Kate Victory Hannisian

Kate Victory Hannisian - Editor

Danvers, MA, USA

Editor, Manuscript Midwife and Book Therapist works with thought leaders who write to inspire on business, humanities, and self-help topics.

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I'm an editor, writer, manuscript midwife and book therapist who provides editorial services to thought leaders who want to polish their books and book proposals so they're ready to pitch or publish. I've spent my entire career, first as a business journalist and now as a freelance editor, telling stories that matter, entertain, inform, and inspire. To date, the majority of my book editing projects have been on the nonfiction side, on topics ranging from business, history, and law to health, philosophy, social issues, and self-help. I've also edited memoirs, fiction (including adult mystery novels and a few children's books), and books of essays. (The books shown in the Gallery offer just a sample of my projects; a complete list is available upon request.) My editing experience is also supplemented by my work as a writing tutor and a teacher of college courses on copy editing and book publishing.

My clients value my careful attention to detail and my ability to also see the "big picture." They tell me that I am patient and kind while being very clear about what we can do to improve a manuscript. (A new client just told me I have "the superpower of gentleness as I speak fierceness.") In addition to providing developmental editing and copy editing services, I can also help you develop and polish book proposals and query letters, and guide you to the appropriate publishing path for your book. I will work collaboratively with you through the process of getting a manuscript over the finish line, whether it needs attention to structure and flow or a thorough copy edit to clean up issues like word usage, grammar or consistency of style. My edits are thorough and precise, while very much respecting and preserving your "voice" as a writer. My purpose is to serve as a fresh set of eyes on your work, able to spot what you might not, and smooth out the rough spots that might trip up your readers or obscure your message. My goal is to help you make your manuscript shine.

Client Testimonials -- Nonfiction

* “Kate, whose main role was my editor. You wore multiple hats in helping me flesh out various content and structural changes, were a powerful and patient sounding board the many times I felt stuck in the muck, and an incredible resource for all things self-publishing. I cannot imagine what this book would have looked like without your insights and word mastery, from the initial book proposal all the way through the finalized manuscript. My deepest thanks to you!” -- Chris Vasiliadis, Ignition: A Professional Woman’s Guide to Energized, Burnout-Proof Living

* “To Kate, thank you for the ‘book therapy’ and for understanding what I was trying to do before I understood it myself.” -- Debby Irving, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

* “My editor, Kate, stood by me with her amazing combination of patience and persistence as I pushed and missed deadlines. As a first-time author, I relied heavily on Kate’s expertise – and did I mention her patience!” -- Deb Nelson, Finding Health After Cancer: Stories of Renewal and Healing

* “Thanks to Kate for your publishing guidance and good humor with the spelling idiosyncrasies.” – Ruth Barrett, anthology editor, Female Erasure

* “To Kate, for reading the book during various stages of the writing process and offering insight and suggestions that ultimately made it a better read.” – Kathleen Burns Kingsbury, Breaking Money Silence: How to Shatter Money Taboos, Talk More Openly about Finances, and Live a Richer Life

Client Testimonials -- Fiction

* “I gave her straw. She spun it into gold.” – James H.K. Bruner, Son Over the Yardarm (Bike Cop #2)

* “My editor, Kate, was so patient with my passive voice and point of view mishaps. I am grateful for her watchful eye and expertise in the craft of writing.” -- James H.K. Bruner, Shadows of Dog Island Light (Bike Cop #3)

* “Copyeditor Kate, a pleasure to work with, such a professional.” -- Joanne Carota, The Docks

* “Many thanks to Kate for her precise and insightful copy editing.” – Claire Alemian, In the Shadow of Light

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Health & Wellbeing
Humanities & Social Sciences
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime


  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and English Literature, Boston College

Work experience


January, 2001 – Present (almost 21 years)

I've been a freelance editor and writer since 2001.

Professional Writing Tutor

Endicott College Tutoring & Writing Center
November, 2018 – Present (about 3 years)

I work with undergraduate and graduate students to help them structure and improve their writing (essays, research papers, thesis projects).

Affiliated Faculty

Emerson College
September, 2011 – December, 2015 (about 4 years)

Taught Copyediting (undergraduate level) and Book Publishing Overview (undergraduate and graduate level).

Editor, Business and the Environment

Cutter Information Corp.
February, 1991 – December, 1999 (almost 9 years)

Wrote and edited a monthly international newsletter on strategic corporate environmental management. Edited material from contributing freelancers and outside authors.

Editor, The Autoparts Report

Cutter Information Corp.
October, 1989 – February, 1991 (over 1 year)

Wrote and edited twice-monthly newsletter on merger activity, environmental and legislative issues in the automotive parts industry. Served as managing editor from March 1991 to November 1991.

Editor, Merger Management Report

Cambridge Corporation
August, 1985 – October, 1989 (about 4 years)

Wrote and edited monthly newsletter for merger and acquisition professionals. Edited The Merger Directory and contributed articles for The Merger Yearbook.

Editor, Donoghue's MONEYLETTER

The Donoghue Organization
May, 1984 – July, 1985 (about 1 year)

Edited and wrote articles for twice-monthly personal finance newsletter. Supervised contributing reporter. Previous served as reporter for other Donoghue publications, September 1983 to May 1984.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

The Tiniest Owl

Laud, Paul, Laud, Paul



In the Shadow of Light

Alemian, Claire

Managing a Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees (2020)

Barbara Jackins, Richard S. Blank, Ken W. Shulman

Web Marketing On All Cylinders

John McDougall, Paul Gillin

Content Marketing and SEO for Law Firms

John D. McDougall, Nicole Minnis Esq

Kate has 10 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Kara Johnson
Kate is a great communicator who provided clear expectations up-front. Thank you Kate for the awesome job copy editing my book!

Kara Johnson, November 2021

Kate Victory Hannisian
Thanks, Kara! A pleasure to work with you on your book!

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jun yu
It is my first time to work with an editor and I'd like to thank Kate for her patience and detailed guidance from editing to publishing!

jun yu, October 2021

Kate Victory Hannisian
Thanks, Jun! Delighted to help!

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Paul Proctor
Kate asked intelligent questions and requested relevant information before providing me a price to perform an editorial review of my work. For those reasons, she stood out from the others I solicited. She performed the promised services on time, and provided a thorough, professional and unvarnished appraisal of what I had produced thus far. She was exactly what I wanted and needed.

Paul Proctor, October 2021

Kate Victory Hannisian
Glad the feedback was helpful -- a pleasure to work with you on this stage of your book project.

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Mike Derrios
Kate was great to work with and I feel like she really enriched the impact of my book with thoughtful recommendations. She did a developmental edit that offered me good insight into how "readable" the story was and her suggestions were all very solid. I also appreciated her flexibility. She did not rush me through the process and also took time to answer all of my questions. In general, I r...
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Mike Derrios, September 2021

Rob Wicall
Kate is great to collaborate with on a book. She made the book better, and helped me to get out of the way of myself. Thank you Kate!

Rob Wicall, September 2021

Kate Victory Hannisian
Thanks, Rob! You have a great story to tell, and it was my pleasure to help you.

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