Indie Editor: Kim-Lee Patterson

Editors are a vital resource for the indie’s journey towards publication. I have written about the importance and types of editors. As a writer, one thing that just warms my heart about the editors who really love what they do is that they want to help make the writer’s work the best that it can be — for the love of words and the artistic value of words.

Kim-Lee Patterson is one such editor who loves to work with indie writers. You can reach you on her website kimleepatterson.com at or email her at yourwritinglady@gmail.com. You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.

What got you interested in editing?

I got interested in editing quite a few years back (in 2011). After I published my first book, someone reached out to me to ask if I would be interested in editing theirs. I worked out some pricing and gave it shot. It was a lot of work, but I found it fun. It was after that first project that I realized how much of a knack I had for editing, so I just kept doing it. It’s been about eight years, and I loved every moment of. Some projects are more thrilling than others, but I enjoy being able to make others’ lives easier in every way. 

 It seems like you prefer to work closely with your writers.  What do you like about this kind of working relationship?

I usually like to work closely with my writers because the writing process can very personal, especially when writing fiction. It would be easy for me to take a mechanical approach to editing and focus solely on the technical aspects of the work, but that can cause an editor to miss one important factor, which the writer’s personal style. 
I like to get to know each writer as much as possible and get samples of their work so I can get a feel for how they write. If we’re able to talk on the phone, that’s even better. I can pick up on their tone, inflection, and other things that help me read their work in their voice while I weed out the errors. 
Although I can edit without becoming close to a client, I find it is often a much better experience when both are relaxed. I always want my clients to feel comfortable coming to me about anything, whether it is to point out where they are especially happy with something or where they are concerned and would like for me to make changes.

Why did you decide to be a freelance editor?

Personally, I decided to become a freelance editor because I enjoy being able to work from home some of the time.I am an extravert, and will likely always have a day job with more interaction.
More importantly, though, I love words and enjoy language. Writing and communication fascinates me, and I will always be passionate about helping other people to express themselves in the clearest way possible. Being a freelance editor allows me to do that often. Why did you decide to be a freelance editor?
Personally, I decided to become a freelance editor because I enjoy being able to work from home some of the time.I am an extravert, and will likely always have a day job with more interaction.
More importantly, though, I love words and enjoy language. Writing and communication fascinates me, and I will always be passionate about helping other people to express themselves in the clearest way possible. Being a freelance editor allows me to do that often. 


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