Editing Services

Below you’ll find genres I have experience with, my rates, and testimonials. To see examples of books I’ve edited, visit my Books I’ve Edited page. To see which publishing houses I’ve worked with visit the About Me page. To see more about my editing process visit my blog post Working With Me.


I’ve worked with many genres from romance to speculative fiction. I have a degree in history and a love for historical fiction. I enjoy all kinds of speculative fiction, and when I say all kinds of speculative, I mean it. I enjoy fantasy, Sci-Fi, steampunk, horror, alternative history, paranormal, etc. I also have a lot of experience with romance. I’ve edited many subgenres of romance including contemporary, LGBTQ, erotica, and suspense. I’ve also worked with women’s fiction. I have experience proofreading manga for those looking for someone to edit a graphic novel. I usually go by The Chicago Manual of Style unless a different style guide is requested.

I don’t have much experience with westerns, cozy mysteries, or literary fiction. They aren’t exactly my forte.


Copyediting: I typically charge $0.009 per word for copyediting, which equals $450 for 50,000 words. The copyediting I perform can also be considered line editing. I will use Track Changes in Word. I’ll include an editorial letter to give you an overview of needed changes and my thoughts. While copyediting will be my focus, if I see any developmental issues I’ll point them out and make suggestions, especially if your book still needs a good bit of developmental work. If I’m working on your book, I want it to be as polished as possible. Proofreading included.

Proofreading is $0.005, which equals $250.00 for 50,000 words for those of you looking for a final polish without copyedits.

First Chapter Critique: This is for authors who want someone to look over their first chapter only. The rate is the same as copyediting. I will use Track Changes and give you an editorial letter. I will look at everything from setting to dialogue tags. This is a good way to get a feel for your weaknesses to strengthen them in your manuscript. I’ll cover developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading. If you later decide to come back and hire me for a copy edit or proofread, I won’t charge you again for the first chapter.

Full Manuscript Critique Letter: $0.008 per word, which equals $400.00 for 50,000 words. You will receive a detailed feedback letter from me covering everything from characterization to pacing, dialogue, inconsistencies, and plot holes. Does not include proofreading or copyediting.

Contact Me: I can do a free sample edit of up to five pages. To contact me, visit my Contact Me page and fill out the form. I generally ask for a time slot of a month for the edits due to also editing for houses and my literary assistant position. I usually have multiple edits going and I want to make sure I give each manuscript the time it deserves without rushing.


I accept payment via PayPal. I prefer half of the payment up front when the project is sent to me and the other half after edits are returned. This helps protect me from those who want to get edits then dash without paying, but it helps assure that I will do your edits and not grab and dash.

If I raise my rates, returning customers get grandfathered into the rates they started working with me under. If you refer me to a friend or acquaintance who decides to hire me, you get 10% off your next edit on top of any other deals I may be running at that time.


I highly recommend Kate Uplinger. Kate is a brilliant editor, she really knows her stuff. I was fortunate enough to work with her on my erotic romance: Whispering Your Name. Kate has the unique ability to make your work shine without overriding an author’s voice. I hope to work with her again in the future. – Kierney Scott

Kate Uplinger’s editing skills helped me bring my manuscript, Mercy Killers, to a new level. Her line edits were clear and her feedback was on point. She saw my vision and formed her edits around my story like a pro. I couldn’t be happier with her work and I’ll be returning for more. I highly recommend Kate to anyone who’s looking for line edit or developmental services. She is well worth the investment. – Jessica Kelley

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  1. Katelyn Uplinger was not only highly skilled in the copy editing and proofreading, but she also provided important developmental suggestions to my book: Are you Brown Name in Black List. She fixed all comments and track changes to help clean the document for clarity and grammatical correctness keeping my author voice intact. She also alerted me on the use of quotations to trim the body of the book and made substantial formatting changes. She shaped my book in much better way than it was and I am happy that she was its editor. As I decided to extend my cooperation with Katelyn in my next book, I strongly recommend her for she is honest and smart professional editor. — A. Zaag


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