Katie Bucklein

Katie Bucklein – Editor

As both a Pitch Wars mentor and a freelance editor, I combine a knowledge of the publishing industry with expertise of the writing craft.


After working as a Pitch Wars mentor and completing my Bachelor's degree in history, I shifted my focus to freelance editing to utilize the nine years of experience I have in the publishing industry. My talents lie with characterization, worldbuilding, dialogue, plot beats, and romance, and I've written across the genres in both YA and Adult. My two most prominent genres are fantasy—and all fantasy's subgenres, but especially fantasy romance, epic fantasy, and contemporary fantasy—and romance, though I've successfully married my history degree with historical fiction. I've helped numerous authors go on to sell their books to the Big 5, as evidenced in my portfolio, and excel with writing and editing query letters. I am also a writer with a literary agent, so I know what works to catch eyes.

I provide developmental editing, editorial assessments, copyediting, proofreading, and query letter review. Developmental edits and editorial assessments result in an in-depth edit letter, detailing macro and micro edits. Copyediting and proofreading result in edits completed via Track Changes. For query letters, I offer two rounds: the first is an edit of what you’ve already written; the second is to fine-tune what you’ve revised. When the client has received their feedback, I suggest they read it once, set it aside for a day or two, and read it again before creating a game plan, after which I welcome them to email with any further questions or requests for advice.

Contemporary Fiction Fantasy Historical Fiction LGBTQ Fiction New Adult Post-Apocalyptic Romance
English (US)

Work experience


Aug, 2018 — Present

Pitch Wars

Aug, 2015 — Dec, 2016 (over 1 year)

Successfully mentored writers from idea to publication.

Katie has 20 reviews





Josephine B.

Josephine B.

May, 2024

Working with Katie was an amazing experience. She truly took the time to get to know my characters and the world I created for them. Her comments and edits were exceptional and provided guidance/insight towards my writing that helped me create a more well rounded story. I would highly recommend Katie for any editing needs you may have and would love to work with her again on any future projects.
Ren L.

Ren L.

May, 2024

Katie provided comprehensive feedback and continued to give thoughtful responses to questions asked during the process.
Katherine C.

Katherine C.

Apr, 2024

Katie was such an incredible help with my debut novel! I truly appreciated her attention to detail and timely responses to all of my questions. The insight and revisions she provided helped strengthen my novel immensely, and her feedback was direct but also incredibly encouraging. She was wonderful to work with for my copy edit and proofread!
Serra S.

Serra S.

Mar, 2024

Katie was a WONDERFUL editor, and I cannot emphasize that enough! She read over my manuscript with such care and diligence, providing feedback that was so incredibly helpful. I felt so strongly that she really valued my work and wanted to help make it the best version it can be. She is an excellent communicator and extremely thorough and thoughtful in her feedback. I high recommend her, and I k...
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Heather I.

Heather I.

Dec, 2023

WOW! I can't thank Katie enough for what she did for my story! I kept reading about how helpful an editor can be for new authors and came to Reedsy in the hopes of finding someone who (1) I could afford and (2) would have the knowledge and time to give my very first completed manuscript a detailed lookover! With her helpful insight into story pacing and character development, she was able to su...
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