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About Kat


Hello! My name is Kat Harvey. Welcome to my website.


I am a book editor, specialising in sex, sleuths, swords and spaceships. I work on fiction and narrative non-fiction books. Reading and writing from a young age has made me passionate about developing books. I love that my work allows me to read so many books before anybody else does. It's even better knowing that my editorial training and experience help those books to soar above the crowded market place. For a lifelong bibliophile, working with authors and being an integral part of the publishing process is endlessly rewarding.

I live in Scotland with my two cats and one dog. When I'm not editing, I will be devouring a wide range of genres and subjects by reading, writing or watching movies, TV and documentaries. I like to get hands-on too and can be found dressing up in historical costume for living history/educational events, shooting my longbow, helping out on movie sets, attending sci-fi/fantasy conventions and exploring the great outdoors. New experiences and adventures are always on the agenda.

Ural owl © Tom Ruman from

I love owls which is why I have chosen one as my logo. This little guy, the Ural owl, is my favourite.​ My work space is surrounded by all kinds of owl paraphernalia. The owl is the symbol of Athena, goddess of wisdom and knowledge -- attributes that are fundamental to the art of editing and proofreading, so I am well supported in my endeavours. 

Training and Professional Development

  • Chapterhouse Proofreading and Editorial Skills

  • SfEP* Proofreading 1

  • SfEP* Copy-editing 1

  • SfEP* Editing with Word

  • SfEP* Introduction to Fiction Editing

  • SfEP* Brush up your Grammar

  • SfEP* Annual Conference 2018 and mini conferences 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Professional Editors' Guild 30th Anniversary Online Conference 2023

  • IPEd Conference 2023

  • Write Successful Crime Fiction

  • CreateSpace & Kindle Self-Publishing Masterclass

  • TEFL

  • Introduction to Screenwriting, Napier University, Edinburgh

  • World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention: Montreal (2009), London (2014), Helsinki (2017), Dublin (2019)

* The SfEP was the previous name for the UK editing and proofreading professional body, now the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).

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