I am mother to three boys, a lover of coffee, and a buyer of books and boots. I have worked as an independent editor for over ten years (since 2011) – and I love every second of it.
I am honest and open with my authors, about everything. My purpose is to give you professional advice, honest and constructive feedback, and an edit that guides you to grow your skills and knowledge.
You don't need to be a client to get a bit of advice. I love to help, so contact me using your favourite method if you have any questions!
I specialise in Fantasy and Science-Fiction manuscripts, however I love anything in the Speculative-Fiction range. I haven't worked with a big publishing house – I like working one on one with my clients, getting to know them personally, and getting to know their style. I don't think that will ever change. I like the freedom of working from home, I like that I can develop rapports with clients and colleagues. I'm not sure I would be able to keep that if I decided to work for a publishing house.
I have a Diploma and a Degree in Professional Writing and Editing, as well as a post-graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching. Yes. Teaching. I know what you're thinking. I knew it wasn't what I wanted to do when I was only three months in, but, me being who I am, I couldn't leave it unfinished. In truth it had never been what I wanted to do. I had always wanted to be an editor, but living regionally I thought it impossible (clearly not!). I think it was a beneficial experience though, it taught me to be more flexible, to change what I do and how I do it on the fly, as well as how to provide better constructive criticism (or "advice" as I like to call it). Even back then I was working as an editor, but now I focus only on editing.
I work in the field I love, with the most amazing and wonderful colleagues and authors. I am living my dream, and I get to help others live theirs, too.
I am a member of the Institute for Professional Editors (IPEd), Editors Victoria, the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, as well as the Golden Key International Honour Society.
I have helped authors to develop and share their work since 2011. I edit so many exceptional stories, some of which have gone on to win fellowships, awards, or to be picked up by large distribution groups, such as Scholastic.
I am privileged to be part of the process.
– Kat Betts