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 twelve 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. One of the best parts of my job is being able to work one on one with my clients, getting to know them personally, getting to know their style and voice, and helping them, and their work, shine!
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 am experienced in Australian English (AuE), American English (AmE), and British English (BrE), which means I can help you get your books ready for your preferred market. If I don't know the English-based industry guidelines, then you can bet I'll learn them for you (we can learn together!).
Since 2018, I have also been a Twitch streamer. With permissions, I stream edits live as I'm doing them (but only ever with contract-based permissions). It's fun and social (important when you work from home for so long!), and I am able to showcase up-and-coming books while at the same time share the editing process with authors. I can help authors in the community improve their writing, and if an active editing client comes in, they can ask questions on the fly, get to know me better, or just hang out. (Come visit me!)
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, 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