Kitty O'Rourke

CopyKat Editing LLC

Editing a book is like solving a mystery; call me your detective.

I take a magnifying glass to your book to search for clues: organizational issues, grammatical errors, dialogue problems, and tense inconsistencies. I compile the evidence, then offer solutions to optimize your writing.

Case closed.


I own CopyKat Editing LLC, a business I started to help independent authors’ books shine. My background has allowed me to gain knowledge in the worlds of forensics, abnormal psychology, and law enforcement, which is why I love editing true crime and crime-thriller-mystery fiction. I’m also a sucker for anything with a paranormal or gothic horror element, romantic plot, or setting in the Jazz Age.

My nonfiction expertise, aside from true crime, includes memoirs and psychology books. My focus is on YA, New Adult, and Adult; in addition to full-length books, I edit short and flash fiction, novelettes, and novellas. I’m available for ghostwriting in the nonfiction realm. You can see a full list of genres I edit, and those I don’t, here.



I offer the full scope of editing services: developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, line editing, manuscript critiques, professional beta reading, authenticity reading, and copywriting. Additionally, I provide discounted package options for the author who wants a little bit of everything.


Prior to freelancing full-time, I worked for a major financial services company in a copywriting and editing capacity. Now, I dedicate my time to helping indie authors achieve their publishing goals. I hold bachelor’s degrees in criminology and psychology, as well as a professional certificate in copyediting.


Editorial Freelancers Association • American Copy Editors Society • Sisters in Crime • Crime Writers’ Association • Mystery Writers of America

Brookfield, IL

Email: kitty@copykatediting.com


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Years in the field: 5
Years freelancing: 2


Kitty O'Rourke