Editing by Kathleen


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The Gospel Centered Woman

Posted by Kathleen Firstenberg on January 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (45)

Proofreading is usually the final step in the editing process, but for some projects, it's the first and only step. 

As Wendy Horger Alsup was preparing to publish her third book, she needed a fresh set of eyes to give the manuscript a final read-through. I was excited about this opportunity not only because proofreading is my favorite part of editing, but because of the subject matter. The Gospel Centered Woman is a very timely book. "Biblical Womanhood" has always been a hot topic in Evangelical Christianity, and Wendy covers the debate using Scripture as a whole, from the Garden, to the Proverbs 31 Woman, and to the writings of the Apostle Paul. She stresses that the true calling and role of women isn't to be perfect wives or mothers, but to be people focused on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

You can read more about The Gospel Centered Woman and get a discount code for purchase here.

I'd highly recommend this book and Wendy's other two books to anyone searching to learn more about God and what it means to follow Jesus.

All three books are available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.

The Gospel Centered Woman

By His Wounds You Are Healed

Practical Theology for Women

Don't Judge A Book By Its Magic is available for purchase!

Posted by Kathleen Firstenberg on November 9, 2012 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Just as I predicted, Kate reviewed the edits for DJABBIM and had it back to me within a day! We got everything fine tuned and Don't Judge A Book By Its Magic is now available for purchase as an ebook and paperback. Click here to learn how to get your own copy!

Sante Mama

Posted by Kathleen Firstenberg on October 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A couple of years ago I had the honor of using my writing and editing skills to help Nurturing Expressions with their Medicaid accreditation. You can read more about them here. Nurturing Expressions' owner, Tracy, was kind enough to pass my information along to a friend of hers who runs a similar company in Vancouver, Washington. Over the last several weeks, I've been working with Rhonda at Santé Mama and things are moving right along. The process is going smoothly and we are creating documents that will not only help them to be in compliance with Medicaid requirements, but will also become their Policy and Procedure Manual. I'm very excited to be invovled with a company that is helping women during such a special time in their lives. Santé Mama provides comprehensive services for new moms and moms-to-be including midwifery, lactation, massage and physical therapy, and acupuncture!

Being an editor is exciting to me in many ways, but I especially love the diversity of my projects. One month I'm editing a novel, the next I'm studying insurance policies! I also love referrals, so feel free to send my contact information along to writers, job seekers, company owners, and anyone else who needs an outside opinion or help from someone with a detail-oriented eye!

The first edit of DJABBIM is complete!

Posted by Kathleen Firstenberg on August 31, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I just emailed Kate Policani my first edit of her latest novel, "Don't Judge a Book By Its Magic" and can't wait to read her response and see her changes. Kate is a wonderful writer and it is honestly a joy to read anything she writes!

I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a little of my editing process for fictional stories. I usually end up reading the document a total for four times. First, I read it straight through without making any changes (ok, sometimes I can't help myself if I see an apostrophe issue...it's my pet peeve) just to get an understanding of the story and the characters. This helps me to find any plot line holes or inconsistencies during my second read through, where I also do any rewriting of paragraphs and restructuring of sentences. During this stage, I also do fact checking and additional research, if needed. Before returning the manuscript to the author, I do a proofread to double check punctuation, typos, and formatting. Once the author has made or rejected the changes, I do a final proofread to make sure everything is perfect. 

In addition to being a creative, imaginative, and skilled writer, Kate is also incredibly fast. So, I'm sure I'll have an update with all the publishing details very soon!

Don't Judge a Book by its Magic

Posted by Kathleen Firstenberg on August 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Writing, editing, and publishing a book is always a fluid, back-and-forth process. To me, that's part of what makes it so exciting! Kate Policani has written an intriguing and amusing story about a young woman who is surprised to discover that she possesses "magical" abilities. The overall plot has stayed pretty consistent, with some surprises, new relationships, and moral dilemmas, but part of hiring an editor is to ensure the project is a whole package. This includes having a catchy title. Originally, this manuscript was called "How to Win Friends and Influence Magicians." Neither Kate nor I loved the title, and we were also concerned about it being so similar to another famous book. Using feedback from her "Think Tank," Kate wrote several new titles and put it to a vote. After some heated Facebook polls, she landed on "Don't Judge a Book by its Magic." This encompasses several themes and events within the story and is also attention grabbing.

Another thing that has gone through several drafts is the cover art. Artist Heidi Barnett has created an awesome picture of Colleen, the story's protagonist. The background and border has been redrawn, tweaked, embellished, and stripped down to create many options. After more Facebook polls, you'll be blown away by how gorgeous the cover of this book is. I can't wait to see it in print!

I'm currently in the middle of my first edit of the book and will, of course, keep you updated on the progress. 

Happy reading!

How to Win Friends and Influence Magicians

Posted by Kathleen Firstenberg on May 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (1)

The creative mind of Kate Policani is once again busy at work, weaving a new fantasy story! Take a sneak peek at How to Win Friends and Influence Magicians on Kate's site, and I'll be posting more as I begin editing in June. http://networkedblogs.com/x4Y4S

The Lustre is available for purchase!

Posted by Kathleen Firstenberg on March 14, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm excited to announce that The Lustre is now available for purchase in several formats! 

Ebooks are available through:


Barnes and Noble 


You can also buy the paperback book in three different editions with unique covers: 







Kate made this cool video trailer, which will give you a sneak peek into the suspense of the book!

Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life

Posted by Kathleen Firstenberg on February 27, 2012 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (7)

Several months ago I had the honor of edting a book for first-time author, Nadia Riell. Inspring Childhood, Inspiring Life: Perspectives on Love, Encouragement and Reaching Potential is a great, quick read for parents, teachers, grandparents or anyone who loves and interacts with children. This collection of short, thought provoking essays is perfect for starting important conversations with kids. The book can be read as a whole or as individual essays on topics such as self-esteem, independence, and standing up for what you believe in. Special attention is given to making sure caregivers communicate to children that they are truly loved and cherished and that they can work toward their goals and be supported by family and friends. 

As a parent myself, I was encouraged to always strive for better communication with my children and to make sure they know just how much they are loved every day.

Nadia's book is available for Kindle on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Inspiring-Childhood-Life-ebook/dp/B006T0ZN70/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1330287066&sr=8-2

You can also order copies of Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life and learn more about Nadia's other projects on her website: http://nadiariell.com/

Nurturing Expressions

Posted by Kathleen Firstenberg on February 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Nurturing Expressions in Seattle, Washington is a company specializing in all things relating to breastfeeding! They offer breastpump rentals, lactation consultants, and breatsfeeding classes and clinics. Clients can stop by their office and retail store in the West Seattle Junction, or they can have products delivered to their home or their local hospital. Nurturing Expressions also offers compression therapy products and they are always adding new health products and services.

In 2011, Nurturing Expressions became fully accredited to accept Medicaid and I was priviledged to be a part of the accreditation process. This involved reading accreditation requirements and making sure the company was in compliance in all areas of the business including client interactions, financial and business practices, organization, human resources, and more. I also created policies that became part of the company's policy and procedure manual and submitted required paperwork to the accreditation surveyor. Nurturing Expressions' owner, Tracy, is a registered nurse and lactation consultant. She is passionate about helping women with their breastfeeding needs and has a nurse's caring heart. She does a great job of balacing her roles as a nurse and business owner, and I was able to help her with some of the detailed, "boring" regulations and requirements so that she was able to focus on what she truly cares about: her clients and their babies.

If you're in the Seattle area and are a new mom or know someone who is, check out http://www.nurturingexpressions.com/

The Lustre

Posted by Kathleen Firstenberg on February 26, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (1)

I just finished editing and proofreading a wonderful fantasy novel called The Lustre. When approached by writer Kate Policani, I was thrilled at the opportunity to edit a fictional story. Little did I know I would get so wrapped up in the plotline and characters that I'd almost forget I was editing!

First, a little about the story from Kate's website, http://katepolicani.com/the-lustre/:

"Hidden within Human society is an entrancing race of beings who look just like us. They are the Akataromai. Originating on Earth, they conceal themselves, blending within the Human population. Though they appear to be Human, mature Akataromai live for centuries and feed upon negative Human emotions. Angelina Quorra is an Akataromai, a Human-looking girl who might never die. But Angelina is unique among her people, absorbing pain as well as emotion and giving anyone who feeds her overwhelming pleasure. This is her story, told by the men who adore her. Her talent is called The Lustre, bringing her great fame, and great trouble."

Kate writes in a way that slowly weaves the story, always keeping you wondering what will happen next. The way she reveals more and more about the Akataromai made it hard to stop reading. There were several moments when I literally gasped and put my hand over my mouth! Kate uses creative, descriptive words to develop the characters and set scenes. As I read, I fell in love with Angelina and was sad when the story ended. 

Kate has also written another fantasy novel called The Disenchanted Pet, which is available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Disenchanted-Pet-Kate-Policani/dp/1463750803/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330235513&sr=8-1