Karen S. Conlin


A note about genre:

I will work with nearly any genre, with two exceptions: romance and erotica. I don’t care to read them, and I won’t waste your time trying to edit them, either. Name just about any genre other than those two, and I’ve either done it already or would be happy to take it on.


Nonfiction titles:

Blueprint Homeschooling, Amy Knepper

The Beer Diet, Evo Terra (with Terry Simpson)

Writing Awesome Book Blurbs, Evo Terra (with Jeff Moriarty)

Creating Fabulous Facebook Pages, Jeff Moriarty (with Evo Terra)

Making Killer Google+ Profiles, Evo Terra (with Jeff Moriarty)

Kindling Our Stars: Nurturing the Bright and Dark Flames, Genevieve Wood

Fiction titles:

Ithaka Rising, Lisa Cohen (coming soon)

Time Slip: A Stone Age Short, M. L. Banner

Harry Takes Off, Steve Turnbull

The Minus Faction: Episode 3, Meltdown, Rick Wayne

The Fury of Storms, Chris Pitchford

Time and Tithe, Lisa Cohen

The Red Gold (The Viking series), John Snow

Stone Age Volume 2: Desolation, M. L. Banner

The Jesuit Letter at Amazon.com Dean Hamilton

The Minus Faction: Episode 2, Crossfire, Rick Wayne

Rifthealer, Ann Smyth

The Minus Faction: Episode 1, Breakout,  Rick Wayne

The Agility of Clouds, C. J. Pitchford

Stone Age Volume 1, M. L. Banner

Frozen Beauty: The Chinese Vase, Steve Turnbull

Lotus Petals, Gina Drayer

The Red Dagger: The Heretic Arcanum II, Rick Wayne

The Slayer Rune (The Viking series), John Snow

Fantasmagoria, Rick Wayne

Stormweaver, Ann Smyth

The Hermit of Lammas Wood, Nathan Lowell

Membrane (art + fiction anthologie), Dreadful Cafe/Rick Wayne

Agony in Violet: The Heretic Arcanum I, Rick Wayne

Crowchanger, Ann Smyth

Harmonics Book 2: Revelations, Colin Earl and Chris Snelgrove

RPG work:

World of Calidar, Bruce Heard

Academic work:

Journal article about leftist literature for children in the early 20th century, Prof. Hani Morgan, University of Southern Mississippi

Research paper on the uses of blogging in K-12 classrooms, written for publication following peer review, Prof. Hani Morgan, University of Southern Mississippi

Thesis on Bear McCreary’s corpus, written for journal publication after peer review, Dr. Joseph Jones, American University, Hong Kong

Website work:

Various articles about pediatric concerns (vaccinations, nutrition, car-seat safety, etc.) at http://www.lisalewismd.com/ (in progress, not all articles have been completed or updated as of this writing)


“Say the Secret Word,” article, published June 2013 in the SFWA Bulletin #202. You can read the article here on the blog.


Currently a freelance copy and line editor/proofreader. My focus is on helping indie authors produce professionally edited work.

For two years I was on retainer with Sitewire, for whom I edited social media copy for a national supermarket chain. I adhered to AP style and helped create their house style guide for specific guidelines not covered in AP. While that account is no longer active, I remain on retainer with them on an as-needed basis.

Management experience: Oversaw a large in-house and freelance staff in the annual creative design and printing of 90 to 120 game rule books, periodicals, fiction anthologies and related publications for the long-time international industry leader in its genre. Managed internationally known print product lines, from planning and scheduling to writing, editing, illustration, printing, and packaging for delivery to market, under a rigorous preannounced release schedule; responsible for up to 20 separate SKUs per year. Coordinated product development across all departments, from R&D, illustration, and cartography to desktop publishing, sales/marketing, and purchasing. Maintained creative integrity for both in-house and licensed brands that are household names around the world.

Editorial experience: Provided meticulous copy-editing services with simultaneous content refinement and storyboarding for publications in diverse print formats, with print quantities typically in excess of several hundred thousand units.


Questions about my fee structure? Click to read about it on Google Drive.

See my Author’s Preferences document on Google Drive.

Email me at Karen@grammargeddon.com

My LinkedIn profile

Follow me on Twitter! @GramrgednAngel #realeditorsproofbetter


“I love your editing. … Your suggestions are always used (maybe with a trivial change or two) but you’ve got the skills and the voice that make these books hold together!”

— excerpted from Chris Pitchford’s email in response to a question from me about process


Karen is a superb editor. If you want your manuscript worked through with a fine-toothed comb, she’s your woman. With her keen eye, her serious attention to detail, and a healthy dose of humor, Karen was a perfect match for my needs. Karen claims that she is primarily a line and copy editor; however, she also has a fabulous sense of the big picture as she works and was able to highlight several ‘writing tics’ that had escaped my notice–and I have written and published multiple novels. I am a better writer because of her. There is no higher accolade a writer can give an editor.

— Lisa “LJ” Cohen

Karen is a true pro. And that goes beyond her near-encyclopedic knowledge of the most arcane of Style Guides, too. She deeply cares about the work she performs, and isn’t afraid to demand rigor and consistency from her clients. If you work with her, you will become a better writer for it. Whether you write in 140-character chunks or sling out tens of thousands of words, she has the skills to keep you sounding smarter than you really are!
— Evo Terra
Karen makes me a better writer. She is a stickler for details, and knows well the details whereof she speaks. More than once I’ve had her make a suggested change that initially had me scratching my head, only to find out after researching it that she was absolutely correct. Yet she isn’t a slave to the rules, and understands that sometimes they bend to style and effect. She’s a true collaborator in making my work better, and that’s an invaluable resource to have on my side!
— Jeff Moriarty
Working with Karen on my fantasy novel was my first experience with a professional editor. Her no-nonsense approach built my confidence in the process, and her enthusiasm for the project was hugely encouraging. The edited manuscript came back promptly, with thoughtful comments on the text, some of which made me laugh even as I facepalmed at my own stupidity. I’d recommend her without hesitation.
— Ann Smyth
Karen’s helped me tell my stories in my own words, but better. Fast, professional, and entirely reasonable, she found things that I wouldn’t have ever seen on my own. She helped me clean up my story, gave me choices about corrections, and never put words in my mouth.
— Nathan Lowell
Choosing an editor is not like choosing a mechanic, unless you assembled your car from hand-forged components. It’s more like choosing a godparent. You want someone who complements rather than matches your strengths, someone who is tough but fair, someone who sets a good example, someone with experience. Lucky for us mere mortals, Karen Conlin is for hire.
— Rick Wayne
Karen has done a wonderful job copyediting my Viking novella “The Slayer Rune.” Karen does far more than just proofreading the text; she looks beyond the particular sentences to secure a certain level of cohesion and consistent style. For writers like me, who has English as a second language, it also has been reassuring to have Karen check my use of idioms and collocations and weed out anachronistic expressions.
Thank you, Karen!
— John Snow
“Thank you for your work on my book. Booking you as my editor was both the scariest and best thing I’ve ever done for my writing. Thanks for your encouraging words and for fixing all those itchy places that needed work.”
— excerpted from Amy Knepper’s thank-you email


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