Katherine Locke

Katherine Locke - Editor

Philadelphia, PA, USA

I am passionate about helping authors tell their stories better. I am honest, forthright, and detail-oriented. Let's work together!

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Overview

I work with authors at all stages in their careers, from first novels to multi-published authors who need more eyes on their books or new proposals. I am a developmental editor, and I particularly like working with authors to develop tighter, more logical and seamless plots with great pacing and compelling character arcs. I connect the dots between plot, world, and character where there are disconnects so that the narrative really shines. Some editors end up wanting to change the book to their vision, but I pride myself on seeing YOUR vision for your book and helping you get the book closer to that vision. If you're not sure what that vision is, that's okay! Let's work together to figure it out.

I am particularly interested in working with young adult novels and romance novels. I give detailed feedback within the manuscript and a thorough edit letter. For most of my clients, I end up doing a vide call too to discuss edits or next steps. I really find that video call helps sort out any lingering questions, and helps clients develop a revision plan that gets them through the next part of the process.

I am really passionate about editing. I find it fulfilling, like completing a challenging puzzle. There's nothing quite like the feeling like getting a piece to snap into place. If you're feeling stuck, frustrated, or unsure of yourself, I'm here to help you and your book succeed. I can't wait to work together.

Testimonials

I was so impressed by Katherine’s feedback on my query that I hired them for a full manuscript critique. Best decision. Katherine’s detailed analysis and worldbuilding, plot and characterization suggestions helped me transform my middle grade story. I feel lucky to have worked with such a great editor! - Jean Ramsden, MG author

If you're thinking about booking Katherine Locke for editorial services, do it! She was a dream to work with and her very smart notes were spot on. Katherine was extremely professional and always turned around edits on time. Her insight and guidance were invaluable. Working with her elevated my writing and helped me understand character development in a new way. I am forever grateful for all her hard work and guidance on my manuscript. - Jennie Wexler, author of WHERE IT ALL LANDS (Wednesday Books)

I have worked with Katherine on multiple manuscripts, and each time she has gone above and beyond to help get my novels into querying-shape. I learned so much from her feedback, and truly would not be the writer I am today without her insight. It’s clear that she is passionate not only about editing, but about helping her clients to unlock their full story-telling potential. I am so glad I stumbled across her website a few years ago! - Sabrina Kleckner, author of The Art of Running Away (Jollyfish Press)

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Young Adult

Work experience

Editorial Services

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (almost 7 years)

I have edited hundreds of manuscripts, partial manuscripts, and query letters since 2015! Several of my clients went on to sell their books to Big Five publishers.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Queen of Coin and Whispers

Helen Corcoran

'She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade'When Lia, an idealistic queen, falls for Xania, her new spymaster--who took the job to avenge her murdered father--they realise all isn't fair in love and treason. Lia won’t mourn her uncle: he's left her a bankrupt kingdom considered easy pickings by its neighbours. She’s sworn to be a better ruler, but if she wants to push through her ... read more

'She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade'When Lia, an idealistic queen, falls for Xania, her new spymaster--who took the job to avenge her murdered father--they realise all isn't fair in love and treason. Lia won’t mourn her uncle: he's left her a bankrupt kingdom considered easy pickings by its neighbours. She’s sworn to be a better ruler, but if she wants to push through her ... read more

Dreamstrider

Smith, Lindsay

It Started with Goodbye

June, Christina

Soul of Stars

Poston, Ashley

Spindle

Johnston, E. K.

No Place Like Here

June, Christina

If These Wings Could Fly

McCauley, Kyrie

Katherine has 5 reviews

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Mike Cyr
Katherine was an absolute joy to collaborate with. I will definitely work with them in the future. They were thorough, organized, smart, perceptive, and above all, KIND--especially to a first time author. They were worth every single penny and so much more! Katherine is a very talented writer in their own right --and in addition to editing my book, they gave me a multitude of examples o...
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Mike Cyr, November 2021


Edward Brandt
I am so delighted at the choice I made for the editing of my book. This is a first time adventure for me at age 79 and had no idea what to expect. Katherine is a pure delight. She has encouraged me in so many ways and is helping me through the edit which is a difficult process. I realize now that I write but I am not a writer. But, with Katherine's help that might change. She has found a gre...
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Edward Brandt, October 2021

Katherine Locke
It has been so much fun to work with you, Ed! I can't wait to read this revision.

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Carey Patrick Wertz
Katherine was very responsive and quick in returning her edits and communicating with me. I found her comments very different than from what I read to include in query letters, but I trust her guidance. She asked good questions about my story that needed to be clarified in the query letter. I found those questions very helpful. I also feel that I have already received more positive responses fr...
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Carey Patrick Wertz, July 2021


Ellen Hermans
I loved working with Katherine! She brought my okay-ish query letter to a great one that I feel confident in sending to literary agents! She works quickly and efficiently. Very happy with this collaboration!

Ellen Hermans, July 2021

Katherine Locke
Thanks so much, Ellen! It was a pleasure working with you. I'm excited to see where your book lands!

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Robin Peterson
Wonderful and very qualified.

Robin Peterson, July 2021

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