Kristy Stewart

Kristy Stewart - Editor Tick

Lehi, UT, USA

Fantasy editor (for 10+ years) who has worked with bestsellers like Charlie N. Holmberg, Brian McClellan, and Heather Moore.

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I love helping authors develop clarity, class, and panache for their prose.

A decade ago, I started editing in a formal role for a semiprofessional magazine of science fiction and fantasy, and I haven't left SF&F since. I've been an independent editor offering copy editing, line editing, and assessment services for over seven years (occasionally offering typesetting and ebook production services too). Clients include Charlie N. Holmberg (of The Paper Magician trilogy), Brian McClellan (of The Powder Mage trilogy), and Heather Moore.

I'm conversant in a robust range of topics. From fairy tales and cooking to rugby and military acquisitions, most topics are not too far outside my comfort zone. Science fiction and fantasy are my fiction specialties, though I also work with sweet romance. My nonfiction specialties are fairy tales and literature (the subjects of my master's degree).

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Fiction
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • BA in English (minor in editing)
  • MA in English (emphasis in folklore & fairy tales)

Work experience

Freelance Editor & Typesetter

Self-employed
April, 2011 – Present (over 7 years)

Provide editing services ranging from manuscript evaluation to final proofreading, as well as production services including typesetting, page layout, and ebook production. Clients include bestselling fiction authors, unpublished writers, various small presses & book packagers, businesses, and academic professionals.

Work according to the following style guides depending on clients' needs: Chicago Manual of Style, APA, MLA, and AP.

Adjunct Editing/Publishing Faculty

Brigham Young University
August, 2018 – Present (3 months)

Teach Introduction to Print Publishing, a course that covers foundational graphic design principles and how to implement them in printed projects using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

Adjunct English Faculty

Weber State Univeristy
August, 2017 – April, 2018 (8 months)

Taught intermediate writing using a themed approach.

Adjunct Editing/Publishing Faculty

Brigham Young University
August, 2015 – December, 2016 (over 1 year)

Taught a substantive editing course for the BYU editing curriculum; focused on book editing for both nonfiction and fiction; used The Chicago Manual of Style.

Taught Introduction to Print Publishing, a course that covers foundational graphic design principles and how to implement them in printed projects using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

Managing Editor

The Folklore Historian
September, 2013 – January, 2014 (4 months)

Copyedited scholarly articles in Chicago Manual of Style; laid out and typeset the journal in InDesign.

Associate Editor, Technical

General Dynamics Information Technology
September, 2011 – June, 2013 (over 1 year)

Edited theses, articles, and conference proceedings from students and faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Senior Editor, Developmental Editor, Staff Editor

Leading Edge Magazine
July, 2008 – June, 2011 (almost 3 years)

Published speculative fiction short stories and poetry semiannually; evaluated manuscripts for publication; provided developmental feedback for revise and resubmit requests; copy edited accepted manuscripts.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Veins of Gold

Charlie N. Holmberg

A new historical fantasy novel from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg:VEINS OF GOLDDesperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it.Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin ... read more

A new historical fantasy novel from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg:VEINS OF GOLDDesperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it.Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin ... read more

The Mad Lancers: A Powder Mage Novella

Brian McClellan

In the colonial cities and towns of Fatrasta, peace has never been easy. Immigrants fight amongst themselves or turn on the native population, while the governing power of the Kez Army steps in only to enforce the will of apathetic local governors assigned by a distant crown.Young war hero Ben Styke commands a colonial garrison in a sleepy frontier suburb. When the governor’s cruel brother sto... read more

In the colonial cities and towns of Fatrasta, peace has never been easy. Immigrants fight amongst themselves or turn on the native population, while the governing power of the Kez Army steps in only to enforce the will of apathetic local governors assigned by a distant crown.Young war hero Ben Styke commands a colonial garrison in a sleepy frontier suburb. When the governor’s cruel brother sto... read more

Delilah's Desserts (A Tangerine Street Romance Book 4)

Melanie Jacobson, Heather B. Moore, Julie Wright

Delilah's DessertsA Tangerine Street Romance(a novel in three parts)Welcome to Tangerine StreetTangerine Street is a must-see tourist stop with a colorful mix of one-of-a-kind boutiques, unique restaurants, eclectic museums, quaint bookstores, and exclusive bed-and-breakfasts. Delilah's Desserts, situated in the middle of this charming collection of shops and cafés on Tangerine Street, is a ba... read more

Delilah's DessertsA Tangerine Street Romance(a novel in three parts)Welcome to Tangerine StreetTangerine Street is a must-see tourist stop with a colorful mix of one-of-a-kind boutiques, unique restaurants, eclectic museums, quaint bookstores, and exclusive bed-and-breakfasts. Delilah's Desserts, situated in the middle of this charming collection of shops and cafés on Tangerine Street, is a ba... read more

Siege of Tilpur: A Powder Mage Story

Brian McClellan

It is the height of the Gurlish Wars. Sergeant Tamas, a young infantryman in the Adran Army, struggles to keep his squad alive despite the blundering incompetence of their superior officers. Not only does Tamas have the curse of being an ambitious commoner in an army where rank is purchased rather than earned, he is also a powder mage. His magical ability to manipulate gunpowder is frowned upo... read more

It is the height of the Gurlish Wars. Sergeant Tamas, a young infantryman in the Adran Army, struggles to keep his squad alive despite the blundering incompetence of their superior officers. Not only does Tamas have the curse of being an ambitious commoner in an army where rank is purchased rather than earned, he is also a powder mage. His magical ability to manipulate gunpowder is frowned upo... read more

Mask of the Wizard

Vincent Riddle

When Mira Kaul’s parents are killed by a troll, she is forced to serve the whims of the town’s prickly miller, Shem Langheart, because no one else will take in another mouth to feed. Now at age eighteen, she seems doomed to remain as a maidservant to an ungrateful guardian and his nosey son, Jarin.But one night, a riderless horse wanders out of the forest near her home. Its saddle bears the in... read more

When Mira Kaul’s parents are killed by a troll, she is forced to serve the whims of the town’s prickly miller, Shem Langheart, because no one else will take in another mouth to feed. Now at age eighteen, she seems doomed to remain as a maidservant to an ungrateful guardian and his nosey son, Jarin.But one night, a riderless horse wanders out of the forest near her home. Its saddle bears the in... read more

Eloy's Discovery (The Eloy Trilogy Book 1)

Kara Timmins

“Heart and philosophy buoy this dark tale, in which the hero is reminded that “there is a lot of strength in being humble,” and audiences experience the epic in a relatively slim volume. A hero’s first adventure turns out to be a grand and satisfying one.” —Kirkus ReviewsTo break the chains of his past, one boy must embrace his destiny…Eloy never thought he’d leave his family’s ancestral home ... read more

“Heart and philosophy buoy this dark tale, in which the hero is reminded that “there is a lot of strength in being humble,” and audiences experience the epic in a relatively slim volume. A hero’s first adventure turns out to be a grand and satisfying one.” —Kirkus ReviewsTo break the chains of his past, one boy must embrace his destiny…Eloy never thought he’d leave his family’s ancestral home ... read more

The Legend of Sirra Bruche

Heidi J. Leavitt

All her life Andie Donnell has dreamed of being a skiff pilot for the Armada, the sophisticated military fleet charged with keeping order throughout the Planetary Union. But what started out as a childhood passion ultimately turns her life upside down and strands her on a hostile, savage planet. To make it home again, she'll have to survive a revolution . . . and perhaps find love along the way.

All her life Andie Donnell has dreamed of being a skiff pilot for the Armada, the sophisticated military fleet charged with keeping order throughout the Planetary Union. But what started out as a childhood passion ultimately turns her life upside down and strands her on a hostile, savage planet. To make it home again, she'll have to survive a revolution . . . and perhaps find love along the way.

Corizen Rising

Heidi J Leavitt

Ten years ago revolution swept the planet Corizen, toppling the oppressive monarchy and ushering in a new age of democracy. Andie Morten, once a revolutionary hero, has hidden her past with the hope of quietly enjoying Denicorizen life with her husband Casey and daughter Tiran. However, violent terrorists opposed to the new government have been striking with alarming frequency and deadly accur... read more

Ten years ago revolution swept the planet Corizen, toppling the oppressive monarchy and ushering in a new age of democracy. Andie Morten, once a revolutionary hero, has hidden her past with the hope of quietly enjoying Denicorizen life with her husband Casey and daughter Tiran. However, violent terrorists opposed to the new government have been striking with alarming frequency and deadly accur... read more

The Quintan Edge

Heidi J. Leavitt

An ambitious architect. An uprooted playboy. A glittering resort. A secret, deadly project. Jenna Donnell is determined to escape her cursed past and become a famous architect. She lands her dream job with the most prestigious firm on the planet Zenith. But her boss hasgiven her an ultimatum: win the contract to design the new resort of the most notorious man in the world by charming his son Z... read more

An ambitious architect. An uprooted playboy. A glittering resort. A secret, deadly project. Jenna Donnell is determined to escape her cursed past and become a famous architect. She lands her dream job with the most prestigious firm on the planet Zenith. But her boss hasgiven her an ultimatum: win the contract to design the new resort of the most notorious man in the world by charming his son Z... read more

Persinette (French Fairy Tales & Folklore Book 1)

Charlotte-Rose de Caumont La Force, Laura Christensen, Giambattista Basile, Brothers Grimm

A hundred years before Rapunzel, there was Persinette. Before the Old Witch ever locked Rapunzel in a tower, a Fairy set out to change Persinette's destiny.Read the French fairy tale that inspired the Grimm Brothers' "Rapunzel," learn about the authoress Mlle de La Force, and discover answers to questions such as why Persinette's father traded her for a fistful of parsley and how she survived ... read more

A hundred years before Rapunzel, there was Persinette. Before the Old Witch ever locked Rapunzel in a tower, a Fairy set out to change Persinette's destiny.Read the French fairy tale that inspired the Grimm Brothers' "Rapunzel," learn about the authoress Mlle de La Force, and discover answers to questions such as why Persinette's father traded her for a fistful of parsley and how she survived ... read more

Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television (Series in Fairy-Tale Studies)

Pauline Greenhill

Television has long been a familiar vehicle for fairy tales and is, in some ways, an ideal medium for the genre. Both more mundane and more wondrous than cinema, TV magically captures sounds and images that float through the air to bring them into homes, schools, and workplaces. Even apparently realistic forms, like the nightly news, routinely employ discourses of “once upon a time,” “happily ... read more

Television has long been a familiar vehicle for fairy tales and is, in some ways, an ideal medium for the genre. Both more mundane and more wondrous than cinema, TV magically captures sounds and images that float through the air to bring them into homes, schools, and workplaces. Even apparently realistic forms, like the nightly news, routinely employ discourses of “once upon a time,” “happily ... read more

The Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy-Tale Cultures (Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions)

From Cinderella to comic con to colonialism and more, this companion provides readers with a comprehensive and current guide to the fantastic, uncanny, and wonderful worlds of the fairy tale across media and cultures. It offers a clear, detailed, and expansive overview of contemporary themes and issues throughout the intersections of the fields of fairy-tale studies, media studies, and cultura... read more

From Cinderella to comic con to colonialism and more, this companion provides readers with a comprehensive and current guide to the fantastic, uncanny, and wonderful worlds of the fairy tale across media and cultures. It offers a clear, detailed, and expansive overview of contemporary themes and issues throughout the intersections of the fields of fairy-tale studies, media studies, and cultura... read more

Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney: International Perspectives

The fairy tale has become one of the dominant cultural forms and genres internationally, thanks in large part to its many manifestations on screen. Yet the history and relevance of the fairy-tale film have largely been neglected. In this follow-up to Jack Zipes’s award-winning book The Enchanted Screen (2011), Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney offers the first book-length multinational, multidisc... read more

The fairy tale has become one of the dominant cultural forms and genres internationally, thanks in large part to its many manifestations on screen. Yet the history and relevance of the fairy-tale film have largely been neglected. In this follow-up to Jack Zipes’s award-winning book The Enchanted Screen (2011), Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney offers the first book-length multinational, multidisc... read more

Captains of Charity: The Writing and Wages of Postrevolutionary Atlantic Benevolence (Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies)

Mary Kathleen Eyring

In this thematically rich book, Mary Kathleen Eyring examines authors whose writings were connected with their charitable endeavors, which addressed the worst by-products of the brisk maritime commerce in Atlantic seaport cities in the first half of the nineteenth century. She argues that charitable institutions and societies emerged in this era because they captured and contained the disconte... read more

In this thematically rich book, Mary Kathleen Eyring examines authors whose writings were connected with their charitable endeavors, which addressed the worst by-products of the brisk maritime commerce in Atlantic seaport cities in the first half of the nineteenth century. She argues that charitable institutions and societies emerged in this era because they captured and contained the disconte... read more

Rift

Heidi J. Leavitt

A missing family. An old enemy. A conspiracy stretching across the planet. Seven years ago Jimmy and Jenna Forrest narrowly escaped death when a shadowy team attacked Quintan Tower. Desperate to escape their ties to Quintan-Forrest Enterprises, they walked away from Jenna’s job and Jimmy’s father, never looking back. They created a sanctuary for themselves and their children on the other side ... read more

A missing family. An old enemy. A conspiracy stretching across the planet. Seven years ago Jimmy and Jenna Forrest narrowly escaped death when a shadowy team attacked Quintan Tower. Desperate to escape their ties to Quintan-Forrest Enterprises, they walked away from Jenna’s job and Jimmy’s father, never looking back. They created a sanctuary for themselves and their children on the other side ... read more

Calico Ball (Timeless Western Collection Book 1)

Carla Kelly, Sarah M. Eden, Kristin Holt

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes CALICO BALL.Three brand new Historical Western Romance novellas by Carla Kelly, Sarah M. Eden, and Kristin Holt.Timeless Regency Collections:AUTUMN MASQUERADEA MIDWINTER BALLSPRING IN HYDE PARKSUMMER HOUSE PARTYA COUNTRY CHRISTMASA SEASON IN LONDONFALLIN... read more

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes CALICO BALL.Three brand new Historical Western Romance novellas by Carla Kelly, Sarah M. Eden, and Kristin Holt.Timeless Regency Collections:AUTUMN MASQUERADEA MIDWINTER BALLSPRING IN HYDE PARKSUMMER HOUSE PARTYA COUNTRY CHRISTMASA SEASON IN LONDONFALLIN... read more

Wedding Wagers (Timeless Regency Collection Book 11)

Donna Hatch, Heather B. Moore, Michele Paige Holmes

Three wagers. Three couples. Let the bets begin.From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Regency Romance, comes WEDDING WAGERS. Featuring bestselling authors Donna Hatch, Heather B. Moore, and Michele Paige Holmes.A WAGER FOR LOVE by Donna Hatch:For once, Phillip would like to be seen as more than the younger brother of a duke... read more

Three wagers. Three couples. Let the bets begin.From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Regency Romance, comes WEDDING WAGERS. Featuring bestselling authors Donna Hatch, Heather B. Moore, and Michele Paige Holmes.A WAGER FOR LOVE by Donna Hatch:For once, Phillip would like to be seen as more than the younger brother of a duke... read more

Where the Sun Sets

Donna Litt

The Gibbons worked their whole lives saving for their future. When it's time to retire and reap the rewards of every sacrifice Vole insisted they make, they discover that Bay is dying, and her burning desire to see the world beyond their small-town will die with her.Grief-stricken, Vole is magically granted the ability to stop and restart time. Using his powers, he takes his wife on a journey ... read more

The Gibbons worked their whole lives saving for their future. When it's time to retire and reap the rewards of every sacrifice Vole insisted they make, they discover that Bay is dying, and her burning desire to see the world beyond their small-town will die with her.Grief-stricken, Vole is magically granted the ability to stop and restart time. Using his powers, he takes his wife on a journey ... read more

Children of Eldair 1

Jemma M. Young

Embera should be dead when Koe finds her unconscious and wounded in the wildlands of Eldair. Who she is and how she got there remains a mystery even after she finally awakens from a strange enchanted sleep. Koe can only guess what the quiet, scared, and damaged Embera has been through until he is suddenly pulled into a vision that takes him on an adventure across time and worlds. Turns out Emb... read more

Embera should be dead when Koe finds her unconscious and wounded in the wildlands of Eldair. Who she is and how she got there remains a mystery even after she finally awakens from a strange enchanted sleep. Koe can only guess what the quiet, scared, and damaged Embera has been through until he is suddenly pulled into a vision that takes him on an adventure across time and worlds. Turns out Emb... read more

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Angela J. Ford

Loved Kristy's work. It was clear she spent a lot of time being thorough and paying attention to quality.

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Angela J. Ford, July 2018

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