Thoughtful and authentic professional line and copy editing for indie writers.

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I’m also a writer, just like you. I share your dreams, desires, limitations, and fears.

I understand that there is nothing better than seeing your writing succeed.

While many editors tend to specialize in one genre, I absolutely adore variety. It has not only made my job endlessly interesting, but it has also made me better at what I do. I am able to recognize patterns in my clients’ writing and make recommendations for their future writing based on those patterns. The diversity has allowed me to see exactly what matters in all stories and all writing, no matter the genre or topic, and this has given me a serious edge.

Not only can I help you take your manuscript the next step up: I can help you take your writing there, too. I don’t claim to be an expert on writing compelling books, but I can tell you that delving to the core of over three and half million words has taught me many things. It is my goal to teach you these things, too. I am more than just an editor: I hope to encourage you, advise you, and simply be there for you in your publishing journey. 


Editing Package:

Copy Editing

Line Editing






Sample Editing:  



sample edit.

Book Ahead

Book a 2-week editing session ahead of time with a 20% deposit. 

Drop In

Drop in when you’re ready and we’ll see if my calendar is open.


This was my first time paying real money for an editor. I was worried that this relationship would turn out like many online relationships do and Mikaela would disappear completely or make excuses as to why my book wasn’t finished, yet.  Boy was I wrong! She kept in touch with me and dropped my manuscript into my inbox on the exact day she said she would. My book would not have turned out so well if I hadn’t had it edited properly. Mikaela wrote honest comments that helped me make the changes myself, which helped me to be a better writer. I would definitely recommend Mikaela’s services. She is reliable, honest, and direct. I think any writer would be lucky to nab a spot in Mikaela’s schedule.  Book her right now!

Tracey Pedersen

It’s always hard to pull the trigger and use someone you haven’t worked with before, but I am glad I decided to work with Mikaela. She is helping me take my novels to new heights with her editing and advice–I never knew how much work my manuscripts actually needed. Mikaela has not only edited the manuscript, but she has also given me advice that has led me to rework the first novel of my series and scrap the second novel to redo its outline. I think that, with her advice, my series will reach my readers much better and not only will I entertain them, but I’ll also be able to sell more copies. If you are deciding if you need and editor or which editor to use, talk to Mikaela. Her work on the 1,000 word sample I sent her made up my mind.

Randy Dyess

I contacted Mikaela to edit my first novel, Painting Sky. I was very nervous to send my ‘baby’ to a complete stranger, and with English not being my first language, I knew some work needed to be done! Painting Sky would definitely not be published without her much-needed help. She’s an excellent professional, meets the agreed schedule, is very thorough, and the communication is excellent. I already booked her to edit my second novel and can’t wait to work with her again.

Rita Branches

With terrific attention to detail and knowledge of grammar, Mikaela is easy to work with and always available to answer my questions. She catches all of my mistakes, correcting them and helping me produce a book that I am proud to publish. One of the greatest benefits from working with her is the sense of freedom I now have to just write. I can write the way I want to write, because I know that with each draft, I’m going to be working with Mikaela.

B.A. Spangler

I am so glad that I found A Step Up Editing! Mikaela was prompt, professional, and reasonably priced. She turned around two different projects more quickly than most editors, and had a great eye for detail and consistency. She caught things I hadn’t even thought of in my stories that allowed me to rewrite and resolve them quickly. Thanks to her service, I really feel that my books read well, and have an edge of realism.

John Grover

Mikaela is a great copyeditor, and I heartily recommend her. Not only is she great at picking up spelling and grammar gaffes, but she also knows how to kick my butt and tell me what’s not working (trust me, I need this), giving me time to improve the manuscript before it goes to print. I’ll definitely be using her again in the future.

Tracey Edwards

Mikaela offered to edit (for free) some work on Kindle Boards, and from that sample, I asked her to take my manuscript on as a piece of work. Well, I can say that the service and edit suggestions have been first class. Prompt, professional, and very affordable. I encourage anyone out there who is looking for a new editor to dive right in.

Paul O'Brien

I highly recommend A Step Up Editing. Mikaela was a joy to work with; I can’t say enough great things about her work. My book was edited once by another company and it was rejected by Amazon for having too many typos. After Mikaela’s changes, it never got any criticism again. It is so important to publish a flawless book and Mikaela makes sure you do just that!

Peggy Trentini


Note that the following portfolio only shows books that have been published. I have also edited informative writing, essays, articles, and yet-to-be published manuscripts, which are not represented here.



Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Other:








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