Kara Aisenbrey

Just the Right Words





Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction


As an editor, my goal is to help you tell your story as effectively as possible. I can help you find and get rid of all the weedy errors. I can help you discover what needs to be encouraged to grow. And I’ll help you chop out some deadwood, so your readers don’t have to scrabble through the unnecessary bits. I want your readers to walk straight in and fall in love.

I specialize in fantasy and science fiction, for YA, new adult, and adult. Contemporary, historical, epic, steampunk, space travel, fairy tale, dystopian—I love it all. But if your novel is in a different genre and you would like to work with me, please reach out and tell me about your project. I offer free sample edits to all prospective clients to make sure we will be a good fit. I work with the Chicago Manual of Style and Microsoft Word.

I have a BA in English from the University of Iowa and have completed proofreading, copyediting, and developmental editing courses with the Editorial Freelancers Association and the Author-Editor Clinic. I have a certification (Professional Sequence in Editing) from UC Berkeley, and I'm an active member of the EFA.


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