The Hand Maiden - Editor/Proofreader & Motivational Speaker

Tehachapi, CA

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How does your business stand out?

My work, my Proofreading and Editing stands out because I have university level as well as practical industry training and experience to back up my work. I have repeat customers and others customers whom I have earned because previous clients have recommended me. My Color Coded tried and true editing system assists writers follow the corrections and comments. I hit the deadlines my clients set. I communicate clearly and often with my clients via e-mail and phone. My per page rates are reasonable, affordable, payable through PayPal in staggered payments. And I am here to help you.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The best part about my job... is, well, there are a couple of things: 1) assisting others to reach their writing goals and 2) playing with words to make an effectively communicated piece of work. I love wordplay. Add to that that others let me assist them with their works and I am on the top of my day.


Tehachapi, CA 93561

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9 Reviews
  • Leo A. Nov 12, 2016
    Verified Review
    On Time & On Budget
    Super easy to work with, experienced and on budget as planned. Will be using you again in the near future for another project. Thanks!
  • Judy B. Apr 25, 2016
    Verified Review
    It was an editing job for a cookbook . She quoted me a price which was reasonable to me so I hired her . She said that ,that quote was a project unseen . I asked to tell me what she thought when I sent it to her and she did not say to me that it would cost for the whole thing finished triple the price she quoted me . It was taking her a very long time to do the work and always stalling because she had to do certain things . Finally she said I have 150 pages done . So pay me the balance and I will send it to you in my mind 1/2 of the book was done because I have appro. 350 recipes . I paid for it and she sends me 83 pages done . The rest were pictures that there was no editing done on it . She told me that she worked 45 hours on the work that she had done . Which came back with spelling mistakes . The editing was ok but to tell me that she worked 45 hours on what she did , either she is lieing or she works very slow . She puts in maybe 2-3 hrs a day if she feels like it . It is not her full time job just something she does on the side . I have stopped working with her because I feel that she should have looked at the project before she started when I sent it to her , looked it over and she should have told me how long it was going to take and that at the end of it all it would cost triple than what she quoted before she even started . To me that is being very dishonest and I don't like that . When she sent me 83 pages edited and I'm saying approx. one paragraph per page for the recipes . When she said that she was sending 150 and I only received 83 edited I was extremely disapointed and then told me that she would charge me approx an additional $3,000 to do the rest . I was extremely upset . She should have told me this in the beginning when we started I would have never given her the job .
    Kathleen K. May 1, 2016

    Ms. Berger – In the contract for services you and I entered into, it was clearly stated that the initial editing I would perform was limited to 35 hours of my time; you agreed. What you represented to me about the then-edited state of your manuscript was that "it might need only light editing on 1-2 sentences per page." From your representations I provided you with an initial estimate of time for the commencement and initial editing of the subject work. When your cookbook/manuscript arrived, it consisted of approximately 260 recipes and 1,000 photos within your 409 pages. Upon reviewing the state of your manuscript, it was blatantly obvious that your representations to me -- that there were only “1-2 sentences per page” that “may need editing” -- could not have been further from the truth. The state of editing of your manuscript needed serious and significant work well beyond the contracted 35 hours, before you would have any reasonable chance of presenting it to a publisher, which was your stated goal. You and I discussed many issues within a week or so of me beginning work on your manuscript. You and I were still operating under the agreed-upon 35 hours of initial editing time when I told you your manuscript would take more hours of editing to be presentable to a publisher at that time. Shortly after beginning, you made several significant changes from the original scope of work that you contracted me to do, which caused more of the 35 contract hours to be expended. As you are aware, I preformed 45.25 hours on the initial editing portion of your project, and consistent with our agreement, I only billed you for our agreed-upon 35-hour figure. Additionally, I edited significant consistent errors all of the way through the 260 recipes, which I made you aware of and is why the hours incurred were 45.25, not just 35. Even with that initial editing portion of the project being done under the original 35-hour estimate, no matter what Editor you may decide to contract with in the future, hopefully you realize that the time and services of a professional editor, just like any other professional, many times take longer and involve activities not fully realized by a first time author; it’s understandable. Your manuscript needs additional professional services before your project is ready to presented it to a publisher. I wish you the best in your goal to have your manuscript published, Kathleen Kline

  • Mark W. Mar 15, 2016
    Verified Review
    Great work fast turn around very pleased!
    Kathleen K. Apr 25, 2016

    Mark ~ I am glad that I was able to assist you with your project. It was a pleasure working with you. I look forward to assisting you, again, should the need arise. Sincerely yours, Kathleen Kline

  • William K. Nov 7, 2015
    Kathleen edited the 2nd half of my novel "Wolves at the Door." My first editor had the annoying habit of rewriting instead of editing. Kathleen took over midstream and did a marvelous job. She corrected where correction was needed and pointed out troubled areas so I could give them special attention. Will definitely use her services again on my next effort.
    Kathleen K. Nov 9, 2015

    Thank you Bill. It was a pleasure working with you. You do have a worthwhile manuscript. Happy Publishing, Kathleen Kline Your Editor

  • Dan D. Nov 3, 2015
    Kathleen has helped me manage a group no one wants any part of. I have taken her motivational secrets to minister to over 200 people who are dealing with grief. I could not have done this without her. If you read this I want you to think of what to say to someone who has just lost a child, one of the hardest things you can ever do. She has been a strong influence for me on how to egg-shell walk with the extremely depressed and broken people. From a kind heart to a great editior; she is great to work with.
    Kathleen K. Nov 9, 2015

    Thank you Dan; I am encouraged and grateful for your kind words and the opportunity to work with you as well.

  • Diana M. Mar 26, 2015
    I would like to take a minute to share how Kathleen Kline has helped me on several projects. She works on any project I bring to her with dedication and professionalism. I know when I hand off my work to her it will be returned quickly, and with easy to follow corrections and suggestions. I have worked with her in the past and will do so again. Thank you for bring your expertise to my projects!
  • Deb L. Mar 5, 2015
    Kathleen has been a great editor for me and was available every time I needed her. I will continue to use her in the future. Her work is superb and she is great with communication!
  • Jennifer M. Mar 3, 2015
    I just want to say how awesome I think Kathleen's editing is. She done some for me and I definatley plan to use her in the very near future. I highly recommend her. Jennifer Mitchell
    Kathleen K. Nov 9, 2015

    Miss Jennifer ~~ Thank you for entrusting me with your words and your work, I am glad I could encourage you to work on this and make it for others to be inspired by as well. I look forward to working with you more as your project becomes more developed. Kathleen

  • Stephanie L. Feb 13, 2014
    Verified Review
    I enjoyed working with Kathleen. I put in my request at Thumbtack and she reponded to me within a few hours. I was a little skeptical of her price at first because it was almost too good to be true especially because the quotes I was getting from other folks which were ridiculously high. I sent her my manuscript and within 24 hours she returned it with her edits. She did a really good job, she colored coding everything and everything was easy to understand and I did not have to guess at what she meant. With her edits, I see my paper differently and she was able to catch somethings that I did not even think about. Overall, I am very pleased with her work and because of her very, very, affordable price I will recommend her as well as use her again! Thanks-Dr. SL


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- My pricing system is NOT Complicated. It is easy and straight forward: For Example: Current Rates $2.50 per page For example -- a 200 page Manuscript 200 X 2.50 = $500.00 I require no less than a 50% deposit. Full payment is due prior to me sending the Proofread/Edited/Written document back to you. If you desire me to return your manuscript back to you Chapter by Chapter then I require no less than a 50% deposit before I start looking at your manuscript; ¼ of the remaining balance is due Prior to me sending you your first Chapter back with the remainder of the ¼ balance due to me prior to Chapter Two being sent to the client. I accept PayPal payments. Rush Jobs welcome, but may cost extra. Clean copy jobs are billed at $4.50 per page. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING -- I charge per head of people you are looking to have me address, plus travel expenses. I require no less then a 50% deposit with balance due on that day/night prior to me speaking.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- Typically I find out what they need looked at, the length of the project and then calculate the price. I explain and make sure the client is clear on cost, payment and the time line they need this project returned to them by. I welcome speaking with clients on the phone/in person, getting to know them and their project a little. I await the arrival of their work and the down payment. Then I get to work for them. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING -- I like to chat a few minutes with the client, see what they would like focused on and then, once booked and deposit is received I look foreword to helping them pass on a good message.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- After adding my formal Mass Communications studies at the University level, I stay tuned up on my craft by being an active member a Writer's Group in my home town and keeping employed as a writer and editor. In addition, in reading other writer's works and seeing the comments of others in our field, whether it is on our own work or on others around us is a great way to learn to "see" what the audience is getting. Furthermore, I continue to write and submit and, I am honored to say, get published. I regularly submit writings for review to the Writing Prompts - Creative Copy Challenge website. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING -- I took speech training in college and have studied some Grief Sharing subjects as well as learned to inspire and lift others up from my Pastor.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- I decided to get into the wordplay line of work as a mother who wanted to bring more income into the family and, oh back then (1990), I wanted to better explain the industry my husband and I were working in. It paid off. I decided to add a university education and additional industry training to my love of words, which was handed down to me from my grandfather (a fellow writer) and my mom and my dad. I started editing for others in 1989/90 and I have been blessed to be able to help others along the way ever since. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING -- I started in 1996 as a non-traditional college student. I helped other students learn how to gain scholarships and encouraged everyone from DisAbled Students to Single Mothers to At-Risk Students to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Then life, the safety of my children, divorce, death, heath issues challenged me to survive, stay positive and Pay It Forward, so counseling, writing and speaking helps me reach others and inspire.
What types of customers have you worked with?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- The most common jobs I am being asked to Proofread/Edit are things people write and know that they need a fresh set of eyes on, prior to submission and/or publication. Because I am a versatile I get everything from Internet Marketing Textbooks to Self-Help Manuals to Adventure and Romance manuscripts, Memoirs, and Children's books, etc. I do not limit the genre/style/subject matter, the size of the project or the industry that the end product will be going into. Because, in my opinion, if I did, it would be to the detriment of my client's end results ... if I only Proofread or Edited or Write what I "liked to read" then the client is not getting an unbiased read. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING - I have worked with college Students looking to find and win scholarships, DisAbled Students and others looking to better their lives by bettering their education. I have spoken to strangers looking to purchase a horse, purchase the services of a horse trainer, children and parents who want to get a horse from the pasture to the show ring with "little Johnny or little Suzzie" in 30 days; interested horse owners who want to learn a new discipline. Furthermore I have spoken to parents who have suffered the loss of a child and other folks who are grieving.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- Recently, I submitted a couple of items to a contest. They were accepted and a short story "Standing Up For All of the Right Reasons" and a poem, "Counting the Days Like Most Mothers Do" were accepted and included in -- What's Your Story - 2013 Memoir Anthology (now available on Amazon) and can be seen at my blog: Kathleen's Dragonfly Desk. I can turn a story around or a poem in 24 hours, depending upon the length.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
EDITING/PROOFREADING - Make sure you pick someone with the experience, education and time to meet your deadline. Remember, you get what you pay for (i.e. the least expensive is not always the best. In addition, a good sentence is a good sentence, let's face it. Find someone affordable (ME) with repeat customers (ME again). Find someone who will NOT "just tell you" your manuscript is "good" (ME, I give you detailed feedback). There is more to Editing and Proofreading than pattin' someone on the back. Honesty. Yes, honesty is always the best policy. I do it with a kindness that does not trample on what you have written but provides you with honest constructive feedback ... and I come with nearly 25 years experience. All writers need a fresh set of eyes on their project(s), because we see what we think we wrote; we think we are being clear, but often that is because we know what we are writing about. We need a fresh set of unbiased eyes to get a good project ready for publication. So let's get started. Let me help you by having me take a look at what you wrote. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER -- Picking someone who has experience speaking in front of group (like ME), someone charismatic (Me), someone who has been faced with hurdles and overcome them (Me). I have experienced Domestic Violence, Stalking (protecting my children along the way), the Murder of my first born, Divorce, the amputation of my left foot and ankle (4 days prior to my mother's funeral), which is to say I have endured Emotional and Physical hardships and survived; I have maintained my positive outlook in life as well. I currently counsel others who have lost loved ones and I am here ready to help others by leading by example. So what sized group do you need inspired?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- Think whether you want an unbiased set of eyes and subsequent encouraging feedback that will get you closer to a finished product or if you just want someone, a friend usually, to tell you "it is good" no matter what. And think about how important your project really is and know, it may cost you a little to gain a lot. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER - I wish people would be willing to have a Motivational Speaker drive in for their event.