Kim Catanzarite

Kim Catanzarite - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Developmental and copy editor who has worked on 100s of titles, fiction and non, traditional and self-published, debuts and bestsellers.

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If you’ve written a book, it’s an exciting time in your life. It’s also a little scary. You’ve worked really hard and you want the best for your manuscript. You know that you need some help preparing your book before it’s ready to make its big debut. That’s where I come in.

I’ve been a professional editor since 1988, when I began my career in a NYC publishing house as an assistant whose favorite task was to read the slush pile. That was more than 30 years ago. Since that time, I've been a writer and an editor for newspapers, magazines, and books. I’ve edited manuscripts for companies like Random House, Better Homes and Gardens (Meredith), F+W Media, Ten Speed Press, and for big-name authors such as Hallie Ephron, Donald Maass, Paula Munier, James Scott Bell, K.M. Weiland, and Chuck Wendig. It's my life's work, and I love doing it. In addition, I'm also an instructor (and creator) of three copyediting courses offered by Writer's Digest University (since 2015).

As a freelance editor, I work with all types of writers, beginners to best sellers. No matter where you fall within that range, you and your book can benefit from my work as a developmental and/or copy editor. I specialize in the following fiction and nonfiction genres: women’s, young adult, new adult, middle grade; thrillers, adventure, fantasy; memoir, travel memoir, self-help, how-to, craft, writing craft, and more.

As a developmental editor, I'll give you the honest (but friendly) feedback you long for and help you see what’s so very hard to see: the strengths and weaknesses in your manuscript. Not only will I point out where the writing falls flat and scenes don’t add up, I'll also apply my knowledge of story structure and query all murky moments and things that seem out of place. In addition, I'll make suggestions when characters need to dig deeper and/or engage in self-reflection. I’ll tell you when I laughed out loud and when I cried. Most important, I’ll give you advice for strengthening your manuscript as a whole. A developmental edit is always a huge eye-opener for writers—and an important part of the publishing process. Anyone who plans to publish should hire a content editor no matter how many revisions they've done on their own.

Those who have already had their manuscript edited for content are ready for a copy editor. For this phase, I use my sharp eye to weed out grammatical and spelling errors, identify and smooth clunky wording, and make sure your writing follows Chicago style (most publishers’ stylebook standard). If you’re worried about your use of commas, semicolons, and quotation punctuation, never fear. I know the rules inside and out. (As I said above, not only have I been a copy editor for 30 years, I also teach three courses in copyediting for Writer's Digest University.)


Thank you for your interest, and I hope you’ll send me a request.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Children's - Middle Grade
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Publishing
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Professional Editor

Self-employed
January, 1994 – Present (almost 26 years)

Provide copyediting and content editing services to book publishers and individual authors. Edit copy for grammar, spelling, mechanics, voice, and consistency according to publisher's style and Chicago Manual of Style. Apply knowledge of story structure and character arc. Provide suggestions for rewrites. Query editor and author for clarification. Clients include Better Homes and Gardens Books, Ten Speed Press, F+W Publications (Writer's Digest Books, North Light Books, and Krause Publications), Lark Books, and writers seeking agent representation as well as those who plan to self-publish.

Instructor

Writer's Digest University
January, 2015 – Present (almost 5 years)

Teach three online courses on the topic of copyediting for Writer's Digest University. Two of the courses I wrote in full.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future (What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement: Planning Now for the)

John E. Nelson, Richard N. Bolles

Plan Now for the Life You WantToday’s economic realities have reset our expectations of what retirement is, yet there’s still the promise for what it can be: a life stage filled with more freedom and potential than ever before. Given the new normal, how do you plan for a future filled with prosperity, health, and happiness? As a companion to What Color Is Your Parachute?, the world’s best-sell... read more

Plan Now for the Life You WantToday’s economic realities have reset our expectations of what retirement is, yet there’s still the promise for what it can be: a life stage filled with more freedom and potential than ever before. Given the new normal, how do you plan for a future filled with prosperity, health, and happiness? As a companion to What Color Is Your Parachute?, the world’s best-sell... read more

Jane Eyre: Writer's Digest Annotated Classics

Charlotte Bronte, K.M. Weiland

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will..."One of the most sweeping and enduring novels in English literature, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre has become a beloved classic and a must-read for fans of period romance. Filled with memorable characters, witty dialogue, emotional scenes, social commentary, and intriguing twists, Bronte's novel, written i... read more

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will..."One of the most sweeping and enduring novels in English literature, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre has become a beloved classic and a must-read for fans of period romance. Filled with memorable characters, witty dialogue, emotional scenes, social commentary, and intriguing twists, Bronte's novel, written i... read more

The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Short Stories

Fiza Pathan

2018 DBW Awards Winner - Best Book Short Stories2018 DBW Awards Finalist - Best Book Social Issues2018 IAN Book Of The Year Awards Winner - Outstanding Fiction LGBTQKiller Nashville 2018 Silver Falchion Award - Finalist - Best Short Story2018 Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal Winner - Fiction - Gay/Lesbian/LGBT category2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards - 2nd Place Winner - LGBT (E-Book)2018 Pur... read more

2018 DBW Awards Winner - Best Book Short Stories2018 DBW Awards Finalist - Best Book Social Issues2018 IAN Book Of The Year Awards Winner - Outstanding Fiction LGBTQKiller Nashville 2018 Silver Falchion Award - Finalist - Best Short Story2018 Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal Winner - Fiction - Gay/Lesbian/LGBT category2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards - 2nd Place Winner - LGBT (E-Book)2018 Pur... read more

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface

Donald Maass

Engage Your Readers with Emotion While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader's experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters' struggles, discoveries, and triumphs are for you. That's where The Emotional Craft... read more

Engage Your Readers with Emotion While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader's experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters' struggles, discoveries, and triumphs are for you. That's where The Emotional Craft... read more

How To Write A Page-Turner: Craft a Story Your Readers Can't Put Down

Jordan Rosenfeld

Infuse Your Fiction with the Powerful Tug of Tension! Tension is the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. It keeps readers guessing and characters on their toes. When you've got tension in place, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. When it's missing, scenes feel inconsequential, plots drag, and characters meander. Learning the craft of writing ... read more

Infuse Your Fiction with the Powerful Tug of Tension! Tension is the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. It keeps readers guessing and characters on their toes. When you've got tension in place, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. When it's missing, scenes feel inconsequential, plots drag, and characters meander. Learning the craft of writing ... read more

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition: The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime

Hallie Ephron

A Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Finalist for Best Critical/Biographical Work Discover the secrets to crafting an unforgettable mystery! To piece together the puzzle of your mystery novel, you need patience, resilience, a solid understanding of the craft, and a clear blueprint for combining the plot, characters, setting, and more. And while patience and resilience must come from you, t... read more

A Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Finalist for Best Critical/Biographical Work Discover the secrets to crafting an unforgettable mystery! To piece together the puzzle of your mystery novel, you need patience, resilience, a solid understanding of the craft, and a clear blueprint for combining the plot, characters, setting, and more. And while patience and resilience must come from you, t... read more

Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative

Chuck Wendig

HOOK YOUR AUDIENCE WITH UNFORGETTABLE STORYTELLINGWhat do Luke Skywalker, John McClane, and a lonely dog on Ho‘okipa Beach have in common?Simply put, we care about them.Great storytelling is making readers care about your characters, the choices they make, and what happens to them. It’s making your audience feel the tension and emotion of a situation right alongside your protagonist. And to te... read more

HOOK YOUR AUDIENCE WITH UNFORGETTABLE STORYTELLINGWhat do Luke Skywalker, John McClane, and a lonely dog on Ho‘okipa Beach have in common?Simply put, we care about them.Great storytelling is making readers care about your characters, the choices they make, and what happens to them. It’s making your audience feel the tension and emotion of a situation right alongside your protagonist. And to te... read more

Mastering Plot Twists: How to Use Suspense, Targeted Storytelling Strategies, and Structure to Captivate Your Readers

Jane Cleland

"...A unique and absolutely invaluable toolbox for any author..." ~Kate White, New York Times best-selling author and former editor-in-chief of CosmopolitanUnlock the secrets to superior plot twists! The key to keeping people on the edge of their seat--from memoirs to thrillers and stage plays to screenplays--is filling your stories with unexpected twists and turns. By integrating Plot Twists,... read more

"...A unique and absolutely invaluable toolbox for any author..." ~Kate White, New York Times best-selling author and former editor-in-chief of CosmopolitanUnlock the secrets to superior plot twists! The key to keeping people on the edge of their seat--from memoirs to thrillers and stage plays to screenplays--is filling your stories with unexpected twists and turns. By integrating Plot Twists,... read more

Troubleshooting Your Novel: Essential Techniques for Identifying and Solving Manuscript Problems

Steven James

Winner of the 2018 Storytelling World Award.Take your story to the next level of excellence! You've completed the first draft of your novel--now what? Chances are, it's not perfect...at least not yet. In order to increase your chances of getting a literary agent, selling your manuscript to a publisher, or garnering an audience for your self-published work, you need targeted, practical instruct... read more

Winner of the 2018 Storytelling World Award.Take your story to the next level of excellence! You've completed the first draft of your novel--now what? Chances are, it's not perfect...at least not yet. In order to increase your chances of getting a literary agent, selling your manuscript to a publisher, or garnering an audience for your self-published work, you need targeted, practical instruct... read more

Through the Looking-Glass: And What Alice Found There (Abridged and Illustrated)

Lewis Carroll

”A clever retelling of Carroll’s classic story with all the imagery of the original.” —The Wishing ShelfWhen Alice holds the naughty kitten up to the Looking-Glass, she sees the Looking-Glass House reflected there. Being Alice, a naturally curious child, she enters and finds herself in the midst of another adventure: a live game of chess with real Kings, Queens, and Knights, a game in which sh... read more

”A clever retelling of Carroll’s classic story with all the imagery of the original.” —The Wishing ShelfWhen Alice holds the naughty kitten up to the Looking-Glass, she sees the Looking-Glass House reflected there. Being Alice, a naturally curious child, she enters and finds herself in the midst of another adventure: a live game of chess with real Kings, Queens, and Knights, a game in which sh... read more

Author In Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published

Therese Walsh, Writer Unboxed

"Nourishment for the writer's soul and motivation for the writer's heart." --James Scott Bell, best-selling author and writing instructor Writing can be a lonely profession plagued by blind stumbles, writer's block, and despair--but it doesn't have to be. Written by members of the popular Writer Unboxed website, Author in Progress is filled with practical, candid essays to help you reach the n... read more

"Nourishment for the writer's soul and motivation for the writer's heart." --James Scott Bell, best-selling author and writing instructor Writing can be a lonely profession plagued by blind stumbles, writer's block, and despair--but it doesn't have to be. Written by members of the popular Writer Unboxed website, Author in Progress is filled with practical, candid essays to help you reach the n... read more

Get a Literary Agent: The Complete Guide to Securing Representation for Your Work

Chuck Sambuchino

The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Literary Agent!If you dream of scoring the best possible deal with a traditional publisher and seeing your book in print, you need literary representation. Filled with practical, straightforward advice and insider tips, Get a Literary Agent is a one-stop resource for writers of both fiction and nonfiction. You'll learn how to:Research agents and target the best ... read more

The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Literary Agent!If you dream of scoring the best possible deal with a traditional publisher and seeing your book in print, you need literary representation. Filled with practical, straightforward advice and insider tips, Get a Literary Agent is a one-stop resource for writers of both fiction and nonfiction. You'll learn how to:Research agents and target the best ... read more

Fierce on The Page: Become the Writer You Were Meant to Be and Succeed on Your Own Terms

Sage Cohen

Produce your best work. Live your best life. Make your greatest impact. You have everything you need--and you are everything you need--to do the writing you are meant to do. And yet the path to success can be difficult to find and follow. Veteran author and writing guide Sage Cohen believes that ferocity is your best compass for finding your true way forward. She shows you how to transform you... read more

Produce your best work. Live your best life. Make your greatest impact. You have everything you need--and you are everything you need--to do the writing you are meant to do. And yet the path to success can be difficult to find and follow. Veteran author and writing guide Sage Cohen believes that ferocity is your best compass for finding your true way forward. She shows you how to transform you... read more

Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay

Adair Lara

The material is right there in front of you. You’ve known yourself for, well, a lifetime—and you finally feel ready to share your story with the world. Yet when it actually comes time to put pen to paper, you find that you’re stumped. Enter Adair Lara: award-winning author, seasoned columnist, beloved writing coach, and the answer to all of your autobiographical quandaries. Naked, Drunk, and W... read more

The material is right there in front of you. You’ve known yourself for, well, a lifetime—and you finally feel ready to share your story with the world. Yet when it actually comes time to put pen to paper, you find that you’re stumped. Enter Adair Lara: award-winning author, seasoned columnist, beloved writing coach, and the answer to all of your autobiographical quandaries. Naked, Drunk, and W... read more

Blades of Thunder: Book One (Volume 1)

LTC W Larry Dandridge

ARMY AVIATION Magazine, November 2015 BOOK REVIEW by MG (Retired) Rudy Ostovich: “There have been a number of excellent books published on the Vietnam War but none come close to telling the inside story of life and death as an Army aviator flying and fighting a “Huey” in combat as told by Larry Dandridge in his book Blades of Thunder (Book One). This non-fiction, autobiography, and Vietnam War... read more

ARMY AVIATION Magazine, November 2015 BOOK REVIEW by MG (Retired) Rudy Ostovich: “There have been a number of excellent books published on the Vietnam War but none come close to telling the inside story of life and death as an Army aviator flying and fighting a “Huey” in combat as told by Larry Dandridge in his book Blades of Thunder (Book One). This non-fiction, autobiography, and Vietnam War... read more

Plot Perfect: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene

Paula Munier

Build an Exceptional Plot, One Scene at a Time!Think of your favorite story--the one that kept you turning pages late into the night, the one with a plot so compelling, so multilayered, so perfect that you couldn't put it down. How can you make your own plots--in your novels, short stories, memoirs, or screenplays--just as irresistible?Plot Perfect provides the answer. This one-of-a-kind plott... read more

Build an Exceptional Plot, One Scene at a Time!Think of your favorite story--the one that kept you turning pages late into the night, the one with a plot so compelling, so multilayered, so perfect that you couldn't put it down. How can you make your own plots--in your novels, short stories, memoirs, or screenplays--just as irresistible?Plot Perfect provides the answer. This one-of-a-kind plott... read more

Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2019: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

THE BEST RESOURCE FOR GETTING YOUR FICTION PUBLISHEDNovel & Short Story Writer's Market 2019 is the only resource you need to get your short stories, novellas, and novels published. The 38th edition of NSSWM features hundreds of updated listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests, and more. Each listing includes contact information, submission guidelines, and ... read more

THE BEST RESOURCE FOR GETTING YOUR FICTION PUBLISHEDNovel & Short Story Writer's Market 2019 is the only resource you need to get your short stories, novellas, and novels published. The 38th edition of NSSWM features hundreds of updated listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests, and more. Each listing includes contact information, submission guidelines, and ... read more

Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life

James Scott Bell

Writers are given a wealth of opportunities to cultivate a successful writing life, break out, and find an audience for their work. Yet so many writers, from beginners to veterans, find their careers stuck in neutral.The solution is simple: Just write. Write yourself past fears, doubts, and setbacks, and use your desire for writing excellence to deeply immerse yourself in the craft.In Just Wri... read more

Writers are given a wealth of opportunities to cultivate a successful writing life, break out, and find an audience for their work. Yet so many writers, from beginners to veterans, find their careers stuck in neutral.The solution is simple: Just write. Write yourself past fears, doubts, and setbacks, and use your desire for writing excellence to deeply immerse yourself in the craft.In Just Wri... read more

Climbing the Hill: How to Build a Career in Politics and Make a Difference

Jaime Harrison, Amos Snead

Inspiring, nonpartisan insider's advice on how anyone can build a career in local, state, and national government, from two rising stars in Washington government and policy. This inspiring, nonpartisan guide, written by longtime staff members of Republican and Democratic house leadership teams provides all the hard-won secrets and strategies you need to build a career in local politics or Cong... read more

Inspiring, nonpartisan insider's advice on how anyone can build a career in local, state, and national government, from two rising stars in Washington government and policy. This inspiring, nonpartisan guide, written by longtime staff members of Republican and Democratic house leadership teams provides all the hard-won secrets and strategies you need to build a career in local politics or Cong... read more

Yosemite Meditations for Women

Through inspired quotations from a diverse group of women — including leading authors and naturalists — paired with breathtaking landscape photography, this pocket-sized volume captures the extraordinary beauty and spirit of Yosemite. It’s the perfect companion to take on a journey of discovery, and will surely revive one's connection with the natural world.Contributors include:Diane Ackerman,... read more

Through inspired quotations from a diverse group of women — including leading authors and naturalists — paired with breathtaking landscape photography, this pocket-sized volume captures the extraordinary beauty and spirit of Yosemite. It’s the perfect companion to take on a journey of discovery, and will surely revive one's connection with the natural world.Contributors include:Diane Ackerman,... read more

Kim has 7 reviews

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Vani Khamo
Thank you, Kim! From the beginning, Kim was very responsive and professional. She answered every question I had about the whole editing process and made it very easy. Her edits allowed me to see my book through a new lens. They were detailed and helped me foster new ideas!I am very happy with the results. I can't wait to work with Kim again towards the end of this project!

Vani Khamo, August 2019

Kim Catanzarite
Thank you for your kind words, Vani. You've done a great job tackling difficult subject matter, and I look forward to seeing the final revision. If you have questions as you go about it, feel free ...
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Kenyon Kane
I think Kim collects money for work she has not done. She charged me for copy editing, but in fact over much of the text she thinks running a spell check is copy editing; It's not. Why do I say this because all through the text she made word errors because she didn't actually read the text. So for example, she leaves Suffolk country when it's obviously Suffolk county, or course hair instead of ...
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Kenyon Kane, August 2019

Kim Catanzarite
Mr. Kane asked for a quote for a developmental edit and a copyedit. He needed it done as soon as possible, and I rearranged my schedule to fit him in. I provided the offer for the developmental edi...
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Kellie Bigelow
Kim was wonderful to work with, she provided helpful feedback and completed the project ahead of schedule. I appreciated her professionalism and her love for her vocation was apparent. I could not have been happier with the outcome.

Kellie Bigelow, June 2019

Kim Catanzarite
Kellie, Thank you so much for your kind words! Your travel adventures swept me away ... I'm so glad I got to read them.

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Kit Michaels
Being an inexperienced writer, having someone like Kim come in and go through my manuscript was a blessing. Her detailed notes and feedback are invaluable and have given me further insight into the world of writing. I look forward to working with her again in the near future.

Kit Michaels, June 2019

Kim Catanzarite
Thank you for your kind words! It's always fun to work with beginners and help them unlock their potential. Looking forward to seeing the revision.

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Claire MacDonagh
I consider Kim the holy grail of editors. Her editing advice and knowledge were extremely helpful. I will return for her services again.

Claire MacDonagh, May 2019

Kim Catanzarite
Thanks so much for your kind remarks. It has been my pleasure!

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