never-ending war. And his best friend, Connor, is struggling with his own family issues. To find relie... read more

An unforgettable novel about the power of friendship and kindness by the New York Times bestselling author of Pay It Forward.In the summer of 1969, fourteen-year-old Lucas Painter carries a huge weight on his shoulders. His brother is fighting in Vietnam. His embattled parents are locked in a never-ending war. And his best friend, Connor, is struggling with his own family issues. To find relie... read more

Eat Like It Matters: How I Lost 120 Pounds and Found My Inner Badass (And How You Can Too!)

Marilyn McKenna

Being a politician’s wife is all about appearances, and as the spouse of Washington State’s attorney general, Marilyn McKenna was expected to be by her husband’s side through thick and thin. After decades of being morbidly obese, she chose thin – and started a weight-loss journey that would change her life. From hitting rock bottom to finding a path to recovery, Marilyn honestly describes her ... read more

Being a politician’s wife is all about appearances, and as the spouse of Washington State’s attorney general, Marilyn McKenna was expected to be by her husband’s side through thick and thin. After decades of being morbidly obese, she chose thin – and started a weight-loss journey that would change her life. From hitting rock bottom to finding a path to recovery, Marilyn honestly describes her ... read more

Holistic Wealth: 32 Life Lessons to Help You Find Purpose, Prosperity, and Happiness

Keisha Blair

Build a better, richer life by following thirty-two lessons that lead to happiness.Imagine a life where you are financially savvy and independent, living with purpose and generosity while inspiring others. Holistic Wealth will teach you to master these tenets of a happy and joyful life, giving you a greater sense of wholeness and resilience in times of difficulty.By expanding on the teachings ... read more

Build a better, richer life by following thirty-two lessons that lead to happiness.Imagine a life where you are financially savvy and independent, living with purpose and generosity while inspiring others. Holistic Wealth will teach you to master these tenets of a happy and joyful life, giving you a greater sense of wholeness and resilience in times of difficulty.By expanding on the teachings ... read more

Brave Girl, Quiet Girl: A Novel

Hyde, Catherine Ryan

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