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Why hire an editor? 

Sometimes writers need a fresh pair of eyes, some pre-pub polish, or coaching to hone their writing chops. I enjoy assisting authors writing in a broad range of genres to creatively and critically examine their writing projects. As a publisher (Tootie-Do Press) and hybrid author (a conventionally published and indie author), I fully understand both types of authors' needs and concerns.

::: Starstone Lit Services specializes in copyediting, line editing, prep editing, proofreading, manuscript evaluation, and creative / critical consultation for fiction, memoir, poetry, and narrative nonfiction writers. Experienced, thoughtful evaluation and editing of women's lit, crime drama, fantasy, historical, magical realism, mystery, slipstream, soft and hard sci-fi, suspense, thrillers, and literary works; memoir, poetry, and Young Adult, New Adult, Juvenile fiction and nonfiction, and children's picture books. 

::: Consultation, copyediting, prep editing, and proofreading for publishers and business professionals: journal articles, fiction, narrative nonfiction and textbook manuscripts, resumes, brochures, business letters, print or internet advertising, press releases, blog and website copy. Indexing services for selected nonfiction topics. All style guides honored.

::: Copy and line editing in UK, US, CA, and Aus English.

::: Ethical editing and proofreading of academic theses and dissertations. 

::: Custom print book interior designs to match your cover design, and custom e-book conversions for all standard manuscripts. Draft2Digital, Kindle Direct Publishing, and Smashwords manuscript and cover download assistance.

::: Assistance with cover and query letters to agents and publishers, book pitches - descriptions and synopses, author bios, and book proposals for narrative nonfiction and memoirs. Marketing assistance packages for indie authors include book cover pitch - description,  short and detailed author bios, and keywords for publication venues.

::: General social media book PR for indie and conventional authors. Assistance to set up social media accounts to highlight your publications.

::: Reasonable per page or hourly rates, reasonable turnaround.

::: Blocked? On a budget? Inquire about econo-evals and self-editing coaching.

::: Free 5-page sample edit-evaluation-estimate for book-length manuscripts, 1-3 pages for academic papers and short manuscripts.

Whether you're an emerging or an expert writer,
Starstone Lit can assist with the birth of your award-winning project!

       Kate's CV                References /Endorsements

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Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Poetry

*2019 Global Ebook Awards, Short Stories / Fiction

*2019 Literary Titan Book Award

*2018 Eric Hoffer / da Vinci Eye Finalist for excellence in cover art

*2018 New Generation Book Award Finalist in the Young New Adult category

*2017 Book Cover of the Year, Cassie Loves Covers

  Dragon Daily News  -  MG fantasy fiction (CreateSpace, 2013).


  Dream Shadow - suspense (DWP Books, 2014).


  Finding My Way: From Paralysis to A Rich Full Life - memoir (Bez Publications, 2009/2011).

  • Four Women - literary family drama (publication pending).
  • Homeless - paranormal drama (DWP Books, 2014).
  • I Cried for Freedom - romantic suspense.
  • In Search of the American Dream - literary drama script.
  • Judgment - paranormal drama (DWP Books, 2014).
  • Keepers of Lubaantun - YA visionary.
  • Mrs. Ogg Played the Harp  - memoir (Two Harbors Press, 2012).

  *Winner of Grand Prize in the 2013 Great Southwest Book Festival 


Narrative Nonfiction, Textbooks

  • 3D Post Production  (Routledge, 2014).
  • A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers, 4th edition. (Routledge, 2014).
  • Environmental Certification for Organisations and Products (Routledge, 2015).
  • The First European Description of Japan -  (Routledge 2014).
  • Internationalization of the Curriculum (Routledge, 2015).
  • Management, 11th Edition  (Cengage, 2014).
  • The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (Routledge, 2013).
  • Mapping the Terrain of Education Reform (Routledge, 2015).
  • Maritime Letters of Indemnity (Routledge, 2013).

  • Planning Urban Places (Routledge, 2015).
  • Rethinking Greenland and the Arctic in the Era of Climate Change (Routledge, 2016).
  • International Perspectives on Group Work & Space Time and Evaluation in Ideological Discourse (Routledge, 2016).
  • Merchants and Trade Networks in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, 1550-1800 (Routledge, 2016).
  • Advanced First Aid, CPR, and AED, Seventh Edition (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons -AAOS, 2016.)
  • Health Care Provider CPR, Fifth Edition, (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – AAOS, 2016).

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iUniverse, 2017

Tootie-Do Press, 2018

Kelsay Books, 2018

Kelsay Books, 2018

Tootie-Do Press, 2018


If a teacher told me to revise, I thought that meant my writing was a broken-down car that needed to go to the repair shop. I felt insulted. I didn't realize the teacher was saying, 'Make it shine. It's worth it.' Now I see revision as a beautiful word of hope. It's a new vision of something. It means you don't have to be perfect the first time. What a relief!                               

::: Naomi Shihab Nye


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