"Katie is a rare find. She 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
"I feel like I've learned more in the last two weeks [working with you] than the last two years." -Fergus
"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." -Glenn
"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." -Frank
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. Many of her authors have gone on to win awards. Her specialties are sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, and romance for YA, NA, and adult audiences.
She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America. On the board of one chapter and a member of several others. She is a co-founder and featured editor of RevPit, featured editor for ShoreIndie (2017), and judged the Golden Hearts Awards (2015 -2017) and the 2014, 2017- 2018 Stiletto Contest. She is also a WriteGirl mentor, working with teen female writers in Los Angeles.
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/line edits on manuscripts.
Genres of interest:
Adult romance, women's, upmarket, literary, erotica.
YA sci-fi & fantasy, contemporary, romance.
NA contemporary, romance.
At this time, I do not work on Middle Grade fiction or children's books.
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.
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
This Bestselling Romantic Suspense is now FREE for a limited-time to introduce you to this hot new serial. We hope you enjoy!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... 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 infomerc... 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
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 of... 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
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
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 b... 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
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 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 g... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A woman without a past.An empire with an ancient secret.A darkness preparing to unleash.Sofia. A name. And a single, terrible memory. The only things 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 unchanging vistas and ancient secrets.Stubborn and hungry for answers... 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
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
******MULTI-AWARD WINNING BOOK BY NEW AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR******APRIL 2017: 'FAT CHICK GOES AWOL' WINS BEST FIRST BOOK - NON FICTION IN THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDSMAY 2017: 'FAT CHICK GOES AWOL' THE SOLE WINNER OF THE HUMOR CATEGORY IN BOOK FEST AMERICA'S INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS.FAT CHICK PLANS TO ESCAPE CORPORATE WHOREDOM AND TRAVEL THE WORLD. SHE’S JUST BOUGHT A RECUMBENT TRIKE TO D... read more
When a collision of two parallel worlds creates a portal, Ella’s eyes—and heart—open to the impossible.Eighteen-year-old, tell-it-like-it-is Ella Beuchene is about to graduate from a prestigious high school, and yet she’s never felt more trapped. Her family is hell-bent on forcing her into a future she doesn’t want. Her boyfriend no longer gets her. And her best friend is keeping something sec... read more
If only life came with instructions.Boyd McNaughton is working on balance. He is a father, a brewmaster, and the oldest brother of four. When he’s not running Foghorn Brewery with two of his brothers, his days are packed with carpools, teenage angst, and well-intentioned school moms determined to send him on the perfect blind date. After a simple argument ends with a visit to the emergency roo... read more
Monster. Murderer. Oathbreaker. Three years after the events leading to the deaths of her friend and lover, twenty-one-year-old Alena Kozlov is still trying to outrun her past. But the darkness within her is not something she can simply leave behind. The nightmares plaguing her become reality when a familiar face seeks her out in her isolated desert home bearing news that awakens all she’s tri... read more
Her secret is unraveling. One dangerous quest could end it all... Rie thought she was an ordinary human. After she’s named heir to Sanyaro, the truthseeker and mediator of the nine faerie realms, life becomes a lot more complicated. As she struggles to control her magics, Rie nearly falls prey to a brutal assassination attempt during a public ceremony.Blamed for the chaos, Rie’s escort, Prince... read more
"The perfect blend of action, danger, and heart-wrenching drama, this is a truly breathtaking gothic fantasy." ~ Bestselling author, Sherry Ficklin"Almost hyperventilating from the non-stop action, sacrifice, betrayal and fight for justice that was displayed in this epic adventure. Love these books!" ~Willohh, Amazon ReviewerTo save millions of lives, she may have to sacrifice the ones she lov... read more
If only life came with a guarantee.Patrick McNaughton wants more. More people drinking Foghorn’s beer, more money to push their brewery past the competition, and more cooperation from his brothers, who have no sense of urgency. He’s all about conquering one challenge on his way to the next, so long as there’s a remote chance of winning. That’s why Aspen Pane sits in the office down the hall, o... read more
In this prequel short story to “Emerald’s Fracture” (Isles of Stone Book One), Natalie Desmond struggles in her new role as a wartime Healer now that the nearby country of Lorelan declared war on the Isles. Her new duties prevent her from pursuing a mystery – one of the Abbey’s best Healers disappeared from the school, reportedly off to join the Royal Army. That Natalie has always had a crush ... read more
On the run, and he’s still trying to figure out how that happened, Trask Sinclair must keep psychic Allys Joel from getting captured, or killed, before they get to the safe haven promised in Mystic, Wyoming. HOW CAN A GOOD DEED GO SO WRONG Trask Sinclar is a reasonable man. Skeptical, sure, a little removed, but he's a writer, and he enjoys being a popular novelist and living comfortably. When... read more
Gracie Jordan knew maintaining a serious relationship in college would be complicated, but she never thought the day Noah Foster said, "I love you" should have been the day she walked away from the wreck that would become her life. TO WIN HER HEART Gracie Jordan is the epitome of innocence when she meets unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless, and impossibly charming college sophomore, No... read more
In A Man for Every Purpose, we explore the story of one woman's very personal and refreshingly honest exploration of relationships (the good, the bad, and the strange) and all that comes with searching for the “right” one. For years, Katie thinks she has it made—happy in a steady marriage—but life is nothing if not unpredictable. As her first true love vanishes before her eyes, she is forced t... read more
During her days as a student Bridhe of the Isles Abbey, Healer Natalie Desmond never imagined being a wartime Healer. Her heart aches as she treats the worst wounds she's ever seen. Each day she hopes her missing former teacher, Healer Jules Rayvenwood, will return from the war. As the months pass by, she know's it's most likely he'll come back as one of the wounded or dead.Natalie had imagine... read more
An Incredible Journey of Determination and RecoveryIn 2005, Ted W. Baxter was at the top of his game. He was a successful, globe-trotting businessman with a resume that would impress the best of the best. In peak physical condition, Ted worked out nearly every day of the week. And then, on April 21, 2005, all that came to an end. He had a massive ischemic stroke. Doctors feared he wouldn’t mak... read more
If only life were as simple as a clever pickup line.Cade McNaughton is the last man standing. His brothers have all found love. Despite his recent oh-so-revealing Instagram nightmare and his family’s subsequent disappointment, Cade is ready to fall for a woman who cares more about the last book he read and less about his body. But amid the buzz and banter of tending Foghorn Brewery’s bar, Cade... read more
The Territories prided themselves on their ability to make each generation smarter, stronger, and healthier. With their plans, the future meant all humans would be born perfect. And to those who were Planned even before conception, perfection was already in their genes. They never once paused to consider the ramifications. Scientists arrogantly pushed the boundaries until it was too late—they ... read more
Her choice won the war, but may have cost her everything…Rie should be praised as a hero. She won the Battle of the Arches and stopped the next Great War. Instead, she’s hiding out under the strict watch of her mentor, Lord Garamaen Sanyaro. But when Sanyaro’s own past comes back to haunt him, they must journey into the hostile territory of the Winter Realm to bring an old enemy to justice. Wi... read more
Tattooed with a glowing mark, Livvy knows she doesn’t belong to the family that abandoned her to a mental institution. She can’t explain how she ended up with a serial killer in her brain, or how she knows everything he knew, all his military training and martial arts, but he drives her crazy with his constant remarks. When a couple of young guys, including the hot Russian boy she has dreamed ... read more
Max is a bright young man looking for a way to change a broken world that he sees around him. An idea takes hold and won’t let go. He’s driven to create a secret group with the eventual aim of putting each of its members into the most powerful and influential positions in the United Kingdom. After recruiting them one by one for their varying interests and skills, he brings them together to ask... read more
When Elle Christiansen's rebellion leads to her father's expulsion from a parsonage in small-town Ohio, the forlorn pair is forced to move to Oklahoma to live with an aunt neither of them has ever met. Here she encounters her aunt’s neighbor—Maverick Mason, the quietly confident son of a wealthy oil tycoon who infuriates her as much as he inexplicably draws her in… Maverick slowly gains Elle’s... read more
You’ve witnessed your best friend’s murder, taken her son on the run, and the police want to "talk" to you - where do you go? - to the man who’s always hated you, of course.THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPENIf asked, Gwendolyn Ballard would admit she co-parented her best friend Chloe's son, Cameron. Now Gwen is all he's got as they flee from the man who murdered his mother. There's only one place... read more
For Emmaline Kincaid, Police Chief Bradley Gallagher makes hating cops…problematic. Reconsidering Her OptionsStalwart, honest, a stand-up guy – high praise, right? Wears his jeans just right, single, a catch – pretty much everyone in Hangman’s Loss, a quirky little town in the Eastern Sierras, adores the hell out of Police Chief Bradley Gallagher. Yet, new resident Emma Kincaid is determined t... read more
Her choice won the war, but may have cost her future… Rie should be praised as a hero. She won the Battle of the Arches and stopped the next Great War. Instead, she’s hiding out under the strict watch of her mentor, Lord Garamaen Sanyaro. But when Sanyaro’s own past comes back to haunt him, they must journey into the hostile territory of the Winter Realm to bring an old enemy to justice. Will ... read more
IS HOPE ENOUGH Kale Montgomery is stuck with a father who hates her, a mother who left her, and a town that pities her. Getting out of this life seems impossible, and yet she knows staying is the fastest way to lose her soul. When Wyatt McCade, her best friend from childhood returns to town, she is stunned to find a chiseled and devastatingly handsome twenty-one-year-old who brings hope back i... read more
COMING UPAfter finally making the break from an abusive ex, Gracie Jordan wants to invest her whole heart into the unexpected relationship she found with her best friend Jake, who offers hope, comfort, and solace. She expects the summer before their senior year at UT Knoxville to be as perfect as Jake is. What she doesn’t expect is the PTSD, the buried memories, or that truly healing will mean... read more
DO YOU FEEL… Lucy Jones isn't like other teenagers. She has spent her entire life feeling. Feeling everything from the anxiety of an upcoming test, to despair that runs so deep it threatens to shatter her. The catch? She can’t tell if these feelings are her own, or if they are the emotions of the people around her. When her father commits suicide, Lucy knows she won’t survive her mother’s dism... read more
Could love be waiting in the wings? Author of Invisible Anna and Summer Rules, Coralie Moss returns with a sizzling intrigue between a talented costume designer and an upper-crust Bostonian with a bad-boy reputation. Chase Witherell’s preferred milieu is any place but his family’s Beacon Hill mansion. Overseeing global projects keeps him where he wants to be—in the air and on the road. Touchin... read more
A seductive spy. An alpha vampire. A deadly assassin after them both...When a rogue vampire group emerges from the shadows to enslave mortals, research scientist Cerissa Patel is the only one with an inside track to stop them.The catch - she must go undercover in a vampire-controlled town where an assassin is on the loose and everyone is a suspect, including herself.Worse, she must ignore her ... read more
The dead cannot be allowed to possess the living.Judith is an angel, a guardian called to watch over the souls of the deserving in paradise. But when a rift between realms is opened in the wastelands of the wicked, every sword is needed. While the archangels work to seal the breach, Judith and the guardians fight to block the souls’ escape. A single mistake disrupts the closure, crippling the ... read more
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I am a freelance editor with 30 years' experience in copyediting and proofreading for major publishers, including Penguin and HarperCollins.
Former HarperCollins Christian/Thomas Nelson editor specializing in Christian Fiction and Christian Living titles.