About me

If you’ve written and revised your novel more than once, but continue to struggle with tangled up plot lines, unruly characters and/or an uncooperative story arc, I can help.

Or maybe you’ve managed to tame your manuscript into a novel you’re proud of. You’ve undergone copyediting to ensure your prose is grammatically correct and now you just need a final check for quality before publishing. I can help with that too.  

Photograph of Kendra Olson standing in front of green shrubs. She has long reddish-brown hair and glasses and is wearing black and white stripes.

I’m a professionally trained developmental editor and proofreader. I specialise in mystery/suspense, magical realism and historical fiction, but am open to discussing other genres (as well as nonfiction).

As a developmental editor, I can help you realise the creative vision you have for your novel, ensuring the story is strong and compelling, the characters are realistic and the narrative arc satisfying.

As a proofreader, I can help ensure that your novel is ready for publishing.

I hold an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow (Scotland) and have taken courses in the craft of developmental editing through the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and Club Ed. I’m a PQB-qualified proofreader and graduate of the Publishing Training Centre’s Essential Proofreading course. (For more details of the courses I’ve taken, please see my Additional Training page.) I’m also an Entry Level Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (before joining the CIEP, I was a member of the EFA for several years).

Some facts about me:

  • I live in London with my husband and our two cats.
  • Before I became an editor I wrote a novel loosely based around the life of my great, great grandmother who emigrated from Sweden to America in the 19th century. It was published by Pilrig Press.
  • I used to run a book blog, which I still occasionally post to. You can find that here: https://kendraolson.wordpress.com/.
  • Around the same time as the book blog, I wrote book reviews for the online Scottish magazine Lothian Life.
  • At various times in my life I’ve worked in specialist administration and medical reception. I’ve also done some caring for family members. But stories have always been my passion, and my escape.
  • Before I moved to London, I lived in a suburb of Los Angeles. The cultural transition was a huge challenge for me!
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