Karen Ette

Professional Member
Location Loughborough
Telephone 07976 511649
Mobile 07976 511649
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Website /the-writers-secret-helper.com
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1. Proofreading

1. Copy-editing

2. Plain/clear English

2. Writing

2. Developmental/substantive editing

3. Website editing

3. Research

4. Editing non-native English 

5. Editorial training

5. Copywriting

6. EFL/ESL editing

7. Anglicizing 

8. Copyright clearance


1. Newsletters

1. Books

1. Multi-author books

2. Illustrated books

2. Websites/blogs

3. Manuals

3. Travel guides

3. Theses and dissertations 

4. Online materials 

4. Magazines

4. Journals


Freelance since 2017


  1. Development Editing in Practice (Liminal Pages) - 2020
  2. Development Editing, Theory (Liminal Pages) - 2020
  3. Switching to Fiction (Louise Harnby) - 2019
  4. Essential Copy-Editing (PTC) – Distinction - 2019
  5. Basic Proofreading (PTC) – Merit - 2017


Goldcrest Books, Taylor and Francis Group/Florence Production, Ypres Battlefield Tours, Bike Where You Like, Ruler's Wit Group, RedKite Copywriting, The Loughborough Methodist Church Circuit, plus authors and self-publishing clients.


I offer sentence level line-editing, copy-editing, proofreading, development editing, manuscript critique, editorial reports and first chapter(s) polish for publishing.

Coaching/mentoring for writers.



MA English and Creative Writing

PhD English, Modern and Contemporary; Creative Writing

Specialised software

PerfectIt by Intelligent Editing


I have worked with Karen, in her capacity as an editor, on a variety of books through my publishing company, Goldcrest Books. My clients have all be very happy with how she has guided them and made improvements that have made such a difference to the finished manuscript. She always provides style sheets and comments, which make it easier for my proofreader to do her job too. Working with Karen is a pleasure and it is so good to find someone that can be on the same wavelength as me and my clients.

Sarah Houldcroft, Goldcrest Books.

Absolutely delighted to have been able to work with Karen on my latest book of historical fiction. Having worked with several copy editors, I found most of them professional and helpful, but Karen has not only been a great support, I felt that we shared the passion for writing, which makes all the difference.

I can only recommend her services and would like to thank Karen once again for the great cooperation and valuable input covering different aspects! A great experience, highly recommended.  

Michael Stolle.

Thank you for everything you've done and the excellent in-depth report you have provided me with! I knew there were some aspects missing or in need of work and you've done a wonderful job of examining it and showing me what I need to look at and improve.

Robin Hutchinson.

We were very impressed with the level of your editing and thought that your queries and suggestions were especially good. We are pleased to see that you are familiar with using the styles pane, as many of our copy-edits are RAPS styler titles, which require styles to be applied and checked in this way. 

Louise Jellard, Florence Production