Brittany M. Dowdle
Word Cat Editorial Services

My name is Brittany Dowdle, and I’m a freelance editor with over ten years’ experience in the publishing industry. Since opening Word Cat Editorial Services in 2011, I’ve edited the work of best-selling traditionally published authors, award-winning indie authors, and best-selling international authors.

Services: The primary services I offer are copyediting, proofreading, and cold reading. I provide manuscript evaluations on a case-by-case basis.

Focus: My preferred fiction genres are SF/F, historical fiction, mystery/cozies, and romance, but I also have substantial experience with nonfiction—from memoir to quirky pop culture to motorcycle history to the economics of the Star Trek universe.

Editing Style: I’m proficient in Chicago style and Merriam-Webster, and I have extensive experience creating and using detailed style sheets (for series, historical fiction, and other complex projects). I understand industry standards and best practices, and I edit to ensure consistency and maintain the author’s voice. In particular, publishing clients appreciate my solution-oriented queries that make it easy for authors to implement revisions. I believe there’s tangible value in creating a positive editing experience for authors, and I enjoy being part of that process. In my experience, the best editing combines balance and deliberation, passion and purpose.

Special Interests:
I’m a founding member of the Editorial Freelancers Association’s Diversity Initiative and helped design the Welcome Program, acting as its codirector in 2019–2020. Having experienced firsthand the challenges of networking as a freelance editor (as well as helping new editors find their community and develop their businesses), I collaborated with fellow editor Linda Ruggeri to write Networking for Freelance Editors and share what we’ve learned with the editing community (

Professional memberships:
• Editorial Freelancers Association
• ACES: The Society for Editing
• PEN (Professional Editors Network)
• Bay Area Editors’ Forum


  • Graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Georgia with a degree in English
  • The Author-Editor Clinic: Developmental Editing
  • Editorial Freelancers Association: Developmental Editing series (three-course series); Book Mapping for Developmental Editors; Line Editing; etc.
  • Independent Study
  • Poynter Institute coursework
  • Franklin Covey Training: Focus Workshop
  • Editorial Internship: Peachtree Publishers (2006)

Clients Include:

  • Macmillan
  • Kensington
  • Girl Friday Productions
  • Select corporate clients, including: AGCO, SiteOne
  • Independent authors

Let’s talk about how I can help make your latest project ready for its readers.

Editing Services
Copyediting, Developmental editing, Proofreading, Series
Other Services
Manuscript critique, Style guide creation
Fiction Genres
Action/adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Mythology, Romance, Science fiction, Suspense/thriller
Nonfiction Genres
Autobiography and memoir, Business, Creative nonfiction, History, Reference
Age Levels
New adult, Adult
End Products
Books, articles, brochures, catalogs, websites
Style Manuals
Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Word
Other Memberships
ACES: The Society for Editing, Editorial Freelancers Association