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“She was very attentive and fast. She caught things in my book that many others missed, and ultimately helped me feel that I am confidently putting out my best work!"

Kristin Helling

The Severed Sea

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About Kara

I started reading at age four, writing at age six, and editing at age twelve (Lord of the Rings fanfiction, of course). I spent the early part of my career writing and editing technical documents, but eventually found my way back to my narrative roots and started working on the kinds of stories I love.

My ideal clients are looking for an editor/author partnership. I take the time to understand your unique voice and vision, so my suggestions can better align with your style. With every manuscript I have the same two overarching goals: to keep your readers reading, and to keep you writing. 

I am continually awed by the power of language to create entire worlds, and I truly believe we are better off as a species when people share the stories that live inside of them. I want to give authors the confidence to put their stories out into the world. You never know who your story might impact!

Education/Professional Training

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

University of Missouri Kansas City, 2012

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

Project Management Institute, 2020

The Keys to Effective Editing

ed2go, 2021

How to Write the Perfect Fiction Editorial Report

Louise Harnby, 2022

Beginner Developmental Editing

Editorial Freelancers Association, 2022

Intermediate Developmental Editing

Editorial Freelancers Association, 2023

Completed PD Workshops

Fantasy Genre Principles

Spells and Style Sheets

Structural Editing of Non Fiction

Editing with Empathy

Intro to Macros for Editors

Coaching Instinct

Editing for Audiobooks

Professional Associations

American Copy Editors Society (ACES) Member

Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) Member

What do I edit?
I specialize in short and long form fiction and memoir, with my favorite genres being science fiction, fantasy, and historical romance. I love a challenge, the quirky, the bizarre, and the authentic you on the page.
 
Though I'm happy to correct errors, my greatest joy comes from shaping story, refining language, clarifying ideas, and helping to bring your storyworld to life--the kind of editing that requires trust and care, and that can elevate a good manuscript into a great one.

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Editing Philosophy

Why Midwrite?

My dad has been my biggest influence in my reading and writing journey. He was reading Tolkien and C.S. Lewis to me when I was still far too young to appreciate them, and my first editing gig was transposing one of his handwritten travel journals into a digital file. When I told my dad I was thinking of becoming an editor, he compared the job to that of a midwife; not the creator of life, but an indispensable participant in the miracle of birth nonetheless. 

In Old English, the prefix mid meant with. So, Midwrite was born (no pun intended...unless you like puns). I aspire to be with my authors in their tough moments (and being edited is always tough, no matter how kind the editor). When the doubt sets in, I will be your champion, cheerleader and fearless supporter, working alongside you to bring your creation into the world.

For more of my backstory and editing philosophy, check out this episode of the Edibuddies Podcast.

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