Girl with Pen_smallAbout KMS Editing
KMS Editing works with individuals, businesses, and organizations to produce engaging and error-free publications for their audiences. In today’s tech-driven society, first impressions mean everything: nothing sends potential customers and clients to your competitor faster than a website landing page or an email riddled with grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. For authors, unknowingly sending a manuscript filled with errors and inconsistencies to an agent will render all of your hard work for naught, as you can be sure that the agent won’t bother to read beyond the first few paragraphs. No matter how large or small a project is, having a second set of eyes look over your writing–especially one trained to catch mechanical errors and inconsistencies–is imperative to creating a positive first impression.

Kate_passport_photo_2x2About Kate Strassel
I am a grammar geek. I read books on grammar as much for entertainment as I do to learn (my husband still raises his eyebrows and sighs when I laugh out loud while reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves). I have been writing since my mid-teens; my articles and essays have been published in edible South Shore, Rhode Island Creative Magazine, and Charles River Review. I received my bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with minors in creative writing and business communication from Harvard University’s School of Extension Studies.

It was at Harvard where I first discovered my love for editing in a copyediting course taught by Christina Thompson, editor of Harvard Review. In Thompson’s class, I discovered the transformation that a keen copy edit effects on a mediocre piece of writing. I also learned the four Cs of copyediting (clarity, coherency, consistency, and correctness) as well as what I deem to be the cardinal rule in editing the work of others: “Thou shalt not inadvertently change the author’s meaning” (from page 4 of The Copyeditor’s Handbook by Amy Einsohn, second edition). When editing the work of others, my mission is always to guide the author in developing an entertaining, informative, or persuasive piece while preserving the author’s intended meaning and voice.

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