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 drop me a line. (And whatever you do, don't be intimidated by those initials after my name. Most people just call me Kathy.)
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.
All writing, no matter how well-crafted, can benefit from the skills of a professional editor. My careful sentence-by-sentence review will ensure that your book, brochure, menu, blog post, or other work is readable and error-free.
All writers like to explore their subject matter, but every now and then they go a little too far. 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.
You've written a great book or dissertation or proposal, or a year-end mailing that will go out to 5,000 potential customers. Will your 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.
Whether it's 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 conduct interviews or create a prospect list tailored especially to your organization.
No, I don't know all there is to know about capybaras or Edgar Allan Poe or the Ottoman Empire. However, I can 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.
Katherine Harper, Ph.D.
Providing customized editing, indexing, writing, and research services since 2013