Book Craft With Kourtney Schmiedeke

Book Craft With Kourtney Schmiedeke

Meet Kourtney, the owner of Heartfelt Editorial Services LLC, a Missouri-based company providing freelance literary editing services. With a bachelor’s degree in communications and a passion for writing, Kourtney provides freelance literary editing services to writers seeking support and guidance. She specializes in editing fiction genres such as fantasy, romance, YA, and children’s books, as well as speeches for special events and website content.

Kourtney’s meticulous attention to detail and love of language make her an asset to any writer looking to elevate their manuscript to its full potential while preserving their unique voice. Her genuine love of words and empathetic approach ensures that she preserves the author’s unique voice while elevating their story to its full potential. Kourtney’s journey to establishing her editing business began during college, where she discovered her talent for editing while working with a publisher. Now, she is grateful to be living her passion every day by helping authors make their dreams come true. With a growing business and a genuine passion for helping authors bring their stories to life, Kourtney takes pride in the positive impact she makes on people’s lives through her work.

What is your book craft? I provide freelance literary editing services for writers seeking support and guidance. I offer proofreading, developmental editing, beta reading, and research services to authors.

Who is your ideal client? I work primarily with independent authors who are either self-publishing or pursuing the traditional publishing route. I specialize in working with authors in the fiction genre, specifically fantasy, romance, YA, and children’s books. I am also open to editing speeches for weddings and other special events and website content such as blogs and articles.

What makes you, and your services, unique? As an editor, I know how important it is to feel heard and understood, and that is why I strive to provide a supportive and empathetic approach to all of my clients. I understand the vulnerability that comes with sharing authors sharing their work, and I am committed to creating a safe and welcoming space for them to do so.

Whether they are a first-time author or a seasoned writer, I am here to offer guidance and support throughout the editing process. I believe that every voice deserves to be heard and that every story is valuable, and I am honored to play a role in helping authors share theirs.

I absolutely love books – the feel of them, the smell of them, and the stories they contain. There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a good book and feeling like you’re a part of the story. In addition to my love for books, I also have a deep appreciation for language. I find it fascinating how words can convey so much meaning and emotion.

One thing I pride myself on is my attention to detail. I don’t just skim through your work – I take the time to read it thoroughly and make sure every sentence is polished to perfection. I also understand the importance of deadlines, and I’m committed to delivering your proofread work on time every time.

I pride myself on my professionalism and my dedication to my clients. When you work with me, you can expect open communication, timely responses, and a commitment to meeting your specific needs. I understand that every project is unique, and I’m always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that you’re satisfied with the final result.

One thing that sets me apart is my honesty, empathy, and genuine passion for what I do. I believe that every piece of writing deserves to be given the utmost care and attention, and that includes being honest about what needs improvement.

What sets your editing services apart from the rest? It’s simple – I bring a unique combination of qualities to the table that you won’t find anywhere else.

❤️ Empathy – I understand the effort and passion that goes into crafting written work, and I approach every project with empathy and understanding.

❤️ Honesty – I believe in providing honest feedback that is both constructive and beneficial for your writing.

❤️ Genuine – I am committed to delivering authentic and genuine feedback that is tailored to your unique writing style and needs.

❤️ Transparency – I believe in clear and open communication, so you can expect transparency throughout the proofreading process.

❤️ Understanding – I take the time to understand your writing goals and help you achieve them through my proofreading services.

❤️ Supportive – I am here to support you every step of the way, from the first draft to the final product.

❤️ Error-free writing: I catch all types of errors to ensure that your writing is polished and professional.

❤️ Faster turnaround times: I understand that time is of the essence, which is why I offer quick turnaround times without sacrificing quality.

❤️ Clear communication: I’m always available to answer your questions and provide updates on your project.

How can people get started working with you?  If you’re interested in working with me, booking is easy. Simply email me with the details of your project, including the length of your work and your desired turnaround time, and I’ll get back to you with a quote. From there, we can discuss any specific requests you have and make sure we’re on the same page before I get started on editing your work.

What fulfills you most about working with your clients? Working with authors every day to edit their books is truly fulfilling for me. Seeing their stories come to life and helping them refine their writing is incredibly rewarding. I enjoy collaborating with writers to ensure that their creative vision is fully realized, and it’s exciting to be a part of the process of bringing their work to the world.

How did you get started offering these professional services? Well, it’s actually an interesting story. Back when I was in college, I took up a few internships in various industries to gain some practical experience. While I was there, I offered to edit some of my friends’ writing projects in my free time. I received some great feedback on my work and realized that I had a real talent for editing.

After I graduated, I started to think about what I wanted to do with my life. I knew that I loved stories and books, and I was also very detail-oriented, with a passion for grammar. It suddenly occurred to me that I could turn my skills into a business by offering book editing services.

I’m thrilled to see that my business is slowly gaining traction, and I couldn’t be happier. As a relatively new business, I’ve started out small by reaching out to authors I knew and providing my editing services at a reasonable price. Thanks to the power of word of mouth, I’ve begun to attract more clients, and my business is gradually starting to grow.

Every day, I relish the satisfaction of helping authors bring their stories to life and seeing their work come to fruition. I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do what I love and make a positive impact on people’s lives.

What else would you like people to know about you? I currently use Linktree as my Website platform. I plan to update to it a different platform eventually but until then the link to my website is: @HeartfeltEditorialServicesLLC | Linktree

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