Kelly Barr

Kelly Barr - Editor

Lancaster, PA, United States

Experienced at critiquing and proofreading. Uses Chicago style. Proficient at copy editing; content editing -- fiction; nonfiction.

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I have been actively writing and critiquing for the past four years. I have taught creative writing to students from Kindergarten through grade twelve for twenty years, and I continue to immerse myself in the world of writing and editing. I continually study the craft of writing and stay on top of editing requirements. My passion is to help writers produce their best possible work.

One woman whose work I've critiqued had this to say, "Kelly, I really appreciate your insights about my story! It means so much to me that you have given it that much thought. This is great input, just the kind I know I need to make the story better. If you feel something, like it drags, or whatever, someone else reading it might feel that too, so if I can revise now with that in mind, it's good! I have to say, Kelly, that the email you sent was the most valuable 'critique' you've done for me. Thanks so much!" -- S.G.

I love all Fiction genres. However, I will NOT proofread or edit any work that contains excessive profanity or violence, or explicit sex.

I edit Nonfiction memoirs and biographies.

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Historical Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Editor

August, 2017 – Present (about 1 year)

I am a freelance editor and writer. I have had several poems, one magazine article, a devotion, and a short story published and am working on my first Historical Romance Novel. I taught creative writing classes to homeschool students from Kindergarten through grade twelve for the past twenty years.

I am an active member in ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and LCW (Lancaster Christian Writers) and several small writing and critique groups in my local area, and have critiqued many pieces of fiction in almost every genre in these groups. I am also teaching an online class on setting for ACFW's 2017 At Home Writers' Conference from 9/21 - 9/24, 2017.

I have had many people recently ask me to help them with their writing or to edit their work and have recently finished editing a complete fantasy manuscript.

I have met with an editor who has encouraged me in my writing and in becoming an editor, as well.

I utilize the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's online Dictionary in my editing. I am new in the editing world but have a lot of writing and critiquing experience which has led to my desire to edit to help others produce their best possible writing for publication.

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