Fiction and non-fiction line-editing, copy-editing, proofreading, and formatting for indie authors and self-publishers
Written a book and not sure what to do next? Confused about the self-publishing process? Want your work polished until it gleams?
I am a former journalist who loves words. Editing is my passion, and I love helping authors see their vision come to life on paper.
I specialise in fiction, with particular expertise in the genres of crime and romance. I can work on most genres, though, except heavy science fiction or fantasy.
I also work on non-fiction, particularly relating to media, technology, gaming (particularly PC gaming and MMO culture), culture, entertainment, history, Scottish culture, crime and law enforcement (particularly Scottish), entertainment, marketing materials, and pets.
My skills are proofreading, copy-editing, line editing, and formatting. I work mainly on sentence level (that is, I work on the actual words of your book rather than the bigger themes like plot and point of view, etc.).
I offer transcription services as well as web design for authors and copywriting.
I can work on a wide variety of material, including books, leaflets, articles, marketing material, reports, websites, CVs, cover letters, subtitles, captions, transcripts, newspapers, and magazines. I can work within content management systems (CMS), inside InDesign, on PDF, in Microsoft Word, in Apple Pages, or even on hard copy (but I draw the line at working on vellum...)
Please visit my website for more information!
Recent training and development
Brush up your grammar (Society for Editors and Proofreaders), Editing with Word (Society for Editors and Proofreaders), Introduction to fiction editing (Society for Editors and Proofreaders), Intermediate and advanced developmental editing for fiction (Editorial Freelancers Association), Book mapping (Editorial Freelancers Association), SfEP conferences (2015, 2016 & 2017)
- Line and copy-editing
- Interior formatting for e-book and print (InDesign)
- Web design
Fiction, particularly crime, mystery (including cosy mysteries), and romance.
Non-fiction, with specialist knowledge in media (particularly newspapers magazines), technology (particularly relating to gaming and entertainment), literature, gaming (particularly MMOs and PC gaming), entertainment (particularly modern TV, music, comics, and film), history (particularly WWII and the Tudor period), pets (particularly cats and dogs), memoirs, Scottish culture (particularly relating to north-east Scotland and the Highlands), music (I can read music), and crime (particularly Scottish law enforcement). I also have experience in working on marketing materials.
For transcription, memoirs, podcasts, lectures, presentations, meetings, interviews, discussion panels, radio shows, and dictated books are just some of the materials on which I can work.
- Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP
- Author of the SfEP's guide to editing fiction
- Tutor on the SfEP's Introduction to Fiction Editing course
- Training delivered to other editors at SfEP conferences
- Worked with best-selling authors in the Amazon and New York Times charts
- Seven years’ experience as sub-editor and chief sub-editor for award-winning regional daily The Press and Journal
- Three years’ experience as a reporter for DC Thomson
- Former media officer for the emergency services
As a self-published author, I was advised one of the most important things I could do is find a good editor. When I discovered Katherine Trail, I quickly understood why this was the best advice I have ever had. With Katherine it’s not just about typos and bad grammar. She has a delightfully cheerful and optimistic manner, and she always manages to deliver advice and suggestions that invariably improve my stories. As a result, my writing is continually improving and, after nine novels and five novellas, Katherine has become a trusted ally and confidant. In my opinion, I found an editor who is much more than good. I wouldn’t dream of publishing another book without her seal of approval.
P. F. Ford
Working with Katherine is an amazing experience for any author. While she is rigorous, efficient, precise and fast in her work, she also brings to the table important and subtle qualities which ensure that the final result of working with her will be exceeding all expectations. Her capacity to think from the author’s perspective enables her to improve on a book without deviating from the author’s key message and style. With her keen sense of style, she detects and eliminates any awkwardness in the text flow and proposes elegant formulations entirely in line with the author’s own style and dictation. Stepping into the book critique’s shoes, she analyses the story line and points out inconsistencies, proposing at the same time how to deal with them, giving a story the final polish to make it a great read. Not stopping there, Katherine guides the author towards completing the text with explanations, dramatis personae, maps and other elements to ensure that the final result is a professional product. Her patient and highly competent way of working with an author, always aiming at arriving at a perfect product, has been and is an absolute pleasure for me. I cannot recommend her highly enough – working with Katherine is putting your text in the best hands you can possibly imagine.
Your words are golden.
It’s amazing the magic a copy-edit brings to a manuscript!