Katie Caruana

Katie Caruana - Editor

Boston, MA, USA

Editor with fourteen years' experience in publishing, specializing in proofreading of women's fiction and memoirs.

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Overview

I've worked in publishing for fourteen years, seven of them as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. The bulk of my experience is in women's fiction and memoirs, though I also have experience with academic works and self-help. As you can see in my portfolio, the titles I've worked on range from science fiction to historical fiction to biographies–they really run the gamut!

I love to work with authors to make sure their manuscript is clean and polished, ready for submission. I focus on correcting errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style, and ensuring consistency in tone and flow throughout their book.
Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Freelance copyeditor and proofreader

Self-employed
January, 2013 – Present (almost 10 years)

Provide a high level of copyediting and proofreading services for a wide range of products, including educational materials, memoirs, women's fiction, and self-help books. Correct errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, style, and format. Ensure consistency in tone, flow, and relevancy. Meticulously follow the client's preferred style specifications when requested.

Production Editor

Bedford/St. Martin's
September, 2005 – December, 2012 (about 7 years)

Oversaw the editorial production process for college humanities textbooks and ancillaries. Scheduled and assessed the work of various freelancers and vendors, including copyeditors, proofreaders, designers, and compositors. Reviewed design layouts and type specifications for design accuracy and completeness. Provided in-house proofreading support as necessary for front and end matter content.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago

Linda Gartz

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refuse mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident. As blacks move deeper into Chicago’s West Side during the 1960s, whites flee by the thousands. But Linda Gartz’s parents, Fred and Lil choose to stay in their integrating neighborhood, overcoming previous prejudices as they meet... read more

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refuse mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident. As blacks move deeper into Chicago’s West Side during the 1960s, whites flee by the thousands. But Linda Gartz’s parents, Fred and Lil choose to stay in their integrating neighborhood, overcoming previous prejudices as they meet... read more

The Silver Shoes: A Novel

Jill G. Hall

In her second novel, Jill G. Hall, author of The Black Velvet Coat, brings readers another dual tale of two dynamic women from two very different eras searching for fulfillment. San Francisco artist Anne McFarland has been distracted by a cross-country romance with sexy Sergio and has veered from her creative path. While visiting him in New York, she buys a pair of rhinestone shoes in an antiq... read more

In her second novel, Jill G. Hall, author of The Black Velvet Coat, brings readers another dual tale of two dynamic women from two very different eras searching for fulfillment. San Francisco artist Anne McFarland has been distracted by a cross-country romance with sexy Sergio and has veered from her creative path. While visiting him in New York, she buys a pair of rhinestone shoes in an antiq... read more

Swearing Off Stars: A Novel

Danielle Wong

Amelia Cole―Lia for short―is one of the first women studying abroad at Oxford University in the 1920s. Finally free from her overbearing Brooklyn parents, she finds a welcome sense of independence in British college life. Lia quickly falls for Scarlett Daniels, an aspiring actress and hardheaded protester. Scarlett introduces her to an exciting gender-equality movement with high stakes. But wh... read more

Amelia Cole―Lia for short―is one of the first women studying abroad at Oxford University in the 1920s. Finally free from her overbearing Brooklyn parents, she finds a welcome sense of independence in British college life. Lia quickly falls for Scarlett Daniels, an aspiring actress and hardheaded protester. Scarlett introduces her to an exciting gender-equality movement with high stakes. But wh... read more

A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere: A Novel

Kris Radish

Briar Logan is a loner who has already survived a wretched childhood, near starvation, and the harsh western frontier in the 1860s. Just when she is on the brink of finally opening her heart to the possibilities of happiness, the love of her life is kidnapped by lawless gold miners―and she steels herself for what could be the greatest loss of her life.Desperate to save her husband and the soli... read more

Briar Logan is a loner who has already survived a wretched childhood, near starvation, and the harsh western frontier in the 1860s. Just when she is on the brink of finally opening her heart to the possibilities of happiness, the love of her life is kidnapped by lawless gold miners―and she steels herself for what could be the greatest loss of her life.Desperate to save her husband and the soli... read more

Resistant: A Novel

Rachael Sparks

A thrilling debut in the style of Crichton or A.G. Riddle, Resistant imagines a chilling―and entirely plausible―future where antibiotics don't work, and weaves adventure, romance, and science into a thrilling chase for a cure. In the final battle with drug-resistant bacteria, one woman's blood holds a secret weapon.Rory and her father have survived the antibiotic crisis that has killed million... read more

A thrilling debut in the style of Crichton or A.G. Riddle, Resistant imagines a chilling―and entirely plausible―future where antibiotics don't work, and weaves adventure, romance, and science into a thrilling chase for a cure. In the final battle with drug-resistant bacteria, one woman's blood holds a secret weapon.Rory and her father have survived the antibiotic crisis that has killed million... read more

Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy

Bella Mahaya Carter

Raw is the story of one woman’s quest for health and happiness, which dragged her kicking and screaming into spiritual adulthood. Anxiety and a desire to heal it holistically―even before she knew what it was―is at the heart of this story, which reveals Carter’s struggles to face her fears, release perfectionism, surrender things beyond her control, and find validation within for her life and w... read more

Raw is the story of one woman’s quest for health and happiness, which dragged her kicking and screaming into spiritual adulthood. Anxiety and a desire to heal it holistically―even before she knew what it was―is at the heart of this story, which reveals Carter’s struggles to face her fears, release perfectionism, surrender things beyond her control, and find validation within for her life and w... read more

First Rodeo: A Novel (Spur)

Judith Hennessey

Kate, an attractive, thirty-something, workaholic, single mother, is in the business of pleasing others. At the top of her “yes” list is her sometimes surly and controlling boss: her father. But when a crisis at work spurs Kate to examine her life, she surprises everyone by taking her young son and heading where few high heels have ever gone: Wyoming, home to more cows than humans. There, at t... read more

Kate, an attractive, thirty-something, workaholic, single mother, is in the business of pleasing others. At the top of her “yes” list is her sometimes surly and controlling boss: her father. But when a crisis at work spurs Kate to examine her life, she surprises everyone by taking her young son and heading where few high heels have ever gone: Wyoming, home to more cows than humans. There, at t... read more

A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You

Donna Cameron

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018Being kind is something most of us do when it’s easy and when it suits us. Being kind when we don’t feel like it, or when all of our buttons are being pushed, is hard. But that’s also when it’s most needed; that’s when it can defuse anger and even violence, when it can restore civility in our personal and virtual interactions. Kindness has the power to profound... read more

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018Being kind is something most of us do when it’s easy and when it suits us. Being kind when we don’t feel like it, or when all of our buttons are being pushed, is hard. But that’s also when it’s most needed; that’s when it can defuse anger and even violence, when it can restore civility in our personal and virtual interactions. Kindness has the power to profound... read more

Clara at the Edge: A Novel

Maryl Jo Fox

At seventy-three, eccentric widow Clara Breckenridge is on a last-ditch journey to reconcile with her estranged son, finally confront the guilty secrets surrounding her daughter’s death, and maybe find love again before she dies miserable and alone. But Clara is her own worst enemy. Rigid and afraid of change, she has cocooned herself in her old house to escape from life. Magic purple wasps sa... read more

At seventy-three, eccentric widow Clara Breckenridge is on a last-ditch journey to reconcile with her estranged son, finally confront the guilty secrets surrounding her daughter’s death, and maybe find love again before she dies miserable and alone. But Clara is her own worst enemy. Rigid and afraid of change, she has cocooned herself in her old house to escape from life. Magic purple wasps sa... read more

Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer

Antoinette Truglio Martin

Antoinette Martin believed herself to be a healthy and sturdy woman―that is, until she received a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary enough for the brave, but for a wimp like Martin, it was downright terrifying. Martin had to swallow waves of nausea at the thought of her body being poisoned, and frequently fainted during blood draws and infusions. To add to her terror, cancer sud... read more

Antoinette Martin believed herself to be a healthy and sturdy woman―that is, until she received a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary enough for the brave, but for a wimp like Martin, it was downright terrifying. Martin had to swallow waves of nausea at the thought of her body being poisoned, and frequently fainted during blood draws and infusions. To add to her terror, cancer sud... read more

Katie has 3 reviews

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Edie Driskill
Katie is a delight to work with. She is creative, flexible, and makes sure our books are the best they can be.

Edie Driskill, March 2022


Edie Driskill
Katie was so flexible and helpful with our project. I would recommend her for anyone looking for a professional result.

Edie Driskill, September 2020


Edie Driskill
Katie worked with flexibility and professionalism to help us produce a quality book in record time. I have worked with dozens of editors in twenty years of publishing. I hope to work with her again.

Edie Driskill, August 2020

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