Editing

Cephalopod Editing: An editorial service for SFF/horror manuscripts (see website for rates and packages)

The Eternal Front, by Walter Blair–detailed manuscript evaluation

In early 2016, I dropped a sprawling, ungainly 170,000-word “Untitled Project” into Kate Lechler’s capable hands. She quickly and professionally provided a comprehensive developmental analysis which answered all my questions. How do the characters actually read on the page? Are the plot points pointy enough? Where do the recurring themes conflict with each other? With her help, my “Untitled Project” is now a tight, readable hard science fiction novel called The Eternal Front. She’s also a pleasure to work with! Kate brings excitement and energy along with her keen editorial insight and her industry experience. She’s the rarest of unicorns: an expert who is good with client projects, and who actively loves what she’s doing. I’m working with her again—in fact, we’re already on the next project! I’ll keep coming back until she gets too busy and famous to take my calls.–WB

Freelance Editing: Evaluating and performing developmental and line editing for fiction and non-fiction manuscripts.

Neil White, Publisher, The Nautilus Publishing Company

Kate Lechler is one of my favorite editors. She is young in spirit (and years) but Kate is old-soul wise. I trust her. If a project isn’t right for Kate’s skill set or interests, I can count on her candor. If she accepts a book project, I know the work will be exemplary. Editors like this — talented, engaging, and with great range — don’t come along very often.–NW

Untitled Project, by Ben McClelland, UM English professordevelopmental edit

Kate Lechler is a savvy contemporary reader, who understands genres, follows a novel’s plotlines through hundreds of pages with an unerring fidelity to its arc, assesses keenly character development from first description through growth and maturity, and understands what’s missing from the narrative. Kate is personable and communicates effectively with authors, suggesting what to do to move the manuscript closer to the author’s goal with comments are clear and to the point. I have worked with a number of professional editors and Kate is tops, nonpareil. –BM

Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero, by NancyKay Wessman (pub. Nautilus 2015) –developmental edit

No one had edited my work for many years until Kate Lechler touched my manuscript for Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero. What to expect? I had wondered. She came with calm presence, excellent credentials, and, generally, a light touch along with some good suggestions. I am grateful.–NKW

Old Money, Old Secrets, by Kyle Cornelius (pub. Nautilus 2014)–developmental edit

Kate is a wonderfully whimsical whirlwind of literary dynamism. An astute barometer of the English language, her editing skills are flagrantly fantastic.–KC