About Me

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I help self-publishing writers of genre fiction and memoir to craft strong and compelling stories. There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting “under the skin” of a piece of writing, in order to figure out what’s not quite working, why and how you, the author, might strengthen the work while allowing your unique voice to shine through. My advice is designed to encourage and inspire authors, while also offering the critical feedback necessary for growth.

I hold an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. I’ve taken courses in the craft of developmental editing through the Editorial Freelancers Association, of which I’m a member (see my Continuing Professional Development page for details of the courses I’ve taken). As of August 2019, I’ve edited more than 25 manuscripts, as well as having done beta reading. Of the books I’ve edited, which have been published, at least two of them have gone on to become Amazon bestsellers in their chosen genres (Laying Ghosts by Virginia King and Blue Ice, White Powder by Jack Moscrop).

Some of my favourite genres include: historical fiction, including historical fantasy and romantic historical fiction (not to mention romantic fantasy fiction set against a historical backdrop, either “real” or imaginary); mysteries (especially quirky ones or mysteries with a psychological bent); historical mysteries; “women’s fiction” or stories that feature women as the main characters and that explore the female perspective on life; coming-of-age stories; stories that explore themes of societal injustice or that challenge readers’ expectations; magical realism; travel memoir. However, as an editor, I’m happy working in many genres, so if you’re not sure if your work will be a good fit then please don’t hesitate to contact me and we can discuss it.

If you’re a storyteller who’s in need of some support and guidance, then I’d love to hear from you!

CV/Resume available upon request.

You can view my EFA profile here: https://www.the-efa.org/memberinfo/kendra-olson-12156/

Contact Me by Email to Discuss Your Editing Requirements: kendraroseolson@gmail.com