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Katharine Smith

Katharine Smith - Editor

Shropshire, United Kingdom

I have been a freelance editor/proofreader/copywriter since 2009. I set up Heddon Publishing in 2012, helping indie authors get published.

Overview

BACKGROUND
I trained as a proofreader with the Publishing Training Centre in 2005/6, and set up as a freelance professional in 2009, having gained extensive experience of working with business documentation in my previous career.
I began work as a proofreader on an extensive series of creative biographies, and this quickly developed into the role of Managing Editor. At the same time, I was working with a range of other clients: authors, students, small businesses, in a number of capacities, largely editing, proofreading and copywriting.

PUBLISHING AND AUTHOR SERVICES
Over time, I gained enough experience and skills to set up my own small publishing business and at the point of writing, I have edited, proofed, formatted and published c. 20 books, with five more currently in the pipeline.

I also work with authors who want to go on to publish their work themselves, but need help in terms of editing/proofreading/formatting.

I will consider any genre and I have worked with all sorts of fiction: literary, science fiction, chick lit, drama, comedy, children's, young adult and adult(!). I have also worked on a number of non-fiction books, including memoirs and historical studies.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS
I've worked with a number of authors who just want an honest assessment of their work. I generally provide a written, detailed report, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and providing suggestions for improvements.

COPYRIGHT/PERMISSIONS
I work with authors who wish to use copyrighted work in their books, to help secure permissions.


I am an independent author myself so I fully understand my clients, and how important it is to get things right. I love what I do, and I love working with such a wide variety of people. I am delighted when an author comes back to me with another book as it means I must be doing something right.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Classics Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Historical Fiction Holiday Humor & Comedy Inspirational Literature Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Parenting & Families Philosophy

Certifications

  • Publishing Training Centre - Proofreading
  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders - Proofreading Problems

Work experience

Publisher

Heddon Publishing

August, 2012 – Present (over 4 years)

Freelance Proofreader, Editor and Copywriter

Katharine Smith Literary Services

May, 2009 – Present (over 7 years)

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Diamond Connection: A Jemima Fox Mystery

Josie Goodbody

The most expensive diamond necklace in the world is stolen during a high-profile charity gala in London. Jemima Fox-Pearl, Head of PR at fine jewellery house Vogel, travels between London, South Africa and New York in a bid to solve the crime, while unravelling a century-old mystery of the Cullinan Diamond's fabled missing part. With love, intrigue, danger and disaster, The Diamond Connection ... read more

The most expensive diamond necklace in the world is stolen during a high-profile charity gala in London. Jemima Fox-Pearl, Head of PR at fine jewellery house Vogel, travels between London, South Africa and New York in a bid to solve the crime, while unravelling a century-old mystery of the Cullinan Diamond's fabled missing part. With love, intrigue, danger and disaster, The Diamond Connection ... read more

What's One More?

Mel Wells

This first book by Canadian author Mel Wells follows the story of Peter, an unusual hero. When we first meet him, Peter has just joined Alcoholics Anonymous, having recently been released from jail for a drink-related offence. Peter is faced with starting again, working on his family’s ranch and staying true to his new-found sobriety. What’s One More? takes us straight into Peter’s new life as... read more

This first book by Canadian author Mel Wells follows the story of Peter, an unusual hero. When we first meet him, Peter has just joined Alcoholics Anonymous, having recently been released from jail for a drink-related offence. Peter is faced with starting again, working on his family’s ranch and staying true to his new-found sobriety. What’s One More? takes us straight into Peter’s new life as... read more

Dead Next Tuesday

John P Gibson

Ed Porteneau is a nerdy 28-year-old who lives an uninspiring life in a rundown apartment in a suburb of Seattle. He works as a Produce Manager in a general store, for a boss he despises. He has a best friend who beats him hands-down in the nerdiness stakes, and his social life consists of playing on his Xbox, visits to comic book stores, and daily phone calls from his overbearing mother. Not s... read more

Ed Porteneau is a nerdy 28-year-old who lives an uninspiring life in a rundown apartment in a suburb of Seattle. He works as a Produce Manager in a general store, for a boss he despises. He has a best friend who beats him hands-down in the nerdiness stakes, and his social life consists of playing on his Xbox, visits to comic book stores, and daily phone calls from his overbearing mother. Not s... read more

Rydon Hall

Alexander Games

Charles Goldforbes is the new Latin teacher at Rydon Hall, the third best boys' prep school in Churley, south-west London. Along with the job come two related problems. One is the hideous Florian Bavington, aged 13 but already a master of low-level disruption. The other is the disturbingly alluring Natasha Bavington, Florian’s mother. Drama unfolds as Charles accompanies Florian and the rest o... read more

Charles Goldforbes is the new Latin teacher at Rydon Hall, the third best boys' prep school in Churley, south-west London. Along with the job come two related problems. One is the hideous Florian Bavington, aged 13 but already a master of low-level disruption. The other is the disturbingly alluring Natasha Bavington, Florian’s mother. Drama unfolds as Charles accompanies Florian and the rest o... read more

Little Story's Story Book

Matt Young, Lily Young

Little Story is a Mummy, a Daddy, a Grandma and a Grandpa.Little Story has children all over the world. Pups, cubs, kittens, tadpoles and even human being babies.Every night, when Little Story gets the children ready for bed in a den, a cave, a swamp or a house, the children always ask the same question.'Can I have one more story please? Just a little one, a quick one. One more little story, p... read more

Little Story is a Mummy, a Daddy, a Grandma and a Grandpa.Little Story has children all over the world. Pups, cubs, kittens, tadpoles and even human being babies.Every night, when Little Story gets the children ready for bed in a den, a cave, a swamp or a house, the children always ask the same question.'Can I have one more story please? Just a little one, a quick one. One more little story, p... read more

Jet! (The JET! Trilogy Book 1)

Phil Phoenix

April 4th 3387. Captain Sirk Notaani is about to embark on a mission to another planet; one which is believed to support humanoid life. Leaving his wife Cita and his friends is not going to be easy but his pride and sense of adventure mean he cannot refuse the challenge, or the chance to explore this intriguing planet. Surviving a crash-landing on arrival, the fearless Sirk has to search for a... read more

April 4th 3387. Captain Sirk Notaani is about to embark on a mission to another planet; one which is believed to support humanoid life. Leaving his wife Cita and his friends is not going to be easy but his pride and sense of adventure mean he cannot refuse the challenge, or the chance to explore this intriguing planet. Surviving a crash-landing on arrival, the fearless Sirk has to search for a... read more

Stanley Gets a Guinea Pig

Sheila Hayes

Stanley is a little boy in need of a pet and he knows just what type of pet he wants. It has to be a guinea pig. He’s even decided what it will be called! Along with his little sister Serena, Stanley goes for a holiday to stay with his Auntie Lois and Uncle Richard. Besides sampling Uncle Richard’s delicious cooking, the children learn all about taking good care of guinea pigs at Auntie Lois’s... read more

Stanley is a little boy in need of a pet and he knows just what type of pet he wants. It has to be a guinea pig. He’s even decided what it will be called! Along with his little sister Serena, Stanley goes for a holiday to stay with his Auntie Lois and Uncle Richard. Besides sampling Uncle Richard’s delicious cooking, the children learn all about taking good care of guinea pigs at Auntie Lois’s... read more

The Downunder Kid

Peter M Clutterbuck

The Downunder Kid is an extremely funny book for children approaching and undergoing the transition into secondary school life. Despite its light-hearted nature, there is an underlying serious message, about bullying and the effect this can have on children – including the bullies themselves.Full of colourful characters, The Downunder Kid tells the tale of Sam Bond – a small, intelligent and k... read more

The Downunder Kid is an extremely funny book for children approaching and undergoing the transition into secondary school life. Despite its light-hearted nature, there is an underlying serious message, about bullying and the effect this can have on children – including the bullies themselves.Full of colourful characters, The Downunder Kid tells the tale of Sam Bond – a small, intelligent and k... read more

Chalk It Up: Short Stories of Teachers and Teaching

Peter M. Clutterbuck

Chalk It Up is a set of entertaining short stories written by international educational author and retired teacher, Peter M. Clutterbuck. Based around the lives of teachers, their interactions with students and colleagues, and the sometimes unusual situations they find themselves in as a result of their work, the stories in this brilliant collection throw a light on what it means to be a teach... read more

Chalk It Up is a set of entertaining short stories written by international educational author and retired teacher, Peter M. Clutterbuck. Based around the lives of teachers, their interactions with students and colleagues, and the sometimes unusual situations they find themselves in as a result of their work, the stories in this brilliant collection throw a light on what it means to be a teach... read more

My Crazy Uncle Walter

Peter M. Clutterbuck

My Crazy Uncle Walter is the tale of 14-year-old Australian Joseph Johnstone and the summer his ‘crazy uncle’, better-known to some as a conman, came to visit. The story is told with a hint of nostalgia, by the now elderly Joe to his 15-year-old neighbour Sarah. Sarah is spellbound by the tale, watching and listening as Joe is transported back to the long, hot summer when he became involved in... read more

My Crazy Uncle Walter is the tale of 14-year-old Australian Joseph Johnstone and the summer his ‘crazy uncle’, better-known to some as a conman, came to visit. The story is told with a hint of nostalgia, by the now elderly Joe to his 15-year-old neighbour Sarah. Sarah is spellbound by the tale, watching and listening as Joe is transported back to the long, hot summer when he became involved in... read more

All Desires Known

Georgie Newbery

All Desires Known… And from whom no secrets are hid. (from the collect before Communion in the 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer.) Lay out your classic English village in a little bowl-shaped valley: you’ll need a church, village hall, couple of farms, row of council houses, old rectory, and a river. Take the following ingredients: One disaffected vicar One vicar’s wife, rural-life-fan... read more

All Desires Known… And from whom no secrets are hid. (from the collect before Communion in the 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer.) Lay out your classic English village in a little bowl-shaped valley: you’ll need a church, village hall, couple of farms, row of council houses, old rectory, and a river. Take the following ingredients: One disaffected vicar One vicar’s wife, rural-life-fan... read more

Looking Past

Katharine E. Smith

Sarah Marchley is eleven years old when her mother dies. Completely unprepared and suffering an acute sense of loss, she and her father continue quietly, trying to live by the well-intentioned advice of friends, hoping that time really is a great healer and that they will, eventually, move on. Life changes very little until Sarah leaves for university and begins her first serious relationship.... read more

Sarah Marchley is eleven years old when her mother dies. Completely unprepared and suffering an acute sense of loss, she and her father continue quietly, trying to live by the well-intentioned advice of friends, hoping that time really is a great healer and that they will, eventually, move on. Life changes very little until Sarah leaves for university and begins her first serious relationship.... read more

Writing the Town Read

Katharine E. Smith

On July 7th 2005, London is high on the success of winning the 2012 Olympics bid. The celebrations come to an abrupt end when terrorists attack the city’s transport network, striking Underground trains and a bus during the morning rush hour. At the other side of the country, in comparatively peaceful, beautiful Cornwall, aspiring journalist Jamie Calder finds her own life directly affected by ... read more

On July 7th 2005, London is high on the success of winning the 2012 Olympics bid. The celebrations come to an abrupt end when terrorists attack the city’s transport network, striking Underground trains and a bus during the morning rush hour. At the other side of the country, in comparatively peaceful, beautiful Cornwall, aspiring journalist Jamie Calder finds her own life directly affected by ... read more

Cover Story

Carol Burns

“We need to get you out of London, somewhere safe.” “Witness protection?” “No, but this might be a good time to take a long holiday in the country.” “I have a job, a home, I live in London. What do you mean go to the country?” When a body part turns up on the desk of London-based journalist Victoria Manders, it’s not just her story that gets spiked. As parts of her interviewee are sprinkled ar... read more

“We need to get you out of London, somewhere safe.” “Witness protection?” “No, but this might be a good time to take a long holiday in the country.” “I have a job, a home, I live in London. What do you mean go to the country?” When a body part turns up on the desk of London-based journalist Victoria Manders, it’s not just her story that gets spiked. As parts of her interviewee are sprinkled ar... read more

Little White Lies

Carol Burns

Caitlin McCall is hot on the trail of her first exclusive story. She knows it's a good one: her contact has turned up dead. She doesn't mind going out on a limb for a front page story, but with the corpses beginning to pile up, a break-in or two, and her very own stalker, Caitlin quickly finds herself out of her depth and out of luck. All of this just as two new men arrive in her life. She can... read more

Caitlin McCall is hot on the trail of her first exclusive story. She knows it's a good one: her contact has turned up dead. She doesn't mind going out on a limb for a front page story, but with the corpses beginning to pile up, a break-in or two, and her very own stalker, Caitlin quickly finds herself out of her depth and out of luck. All of this just as two new men arrive in her life. She can... read more

Steaming into the Firing Line: Tales of the Footplate in Wartime Britain

Michael Clutterbuck

Steaming into the Firing Line is a set of short stories based on and around the railways of North West England during the Second World War. Humorous and moving, the collection tells the tale of a group of railwaymen during the latter days of the memorable age of steam. Readers will quickly warm to the book’s characters and will be compelled to read of the day-to-day lives of drivers and fireme... read more

Steaming into the Firing Line is a set of short stories based on and around the railways of North West England during the Second World War. Humorous and moving, the collection tells the tale of a group of railwaymen during the latter days of the memorable age of steam. Readers will quickly warm to the book’s characters and will be compelled to read of the day-to-day lives of drivers and fireme... read more

Steaming into the North West: Tales of the Premier Line

Michael Clutterbuck

Steaming into the North West is a fine addition to the Steaming Into series, taking us away from the GWR and into the heart of the London and North Western Railway in its heyday, before the outbreak of the First World War. Although shorter than the other titles in its series, this entertaining book nevertheless holds its own. From bad-tempered drivers to bank robbers, the tales in Steaming int... read more

Steaming into the North West is a fine addition to the Steaming Into series, taking us away from the GWR and into the heart of the London and North Western Railway in its heyday, before the outbreak of the First World War. Although shorter than the other titles in its series, this entertaining book nevertheless holds its own. From bad-tempered drivers to bank robbers, the tales in Steaming int... read more

Steaming into History: Footplate Tales of the Last Days of Western Steam

Michael Clutterbuck

Steaming into History is the second of Michael Clutterbuck's Steaming Into series. In this collection of short stories we are reacquainted with some familiar characters as well as meeting new ones. The stories tell the tale of some of the North West's footplatemen following the Second World War, as the railways undergo a series of dramatic changes due to nationalisation, the introduction of di... read more

Steaming into History is the second of Michael Clutterbuck's Steaming Into series. In this collection of short stories we are reacquainted with some familiar characters as well as meeting new ones. The stories tell the tale of some of the North West's footplatemen following the Second World War, as the railways undergo a series of dramatic changes due to nationalisation, the introduction of di... read more

Fallen Blood, Broken Love (The Chosen Book 1)

Markus Dune

Vampires are legendary. Tales differ but most say they are strong and powerful. They are killers. Jake Dunmer is a fourteen-year-old with more than his fair share of problems: money is scarce at home, girls laugh at him, his best friend Danny won’t be seen with him at school and he is bullied on a daily basis by the ever-persistent Thomas. When his younger brother becomes the focus of Thomas’s... read more

Vampires are legendary. Tales differ but most say they are strong and powerful. They are killers. Jake Dunmer is a fourteen-year-old with more than his fair share of problems: money is scarce at home, girls laugh at him, his best friend Danny won’t be seen with him at school and he is bullied on a daily basis by the ever-persistent Thomas. When his younger brother becomes the focus of Thomas’s... read more

No Picnic for Sam

Roderick Shaw

The Tait family move into The Stables, an old house in a Shropshire village, with plans to make it a beautiful family home. After their first night in their new home, Alan is surprised to see a man and a dog staring across at the house, and even more so when they seem to disappear in the blink of an eye. His daughter Molly sees them too but wife Donna and son Billy remain unconvinced. As the T... read more

The Tait family move into The Stables, an old house in a Shropshire village, with plans to make it a beautiful family home. After their first night in their new home, Alan is surprised to see a man and a dog staring across at the house, and even more so when they seem to disappear in the blink of an eye. His daughter Molly sees them too but wife Donna and son Billy remain unconvinced. As the T... read more

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