Refine your story. Polish your words. Reach more readers.


comprehensive services for authors

Content editing  Does your plot take your reader on a satisfying journey? Are your characters compelling? Does your first chapter draw your reader in? A content edit will help you identify and fix problem areas so your story can work its magic. Learn more

Copyediting  Is your prose polished and effective? Does your manuscript follow all grammar, spelling, and punctuation conventions? A copyedit ensures that your readers will get lost in your story, not distracted by errors. Learn more

Proofreading  Is your book as error-free as possible before it makes its debut? Proofreading is a last chance to make sure your book is sparkling clean before it meets your readers. Learn more


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Kristen helped me turn my memoir into a best-selling book. Her editing is insightful, rigorous, and creative.
— Dylan Evans, author of The Utopia Experiment
 KRISTEN TATE is the primary resident of the Blue Garret. A fierce game of  Bananagrams  in a  dive bar  is her idea of a great time.

KRISTEN TATE is the primary resident of the Blue Garret. A fierce game of Bananagrams in a dive bar is her idea of a great time.


expertise you can trust

Kristen has a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, with a focus on novels and publishing history. She has been thinking about how novels work and how readers experience them for many years and brings this rich experience to her editing. 

An internship at Chronicle Books, intensive developmental editing courses through the Editorial Freelancers Association, and a Professional Editing Certificate from University of California at Berkeley ensure that the advice you receive is accurate, reliable, and up-to-date.

Kristen is a member of the Association for Independent Publishing Professionals as well as the founder of the SF Bay Area chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association


Edits you can learn from

A former teacher, Kristen gives you tools and strategies you can apply not only to your current project, but also to your future work. She focuses on the why and how of the changes she suggests, not just the what