Achieve Your Book Publishing Goals
with Expert Editing

You have been writing forever, and your first draft (or maybe your fifth) is complete.

My name is Kathrese McKee,
and I have the tools, skills, and experience to help you
 write your best novel now.

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Respect for Your Work

You receive respect for your style and your story as we polish your manuscript together using checklists and rubrics and proven techniques.

Personalized Instruction

You receive personalized advice through recorded sessions, in addition to teaching brochures and tools to help you grow your skills.

Up-Front Pricing

You receive a carefully prepared estimate of work and a contract, and you can count on clear communications throughout your project.


Kathrese is knowledgeable and fun to work with. She not only found a plot hole in my suspense novel, but suggested a way to solve it. I appreciated her dedication to my story. She definitely improved it, and she’ll improve yours, too.

Mary Hamilton

Mary L. Hamilton

I’ve worked with Kathrese on three projects. Each time she amazed me with her ability to strengthen my prose, catch details I’ve missed, and enhance the impact of my stories while staying true to their heart. She’s also incredibly organized and thorough, so I can rest easy knowing my manuscripts are in such great hands. I would recommend her to any author who wants to produce a high-quality reader experience.

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Kaylin Lee
The Destined Series

Kathrese is professional and thorough. She brings her experience to help you make your story better. She explains the reasoning behind her edits so that you grow in your writing craft. I recommend her work! 

Tricia Mingerink

Tricia Mingerink
Beyond the Tales

Most Common Services

Substantive Editing

The Big Picture

Substantive editing concentrates on the big picture of a completed manuscript. Notes are provided to the author, but no changes are made directly to the manuscript.
See the Services page for more information.

Line Editing

Polishing and Pacing

Line editing is the polishing step. The major revisions are complete. This is a time-intensive process, and if your story is not ready, paying for a line edit is a huge waste of money. If your manuscript is complete, you may submit it for appraisal. If accepted, you will receive a free sample edit and an estimate.

Copy Editing

Fixing the Details

A copy edit should come after you make your last revisions following the line edit because new errors are introduced during the revision process. A copy edit focuses on eliminating the “PUGS”—errors in Punctuation, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling.
If I agree that your manuscript is ready for copy editing, you will receive a free sample edit and estimate.

Frequently Asked Questions

editor Kathrese McKee

since 2014

Editor, Author, and Teacher

Kathrese McKee is the brains and heart behind Writing Pursuits LLC. She has been editing fiction since 2014, ranging from urban and paranormal fantasy to dystopian science fiction, fairytale retellings to swoon-worthy romance.
She is an author too, with novels, novellas, short stories, and flash fiction to her credit. Kathrese is the host of the Writing Pursuits podcast and produces the Writing Pursuits Tips newsletter. Her knack for storytelling blends with her passion for helping writers build on their strengths and polish their work for publication.
Kathrese loves to teach principles of writing and business, and she is available for speaking engagements. Learn more about her books and services at

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