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Katie McCoach

Katie McCoach - Editor

Los Angeles

Developmental editor. Let’s create your best story!

Overview

"Katie is a rare find. Katie is invested in the manuscript from the beginning and beyond. She is special in that she critiques and encourages at the same time. She also gives fantastic feedback as a reader and let’s you know where something may not make sense to the average reader. I can’t say enough about what a wonderful experience it has been working with Katie. She’s fantastic!" – Tracy Ewens, A LOVE STORY series

"Singular thanks also goes to Katie McCoach, our developmental editor, especially for her help in shaping the characters (and getting rid of one, whom you’ll never know about-just as well)." - Monte Wolverton, CHASING 120, Award-winning author

"These critiques are great! I can already tell this feedback will be massively helpful in my revisions."

"Penny Sansevieri of Author Marketing Experts suggested that I contact Katie. It didn’t take me long to realize that I had found the perfect editor."

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KATIE McCOACH is a developmental editor working with authors of all levels. Her motto is, “Let’s create your best story!” In the past, she worked at a publishing house and apprenticed at a literary agency, where she evaluated agent queries. Her specialties are sci-fi/fantasy, upmarket fiction, and romance for YA, NA, and adult audiences.

She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Romance Writers of America. She is a participating editor in Pitch to Publication 2015 and 2016, and judged the 2016 and 2015 Golden Hearts Awards and the 2014 Stiletto Contest.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian Fantasy Romance Science Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Certifications

  • BA, Creative Writing & Communication
  • RWA (2014 - present)
  • Pitch to Publication Editor (2015, 2016)
  • EFA (2011 - 2016)
  • Rev Pit Editor (2017)
  • ShoreIndie Editor (2017)

Work experience

Developmental Book Editor

Katie McCoach is self-employed

January, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

I work with writers and authors of all kinds (self-published, first timers, those seeking agent representation) and in all genres to help a writer develop his or her story into the best possible version it can be. I LOVE seeing authors succeed, and my goal is that working together will be a stepping-stone in getting you there!

I work with authors, and publishers to create the best possible version of a story by evaluating the content and providing detailed suggestions/edits that keep the “voice” of a product while making it the strongest version possible.

I provide coaching, in-depth critiques/editorial reviews, and developmental and substantive edits on manuscripts.

Genres of interest:

FICTION:
Adult romance, women's, upmarket, literary.
YA sci-fi & fantasy, contemporary, romance.
NA contemporary, romance.

NONFICTION:
Memoir

At this time, I do not work on MG, picture books, or Regency romance.

If you are not sure if your work is something we edit, contact me and we can discuss the project. If it is not for me, I may be able to refer you to someone more suited for the job.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

EVERYONE KEEPS SECRETS

Katherine Greyson

I glanced over my shoulder and looked down the sheer fifty-foot drop into the churning waters below. As my heart pounded, I tried to remain calm. One misstep and I’d fall to my death. Trapped between him and the water I struggled for a way to break free, but the menacing arch of his brow made it clear—do not cross him. Why hadn’t I seen through this clever facade? My heart filled with regret. ... read more

I glanced over my shoulder and looked down the sheer fifty-foot drop into the churning waters below. As my heart pounded, I tried to remain calm. One misstep and I’d fall to my death. Trapped between him and the water I struggled for a way to break free, but the menacing arch of his brow made it clear—do not cross him. Why hadn’t I seen through this clever facade? My heart filled with regret. ... read more

Chasing 120: A Story of Food, Faith, Fraud and the Pursuit of Longevity

Monte Wolverton

A highly successful but unscrupulous health mogul promises his followers 120 years of robust life if they stick to his “Bible-based” regimen and buy his products. Through his vast Wellness 120 empire, based in the Portland, Oregon area, the charming and charismatic Dr. Tyler Belknap has amassed a cult-like following of people who are working to achieve 12 decades of life. In nationwide infomer... read more

A highly successful but unscrupulous health mogul promises his followers 120 years of robust life if they stick to his “Bible-based” regimen and buy his products. Through his vast Wellness 120 empire, based in the Portland, Oregon area, the charming and charismatic Dr. Tyler Belknap has amassed a cult-like following of people who are working to achieve 12 decades of life. In nationwide infomer... read more

Journey to Redemption: Destiny Fulfilled (The Delphi Trilogy Book 3)

Frank Iannella

A vexing prophecy. A formidable foe. An irrepressible desire and an obsession for revenge. Can prophecy be cast aside? Can lost love be regained? Find out in Journey to Redemption: Destiny Fulfilled, the last in the Delphi trilogy by Frank D. Iannella that paints an evocative portrait of the Greek city of Delphi in the early sixth century BC. Rich in rarely chronicled ancient history, as well ... read more

A vexing prophecy. A formidable foe. An irrepressible desire and an obsession for revenge. Can prophecy be cast aside? Can lost love be regained? Find out in Journey to Redemption: Destiny Fulfilled, the last in the Delphi trilogy by Frank D. Iannella that paints an evocative portrait of the Greek city of Delphi in the early sixth century BC. Rich in rarely chronicled ancient history, as well ... read more

10 Things I Wish I Knew In High School

Sarah E. Galimore

Colleges and employers continue to grapple with the fact that students in the United States are not prepared for the demands of higher education and the workforce. Students scramble to figure out where to go to school, how to get in, what to study, and how to pay for their education, one of the most important investments of their life. Education is a complex but highly valued system. It's a pa... read more

Colleges and employers continue to grapple with the fact that students in the United States are not prepared for the demands of higher education and the workforce. Students scramble to figure out where to go to school, how to get in, what to study, and how to pay for their education, one of the most important investments of their life. Education is a complex but highly valued system. It's a pa... read more

Taste: A Love Story

Tracy Ewens

If only life were as simple as following a recipe. In her twenties, Kara Malendar found herself at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, thousands of miles away from the harsh media coverage of her political family. But Paris ended abruptly when she was summoned home to Los Angeles and expected to stand in again as the senator’s perfect daughter. Now, thirty, Kara has made a different kind ... read more

If only life were as simple as following a recipe. In her twenties, Kara Malendar found herself at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, thousands of miles away from the harsh media coverage of her political family. But Paris ended abruptly when she was summoned home to Los Angeles and expected to stand in again as the senator’s perfect daughter. Now, thirty, Kara has made a different kind ... read more

Candidate: A Love Story

Tracy Ewens

If only life were as simple as choosing between Toaster Strudel and Fruit Loops. Katherine Galloway is two years divorced and still living out of boxes. Between her brothers (cops that work with her ex) and her mother’s constant reminders that her clock is ticking, Kate is trying to hold it all together. But the truth is, she’s eating Toaster Strudel for dinner, and living and breathing her PR... read more

If only life were as simple as choosing between Toaster Strudel and Fruit Loops. Katherine Galloway is two years divorced and still living out of boxes. Between her brothers (cops that work with her ex) and her mother’s constant reminders that her clock is ticking, Kate is trying to hold it all together. But the truth is, she’s eating Toaster Strudel for dinner, and living and breathing her PR... read more

Banshee's Honor

Shaylynn Rose

Warleader. This is what the people of Y'Dan used to call the proud warrior Azhani Rhu'len. Banshee. Oath breaker. Murderer. These are words that slip off their tongues now. Azhani Rhu'len, once one of the greatest of Y'Dan's warriors, is now just a common criminal, escaping the justice of the kingdom she swore to serve. Kyrian Stardancer. Goddess' Own. A healer and priestess, she is inviolate ... read more

Warleader. This is what the people of Y'Dan used to call the proud warrior Azhani Rhu'len. Banshee. Oath breaker. Murderer. These are words that slip off their tongues now. Azhani Rhu'len, once one of the greatest of Y'Dan's warriors, is now just a common criminal, escaping the justice of the kingdom she swore to serve. Kyrian Stardancer. Goddess' Own. A healer and priestess, she is inviolate ... read more

Happy Chasing Happy

Jerome Isip

An escape route from feeling trapped to freedom has been spelled out by retired Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Jerome "Jay" Isip, a success first in business and then as an author, who has published his second book focusing on a darker time in his life when alcohol and drugs ruled.Although he is now a well-recognized author with several entrepreneurial ventures on his professional resume, he is n... read more

An escape route from feeling trapped to freedom has been spelled out by retired Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Jerome "Jay" Isip, a success first in business and then as an author, who has published his second book focusing on a darker time in his life when alcohol and drugs ruled.Although he is now a well-recognized author with several entrepreneurial ventures on his professional resume, he is n... read more

Reserved: A Love Story

Tracy Ewens

If only life were as simple as making a reservation. Makenna Rye Conroy was living the dream—with an amazing husband and a beautiful new baby daughter—when one night changed everything. Almost six years after Adam’s death, Makenna and her daughter Paige have built a solid, happy life together. Makenna manages her brother’s trendy restaurant, The Yard, and helps out at Ryeland Farms, the family... read more

If only life were as simple as making a reservation. Makenna Rye Conroy was living the dream—with an amazing husband and a beautiful new baby daughter—when one night changed everything. Almost six years after Adam’s death, Makenna and her daughter Paige have built a solid, happy life together. Makenna manages her brother’s trendy restaurant, The Yard, and helps out at Ryeland Farms, the family... read more

Specious

Robin Berkstresser

Even before conception, the population of Potentia is meticulously genetically engineered, making disease and premature death barbaric memories of the past. This has allowed most of society to enter into a contrived utopia founded on the prioritization of certain traits…and disdain for anything different. Elliot has lived his whole life as an outcast struggling to fit in. He is an outlier—the ... read more

Even before conception, the population of Potentia is meticulously genetically engineered, making disease and premature death barbaric memories of the past. This has allowed most of society to enter into a contrived utopia founded on the prioritization of certain traits…and disdain for anything different. Elliot has lived his whole life as an outcast struggling to fit in. He is an outlier—the ... read more

Stirred: A Love Story

Tracy Ewens

If only life were as simple as choosing between shaken or stirred. Sage Jeffries grew up an overachiever. She studied, excelled, and became a mechanical engineer for a firm in San Francisco. Yet much to her family’s surprise, at age thirty, she made a bold move to Los Angeles and became a bartender at The Yard. Now, she spends her time mixing drinks and trying new things. Her life is good, fun... read more

If only life were as simple as choosing between shaken or stirred. Sage Jeffries grew up an overachiever. She studied, excelled, and became a mechanical engineer for a firm in San Francisco. Yet much to her family’s surprise, at age thirty, she made a bold move to Los Angeles and became a bartender at The Yard. Now, she spends her time mixing drinks and trying new things. Her life is good, fun... read more

Vacancy: A Love Story

Tracy Ewens

If only life were as simple as filling a vacancy. Hollis Jeffries is a “dynamo” as her father likes to say. She’s the youngest vice president at Dobbins Capital. She wows investors, runs marathons, and speaks three languages. As the oldest, Hollis is always first to try and first to succeed. According to the other Jeffries sisters, she’s practically perfect. . . until she’s not. Matthew Locke ... read more

If only life were as simple as filling a vacancy. Hollis Jeffries is a “dynamo” as her father likes to say. She’s the youngest vice president at Dobbins Capital. She wows investors, runs marathons, and speaks three languages. As the oldest, Hollis is always first to try and first to succeed. According to the other Jeffries sisters, she’s practically perfect. . . until she’s not. Matthew Locke ... read more

The Remnant

Monte Wolverton

In the year 2069 the Apocalypse came and went, but Jesus didn’t show up, as some expected. Instead, a cataclysmic war, natural disasters and pandemics eradicated 90 percent of earth’s population. Now, in 2131, a totalitarian government rules the world from the majestic, opulent capitol of Carthage, Tunisia. Blamed for igniting the war, religion and religious books are banned. Citizens who will... read more

In the year 2069 the Apocalypse came and went, but Jesus didn’t show up, as some expected. Instead, a cataclysmic war, natural disasters and pandemics eradicated 90 percent of earth’s population. Now, in 2131, a totalitarian government rules the world from the majestic, opulent capitol of Carthage, Tunisia. Blamed for igniting the war, religion and religious books are banned. Citizens who will... read more

The Wheel Mages (Changing Tides Book 1)

Aimee Davis

Alena Kozlov is one of the last of a dying kind. As the first water mage to be inducted into the Sanctum in over fifty years, she has the opportunity to help the old order destroy a band of rebel mages who threaten the principles the Sanctum is founded upon.Blinded by loyalty to the Sanctum and love for her master, Alena and three other mages set out to investigate the rebels, but the more she... read more

Alena Kozlov is one of the last of a dying kind. As the first water mage to be inducted into the Sanctum in over fifty years, she has the opportunity to help the old order destroy a band of rebel mages who threaten the principles the Sanctum is founded upon.Blinded by loyalty to the Sanctum and love for her master, Alena and three other mages set out to investigate the rebels, but the more she... read more

Solitary Man

Diane Benefiel

On a battlefield in Afghanistan, Sgt. Ryder Bronson makes an oath to protect his dying friend’s wife from a rogue cop—and from the passion that will threaten to overwhelm them both. ALONE... After surviving a deadly Taliban attack on his unit, Sgt. Ryder Bronson returns home to fulfill a promise—to keep his dead friend’s wife safe from a scandal so dark that it threatens her life. But protecti... read more

On a battlefield in Afghanistan, Sgt. Ryder Bronson makes an oath to protect his dying friend’s wife from a rogue cop—and from the passion that will threaten to overwhelm them both. ALONE... After surviving a deadly Taliban attack on his unit, Sgt. Ryder Bronson returns home to fulfill a promise—to keep his dead friend’s wife safe from a scandal so dark that it threatens her life. But protecti... read more

Once Upon a Mistletoe (Love Unscripted Book 2)

Jane Lynne Daniels

This year, under the mistletoe, the leading man of aspiring playwright Yardley Lemmon's Christmas play will rewrite their relationship forever. A CHRISTMAS PROMISE Aspiring playwright Yardley Lemmon's wildest fantasy is about to come true: her play has been chosen for Sweetgum, Ohio's annual Christmas production. The bad news? It will star the mayor's son, Nick Conrad, her teenage crush and th... read more

This year, under the mistletoe, the leading man of aspiring playwright Yardley Lemmon's Christmas play will rewrite their relationship forever. A CHRISTMAS PROMISE Aspiring playwright Yardley Lemmon's wildest fantasy is about to come true: her play has been chosen for Sweetgum, Ohio's annual Christmas production. The bad news? It will star the mayor's son, Nick Conrad, her teenage crush and th... read more

Playbook: A Love Story

Tracy Ewens

If only life came with a script. Anna Jeffries has spent the last thirty-two years blending in, content in her worn-out reading chair—her happy corner of the world—spinning romantic scenarios she’s certain reality can’t deliver. After three years of teaching Shakespeare at UC Berkeley, Anna is working toward full tenure. Her life in the classroom means everything and she can’t imagine wanting ... read more

If only life came with a script. Anna Jeffries has spent the last thirty-two years blending in, content in her worn-out reading chair—her happy corner of the world—spinning romantic scenarios she’s certain reality can’t deliver. After three years of teaching Shakespeare at UC Berkeley, Anna is working toward full tenure. Her life in the classroom means everything and she can’t imagine wanting ... read more

A Smile in a Beautiful Sky

Sherell Cummings

After an accident at seventeen takes her memory, there is something the adult Skylar Danes has to remember in her old hometown…but only her heart knows what. LET YOUR HEARTBE YOUR GUIDETragedy. Misery. Pain. Skylar Danes longs to forget those feelings and the past that gave them to her. When she loses her memory—all seventeen years of her life—in a terrible accident, she’s given a chance to be... read more

After an accident at seventeen takes her memory, there is something the adult Skylar Danes has to remember in her old hometown…but only her heart knows what. LET YOUR HEARTBE YOUR GUIDETragedy. Misery. Pain. Skylar Danes longs to forget those feelings and the past that gave them to her. When she loses her memory—all seventeen years of her life—in a terrible accident, she’s given a chance to be... read more

Exposure: A Love Story

Tracy Ewens

If only life were as simple as smiling for the camera. After years of braving the Arctic’s frigid temperatures or endless hours tracking the Spirit Bear to capture the perfect shot for National Geographic, Meg Jeffries decides to move back to the city—San Francisco. She wants a life with more stability. The kind that lets her see her family more than once a year and comes with owning a toaster... read more

If only life were as simple as smiling for the camera. After years of braving the Arctic’s frigid temperatures or endless hours tracking the Spirit Bear to capture the perfect shot for National Geographic, Meg Jeffries decides to move back to the city—San Francisco. She wants a life with more stability. The kind that lets her see her family more than once a year and comes with owning a toaster... read more

Puppy Love: Life Lessons In Disobedience (Housewife Behaving Badly: A Humourous Twist on Domestic Bliss Book 1)

Amber Meyer

Sometimes a life filled with love needs a little bit of itching powder…Amber thought that marrying her childhood sweetheart would transform her life into a dream. It didn’t take long to learn that navigating the trials and tribulations of marriage would take a wickedly dry sense of humor and more than a little optimism. Life has blessed Amber with a treasure trove of stories to tell… some pain... read more

Sometimes a life filled with love needs a little bit of itching powder…Amber thought that marrying her childhood sweetheart would transform her life into a dream. It didn’t take long to learn that navigating the trials and tribulations of marriage would take a wickedly dry sense of humor and more than a little optimism. Life has blessed Amber with a treasure trove of stories to tell… some pain... read more

All That Will Burn

Judd Mercer

The demons we fear most are the ones within. Sofia. A name, a memory. The one thing Sofia can call her own. Washed ashore on a desolate beach, she struggles to make sense of it all: Who is she is and how she came to the heavenly kingdom of the Orvida, with its sprawling, unchanging vistas and ancient secrets.Stubborn and hungry for answers, Sofia’s lone quest into the wild leads her to Ebrahym... read more

The demons we fear most are the ones within. Sofia. A name, a memory. The one thing Sofia can call her own. Washed ashore on a desolate beach, she struggles to make sense of it all: Who is she is and how she came to the heavenly kingdom of the Orvida, with its sprawling, unchanging vistas and ancient secrets.Stubborn and hungry for answers, Sofia’s lone quest into the wild leads her to Ebrahym... read more

Charmed by Charlie

Amanda Uhl

Everybody loves marketing whiz Charlie Solanger—except the woman he really wants.Creative genius Charlie Solanger has it all: good looks, money, intelligence, charm. And when he swoops in to save Reynolds Paint Company with a brilliant marketing campaign, he has all the ladies in the office vying for his attention. Everyone except math whiz Valerie Wilson.Val’s not happy Charlie stole her prom... read more

Everybody loves marketing whiz Charlie Solanger—except the woman he really wants.Creative genius Charlie Solanger has it all: good looks, money, intelligence, charm. And when he swoops in to save Reynolds Paint Company with a brilliant marketing campaign, he has all the ladies in the office vying for his attention. Everyone except math whiz Valerie Wilson.Val’s not happy Charlie stole her prom... read more

Negative Space

Emma Thorn

Sent off the grid after a social media catastrophe, seventeen-year-old Zoe Black tries to rebuild her life. NO ESCAPEZoe Black is a seventeen-year-old on a mission: graduate from high school in Boulder, Colorado, as quickly as possible and take the Ivy League by storm. Then a compromising picture surfaces on the Internet—of her. Her life is over. Literally. Except, it’s not, and Zoe soon finds... read more

Sent off the grid after a social media catastrophe, seventeen-year-old Zoe Black tries to rebuild her life. NO ESCAPEZoe Black is a seventeen-year-old on a mission: graduate from high school in Boulder, Colorado, as quickly as possible and take the Ivy League by storm. Then a compromising picture surfaces on the Internet—of her. Her life is over. Literally. Except, it’s not, and Zoe soon finds... read more

Fat Chick Goes AWOL: 2,600 Miles in an Armchair on Wheels (With a 600-mile Detour on Foot)

Anna Mitchell

FAT CHICK PLANS TO ESCAPE CORPORATE WHOREDOM AND TRAVEL THE WORLD. SHE’S JUST BOUGHT A RECUMBENT TRIKE TO DO IT WITH. BUT WITH SO MUCH GOING AGAINST HER, WILL SHE EVEN MAKE IT OUT OF THE CITY?Fat Chick is a 30-something accountant who dreams of cycling, hiking and paddling her way around the world, starting with her own country, Australia. But at a whopping 130kgs (285lbs), she’s not exactly t... read more

FAT CHICK PLANS TO ESCAPE CORPORATE WHOREDOM AND TRAVEL THE WORLD. SHE’S JUST BOUGHT A RECUMBENT TRIKE TO DO IT WITH. BUT WITH SO MUCH GOING AGAINST HER, WILL SHE EVEN MAKE IT OUT OF THE CITY?Fat Chick is a 30-something accountant who dreams of cycling, hiking and paddling her way around the world, starting with her own country, Australia. But at a whopping 130kgs (285lbs), she’s not exactly t... read more

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