Kate King

Kate King - Editor

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, USA

Meticulous yet fast copyeditor/proofreader with 20+ years experience in cooking, sustainability, spirituality, psychology, sports, memoir.

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I began my career at Tuttle Publishing in Boston (Buddhism, art, design) and later worked at several New York publishing houses in-house and freelance. I cover topics as diverse as art and architecture, design, and cooking (coffee table books); non-fiction children's books (educational); some YA; history; psychology; spirituality; sustainability; pop culture; and memoirs.

Once you've finished writing and polishing your work, put it down. Take a breath. Now it's time to take action and let go. Let me copyedit or proofread your manuscript into tip-top shape before you submit it to agents or publishers. Most errors are avoidable. Don't let your writing be overlooked or relegated to the slush pile!

Here is my process:

1. I provide a free 1-page sample edit. If you like my work, I'll send a quote. Note: The standard publishing page is 250 words, so a 50,000-word manuscript is 200 pages. I edit 6-8 pages/hour, depending on the condition of the manuscript. Rates for Copyediting: $35/hour. Proofreading: $25/hour. To learn about copyediting vs. proofreading, refer to my website above.

2. Once you've accepted my quote, I'll email a contract. I'll then begin the process of editing. I might email you for any global queries along the way. I'll send you the manuscript in its entirety upon the agreed-upon due date. If I need more time, I will always reach out in advance.

3. I edit using Word, PDFs, Google Docs, and even pencil-to-paper. I enjoy editing authors in a realistic yet empathetic way, shaping the text as much (or as little) as you prefer.

4. Feel free to contact me anytime. I will respond to your request within 48 hours (except on weekends in the summer)!

"Kate King displayed an intuitive sense of where I wanted my writing to go and guided it there with a firm hand. She is smart, reliable, and incisive. I am happy to recommend her."
— Scott Banks, ADHD and the Puzzle of the Will

"Kate is by far one of the most conscientious and unflappable professionals I have worked with. She is highly organized, extremely meticulous, orderly, deadline-driven, and a standard-setter for ethics, quality, and managing others. Her qualities are the kind that set positive examples for an entire community of colleagues."
— Monique Peterson, Writer

"Unfortunately, there are many publishers who have a thing for uniformity when it comes to spelling, so it's a good thing there are people like you out there to save people like me from themselves."
— HW Coyle, Cyber Knights

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Health & Wellbeing
Religion & Spirituality

Work experience

Editorial Consultant

June, 2008 – Present (over 14 years)

I am an Editorial Consultant/Small Business Owner with more than 20 years of experience focused on non-fiction children's science titles; some YA fiction; history, politics, and pop culture; coffee table books (art, architecture, and design); music and film; sports; travel; how-to; sustainability; alternative health; and lifestyle books.
I have edited, copyedited, proofread, and fact-checked for authors; publishers (Fodor's Travel Guides, Henry Holt, Abrams, Glitterati, Routledge, etc.); nonprofits (the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the School of Visual Arts, among others); and corporate employers and freelance clients (TBWA; Jack Morton; Hill, Holliday, etc.).

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground

Zone, Paul, Austen, Jake, Harry, Debbie, Stein, Chris

"The Scorekeeper"

Edward Hershey

ADHD and the Puzzle of the Will

Banks, Scott Lawrence

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