Kathryn Taylor works with non-fiction writers both as an editor and as a coach. She
can provide any of the following services:
Developmental editing: As a development editor she works closely with an author
in the early stages of writing a book, ranging from helping to plan the overall
structure of a book to coaching the author through drafting the chapters. If a full
draft already exists, she works with the author to identify gaps, to revise chapters,
or (if necessary) to restructure the book.
Line editing: Line editing addresses the creative content, writing style, and use of
language in a manuscript, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph. It is not
looking for errors (see copy editing) but rather for the effectiveness of the writer’s
communication in the context of subject matter and anticipated audience. Among
other things, she focuses on word choice, sentence structure, and clarity.
Copyediting: Copy editing gets down to the technical level: finding typos and
correcting grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation. She will look for
inconsistencies and discrepancies as well as ambiguous sentences or even factually
Coaching: As a coach, she has worked with a variety of writers and projects,
including a blogger wanting to change her style and audience, a researcher writing a
series of essays that might turn into a book, a young artist hoping to write and
illustrate a children’s book, and a memoirist looking for “another set of eyes” before
sending a manuscript off to a publisher. She helps writers identify their goals and
organize steps to the goals, and she encourages them as they progress toward those
goals. In addition to offering specific writing advice, she provides an objective
perspective and serves as a sounding board.