Katie Aiken Ritter

Katie Aiken Ritter - Editor

Baltimore, MD, USA

Freelance writer / editor with 25+ years helping writers and clients achieve their dreams. In a competitive world, you gotta know the game.

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Overview

Thank you for checking out my services! I look forward to hearing your goals. First task: to get you the most bang for your buck.

But maybe you’re not sure what you need right now.


IF YOUR PROJECT IS A BOOK:


Just starting out? Let’s talk about the steps to getting your book into the structure that works best for agents. We’ll also talk about what makes a great hero (or villain) and what keeps readers turning the pages.


Novel in progress? You don’t need line edits on paragraphs you might delete altogether. You want a concept editor: is the story line working? What characters need fine-tuning? Is the ending satisfying, leaving the reader to want more of your work?


Finished your manuscript, but it’s not quite “there” yet? You want a beta reader to tell you where you want it to be?


Working on a query letter? I’ll help you fine tune-yours—and I’ll teach you the best way to LAUNCH your query once it’s ready.


Self-publishing your book? Lots of stuff to decide, from where to publish, what formats, how to prepare your files, and how to position your book for the most access across the country and the world.


From beta reads all the way to final proofreading edits, from choosing self-publishing versus the agent/trad publisher route, I can help with your book project.


OTHER WRITING:


My career has spanned everything from IT white papers (tricky, making tech stuff interesting to non-tech readers! lol) to private-school fundraising, from green-architecture speechwriting for international audiences to hyper-local magazine and news stories. Whatever writing project you need, I can probably help.


Along with the list above, I've worked on:


- website (WordPress) design and coding

- non-fiction architectural monograph for an international design+build firm (translated into three languages)

- YA science fiction

- nonfiction sales-guru guidebook

- epic novels set in Iceland’s Viking era

- a ‘cozy’ Victorian mystery series

- awareness and marketing book for niche pet owners

- upcoming novel about displaced Japanese-Americans during WWII

- Sickle-cell anemia awareness project

- University department commemmorative program guide


I'm looking forward to hearing your questions and concerns. Getting started is free. Let’s talk!



Member, Historical Novel Society
Member, Historical Novel Society, Chesapeake Chapter

Member, Eastern Shore Writers Association
Member, BCPL Writer Group
Workshop Leader, ‘Seasons of Writing’ Baltimore County Public Library
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Home & Garden
Humanities & Social Sciences
Life Sciences
Fiction
Dystopian
Historical Fiction
Historical Mysteries
Women's Fiction
Works with
WordPress

Awards

  • 2017 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Competition Finalist
  • 2016 AWC Novel Award

Work experience

Editor / Writer / Speechwriter / Proofreader

Gateway Technical Services
January, 2009 – December, 2016 (almost 8 years)

Consultant to organizations in the full range of written and spoken communications.
Project management from initial planning, conceptual design, draft review, final review and implementation.

SAMPLE PROJECTS INCLUDE:

- article on alumni entrepreneurs for a Pennsylvania college
- speech for Russian and Azerbaijan Green Building Councils
- technical case studies for New Jersey IT database consultant
- speech for South African Council of Shopping Centers
- monograph for an international architecture, planning, design and development firm
- copy editor for commemorative booklet for a Baltimore university
- web content for Baltimore B2B web design services company
- children's book for a non-profit in California

PLUS:
• feature writer for regional magazines and newspapers
• design/copy editor for B2B book
• web content and storytelling for non-profits
• editor/writer of alumni newsletter for private day school
• writer/publicist for Oregon Ridge, Baltimore County’s largest public park

Freelance Writer / Editor / Ghostwriter / Proofreader

Self-employed
January, 1993 – Present (almost 28 years)

You have an idea for a book, or maybe a rough manuscript--and you need help with the words and the project plan. Or you need a speech...or a killer fundraising letter.

I love working with words and ideas. From concept to finished product, I have the experience to help guide you to success.

I offer deep understanding of what makes writing work: character arc, plot, dramatic tension, timing, word selection.

I work hard. I meet deadlines.
I'm clear with feedback.
I'm thorough.
I'm friendly, with an easy-going personality.

You might have a tiny budget or a huge one. My biggest writing project was over $50K, and my smallest was a day rate. Don't worry about the money. We'll decide together how to use your budget--whatever it is--best for you.

Director of the Annual Fund

Oldfields School
June, 2012 – July, 2014 (about 2 years)

I had the distinct pleasure of working Oldfields School alumni, staff and students, designing and writing communications to encourage giving in support of the School's day-to-day operations. By aligning donor goals with awareness of their gift impact, I exceeded established giving goals and implemented new (and still ongoing) programs.

Launch Editor / Primary Writer

The Zone Magazine
July, 2009 – December, 2010 (over 1 year)

Conceptual editor and primary writer for regional print publication THE ZONE MAGAZINE during launch year. Developed strategic focus and editorial feature calendar in addition to regular departments for a deeply-divergent readership. Wrote lively and compelling content based on human interest. Promoted green focus, built volunteer writer and photographer teams, and collaborated with production and operations teams.

Database Consultant, Project Manager, and CFO

Gateway Technical Services
September, 1994 – December, 2008 (about 14 years)

Worked with mid-Atlantic private and public sectors. Consulted on information technology options and business development program designs, and generated value propositions with a successful close ratio. Project management for IT systems integration, implementations, and database designs. Internally, I oversaw the implementation of a new 401k plan and improved accounts receivable processes.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

VIKING: THE GREEN LAND: An Epic Novel of Norse Adventure

Katie Aiken Ritter

A MAN WHO YEARNS TO BELIEVE IN HIMSELF...AND A WOMAN, ALONE ON SHIP OF OUTLAWS. IMPOSSIBLE ODDS ON DANGEROUS SEAS, AND EVEN MORE DEADLY SECRETS ON BOARD. 982 A.D. Viking seafarer Tiller Thorvaldsson has been forced on a treacherous voyage by Iceland’s powerful Althing Council. The only woman aboard—mysterious, beautiful, and a liar—tells Tiller she knows a terrible secret. As they quest for a ... read more

A MAN WHO YEARNS TO BELIEVE IN HIMSELF...AND A WOMAN, ALONE ON SHIP OF OUTLAWS. IMPOSSIBLE ODDS ON DANGEROUS SEAS, AND EVEN MORE DEADLY SECRETS ON BOARD. 982 A.D. Viking seafarer Tiller Thorvaldsson has been forced on a treacherous voyage by Iceland’s powerful Althing Council. The only woman aboard—mysterious, beautiful, and a liar—tells Tiller she knows a terrible secret. As they quest for a ... read more

Pilfered Promises (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Book 5)

M. Louisa Locke

It is November of 1880, and the future looks promising for Annie and Nate Dawson. Nate’s law practice is taking off. Annie has made the transition from pretend clairvoyant to a successful financial consultant, and as a couple, they are looking forward to spending their first Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays together.For Robert Livingston, the owner San Francisco’s newest grand emporium, the... read more

It is November of 1880, and the future looks promising for Annie and Nate Dawson. Nate’s law practice is taking off. Annie has made the transition from pretend clairvoyant to a successful financial consultant, and as a couple, they are looking forward to spending their first Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays together.For Robert Livingston, the owner San Francisco’s newest grand emporium, the... read more

Between Mountain and Sea: Paradisi Chronicles (Caelestis Series Book 1)

Louisa Locke

Mei Lin Yu should have been looking forward to the next stage in her life. As a descendant of one of the Founding Families who led the exodus from a dying Earth and now rule New Eden, Mei's choices are endless. But she has never felt part of the Yu Family or the world of technological marvels and genetic perfection the Founders created. All that will change the summer she spends at Mynyddamore... read more

Mei Lin Yu should have been looking forward to the next stage in her life. As a descendant of one of the Founding Families who led the exodus from a dying Earth and now rule New Eden, Mei's choices are endless. But she has never felt part of the Yu Family or the world of technological marvels and genetic perfection the Founders created. All that will change the summer she spends at Mynyddamore... read more

DDG: The Master Architect Series Revisited 2.0 Selected and Current Works

Inc. Development Design Group

This new monograph features the most extraordinary projects yet in Design Development Group's (DDG) vast portfolio, which includes exciting new retail and entertainment concepts; first-class hotel, leisure, and resort facilities; unique office and residential designs; town/leisure centers and large mixed-use destinations offering a wide range of elements and activities. Based in Baltimore, Mar... read more

This new monograph features the most extraordinary projects yet in Design Development Group's (DDG) vast portfolio, which includes exciting new retail and entertainment concepts; first-class hotel, leisure, and resort facilities; unique office and residential designs; town/leisure centers and large mixed-use destinations offering a wide range of elements and activities. Based in Baltimore, Mar... read more

Ultimate Selling, The Art and Science of Sales Success

Jim Martin

Ultimate Selling: The Art and Science of Sales Success is filled with fresh new ideas and knowledge that s guaranteed to make you a more effective and efficient SALES PRO. Tired of Winning only 20-30% of your sales opportunities? Want to Win 70, 80% or more? Learn How by Changing Your Sales Paradigm and Become an Ultimate Seller! Ultimate Selling is not theory - it s 170 pages of field tested ... read more

Ultimate Selling: The Art and Science of Sales Success is filled with fresh new ideas and knowledge that s guaranteed to make you a more effective and efficient SALES PRO. Tired of Winning only 20-30% of your sales opportunities? Want to Win 70, 80% or more? Learn How by Changing Your Sales Paradigm and Become an Ultimate Seller! Ultimate Selling is not theory - it s 170 pages of field tested ... read more

Scholarly Pursuits (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Book 6)

M. Louisa Locke

“Something is rotten in the state of Berkeley”--1881 Blue and Gold Yearbook, University of California: Berkeley In Scholarly Pursuits, the sixth full-length novel in the USA Today best-selling Victorian San Francisco mystery series, Locke explores life on the University of California: Berkeley campus in 1881, where Laura and her friends face the remarkably modern problems of fraternity hazings... read more

“Something is rotten in the state of Berkeley”--1881 Blue and Gold Yearbook, University of California: Berkeley In Scholarly Pursuits, the sixth full-length novel in the USA Today best-selling Victorian San Francisco mystery series, Locke explores life on the University of California: Berkeley campus in 1881, where Laura and her friends face the remarkably modern problems of fraternity hazings... read more

VIKING: A Man Called Black Mountain: a Dark Traveler novella

Katie Aiken Ritter

FINALIST, 2017 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Competition A MAN SEARCHES DESPERATELY FOR THE WOMAN HE LOVES…AND A BRUTAL LEADER CRUSHES ALL WHO OPPOSE HIM 980 A.D. The massive man Tor travels on a Viking trading ship, searching for a wife abducted by brutal slavers. His two children travel with him—kept in hiding because of the fortune in gold their dark skin would bring. Tor’s search brings him to I... read more

FINALIST, 2017 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Competition A MAN SEARCHES DESPERATELY FOR THE WOMAN HE LOVES…AND A BRUTAL LEADER CRUSHES ALL WHO OPPOSE HIM 980 A.D. The massive man Tor travels on a Viking trading ship, searching for a wife abducted by brutal slavers. His two children travel with him—kept in hiding because of the fortune in gold their dark skin would bring. Tor’s search brings him to I... read more

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