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Editing

EDITING

It's all in the details. I want your story, your novel, your lit journal, your article to flow, so there's no hiccup, no hesitation in the reader, not even a period left accidentally italicized. I want it to look like I was never there.

“So many copyeditors and proofreaders are exacting about the “laws” of grammar and punctuation, but lack an ear for tone and voice, and will try to fix a legitimate concern while simultaneously inflicting damage on the rest of the sentence. As an accomplished poet and writer herself, Kristen Steenbeeke has the exacting eye and fastidiousness that one hopes for in a copyeditor—that hypervigilance—and yet she is also attuned to matters of style and taste. She was a delight to work with on both my new novel and my latest short story.”
— Peter Mountford, author of The Dismal Science and A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism
“The reason this blurb looks halfway decent grammatically is because Kristen edited it brilliantly. During her two years of work as copyeditor of the James Franco Review, I referred to her again and again as the copyeditor of my dreams. She helped develop the journal’s style guide and edited each issue—which came out every two months—with a dedication to the Chicago Manual of Style but with finesse enough to determine when to see beyond the rules to the necessity of the author’s style. This is what happens when a poet becomes a copyeditor: she recognizes the depth of a writer’s expression and makes it shine its brightest.”
— Corinne Manning, editor of the James Franco Review

 

my strengths

  • I have fun shaking down inconsistencies by going on fact-finding missions. E.g., Did cocaine exist in Germany in medieval times? If so, what was the slang for it? 
  • I want to adapt to your desired style of commentary. Do you take edits best in a straightforward manner? A jocular tone? With a bit of a lighter touch so as not to be bogged down by the end? Whatever gets you in the best mood to complete the often dreaded task of reading through comments and tracked changes.
  • I'm a writer! Which means I'm also an avid reader of a variety of forms, including essay, memoir, nonfiction, fiction, poetry, collage, academic texts, journalistic articles, et al. I'm constantly thinking about the most effective combination of words and the accepted styles of a genre—and, most importantly, how to subvert those accepted styles in a manner that has the most punch. I'm able to recognize and stylize experimentation in a way that allows for the most optimal innovation/comprehension balance.

Intimate Knowledge (or Index-Combing Prowess) in: the Chicago Manual of StyleAP Stylebook, and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

editing types

copyediting, proofreading, line editing, some developmental editing

past editing jobs

Novels: The Nightingale's Stone and The Shadow Well, by David Mecklenburg; In the Rush of All Everything by Washington State Book Award–winner Peter Mountford; The True Adventures of MudBoyLiar, a middle-grade novel by M.A. Orth; Juliece's Vindication by Deborah Lloyd
Nonfiction Book: Sold Down the Yangtze by Gus Van Harten (proofreading)
Journal: The James Franco Review, ed. Corinne Manning
Newspaper: The Daily at the University of Washington
Nonprofit: Hugo House, Seattle, Washington