The following is a list of local freelance resources geared towards helping local authors complete their book projects by providing services such as: proofreading, copyediting, graphic design, etc. This is not a list of free resources, and any payment arrangements or otherwise between the author and freelancer are on a one-to-one basis outside of Mid-Continent Public Library. Neither Mid-Continent Public Library nor The Story Center specifically endorses any of the following individuals and/or resources provided.
Valerie (Abbott) Cervarich: Writing Help KC
Confession: I am a word and grammar nerd. I have enriched my knowledge of English through a Master’s degree as well as my experience teaching grammar and writing. My patience, diligence, and keen eye for detail can enhance your project and your journey as a writer. Let’s collaborate to make your work shine.
Resources: Proofreading, copy editing, copy writing, writing tutoring, and journal article formatting
Jennifer Brown is the award-winning author of 16 published middle grade, young adult, and women's fiction novels. Her most popular novel, Hate List, won the 2012 Gateway Readers Award, and her middle grade novel, Life on Mars, was the William Allen White Children's Book Award winner in 2017. Jennifer brings more than a decade of extensive revision experience to her editing services and approaches every manuscript with the eye of both editor and author.
Resources: Developmental Editing, Line Editing
KC Writers Finishing School’s mission is to connect writers in the Kansas City area who are in the process of completing a writing project. Writers do not critique each others’ work, but rather help encourage one another, hold each other accountable, and work through writing challenges. The goal is for KC writers to finish, to give their writing a chance to make a personal, local, and global impact.
Resources: Connecting to write, peer support and discussion
I am a writer and editor with years of experience in writing blogs, articles, web content as well as editing numerous books. I have experience with authors in both a hybrid publishing model, as well as self-publishing through KDP. I believe my job as an editor is to take your incredible ideas and words, and elevate them to dynamically deliver your message, in your voice, to your target audience.
Resources: copy editing, line editing, developmental editing, formatting for print and ebooks
I have a passion for stories that I’ve turned into a profession with a bachelor’s in English. I also served on the literary publication Inscape for four years, three of which I was the lead editor for fiction. After working with The Story Center for several months, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help writers develop their own stories.
Resources: Developmental Editing, Line Editing
Kansas City native and graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, I'm a full time designer moonlighting as an illustrator. I'm most interested in freelancing for children's picture book / YA literature segments: picture books, covers, b&w chapter vignettes. I'm interested in anything from quick sketches for a dummy to submit to publishers, to full color illustrations for self-published projects.
Specialization: Illustration / drawing; adding tints/shades of color digitally or with watercolors
Working as a graphic designer since 1981, I’ve had experience in every aspect of print design. I began my freelance career in 2005, working with a variety of small businesses, schools/colleges, utility companies, local government, and publishers. I enjoy book design and have designed for independent authors as well as Christian publishing companies. My husband and I are authors and have designed all of our books.
Resources: Book cover design; Book interior design and formatting; Book promotional piece design: Ads, Bookmarks, Postcards, Banners, Display Posters; Author promotional piece design: Business Cards, Ads, Bookmarks, Postcards, Banners, Display Posters, Newsletters
Hollie Westring is an award-winning editor from Kansas City. She penned three novels herself, and she uses that knowledge and several years of editing experience to help others achieve their publishing dreams. She works with clients just starting out as well as noted bestsellers. Hollie’s personal experiences combined with her attention to detail make her a dedicated and sought-after editor.
Resources: Copyediting, Proofreading, Comprehensive once-over for those seeking traditional publishing
Tiffany White is a former English teacher who's now a full-time fiction editor and author. She has a degree in writing, a certification in editing, and edits books and screenplays of all genres. Her goal isn't just to edit a project, but to teach writers their strengths and weaknesses so they can untap their full potential.
Specialization: developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and query & synopsis critiques
Joni Wilson has more than 25 years of editing experience with fiction and nonfiction books. With degrees in nursing, religion, and liberal arts, she offers a mature, well-rounded perspective. As a full-time freelance editor, Joni provides a quick turnaround for editing and formatting Word documents.
Specialization: copyediting, proofreading, formatting print and ebooks