editorial consultant

My name is Brittany Dowdle, and I help turn promising manuscripts into great books. Since 2011, I’ve been providing authors and publishers with professional editing services. I bring the same level of professionalism and skill to my publishing clients and private authors, while understanding their distinct needs.

An Eclectic Knowledge Base

I specialize in a select grouping of genres and subject matter, including speculative fiction (science fiction, urban fantasy), historical fiction, mysteries (police procedural, historical, cozy), romance (multicultural, historical, contemporary), adventure, women’s fiction, YA, literary, and distinctive nonfiction. I also enjoy editing contemporary translations for American audiences.

Experience as an Independent Editor

Professional Experience at Word Cat Editorial Services includes developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading—working with both fiction and nonfiction for publishers and individual authors. I have edited and proofread close to 200 fiction and nonfiction titles. See PORTFOLIO



Developmental Editing & Line Editing

  • Individual Authors

Professional Memberships

I’m an active member of the following professional groups:


Professional Development

Throughout my career, I’ve been diligent in cultivating my craft through continuing education and development, including

  • EFA Developmental Editing Series (Intro-Advanced)
  • EFA Book Mapping for Developmental Editors
  • EFA Webinars
  • The Author-Editor Clinic Developmental Editing Course
  • Copyediting.com Webinars
  • Franklin Covey Training: Focus Workshop
  • Peachtree Publishers Editorial Intern
  • Self-Directed Study

Additional Professional Experience

Before transitioning to full-time work as an editorial consultant, I used my love of language as a way to contribute order and purpose to the fluid business operations of dynamic companies like Château Élan Winery & Resort, the most-awarded winery on the East Coast, and Image Solutions, ranked one of Inc.’s 500 fastest-growing private companies.