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 two 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!  Mikaela 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 taken the plunge and had it edited properly.  Mikaela wrote comments that helped me make the changes myself, which, I’m sure, helped me to be a better writer.  Her comments were honest, which is something I was desperately seeking. I would definitely recommend Mikaela’s services and I have booked her again for my second book.  She is reliable, honest, and direct.  I have zero negatives to report and think any writer would be lucky to nab a spot in Mikaela’s schedule.  Book her right now!

Tracey Pedersen

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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