If you’re a busy executive, an overworked scientist, someone for whom English is a second language, an overloaded student….we can help. We offer a wide range of editorial services that will meet your needs, whether you are writing business letters, reports, books, or a thesis, or would like someone to design your business cards.
A professional second pair of eyes is invaluable in assisting you with producing a first rate document that will impress clients and other business and academic associates.
Our motto is:
“If it’s important to you, it’s equally important to us.”
With that in mind, contact us for details on the ways we can contribute to your success.
Kathleen Hastings has over 20 years of experience as an editor, managing editor, associate editor, and consultant. She has worked and lived in several countries, and has had several years of experience dealing with individuals whose first language isn’t English. For years, she was the sole editor of GEO AsiaPacific magazine, a Singapore-based publication dedicated to new applications and developments within the remote sensing, GPS, and GIS industries. She has written several articles and columns for the magazine, as well as for other non-related publications.
Kathleen has a science background, specifically in physical geography. She holds an MSc (Honors) degree in geography from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and completed her MSc field work in Namibia.Originally from Texas, Kathleen currently resides in Baton Rouge. While in Baton Rouge, Kathleen was the managing editor of Chicago-based GEOWorld magazine, the sister publication of GEO AsiaPacific. She edited the magazine copy, and was also the editor of the company’s online newsletter. She was also the managing editor of Baton Rouge Business Report and most recently, she was the technical editor at the Water Institute of the Gulf.
KCH offers a wide range of editorial services, from simple reports to book editing. We are dedicated to meeting deadlines and take pride in providing a professional and “clean” finished product. We can essentially take your work and transform it to your specifications. Do you prefer to follow a specific style guide, such as the Chicago Manual of Style? We can do that for you, as we are experts in Chicago, as well as APA and AP.
We are a home-based operation and work via email. We use MS Word and edit with track changes on so you can view every change that has been made to your document; you then have the option to accept the change or reject it.
Depending on the material, we provide comments and suggested sentence structure options to ensure your message is retained and not misunderstood, but better understood. We do not make major changes to your work, as it is a priority that the essence of your document isn’t compromised.
Why do I need an editor?
Most people don’t realize they need an editor until an editor actually reviews their work. Some of the most experienced writers are always surprised when they receive an edited document, one which they thought needed just a quick “once over to check for typos.”
So what, there is a typo in my document, who cares?
Really? How do you feel when you read an article or report that has a blatant typo in it? Don’t you lose a little respect for the writer who wrote material, given the author wasn’t concerned enough to find the “insignificant” things such as a misspelled word? What else did they miss that may be important? Producing work that has even minor mistakes will definitely create a sense of doubt as to the accuracy of the “important” content.
I feel annoyed when someone criticizes my work; isn’t that what an editor does?
Obviously some people do take it personally when an editor seemingly tears their work apart. But keep in mind that it is done with the intention of improving your work, which is what ultimately impresses the recipient or reader. The goal of an editor is to strictly look for mistakes, which everyone makes, even professional writers. It is therefore important to get past the feeling you are being criticized, and appreciate that someone is just finding what you may have missed. The ultimate result will reflect well on you.
I had an editor once who made changes that I didn’t like. So why should I ever trust anyone to review my work?
The writer always has the last word (no pun intended). Obviously, correcting punctuation and typos are a given, but changes to phrases or rearranging sentences are editorial suggestions. If the writer is insistent on keeping original text intact, then certainly the editor isn’t going to argue.
But I am so careful with my writing, how can an editor actually improve it?
Sometimes that is the problem. A writer is focusing on content; punctuation, misspelled words, and inconsistencies in style are secondary concerns and often inadvertently overlooked. Even the most diligent of writers can miss these things. An editor is trained to look at a document in its totality, concentrating particularly on sentence structure, word usage, punctuation, and inconsistencies in headlines, acronyms, and, where relevant, creating a reference list that is consistent in style.
The nature of this work is such that prices are quoted on an individual basis. We will discuss the needs of the client and then provide a quote, depending on the document length, deadline, and specific assignment, e.g., a letter, website proofing, length of the document, assistance with newsletter preparation, business card design, etc.
“Her professional standards are high — she takes personal pride in the final product and does everything in her power to ensure... ...high-quality magazine. Anyone would be very lucky to have her on their staff, or be able to utilize her talents as a consultant.”
We have found Kathleen committed, courteous and professional in her dealings with staff in this organisation and our clients...
Ms. Hastings prepared an index for my book on New Orleans. The work index itself was clean and error free. In addition to the...