• Copyediting
  • Line editing
  • Book indexing
  • General writing
  • Proposal writing
  • Library/archival research
  • Grant prospect research
  • Historical and background research
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Critiques
     

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Whether it's a set of staff profiles for your website or a $100K grant proposal, you can count on me to write lively and effective text on your behalf. If you don't know your employees' backgrounds or where to apply for that grant, I can also conduct interviews or create a prospect list tailored especially to your organization.

Katherine Harper, Ph.D.

 Providing customized editing, indexing, writing, and research services since 2013

All writers like to be emphatic about their subject matter, but in doing so they may go a little overboard. No one wants to read text that is bloated with repetitions and meaningless space-fillers. I trim these away without altering the author's distinctive voice. The result: lean, powerful prose that catches and keeps the reader's attention.

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Editing

 

All writing, no matter how well-crafted, can benefit from the skills of a professional text editor. My careful sentence-by-sentence review will ensure that your book, brochure, menu, blog post, or other work is readable and error-free.

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Your edited document will follow the "three Cs"

You've written what you know is a great book or dissertation or proposal, or a year-end mailing that will go out to 5,000 potential customers. Will your intended readers understand it, or will they give up after wading through a few dense, jargon-filled paragraphs? I will ask the right questions and use your replies to make your text accessible and reader-friendly.

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I'm so glad that you've discovered my website. Come right in—you're always welcome here.


And just who or what am I? How nice of you to ask. I'm an editor. My business involves wrestling with text until it behaves. Sometimes the material is a simple letter. Sometimes it's a grant proposal, or a brochure, or website copy, or product packaging, or the script for an industrial film. Quite often it's a full-scale book. The pages on this site explain how I can help your business or organization, or you personally, by making your printed or electronic written materials even better.


Feel free to explore! If you have any questions about the services I provide, please don't hesitate to contact me. (And whatever you do, don't be intimidated by those initials after my name. Most people just call me Kathy.)

Indexing

 

You've worked hard to write the perfect nonfiction book. Now let me compile a detailed index so that your readers can find exactly the information they are searching for.

No, I don't know everything there is to know about capybaras or Edgar Allan Poe or the Ottoman Empire. I can, however, ensure that what you tell your readers about them—or anything else—is consistent, properly styled, and grammatically correct. And if fact-checking is involved, I know where to look for reliable information.