Katherine Pickett

Katherine Pickett - Editor

Silver Spring, MD, United States

Proven high-quality copy editing, developmental editing, and writing services backed by 20 years of experience. Sample edits available.

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I have 20+ years of experience in publishing, and I have completed professional training in both fiction and nonfiction editing. I offer copyediting, proofreading, developmental editing, and writing services to authors and publishers across the country. A strong believer in the collaborative approach to editing, I adapt my style to fit the needs of my clients.

My editing experience ranges from nonfiction trade and academic books to genre fiction to memoir and more. Clients include major trade publishers, university presses, small presses, and self-publishers. As a self-published author myself, I know what it takes to produce a high-quality book that sells. I also spent 7 years in-house, giving me an inside look at what traditional publishing holds.

Specialties include self-help, business coaching, memoir, and Midwest history. I also welcome sports books, Native studies, fantasy, and other genres. Self-publishers have a home with me.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Career Guides
Children’s Non-Fiction
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime

Work experience


August, 2006 – Present (almost 16 years)

My mission at POP is to help authors produce their best possible work. No project is too big or too small to deserve the highest-quality editing treatment. As an editor with 20 years of experience and professional training in fiction and nonfiction editing, I can help you create something you will be proud to share with the world. I provide copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing to authors and publishers across the country.

Project Manager

Elsevier, INC
August, 2004 – August, 2006 (about 2 years)

I guided large nursing textbooks and ancillaries through the production process. I maintained the schedule, communicated with authors, and managed freelancers. Quality was always a priority.

Associate Project Editor

McGraw-Hill Professional
January, 1999 – August, 2004 (over 5 years)

I guided trade books from manuscript to bound book. Topics included careers, self-help, business, and sports. I communicated with authors and freelancers to produce the highest quality books.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories: Our Veterans Remember

Larsen, Sarah, Miller, Jennifer M.

Our Mickey: Cherished Memories of an American Icon

Liederman, Bill, Allen, Maury, Berra, Yogi


Bargatze, Gary

Grace in a Wintry Season

Steinmann JD, Edwin

Harvey Girl

Foard, Sheila Wood

The Killing Flower

Dwyer, W.K.

Katherine has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Gene Hsu
Katherine was very clear about all dates and deliverables. I hired her for developmental editing, and her fresh eyes really helped me fill in many unknown gaps for my readers. She also answered all of my questions promptly along with suggestions that were very helpful to me as a first time author. I will definitely hire her again for my next book.

Gene Hsu, February 2022

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