Editors & Specialties


KILBY BLADES

Services Offered

  • Developmental Editing
  • Professional Beta Reading
  • World Expertise/SME Beta Reading and Editing
  • Sensitivity Reading

Education/Credentials

  • B.A. in International Politics
  • M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy
  • 10+ years as a pro digital marketer
  • Certified Sommelier

Awards and Accolades

  • 1st Place Winner - 2018 NECRWA Awards
  • 1st Place Winner - 2018 CIMRWA Awards 
  • 1st Place Winner - 2018 IndieReader Discovery Awards
  • Bronze Medal - 2018 IPPY Awards
  • Foreword Indie Awards Honorable Mention
  • Publisher's Weekly/ BookLife Prize in Fiction Semi-Finalist
  • 2018 Emma Award Winner and Triple-Finalist
  • 2018 Holt Medallion Finalist
  • 2018 National Readers Choice Award Finalist
  • 2018 Stiletto Contest Double-Finalist
  • 2018 Passionate Plume Finalist
  • 2018 Rudy Awards Finalist

Subject-Matter Specialties

  • Locations: Kilby has traveled to 20+ countries, has lived on three different continents, is a former travel writer, and is fluent in four languages. Places she knows well include:
    • United States: New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco
    • Europe: Paris, Austria
    • Africa: Tanzania, Kenya
    • South America: Bolivia
  • Business Worlds, the Power Elite and Wealthy Lifestyles: Kilby holds an MBA from a top U.S. program and has worked as an executive in multi-billion-dollar corporations. She attended elite schools and has lived in some of the wealthiest zip codes in the U.S. and abroad. She can speak to:
    • Millionaire/billionaire/mogul/CEO characters
    • Elite worlds, wealthy lifestyles and privilege
    • Big/evil companies and corporate thrillers
  • Epicurean Worlds. Kilby is a former food, wine and travel writer, and a certified sommelier who has studied at the Culinary Institute of America. She is an expert on:
    • Winemaking worlds and viticulture
    • Culinary worlds including restaurants
    • Artisan cocktails
  • Arts and Entertainment Worlds. Kilby worked for two entertainment megaliths and is a former entertainment journalist. She can speak fluently to:
    • Film genres, including contemporary, classic and indie
    • Film worlds, including festivals and criticism
    • Film and television production
  • Culture and Sensitivity Reading: Kilby does sensitivity beta reading and editing for a select group of authors who are writing characters outside of their own experience. The goal of sensitivity reading is to red-flag characterizations who seem stereotypical, or who may not be differentiated enough. Kilby has firsthand knowledge of African-American and Latin-American culture.

BEX DANE

Services Offered

  • Copy Editing
  • Standard Beta Reader
  • Subject Matter Beta

Genres Read

  • Contemporary Romance, including LGBTQ

Education/Credentials

  • B.A.
  • M.S.

Subject Matter Specialties

  • Sub-Genres: Mafia, Religious, Human Trafficking, Military
  • Locations: Southern California
  • Industries and Sectors: Sciences, Architecture
  • Lifestyles: LGBTQ
  • Time Periods/Eras/Cultures: 21st Century
  • Expertise Related to Hobbies and Pastimes: Lovemaking arts (specifically, oral--don't balk, she writes/edits steamy romance)