Kjirsten Whitsell

Kjirsten Whitsell – Editor

A passionate Deaf author/editor with nearly a decade of experience in fantasy and young adult fiction, as well as research publishing.

Overview

I am an editor who is passionate about writing and helping others with their own writing, making it as perfect as the author wants it to be. I specialize in editing (and writing) historical fiction, young adult fiction, and mythology-based projects. I can edit, proofread, and help with research. I am the owner of an online editing company. With an Associates and Bachelors of Arts in English degrees (which focused on editing and publishing), I designed, edited, and published three arts journals through my university, as well as having an internship with the University Press of Mississippi.

I am currently finishing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing through Southern New Hampshire University. As of August 2022, I will have my degree.

As a writer myself, I understand the importance of keeping the author’s writing style and spirit throughout editing—which is why I will work with you to the best of my ability to achieve that. In my own writing, I like to write about mythology, history, and fantasy, as well as Young Adult Fiction that handles real-life problems. When working with an author on their project, I want to keep your own voice and style--in a way that is concise, clear, informative, entertaining--and however you want your writing to come across. I like to communicate often, eagerly, and clearly when working with an author. I hope you want the same experience.


(Books in the Portfolio section are books I helped edit and format as part of a team of editors, which are currently published. There are many projects that I helped edit or solely edited that were personal projects for people and never published.)

Services
Fiction
Anthologies Fantasy Historical Fiction Short Story Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Writing & Publishing
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • 3rd in Fiction for the Delta Arts
  • 1st in Fiction for the Delta Arts
  • Honorable Mention in Fiction for Delta Arts
Certifications
  • Associates of Arts in English
  • Bachelors of Arts in English, History minor
  • Online Teaching
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Work experience

Nashville State Community College

Aug, 2023 — Present

Nashville State Community College

Aug, 2023 — Present

Teaching students composition, literature, poetry, and drama; grading and providing feedback on writing.

Murray State University

Aug, 2021 — Present

This position provides support within the Dean's Office by serving the College of Education and Human Services, frequently interacting with faculty, staff, and other Murray State units. Communication originated from this position also reaches students, alumni, prospective students and their families, K-12 schools within Murray State’s 18-county region, and the community at large. Collaboration with the University’s Office of Branding, Marketing, and Communication as well as promotional vendors and local media representatives should be expected. Knowledge of University forms and procedures is preferred but not required.
Typical responsibilities include writing press releases, preparing regular electronic newsletters, managing social media accounts, updating college web pages, designing advertisements and other marketing graphics, ordering promotional items, overseeing the annual inventory process, monitoring the Dean’s Office email account, moderating college-wide faculty and staff email listserv, posting announcements to the college-wide student Canvas course, and assisting with event planning and execution. Daily clerical matters can also be expected, such as processing paperwork, submitting work orders, answering phones, recording meeting minutes, maintaining the COEHS Intranet with current meeting minutes as submitted by faculty and staff, and delegating tasks to student workers when appropriate.

Self-employed

Jul, 2019 — Jun, 2023 (almost 4 years)

University Press of Mississippi

Jan, 2018 — May, 2019 (over 1 year)

As an intern, I assisted in editing and indexing various books and anthologies for the UPM.

Editing included line edits, proofreading, developmental edits, formatting, and indexing for the manuscripts.

Portfolio

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The Keeper (The Keeper Trilogy Book 1)

Whytock, P. S.

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You are...Meline!

L, Johnny

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Son of The Water

Bittercourt, Mark

Kjirsten has 8 reviews

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Joe C.

Joe C.

Sep, 2023

Where do I begin? Kjirsten is wonderful! I so enjoyed working with her! She is kind and understanding but professional and thorough - just like you want in an editor! I will definitely use Kjirsten again!
Marcus M.

Marcus M.

Sep, 2023

I only have good things to talk about Kjirsten, she is a great professional, always prompt when responding, helpful whenever possible and polite in relation to comments and comunication.
Alexis M.

Alexis M.

Jun, 2023

Kjirsten was kind, understanding, and thorough while editing. Our project is my first novel, and Kjirsten was able to answer all my questions and walk me through the correct format and grammar while also commenting on the story itself. Any idea I had, Kjirsten was patient and answered any questions and gave extremely helpful feedback to ideas and concerns. I can't wait to work on our next proj...
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Jennifer C.

Jennifer C.

May, 2023

She was very professional and also very encouraging. She gives great comments and suggestions.
Marcus M.

Marcus M.

Jan, 2023

It was a really good experience, I have only good words about Kjirsten, she excelled in correcting my manuscript and gave me a wonderful editorial assessment.

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