As a writer and content editor, I collaborate with authors, businesses, brands, and entrepreneurs–clients who need targeted, polished content to help them solve business problems or connect with audiences. I specialize in making complex or technical subjects understandable to a non-technical audience. I also work frequently with English translations of foreign books.
My niches: B2B marketing, medical & health, technology, and leadership & management. I offer the following services:
book editing (nonfiction)
- Manuscript critique
- Content editing, substantive editing, and developmental editing
- Line editing
- Revising/reworking existing material (book doctoring)
On a case-by-case basis, I can adapt the above services to non-book documents, including thought leadership (white papers, articles, etc.) and career content (about pages, bios, essays, etc.).
- Blogging (and ghost blogging)
- SEO content writing and inbound marketing content writing
- Content strategy
- Book marketing materials
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
“Working with Kristen transitioned me from a hopeful writer to seeing myself as a committed author. She has been the only reason I have progressed to the point of completion. She not only held me accountable to timelines, she was consistent and efficient with her input and progress. She kept me on my toes, but did not smother me with intimidating and overwhelming deadlines. I just felt like I wanted to work hard because of the effort she was putting into me. She made my dream of what I wanted to express come to life, but also turned it into a valuable reader experience.”
— Leslie Harrington, Author-in-progress, Speaker, and Transitional Health Coach
"After wrestling with a narrative nonfiction manuscript for some time, I finally realized that what I needed was an objective set of eyes on the work, someone to help me craft a more compelling story arc and 'journey.' Kristen's manuscript critique was invaluable, providing me with specific suggestions and ideas. Supportive, yet with a keen eye for detail, she is a delight to work with."
— Leslie Karst, author of the Sally Solari mystery series*
* The author secured agent representation for her memoir after revising using my notes.
"I was so lucky to find Kristen to help me with my book, Getting the Best Care: Rescue Your Loved One from the Healthcare Conveyor Belt. Kristen has a friendly and approachable nature but she is a stickler for process. That is a great combo in an editor. She helped me to clarify my thinking and to make the book so much better with her editing expertise. She is responsive to emails and never left me wondering. I would love to work with her again!"
— Margaret Fitzpatrick, Author, Speaker, and Advocate for a More Rational Approach to Healthcare as We Age
"You were invaluable to me in your editorial review. Implementing your suggestions enabled me to make what I believe is a quantum leap in my work. Thank you so much for your efforts. If my book is successful in the future, you will be directly responsible for helping me get there."
— Mark Nisall, Author, Confessions of an L.A. Uber Driver (work-in-progress)
"Editor Kristen Havens not only ensured the original text flowed naturally in this English-language version, she also provided valuable insights on how to expand and enhance the book to make it appeal to an even broader audience of English-speaking businesspeople. Her talent, knowledge and facility with organizing and conveying ideas has made the work of expanding this edition a true pleasure."
— Temel Aksoy, Author, 7 Rules of Marketing that Get Results: Discard the Myths, Follow the Facts [excerpted from the book's Acknowledgments]
"Kristen is an excellent editor and content strategist. Her professionalism, attention to detail and communication skills are superb. She comes highly recommended!"
— Jorgen Hesselberg, Co-Founder, Comparative Agility and Author of Unlocking Agility
"Kristen had a wonderful ability to understand what I wanted to express and then write with clarity and intelligence. She also has a good grasp of working with medical and technical information, which makes her services even more valuable. My book turned out better than I could have imagined and I am thrilled with the result."
"After an exhaustive search for a content editor for my first book, I was lucky enough to find Kristen. Kristen is a true professional! She was transparent, punctual, knowledgeable, and informative. Kristen took the time to explain her craft in a way that a newbie like me could understand and use for the future. My experience with Kristen has been so educational for me, and I would recommend her to anybody!"
— Michael J. Pearsall, Corporate Trainer and Author, Purposeful Leadership for a Total Engagement Culture
"Your edit is a gift! You're doing exactly what I hoped you would be doing: copy editing, mixed with excellent content editing. I also love your suggestions and questions — makes me think deeper about the messages I'm trying to convey and how to better communicate them."
— Confidential Client, Business Book Author and Tech Director at a Fortune 500 Company