I am an author and accomplished professional editor, ghostwriter, and web-designer with numerous books of literary fiction, genre fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and non-fiction to my name. As a poet, mentor, professor, editor, and publisher, I possess an unusual editorial skill-set that I love putting to work for established authors; new voices; first-time novelists; professionals writing copy, articles, and grants; journalists; students from high school to the MFA/PhD; businesspeople building websites and applying for loans; and degreed writers struggling to find a publisher for their thesis. Learn more at AndrewMK.com.
In addition to these credentials, please check out my Berke Pre-Employment Assessment here to learn a little bit more about how I work, my personality traits, and my skillsets. You can also get to know who am I and what I'm all about in this video, can check out my LinkedIn profile and references and recommendations here, and can check out some client testimonials below.
“Andrew edited a comedic novel for me, which was tricky. I needed an editor that could make my manuscript more accessible - it is a satire of the game industry, which I work in, and wanted to feel authentic - but not take off the sharp insider edges that make it brutally funny at times. Andrew thread the needle perfectly. He brought clarity where it was needed, brevity where it was lacking, and gave me notes that punched up scenes that were anemic. All with alacrity.” -- Mark Long, New York Times bestselling author and producer at HBO
“It has been a pleasure working with Andrew for our scientific editing. So far we’ve worked together on two scientific papers that have both been published in peer review journals. Andrew provided helpful feedback where our communication of our scientific concepts lacked clarity (particularly a problem with one of the papers!) and caught a lot of typos that would have annoyed our reviewers. Will definitely keep working with Andrew in the future.” -- Dr. Lauren Emberson, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Princeton University
"I highly recommend Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum as an editor and proofreader. His skill, professionalism, and grammatical prowess has taken my work to another level of clarity, relevance, and impact. His attention to detail was superb and his care and concern about my overall project was very apparent. His feedback was also immensely helpful. I am very grateful I found him. If you use his services, you will be, too." -- Mark Karris, author of Divine Echoes and Season of Heartbreak
"Andrew is a true professional and a breeze to work with. He has an expert editorial eye, meets deadlines, communicates clearly with authors, editors, and publishers, and is as practically minded as he is creative. He took Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days from drawing board to eBook/paperback and helped elevate my publishing company to the next level. Our latest project, The Floodgate Poetry Series: Three Chapbooks by Three Poets in a Single Volume, promises to further elevate Upper Rubber Boot Books. Whether you are writing your first novel or prepping a manuscript for publication, I highly recommend him." -- Joanne Merriam, owner Upper Rubber Boot Books
"Working with Andrew's commentary and line edits has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my writing life. From precise editing for passive voice and syntax to more global commentary on character development, world building, and rhetoric, I have learned more from Andrew's feedback than from any other piece of writing, creative or academic, I have undertaken. Like a professor in a classroom: Andrew has inspired me to revise work he has edited and to compose new work, even as he remains objective and direct in his criticism. I highly recommend him!"
– Donald L. Bubenzer, Ph.D., PCC-S, Emeritus Professor Kent State University
“Andrew's skills as writer, editor and teacher are un-paralleled! He always has terrific insights that he shares with an easy sense of humor that makes him a joy to work with.” –Dennis Dunbar, Senior Retoucher/Finisher at Dennis Dunbar & Assoc.
“Andrew was the editor for my first novel, Facticity Blues, and let me say that his technical expertise and general insights were critical when it came to actually getting the book published. Not only would I strongly recommend Andrew to anyone who is looking for an excellent editor, but I hope to work with him again on my next novel.” -- Jake Camp, author of Facticity Blues
"When I hired Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum to copyedit my novel, it was a wise decision. Not only was he meticulous about grammar, punctuation and the mechanics of writing, but his comments displayed an insight and appreciation of the characters and my vision of the story. When I rewrote, I took all his suggestions into account." -- Chelo Diaz-Ludden, author of The Cracked Bean, Mateo's Map, and Mandela's Reach
"Andrew helped me take my first book, Dream Warrior, from word doc to bookshelf. The time it took him to complete a heavy developmental edit, copy-edit and proofreading of my book before its publication was impressive. His suggestions allowed me to look at my poems and prose from a different perspective and helped me improve the overall flow and structure of my writing. I will look back on his suggestions to positively affect my future writing endeavors. If you are looking for a great editor with a fast turn around time, Andrew is your editor of choice." -- Tyler Croak, author of Dream Warrior
"I began working with Andrew in September 2013 on my book, Discovering Ritual Meditation: Transcendental Healing and Self- Realization, when I needed to replace my existing editor. Andrew is client-focused, service-drive, and affordable. He always met our deadlines and brought a level of energy to my first book that was a great boost to my confidence as a burgeoning writer. I found Andrew to be very quick, responsive and incisive in his editorial approach and very enjoyable and surprisingly easy to work with, even when his commentary meant I had a lot of rewriting to do! I greatly enjoy Andrew's entrepreneurial approach as well as his teaching skills; no doubt, his editorial advice took my book to the next level. I have already asked Andrew if he would work with me in the near future. Whatever happens do not skimp on the editorial process. Work with Andrew and you won´t be disappointed!" -- Carlton Brown, author of Discovering Ritual Meditation: Transcendental Healing and Self- Realization
"My novel would never have been completed if it had not been for Andrew. His encouragement and support never wavered during those times I was stuck on a character’s development or a plot twist. He never tired of reading each draft word for word, offering suggestions and pointing out areas that needed improvement. I would recommend Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum as a writing coach, editor, and mentor to anyone who is serious about creating a piece of publishable work. Before I met Andrew, I thought I couldn't write. With his help, now I know can." -- Joan Thomas, novelist
"Andrew is a GREAT Writing Coach. His skillset ranges from nonfiction to fiction to poetry to...whatever you need! He understands mechanics as well as popular, current styles of writing, and how to get it published. His knowledge and knowhow have matured my writing, and his recommendations for reading and research are spot on. As an aspiring author, I want to learn as much as I can without being told what to do. Andrew reins me in when I need it without forgetting my work is mine, not his. This push-and-pull approach allows me to improve as a writer without losing my voice or changing my beliefs. I’ve worked with Andrew for over two years. I know he puts as much thought into his editing and coaching as he does his own writing.” – Kenneth Northington, novelist and retired military