Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson – Editor

Experienced copy editor of fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, and speculative fiction. Specializes in working with indie authors.

Overview

I'm an experienced copy editor specializing in working with indie authors, especially within the genres of fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, and speculative fiction.

Eliminate distractions

You don’t want your readers to get distracted by errors in your book. So don’t let your readers find any errors—let me find them instead.


Understand genre conventions

You want an editor who understands the conventions of your genre. I specialize in fantasy, dystopian, paranormal, and speculative fiction.


Keep your voice intact

You want an editor who doesn’t try to rewrite the book in her own voice. My goal is always to retain the author’s voice—just to make it a cleaner version of that voice.


Understand the flexibility of fiction

I have a solid background in grammar. I know the rules. I understand the rules. I also know how and when to break them. I’m not going to be pedantic and insist on a change just for the sake of correctness if it is going to cause a problem with readability. Fiction is flexible—sometimes sentence fragments are useful, for example.

What copy editing is

As a copy editor, I am focused on the details of the story—the sentence-level concerns. Although I do check for consistency (making sure Sally doesn’t suddenly change eye color, for example), I don’t make global comments about your book. I’m not going to give you a list of plot problems or places where characters/scenes should be more developed. That’s the job of a developmental editor (and something that should be done before sending the manuscript to me). If there’s something that really jumps out at me, I sometimes make a comment about it, but I’m not reading your book at that level. If that’s the kind of feedback you are looking for, please work with a developmental editor first. Then come back and let me clean things up at the sentence level.

Note on developmental editing and editorial assessment

Note: I provide line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. If you are looking for a developmental edit or editorial assessment, that comes before the copy editing stage and is not a service I provide. Check out Reedsy's description of the different types of editors: https://blog.reedsy.com/types-of-editing/.
Services
Fiction
Dystopian Epic Fantasy Middle Grade Fantasy Steampunk Time Travel Urban Fantasy Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • UC San Diego Extension Copyediting Certificate

Work experience

Self-employed

Aug, 2012 — Present

Although I have done freelancing here and there since 1997, I started working full-time at freelancing in August 2012. I have copy edited everything from websites to cookbooks but my preferred focus is fantasy and speculative fiction.

UC San Diego Extension

Jan, 2023 — Present

Instructor teaching online class on Copyediting Fiction through the UC San Diego Extension program

PLY Magazine

Nov, 2014 — Present

Managing editor and copy editor for PLY Magazine, a quarterly magazine for spinning fiber.

INDIE Books Gone Wild

Jul, 2014 — Present

Part of the editing team at INDIE Books Gone Wild.

Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, Indiana

Aug, 2009 — Aug, 2011 (about 2 years)

Taught freshman composition and literature courses.

Arthuriana (academic journal)

Jan, 2009 — Aug, 2009 (7 months)

Copy edited and proofread articles; laid out articles for journal

AgIT Department, Purdue University

Jun, 2006 — Dec, 2007 (over 1 year)

Wrote documentation supporting in-house computer programs and other programs and revised existing documentation.

Purdue University

Aug, 2004 — Dec, 2009 (over 5 years)

Taught courses in composition, literature, and Latin. Was a graduate student during this time and earned a PhD in English.

Texas A&M University

Jan, 2003 — Aug, 2005 (over 2 years)

Taught courses in composition, literature, and technical writing.

Blinn College

Jun, 2002 — May, 2004 (almost 2 years)

Tutored students in one-on-one writing sessions

Blinn College

Aug, 2001 — May, 2002 (9 months)

Worked with students in computer lab during developmental reading and writing courses as a teacher's aide.

Cancer Information Group

Jun, 2000 — Jul, 2001 (about 1 year)

Edited and proofread articles for four oncology journals

Arthur Andersen

Sep, 1998 — May, 2000 (over 1 year)

Edited financial documents

Texas A&M University Press

Jan, 1998 — May, 1998 (4 months)

Proofread manuscripts

Portfolio

Made with Reedsy
A Simple Tale of Water and Weeping

King Larsen, Kami

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
A Shift in Shadows (Lost Legacies Book 1)

Grey, Maddox

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Only Half Human (The Cambion Tales Book 1)

Wright, Nathaniel

Copy Editing
An unwilling participant in a cryopreservation experiment, engineering student Miranda Donovan wakes after a century to find that basic rights in the post-American society must be earned. Gene... read more
Copy Editing
Gibben Nemesio is in trouble. His parents are dead, his sister is missing, and he's been left the sole provider for his two younger brothers. With a war brewing in the east and no guarantee of... read more
Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Fallen Idols (The Fallen Favorites Book 1)

Rose, Amelia

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Renown: Emergency Magical Services

James, A.N.

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Dreamshadow

Sonderling, Daniel

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Rise of the Raej (Magic of Omneth)

Johnson, Hayley Rae

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Queen of the Raej (Magic of Omneth Book 2)

Johnson, Hayley Rae

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Blood of the Raej (Magic of Omneth Book 1)

Johnson, Hayley Rae

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Undying Light: The Stella Maris Series Book 1

Wildey, Aurora

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Shadows: Holy Nights

Kay, Scarlet

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Suboptimized: A Novel

Palmer, S A

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
The LeNoir Legacy

Faulkenberry, Cristen

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
The Squeamish Vampire

Saygo, Andrei

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Harbinger (Dawn of Eight Book 1)

Emme DeWitt

No matter where Noah goes, tragedy strikes. As a banshee, only Noah can see it coming, but it’s all she can do to run away to lessen the damage her voice causes when she sings for the dead. Or... read more
Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Black Seed (Seed World Book 2)

Kenneth Marshall

The White Seed Brings Life to WorldsThree thousand years ago, the seeds arrived from Earth on hundreds of worlds. The developed worlds formed the Network, connected only by radio and laser. Si... read more
Proofreading
Copy Editing
Just A Kiss

Spivey, Carol

Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Black Diamonds

Cross, Adrian

Copy Editing
StoneDragon

Cross, Adrian

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
A desperate search leads to a new world.Naomi and Gavin are on the run. Having narrowly escaped Azzmon’s clutches, they find themselves hunted by Malick, another Shade Lord. He has amassed an ... read more
Proofreading
Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad's home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings ar... read more
Proofreading
Having escaped the biotech laboratory that rebuilt her, test subject Miranda Donovan celebrates her freedom by starting a life below the radar with Cris, a passionate engineer. Everything chan... read more
Copy Editing
Brought back from the dead, combat pilot Miranda Donovan finds the price for her resurrection is a steep one. The biomedical laboratory has creatively interpreted the law so the experiments on... read more
Copy Editing
For Gibben Nemesio, life hasn’t been easy.Orphaned as a child and drafted into the army at thirteen, he’s no stranger to adversity. He’s fought hard for his coveted position as Seneschal Koal’... read more
Copy Editing
Told by Mr. Jazz himself, an ordinary cat by his own admission, "Purr Prints of the Heart" is a touching meow-memoir that will strike a chord with anyone whose heart carries paw-prints of love... read more
Copy Editing
The explosive debut by Lauren ParkesReviews"A chilling tale of love, deception, suspense and greed." "If you like YA fiction and a rollicking plot then this is going to be your cup of tea!" Je... read more
Copy Editing
There are two of everything in the Mirrored City, where two rival theocratic factions alternate control of the government. A routine treaty negotiation quickly sets off a chain of events that ... read more
Proofreading
Finding Sagrado

Roger E. Carrier

Five stars! San Francisco Book Review (August 2014) "A life-altering coming-of-age story filled with magic and imagination." Five Stars! Midwest Reviews, Diane Donovan (May 2014) "Those seekin... read more
Proofreading
Gibben Nemesio thought his life was over the day he received a conscription notice demanding he train to be a soldier. When he left his home for Silver City, he never expected he'd thwart a te... read more
Copy Editing
Amendments

H.M. Lynn

Emelia must choose. Her sister or her soulmate.In a world not dissimilar to our own, the Administration have ensured that the human race should not have to live with any regrets.Like millions ... read more
Copy Editing
A small memento, a universal power...At seventeen, Leda has her priorities in order: gaming first, real life second. She suffers through school, skips the extracurriculars, and runs home so th... read more
Proofreading
An urban fantasy novel unlike any other.Ezra Keene is an artistic sixteen-year-old who wants nothing more than to settle in at his new school and put the tragedy of his brother's death behind ... read more
Copy Editing
Creation is Doomed… Nyx, Queen of Hell, lies broken and burning in a box at the bottom of the Lake of Fire, put there but her lover Tribunal, who is God’s Son. Nyx’s daughter Epiphenia, has be... read more
Copy Editing
Strange Luck

Amie Winters

Daisy Darling embarks on a journey to save her ailing father, but instead lands in a dark world built on stolen memories. Now Daisy must risk her life to destroy the world and restore what is ... read more
Copy Editing

Karen has 36 reviews

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Rachael R.

Rachael R.

Jan, 2024

I found working with Karen invaluable. She is an expert, and her attention to detail is impressive. I am very grateful for her help and would highly recommend her.
Katherine M.

Katherine M.

Nov, 2023

I want to say she's terrible so I can keep her all to myself, but I can't. She's a rockstar. She takes my nonsense and makes it a book. I will work with her as long as she will put up with me. Highest recommendation.
Ariel C.

Ariel C.

Oct, 2023

Karen's edits and keen eyes were the much-needed polish and poke my manuscript needed! She was prompt, thorough, and detailed in her feedback and questions throughout the editing process, and the specifics of the project were clearly communicated from start to finish. If you need an editor—and trust me, you do—Karen is the way and the truth.
Katie P.

Katie P.

Sep, 2023

I truly enjoyed working with Karen on my debut novel. She was prompt in her responses via Reedsy and definitely helped eased any anxieties I had throughout the process. Karen provided me with thorough copy editing and I think helped me get my writing where it needed to be for publication while still keeping my voice throughout my work. I would recommend Karen to anyone looking for a professiona...
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Amelia R.

Amelia R.

Jun, 2023

Karen was a breeze and a delight to work with! Everything about the process with her was smooth and communicated. She is easy to contact, responsive, and respectful. No complaints, here, just glowing praise!

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