Kirstin Andrews

Kirstin Andrews - Editor

Austin, TX, United States

A copyeditor/ developmental editor who understands how painful the editing process can be. I'll kill your darlings, but I'll do it kindly.

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Overview

I'm a developmental editor and copyeditor who specializes in fiction. As a writer myself, I understand the importance of building respect and trust during the editing process. I promise to preserve your unique voice, treat your work with care and kindness, and work with you to bring forth your vision for the project.

I have a bachelor’s degree in English/creative writing from the University of Washington. I am also a graduate of the University of Washington’s Editing Certificate Program, through which I received comprehensive training in grammar and punctuation, editing and proofreading best practices, and style guide utilization and maintenance.

I have experience editing and proofreading a range of different document types (including novel-length fiction, short fiction, memoir, academic writing, and college admissions essays), and I am proficient in several different style guides (primarily Chicago and AP). I pride myself in my ability to understand and communicate narrative techniques, catch both mechanical and content errors, and respect deadlines. I am passionate about storytelling, working with the written word, and ensuring that all documents that leave my hands are error-free.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Crime & Mystery
Paranormal Romance
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • University of Washington Editing Certificate Program
  • Barbara Sjoholm's Author-Editor Clinic

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

Proofreading, copyediting, line editing, and developmental editing for both individuals and publishing houses. I've worked with Greenleaf Book Group, She Writes Press, Evolved Publishing, and more on both fiction and nonfiction books.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

The Blue Witch: The Witches of Orkney, Book One

Alane Adams

Before Sam Baron broke Odin’s curse on the witches to become the first son born to a witch and the hero of the Legends of Orkney series, his mother was a young witchling growing up in the Tarkana Witch Academy. In this first book of the prequel series, the Witches of Orkney, nine-year-old Abigail Tarkana is determined to grow up to be the greatest witch of all, even greater than her evil ances... read more

Before Sam Baron broke Odin’s curse on the witches to become the first son born to a witch and the hero of the Legends of Orkney series, his mother was a young witchling growing up in the Tarkana Witch Academy. In this first book of the prequel series, the Witches of Orkney, nine-year-old Abigail Tarkana is determined to grow up to be the greatest witch of all, even greater than her evil ances... read more

The Stronghold

Sebastian Bendix

18-year-old Bowie is the envy of his peers; the sharpest eye with a rifle, deadly as a viper in hand-to-hand combat, and set to marry the prettiest girl around. Papa Byrne, leader of the Fort Thunder militia, has high hopes for this rising star, sees him as the heir apparent to their Pacific Northwest island stronghold.That all changes when a plane crashes into the island. Its sole survivor is... read more

18-year-old Bowie is the envy of his peers; the sharpest eye with a rifle, deadly as a viper in hand-to-hand combat, and set to marry the prettiest girl around. Papa Byrne, leader of the Fort Thunder militia, has high hopes for this rising star, sees him as the heir apparent to their Pacific Northwest island stronghold.That all changes when a plane crashes into the island. Its sole survivor is... read more

Odessa, Odessa: A Novel

Barbara Artson

Odessa, Odessa follows the families of two sons from a proud lineage of rabbis and cantors in a shtetl near Odessa in western Russia.It begins as Henya, wife of Rabbi Mendel Kolopsky, considers an unexpected pregnancy and the hardships ahead for the children she already has. Soon after the child is born, Cossacks ransack the Kolopskys’ home, severely beating Mendel. In the aftermath, he tells ... read more

Odessa, Odessa follows the families of two sons from a proud lineage of rabbis and cantors in a shtetl near Odessa in western Russia.It begins as Henya, wife of Rabbi Mendel Kolopsky, considers an unexpected pregnancy and the hardships ahead for the children she already has. Soon after the child is born, Cossacks ransack the Kolopskys’ home, severely beating Mendel. In the aftermath, he tells ... read more

Unreasonable Doubts: A Novel

Reyna Marder Gentin

Jaded New York City Public Defender Liana Cohen would give anything to have one client in whom she can believe. Dozens of hardened criminals and repeat offenders have chipped away at her faith in both herself and the system. Her boyfriend Jakob’s high-powered law firm colleagues see her do-gooder job as a joke, which only adds to the increasing strain in their relationship. Enter imprisoned fe... read more

Jaded New York City Public Defender Liana Cohen would give anything to have one client in whom she can believe. Dozens of hardened criminals and repeat offenders have chipped away at her faith in both herself and the system. Her boyfriend Jakob’s high-powered law firm colleagues see her do-gooder job as a joke, which only adds to the increasing strain in their relationship. Enter imprisoned fe... read more

Searching for Pilar

Patricia Hunt Holmes

Pilar, an innocent young wife and mother, is abducted during a fake job interview in Mexico City and forced into sex slavery in Houston. Can she survive the horrors of a world—one which many Americans don’t see or ignore—long enough for her brother Diego to find her? Searching for Pilar breaks open the secretive and dangerous world of sex trafficking, while exploring human nature and our conne... read more

Pilar, an innocent young wife and mother, is abducted during a fake job interview in Mexico City and forced into sex slavery in Houston. Can she survive the horrors of a world—one which many Americans don’t see or ignore—long enough for her brother Diego to find her? Searching for Pilar breaks open the secretive and dangerous world of sex trafficking, while exploring human nature and our conne... read more

Lone Wolf in Jerusalem

Ehud Diskin

David Gabinski leads a courageous resistance group during WWII. When the war is over, he makes his way to Israel, where a new battle is brewing. The British Empire is preventing Holocaust survivors from immigrating to their Jewish homeland. In Israel, David uses his guerilla skills to single-handedly wreak havoc on the British occupation forces. As he begins his dangerous quest, David meets an... read more

David Gabinski leads a courageous resistance group during WWII. When the war is over, he makes his way to Israel, where a new battle is brewing. The British Empire is preventing Holocaust survivors from immigrating to their Jewish homeland. In Israel, David uses his guerilla skills to single-handedly wreak havoc on the British occupation forces. As he begins his dangerous quest, David meets an... read more

A Vampire's Unlikely Alliance (Demon's Witch Series Book 3)

Tena Stetler

Stefan is a Native American vampire, former assassin for the Vampire Council. In a twist of fate, he now DJ’s the midnight shift for a small radio station in Whitefish, Montana, on the edge of Glacier National Park where his secret is safe until...Born in Ireland, Brandy now works as a park ranger and trail guide in the park. During a full moon, Stefan and Brandy’s paths cross in a near physic... read more

Stefan is a Native American vampire, former assassin for the Vampire Council. In a twist of fate, he now DJ’s the midnight shift for a small radio station in Whitefish, Montana, on the edge of Glacier National Park where his secret is safe until...Born in Ireland, Brandy now works as a park ranger and trail guide in the park. During a full moon, Stefan and Brandy’s paths cross in a near physic... read more

Red Blood, Yellow Skin: The Endless Journey

Linda L.T. Baer

Linda Loan Thi Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan in 1947, in the small village of Tao Xa, Thai Binh, North Vietnam. Her father was killed during a Viet Minh attack in 1951. Her mother remarried a wealthy practitioner of Chinese medicine who was also a war widower. Their family relocated to South Vietnam during the mass exodus of 1954, where they were forced to move constantly due to economic, poli... read more

Linda Loan Thi Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan in 1947, in the small village of Tao Xa, Thai Binh, North Vietnam. Her father was killed during a Viet Minh attack in 1951. Her mother remarried a wealthy practitioner of Chinese medicine who was also a war widower. Their family relocated to South Vietnam during the mass exodus of 1954, where they were forced to move constantly due to economic, poli... read more

The Gig Is Up : Thrive in the Gig Economy, Where Old Jobs Are Obsolete and Freelancing Is the Future

Olga Mizrahi

Win in a world of increasing choice by becoming the clear, unique fit. The gig economy is made up of project-based, or on-demand services, that can be provided by anyone. The common denominator in the gig economy is technology, so our modern online-lives provide the perfect marketplace for the ever-diversifying opportunities in the gig economy. By some estimates, 2020 will see half of all work... read more

Win in a world of increasing choice by becoming the clear, unique fit. The gig economy is made up of project-based, or on-demand services, that can be provided by anyone. The common denominator in the gig economy is technology, so our modern online-lives provide the perfect marketplace for the ever-diversifying opportunities in the gig economy. By some estimates, 2020 will see half of all work... read more

Topple: The End of the Firm-Based Strategy and the Rise of New Models for Explosive Growth

Ralph Welborn PhD, Sajan Pillai

What made businesses successful yesterday is not what will make them effective tomorrow. The most successful, and explosive growth leaders of today—and tomorrow—reflect a new competitive reality: The new competitive landscape will be shaped less by firm-specific strategies than by business ecosystems. The objective of Ralph and Sajan's book is straight-forward: to help organizations understand... read more

What made businesses successful yesterday is not what will make them effective tomorrow. The most successful, and explosive growth leaders of today—and tomorrow—reflect a new competitive reality: The new competitive landscape will be shaped less by firm-specific strategies than by business ecosystems. The objective of Ralph and Sajan's book is straight-forward: to help organizations understand... read more

Shift Up!: Strengths Strategies for Optimal Living

DeAnna Murphy, Lisa Dawn Gregory, Steve Jeffs

A Shift Up!Have you ever wondered why you feel stuck or keep experiencing the same frustrations over and over? Are you wanting to experience a Shift Up! from depleting and draining relationships so you can live in high energy and performance every day? Life-Changing Strategies. The authors of Shift Up! and the thought leader team of People Acuity™, a Minnesota-based Strengths Strategy® company... read more

A Shift Up!Have you ever wondered why you feel stuck or keep experiencing the same frustrations over and over? Are you wanting to experience a Shift Up! from depleting and draining relationships so you can live in high energy and performance every day? Life-Changing Strategies. The authors of Shift Up! and the thought leader team of People Acuity™, a Minnesota-based Strengths Strategy® company... read more

Drinking from the Trough: A Veterinarian's Memoir

Mary E. Carlson DVM

Mary Carlson didn't start out to become a veterinarian, let alone the owner and caretaker of cats (many), dogs (two, both huskies), and horses (some with manners, some without) in Colorado. She was a suburban Chicago girl; all she knew of the American West came from the stories her uncle, who had settled in northern Colorado, told her during his annual visits. But thanks to him, she ended up m... read more

Mary Carlson didn't start out to become a veterinarian, let alone the owner and caretaker of cats (many), dogs (two, both huskies), and horses (some with manners, some without) in Colorado. She was a suburban Chicago girl; all she knew of the American West came from the stories her uncle, who had settled in northern Colorado, told her during his annual visits. But thanks to him, she ended up m... read more

Selling with Certainty: Straightforward Advice for Cashing In on the Full Value of Your Business

Terry H. Monroe

Author Terry Monroe, an intermediary or business broker, provides folksy, no-nonsense advice to business owners on how they can avoid the common pitfalls of selling their businesses while ensuring they get full value from the years of hard work they've put in. Monroe has established, operated, and sold businesses for over thirty years and has owned forty different businesses, including 10 nati... read more

Author Terry Monroe, an intermediary or business broker, provides folksy, no-nonsense advice to business owners on how they can avoid the common pitfalls of selling their businesses while ensuring they get full value from the years of hard work they've put in. Monroe has established, operated, and sold businesses for over thirty years and has owned forty different businesses, including 10 nati... read more

The Write Way into College: Rising Above GPAs and Test Scores with Memorable Application Essays

Jody Cohan-French

Stand out. Get in. Competition to get into colleges is fierce. Many applicants have solid GPAs and test scores, and similar leadership and volunteer experiences—so how do you rise above the crowd? In The Write Way into College, author Jody Cohan-French shows you how to set yourself apart and present your unique potential through compelling application essays. As Jody says, “The key is to tell ... read more

Stand out. Get in. Competition to get into colleges is fierce. Many applicants have solid GPAs and test scores, and similar leadership and volunteer experiences—so how do you rise above the crowd? In The Write Way into College, author Jody Cohan-French shows you how to set yourself apart and present your unique potential through compelling application essays. As Jody says, “The key is to tell ... read more

Selling with Certainty: Straightforward Advice for Cashing In on the Full Value of Your Business

Terry H. Monroe

''I am shocked by how many successful entrepreneurs—smart folks who've devoted years to building their businesses—can be so casual and sometimes downright dumb when it comes time to sell their businesses.'' Terry Monroe has seen disappointment firsthand in his work as a professional intermediary, and he is committed to making sure future sellers don't experience any of their own. The process o... read more

''I am shocked by how many successful entrepreneurs—smart folks who've devoted years to building their businesses—can be so casual and sometimes downright dumb when it comes time to sell their businesses.'' Terry Monroe has seen disappointment firsthand in his work as a professional intermediary, and he is committed to making sure future sellers don't experience any of their own. The process o... read more

The Motivation Trap: Leadership Strategies to Achieve Sustained Success

John Hittler

Move away from the motivation mindset CEOs and team leaders from Fortune 500 companies and venture-backed start-ups often complain that they have trouble keeping their teams motivated. But what if it's actually not the job of the leaders to motivate their teams? What if team members were responsible for motivating themselves and for bringing their own professional, positive, helpful, best selv... read more

Move away from the motivation mindset CEOs and team leaders from Fortune 500 companies and venture-backed start-ups often complain that they have trouble keeping their teams motivated. But what if it's actually not the job of the leaders to motivate their teams? What if team members were responsible for motivating themselves and for bringing their own professional, positive, helpful, best selv... read more

Anxiety, Anxiety, Why Do You Have a Hold on Me?

Monique Hebert

Anxious writer Monique Hebert gives a glimpse into her life as a young woman with an anxiety disorder through poems and prose in this riveting book. Through stories of strife, self discovery, and down right embarrassment she hopes to show the reader that they are not alone in the struggle of having a mental health condition.

Anxious writer Monique Hebert gives a glimpse into her life as a young woman with an anxiety disorder through poems and prose in this riveting book. Through stories of strife, self discovery, and down right embarrassment she hopes to show the reader that they are not alone in the struggle of having a mental health condition.

Toward Truth, Freedom, Fitness, and Decency: Book I of the Flourish Series

Mark W. Bitz

Why does the U.S. stagnate and how do we bridge our cultural divide? ?What causes some populations to flourish and others to subsist? What perspectives and practices optimize our well-being? Author Mark Bitz has been thinking about these questions for over forty years. The answers to them have been millions of years in the making; they come from the evolution of life, the human condition, our ... read more

Why does the U.S. stagnate and how do we bridge our cultural divide? ?What causes some populations to flourish and others to subsist? What perspectives and practices optimize our well-being? Author Mark Bitz has been thinking about these questions for over forty years. The answers to them have been millions of years in the making; they come from the evolution of life, the human condition, our ... read more

Ideas, Influence, and Income: Write a Book, Build Your Brand, and Lead Your Industry

Tanya Hall

A comprehensive guide to writing, publishing, and launching your book—and monetizing your content Are you considering writing a book to boost your visibility and credibility? Or just trying to figure out how to use the book you already have to build more influence and income? No matter where you are in the process, Ideas, Influence, and Income is your field guide to using a strategic and succe... read more

A comprehensive guide to writing, publishing, and launching your book—and monetizing your content Are you considering writing a book to boost your visibility and credibility? Or just trying to figure out how to use the book you already have to build more influence and income? No matter where you are in the process, Ideas, Influence, and Income is your field guide to using a strategic and succe... read more

Dispatches from the Heart: Transplanting One Heart and Transforming Many Others

Ed Innerarity, Paige Innerarity

You Go Nowhere by Accident Then Ed asked me, “So, David, what happens if the new heart doesn’t start?” Well, the new heart started, and the story goes on. Ed is eternally grateful to his donor and the family of his donor. But the best part of the story is the story itself. Ed and Paige’s journey together, their courage and love for each other, the community that we all shared and continue to s... read more

You Go Nowhere by Accident Then Ed asked me, “So, David, what happens if the new heart doesn’t start?” Well, the new heart started, and the story goes on. Ed is eternally grateful to his donor and the family of his donor. But the best part of the story is the story itself. Ed and Paige’s journey together, their courage and love for each other, the community that we all shared and continue to s... read more

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