Brittany M. Dowdle

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