Kara Watson

Kara Watson

Freelance Editor


Do you really need an editor?

An editor is an author’s sidekick! With an editor by your side, you have the assurance that your writing will be at its very best and that every detail has been checked.

As your editor, anything I change is tracked and is a recommendation, you decide whether to keep the change. Often I include notes to explain my reasoning too.

The different levels of editing:

Structural edit

(Also known as Developmental Editing) For large projects like entire books, this is the first edit. This is a big-picture edit where larger issues can be spotted and changed before going down to the sentence level. It’s an assessment of the structure and form of a manuscript. For fiction, this is also where the story, plot and character development get assessed. Many authors use a developmental edit in their first or second drafts to help organize their writing.

Stylistic edit

(Also known as a Line edit) This type of edit is my specialty.  When you want your manuscript to be professional, clear and consistent, a stylistic edit can help.  Stylistic is about your words at their best.  My job as an editor is to learn your author’s voice and ensure your thoughts come through loud and clear. You want your reader to breeze through your words and not stop to consider what you meant or intended.


This is the edit most people think of—the red pen through spelling errors—kind of edit. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, following the style guide, language and consistency are a few of the things assessed.


Proofreading is the last step in the editing process and is conducted when your manuscript is in its final format. A proofreader looks for obvious errors missed in previous edits as well as the formatting and layout. This edit ensures there aren’t any pages with an orphaned line of words, that images are well placed, and that page numbers are correct.