Sarah Kolb-Williams

Sarah Kolb-Williams – Editor

Editor with 15 years of self-publishing experience in memoir, how-to, finance, publishing, music, and sci-fi. Now accepting new clients!

Overview

I help nonfiction authors think through the structure of their manuscripts, making sure the output matches the intent, the arguments are compelling, the language is clear and concise, and the readers have everything they need to follow along. In the business realm, this means strong positioning, good CTAs, and a clear and consistent plan for funneling readers toward your website.

I also work with science fiction authors by offering substantive input, helping to guide developing stories, and standardizing and clarifying the terms, words, and language that give that make your world special. I particularly love copyediting for science fiction and take pride in my robust and detailed style sheets (the document I use to keep track of terms, spellings, and other editorial matters throughout my work, which you're free to keep for your own reference).

Finally, for the right projects, I offer back cover copy, robust proofreading, cover design, interior layout, premium eBook conversion, and other publishing services for independent authors. Wherever you are in your project and wherever you're trying to go, I'll meet you where you are and do my best to support you on your publishing journey.

If you're not sure what sort of editing you need, an editorial assessment is usually a great place to start. Otherwise, feel free to get in touch with your own ideas. Looking forward to working with you!


Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Education & Reference Music Self-Help & Self-Improvement Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Fantasy Science Fiction
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Feb, 2008 — Present

I specialize in memoir, self-help, music, how-to, education, finance, and the occasional young adult or science fiction. Recently, I've expanded my business to include subcontracting a trusted team of cover designers, editors, and other publishing professionals so I can offer authors more of what they need in order to publish a book they can be proud of.

The best part of my career as a freelance editor is that with every project, I'm constantly learning new things. While I have my own areas of expertise or interest, I'm always open to an unexpected project I think will be interesting, teach me something new, or bring me joy.

Portfolio

The second book in THE ENDING SERIES. The Virus changed them, but that was only the beginning......death...mutation...insanity...corruption...terror......all that remains is hope.In the wake of destruction left behind by the Virus, it took Dani and Zoe months ... read more
Their love is destined to shatter the boundaries of time… Archaeology grad student Alexandra Larson’s world is turned upside down when her mother shares her deepest, darkest secret—that she doesn’t know the true identity of Lex’s father. The revelation sparks ... read more
Best buds, frenemies, freeloaders, bullies, copycats, hangers-on. We’re accustomed to all types of people and human interactions. But animal relationships can be just as weird and complex. For anyone who’s ever felt a bit awkward in their relationships, wait u... read more
Rigorous Curriculum Design (“RCD”) presents a carefully sequenced, hands-on model for educators and curriculum designers. The RCD model has proven to be effective in school districts across the US, and it serves as a road map so that educators may design a pro... read more
48 WAYS TO SUCCESSFULLY TRANSFORM FROM SCHOOL LEADER TO CHANGEMAKER Leaders are at the frontlines, working to move their school forward in an ever-shifting landscape. Today’s leaders must be passionate changemakers, always gathering knowledge and resources to ... read more
The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, now in its fourth edition, has been lauded by industry professionals as a ''must read'' for any author considering self-publishing. The Fine Print (Third Edition) was awarded the Gold Medal for best writing/publishing book in... read more
“I don’t know anything about editing. How can I tell if a freelance editor is any good?”“What can I do to best prepare my manuscript for professional editing?”New authors have many questions and concerns about hiring an editor for the first time. But there's o... read more
In 2003, the world watched as coalition forces toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, then searched—unsuccessfully—for the weapons of mass destruction they were certain existed. None were ever found, but they do exist. On the eve of the invasion, a handful of ... read more
It's about time the game had a referee... As technology advances and digital devices infiltrate our homes, it is important to monitor how our kids are using these items. But how can you decrease your kids' overreliance on technology without stifling their free... read more
The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, now in its fifth edition, has been lauded by industry professionals as the go-to book for authors considering self-publishing. The Fine Print has helped thousands of authors understand self-publishing companies' services, con... read more
Rise (A Lantern City Illustrated Novel)

MATTHEW JAMES Created By Trevor Crafts & Bruce Boxleitner DALEY

"Rise has the potential to do for Boxleitner what Tekwar did for William Shatner. Rise plants the seed of what could be an amazing new universe. I want more!" — Max Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z Visionar... read more
Terminus

Dagg, Proto

Waking Iceman

Wahl, C R

The sequel to ECHO IN TIME.For most people, time is a river, flowing in only one direction...but Alexandra Larson isn't most people...PRESENT DAY...When Lex notices an inky presence darkening Marcus's eyes, she discovers he's no longer what he seemed. Almost t... read more
The final book in THE ENDING SERIES. The first book in the series, After The Ending, is FREE!A year ago, the Virus killed off most people in the world.A year ago, strange things started happening to those who survived. Some of them transformed into something d... read more
Will her perfect hiding place turn into the perfect trap? Winter Nova is on the run and Earth is the perfect place to hide...until an aquatic alien race starts to terrorize the waters of the Puget Sound. Now Winter's fate lies with Griffin: straight-A student,... read more
Have you ever dreamed of starting your expat adventure and moving abroad but somehow got stuck in the process?The journey to create a meaningful, happy, and successful expat life is not for the lighthearted. It is full of challenges. The Thriving Expat is a tr... read more
Now it's in third edition, The Fine Print of Self-Publishing has earned a reputation as the Consumer Reports of the self-publishing industry. CEOs of the major self-publishing companies, industry watchdog groups, lawyers and the thousands of authors this book ... read more
How do we fight the weather?The Lazarus Protocol, the corporate plan to reengineer the Earth’s atmosphere, has failed. The mysterious Cassandra and her Neo zealots have weaponized the weather, Anthony Taulke is in jail, Ming Qinlao is on the run, and Colonel G... read more
More than just another guide to making a quick dollar or beating the S&P 500, The Speculator’s Mosaic is a speculative investment book that details the hard-earned wisdom accumulated during five decades of speculation and portfolio management. Culled from a li... read more
The Generation

Holly Cave

***Shortlisted for the 2015 Mumsnet and Janklow & Nesbit novel award******Editor's Choice in The Bookseller, March 2015***Are you who they say you are?London, 2052. There’s an ID tag embedded in the flesh of your neck. Your every move is tracked. Your genes te... read more
Twelve-year-old Nick Philips has never flown into space. He’s never been chased through a jungle at night, come face to face with a giant, blobby monster, or encountered odd goblins from a distant star. He’s just a laid-back kid from Waterbeach who likes math ... read more
Stop keeping your dreams as just dreams without a timeframe to materialize them into reality. It takes hard work, tunneled focus, efficient habits, and achievable deadlines to make them come true. Whether your dream is winning an Olympic gold medal, selling yo... read more
End confusion about the nature of happiness and discover how to lead a life of boundless joy! Happiness is the natural state of infants. But, as they are raised in a cynical world, they grow into children, adolescents, and adults who become jaded. They grow to... read more
Fifty Shades of Romance There is more to getting married than organising the dips.Mavis and Lumpy are getting married. It is to be a small affair with a hot and spicy theme, a few close friends, and a celebrant on Skype. "We want no fuss," said Mavis. "Just lo... read more
After spending the last four days of her life hiding out from a deadly solar particle storm in an underground bunker, trapped with six treacherous women and a trio of girl assassins, Scout Shannon just wants to find the man who conned her mentor and leave her ... read more
Scout Shannon's whole family died the day the Space Farers dropped an asteroid on their domed city. Now she lives alone, out in the wild with only her dogs for company. She prefers it that way. But Scout finds herself at a crossroads. One road leads back to a ... read more
Scout Shannon wants nothing more than to leave her home world and its petty squabbling factions behind. Galactic central with all of its excitement and opportunities awaits her. She makes it as far as her own planet's orbit before the snares of bureaucracy clo... read more
Stranded on the far side of the moon with her friends, Scout Shannon waits for rescue from galactic central. Hunted by two sets of enemies, surrounded by an impenetrable barrier maintained by an almost alien class of humans, time runs short.Caught between two ... read more
Having escaped yet another closing trap, Scout Shannon finds herself on a snowbound mountaintop far from civilization. With assassins eager to kill her, laying low on an alien world is the smartest play.But wherever Scout goes, trouble follows. And a hamlet in... read more
For Kat Dubois, death is only the beginning... Kat is on a mission, and the fate of the universe depends on whether or not she succeeds. She must journey into the heart of the underworld and track down Isfet before time runs out. Before the bonding withdrawals... read more
When our universe falls in the gods' crosshairs, only one woman can stand against them...Kat Dubois. Immortal. Ex-assassin. Humanity's last hope.Kat has finally embraced her role as the Nejeret figurehead, diving headlong into the mission to forge an alliance ... read more
Free Fall is an action packed thriller with just a touch of sci fi.“Started one night late, finished the next morning.” (5 star review).For ten years the terrorist had carefully planned. They planned for everything...except for one small town sheriff, Mathew M... read more
A storm is coming. Is your team ready?Duration, the beloved pastime of the nation of Roslyn. Superstar athletes wield transcendental powers to fend off the Blood Poachers, ruthless entities who conjure storms and eat souls. For seven centuries, the Durationist... read more
Utopia Rule #1: Don’t ask questions. In a bioengineered society of comfort and safety, the only relationship that matters is between a Citizen and her Community. But the Community also hides a terrifying secret: their planet is dying—and they have no intention... read more
War has broken out among the immortals. It’s time to choose a side.Kat Dubois never asked to be the emissary for the good guys. Diplomacy isn’t her strong suit, and patience isn’t one of her personal virtues. But when a millennia-old god asks you to do a job t... read more
Mac is a lot of things—smart, sexy, and she can curse like a sailor. But behind her megawatt smile and perfectly pink lips are scars that no one sees. She has all but sworn away from men when an inked-up mystery man walks into her dad’s auto shop, jaw clenched... read more
An army with everything to gain. A soldier with nothing to lose.On July 13, 1982, the first day of Ramadan, Iran and Iraq engaged in the largest land battle since WWII. Iranian Army Captain Reza Sanjabi, survivor of five bloody battles, knows this one will be ... read more
The gods are gone. Her brother is missing. One retired assassin must confront her past to save his future…Immortal Kat Dubois has traded in her sword for a flask. Hard drinking helps ease the grisly memories of her former trade: an assassin of immortals. She’s... read more
Meet Ayana Ismail: high school senior, Muslim, natural-born American citizen - and being recruited by a terrorist organization. In Minneapolis, in the center of America's heartland, young Muslim men are being persuaded to leave their country of birth to fight ... read more
Once a week, a group of curious farmyard animals meet behind the chicken coop and swap theories about that huge, glowing ball in the sky the humans call “The Moon.” Some of them believe it’s an illusion of some sort, some believe it’s alive and others think it... read more
The aliens took her ship. Commander Halsey wants it back.For decades they were among us, silently infiltrating the power structures of society. Now the Swarm stands on Earth's doorstep. As humanity launches a desperate counter-attack, the alien victory seems i... read more
A TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE CHARTS A HIGH-RISK, UNCONVENTIONAL PATH WHILE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF HIS SON Dan Underlight, a divorced, workaholic technology executive, suffers lingering grief over the death of his ten-year-old son, Zack. When Dan's longtime friend and ... read more
The Church of Whosoever: Extra Grace Required follows the intersecting lives of LGBT Christians as they strive to express their faith and cope with the after-effects of their pastor’s heart attack. Among the congregants are a single grandmother, evicted from h... read more
Yellow Jackets: A Novel

Reggie Thornburg

It was 1947, and seventeen-year-old Pete Forsythe had just arrived in the seemingly sleepy town of Van Horn in southwest Texas. Abandoned by his mother, the Chicago-bred teen went about adapting to life with his stuffy, well-to-do aunt and uncle. Soon boredom,... read more
CYBERCRIME AND TWEAKED MINDS IN THE BRAND NEW TWENTIETH CENTURY March, 1981: Colonies lighting up the moon, data cables crossing the earth, kids sweating neon in the pop of the arcade.And then there's Bobby Rosier, alone in the electric glow of his endless hom... read more
Humans know that immortals live among them, and the world is forever changed...Kat Dubois saved the human world from a deadly virus…and she couldn’t be more miserable. Her life as she knew it is over. She has become a prisoner held captive in a gilded cage, co... read more
After humankind fled Earth for space they discovered one inescapable truth. People die in space. And lots of dead people means lots of ghosts. April Nguyen earns a nice living getting rid of those ghosts. People all over the Solar System clamor for her aid. Ap... read more
Artemis Pound has just graduated from college and taken an internship at Boom! Snap! Pow! Marketing in the new tech center of the East Coast: Lepton Mountain. But something’s not right. Someone’s trying to use the power of quantum computing to launch mind-infe... read more
Valentina knows how to live in the community spread throughout the old mining caves under the Martian ice cap. A violent place in a forbidding climate, but home for her and her brother. Until she wakes from a coma to find her brother gone. Her father thinks he... read more
When immortals clash, mortals will pay the ultimate price. Kat Dubois has been sidelined. With a single word from Heru—no—her plans to save humanity from the Cascade Virus one mortal at a time are put on hold indefinitely. But Kat isn't willing to sit by, watc... read more
Mitwa

Kate MacLeod

When a deadly plague ravaged the Earth refugees fled into space, crowding into any space station or lunar colony that would take them. Decades passed and the descendants of the survivors struggle to live in anything remotely spaceworthy.Omesh, banished from hi... read more
Suicide? Murder? Or maybe a political assassination?When Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his Argentina apartment mere hours before his testimony before Congress about linkages between the Argentinean President and the Islamic Republic of Ir... read more
Malevir

Susan Bass Marcus

Dragons have long been absent from their ancestral home in the Veiled Valley. Through spells and deceptions, a mysterious shape-shifter attacked them and now threatens the Valley's hard-won tranquility. With the dragons' strengths and magic apparently gone for... read more
A stalker lets us glimpse into the world of his compulsions. A woman, confronting her convicted rapist, becomes obsessed with finding a way to kill him. A neo-nazi begins to see beyond the hate and violence on which he has based his life. How do people wind up... read more
Caught in the Current takes the reader on a magical mystery tour of offbeat Europe and ethnic America during the summer of 1970, and follows one young man’s journey to define his identity.The summer of 1970 was a time of antiwar protests, civil rights demonstr... read more
War rages between the civilizations of Gaia and Ril--a bitter struggle from which only one race can emerge as victor to rule the planet. What ensures survival for one must, ultimately, result in the destruction of the other. Those who fight for freedom and pea... read more
On August 1, 2007, the Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis collapsed beneath more than 140 commuters into the Mississippi River in a cloud of dust, smoke, and flame during the evening rush hour. Thirteen died. When his car took a hundred-foot nosedive, former... read more
In 1969, when Tony Carr was in the fourth grade, he was taken from his mixed-race school and transferred to a different, predominantly-white school. He didn't realize it at the time, but he was on the front lines of a historic event, an entire generation takin... read more
Acquitted of her husband's murder, Lauren Harper chooses to start over and embrace her new life. Taking an interest in the lives of both strangers and loved ones, Lauren never fails to try to make someone's world a little bit brighter. In Rebecca Long's If the... read more
Discovered to possess a terrible, forbidden power, Korel's destiny is changed forever. Finding himself the victim of a heinous plot to discredit him, 17-year-old Korel is expelled from both his family and his home. Finding himself enslaved, Korel quickly rises... read more
This ground breaking Book presents information that is New and Different. You can begin Recovery Now.Discover how to Overcome Addictions to: Alcohol and Other Drugs, Compulsive Sexual Behavior, Gambling, Pornography, Over-Eating, Prescription Medication, Co-De... read more
You know you've done it--gone shopping when you can barely afford your phone bill, dreamed of becoming rich even while handing the cashier your credit card. In this book, you will not learn a ''get rich quick'' scheme. However, you will learn how to make what ... read more
The Valedictorians

Mitch Cote-Crosskill

The torch bearers of tomorrow are stumbling through the darkness. "The Valedictorians" is an unflinching look at a jaded generation desperately seeking direction. It tells the tale of Sam and Pete, two recently graduated best friends who exit college to enter ... read more
From a tumultuous time in our nation's history, fraught with social revolution, institutional upheaval, and fundamental changes in what it meant to live a moral existence, comes a voice from the past... Many are familiar with the historical accounts of the 180... read more
The Departments

Edward Ryder

The Departments is a fascinating exploration of contemporary communication in America. Pushed to change, one university research department finds that they have lived comfortably on the sidelines for too long. Sleepy, disenfranchised and caught unaware, this g... read more
Sir Aerl has always known there was something more to this world. He only regrets that he does not have time to discover more in this life before passing to the next. Our wounded, wandering knight is rescued by the unlikeliest of visitors--small catlike creatu... read more
Alex Cord seems to stand, untouched, at the center of a maelstrom of success—but can his heart survive unscathed?After inheriting his grandfather’s oil and gas company, the new millionaire plunges single-mindedly into his career aspirations. Unwavering, Alex w... read more
When Professor Frank Miller and his team of university geologists stumble across a strange cave containing an even stranger treasure, it's only natural that they would take the treasure home for closer study. But there is talk among the locals of an ancient cu... read more
A refreshing newly published book, Snowspirit: the Virgo Key With the help of the traitorous thirteenth horoscopian, a powerful demon god has trapped the rest of the twelve gods of horoscopes. Together, the demon and the traitor are biding their time as they p... read more
Once, Evion was a thriving planet--but that was before its orbit began to decline. Now, as the planet comes treacherously close to the massive dying sun and their heat shields melted, one man believes their planet's orbit has decayed too much, and their luck h... read more
Set in the rich Amish science-fiction world of Michael Bunker’s PENNSYLVANIA, “The Yesterday Adjustment” is James Bond meets Harrison Ford in the The Witness.Washington crossing the Delaware, Truman dropping the atomic bomb, TRACE rebels capturing the first Tr... read more
A Portal Away

Anderson Ngundam

A Prime Galaxy has just been discovered. The Primes, five highly sought substances with extraordinary abilities, exist only in Prime Galaxies.When the news of the discovery reaches Plate, an ambitious explorer who has just completed training at the Explorer Ac... read more
Born and raised in the quaint mountain town of Saratoga Falls, where everyone knows everything, Samantha struggles to escape the harrowing night that changed her life three years ago. While she finds solace in the hard work that keeps her father’s ranch afloat... read more
The Imati

C T Hillin

Young Adult Paranormal Romance / Fantasy Alastrina Byrne was murdered when she was seventeen years old, hunted down by a secret brotherhood determined to kill her kind -- that was 300 years ago. As part of an ancient race called the Imati, Alastrina is an immo... read more
Sight: The Dream Guild Chronicles, Book Two“By far the best book David Bruns has written.” multiple Amazon reviewersIt’s been months since the six refugees fled the dystopian Community of Sindra, and already the Joined adults are showing signs of sickness. In ... read more
The third book in THE ENDING SERIES. Hope brought them together, but it's now fear that drives them...and threatens to tear them apart. Zoe and her companions succeeded in rescuing Dani from the Colony. But not without sacrifice. Beaten and broken, they head w... read more
After narrowly escaping the Shiryaevo Vault, Nathan O’Brien is on the run, adapting to life without Jennifer Logan. In his possession: a powerful mind control device known as the Histeridae and evidence of the Hibernation Program’s true agenda.Beginning with G... read more
A science-fiction thriller. The year is 2091. With accelerated warming and global population out of control, the survival of humanity hangs in the balance. On the brink of extinction, science delivers one last hope. Human hibernation.Jennifer Logan is a tough ... read more
Paige is a rock star. The world just doesn't know it yet. She's got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire revolutions--and make her galactically famou... read more
''When a Vancouver timber cruiser signs on for a treasure hunt for the long-lost 'Loot of Lima', he finds more heartbreak, hilarity, danger, disaster and insanity aboard the tuna clipper Sweet Fanny Adams than he's ever seen in the forests of British Columbia.... read more
In an epoch long forgotten, a spell was cast around the island of Jaanaar, preventing its people from leaving and anyone from entering. One lone man, a foreign shape-shifter named Hawk, trained by Jaanaarian Druids, is sent beyond this spell through an element... read more
This edition contains expanded versions of four of the short stories from the collection "Dislocations."Five novellas telling the stories of how average people cope when thrust into extraordinary circumstances.From the young boy trying to understand why all th... read more
Set in the rich Amish science-fiction world of Michael Bunker’s PENNSYLVANIA, “The Yesterday Adjustment” is James Bond meets Harrison Ford in the The Witness.Washington crossing the Delaware, Truman dropping the atomic bomb, TRACE rebels capturing the first Tr... read more
Imagine Lost in Space crash landing into an ancient Incan civilization and you have SACRIFICE, Book Three of The Dream Guild Chronicles.If crash landing isn’t bad enough, a crew member is taken captive by the natives. A rescue attempt, a firefight and one crew... read more

Sarah has 21 reviews

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Jerry B.

Jerry B.

Dec, 2022

If you are looking for a true professional that will go over and above and still be on schedule then I would highly recommend Sarah.
Kristin K.

Kristin K.

Apr, 2022

Sarah was great to work with. I would recommend her.
Michael B.

Michael B.

Feb, 2022

My review with Sarah went overtime. She found a great number of mistakes I made and made a huge number of suggestions which I have incorporated into my novel. Her advice will assist me in writing any future books I publish. I would highly recommend her.
Michael B.

Michael B.

Jan, 2022

Srah was invaluable in assisting me edit my sci-fi novel. I have had several professionals from Reedsy work with me on various aspects of editing and Sarah was absolutely tops. She found every little problem in my book and made numerous suggestions to improve the quality of the book. She also exhibited amazing patience when she discovered simple mistakes. She made it easy for me to correct ...
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Mike H.

Mike H.

Jan, 2022

I am so fortunate to find Sarah for my first book project. Not knowing what exactly to expect working with an editor, she met all my expectation. Punctual with communications, skilled in her craft, and very reasonably priced. I recommend Sarah and plan to use her with my sequel.

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