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Katherine Trail – fiction editorI’m Katherine, a freelance fiction editor. I can help make your words sparkle!

Need some help to polish your novel, novella, or short story before self-publishing or sending to agents?

Let me help. Editing is my passion and I’m good at it. Honestly.

Sorry, who are you?

I’m a former journalist who loves words. Books are my passion, and I love helping authors tell their stories. I specialise in working with independent (indie) fiction authors who plan to self-publish or approach an agent. My particular area of expertise is working on a word and sentence level – I polish prose (I also make a mean banana loaf).

What can you do for me?

Well, lots. I offer proofreading, proof-editing, copy-editing, and line-editing (that’s a whole lotta editing), and I can also help you make your books look pretty (most people call this book design or formatting, but I prefer my terminology). I can even build you a website on which to promote your books if the thought of HTML and Javascript and all that gubbins makes you feel mildly ill.

Basically, I take your manuscript, which might be a wee bit (I’m Scottish, so if you do work with me, get used to seeing Scottishisms in my emails and comments to you) rough around the edges, and make sure the words are the best they can be.

How do I know you’re any good?

I’m an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). If you don’t know what that means (and most people don’t), it means that I’ve reached the highest level in the society and have been vetted by a panel of experts. They’re like the Dragon’s Den but much nicer. I’m also a Charter Member of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP), and a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). And because I like to join things, I am also a member of the international editorial collective Editing Globally, a group of experienced editorial professionals who provide seamless and thorough editorial services to clients around the world.

What does all that mean? Well, it means a) I know what I’m doing (when it comes to being a fiction editor, that is. I haven’t got a clue about some other things. DIY, for example) and b) that I care about professional development and improving myself (but I draw the line at only reading ‘improving’ books).

Okay, okay, enough already.

Take a look around my website and if you like what you see and want to explore working together, then send me an email and we can chat. Ideally about editing fiction or non-fiction, but I also like to talk about dogs, chocolate, Harry Potter, and owls.


What I do




Book design


Website design and copy-writing




Mystery (including cosy)

Young adult


Historical (particularly World War II)