About Our Editors

Ash Virdell - Owner and Senior Editor

Ash is a bit of a nomad, having lived and travelled throughout the country and around the world before settling in her home state in Austin, Texas. She finished writing her first novel at twelve years old - and it was horrible. This horrible novel was a blessing though, because it introduced the need for a good editor early in life. Fantasy of all types, science fiction, and pretty much any other genre that bends the rules of everyday reality fall under her favorite genres to edit, read, and write. That being said, she has edited many a biography in addition to educational texts primarily for middle grade audiences.

Ash graduated summa cum laude from Grand Canyon University with a B.A. in English Literature and hunger to help others succeed in their literary journeys. Since then, she has worked for multiple editing agencies, private clients, freelanced, and even published some of her own writing. Throughout these experiences, Ash gained a firsthand understanding of which editing services are truly valuable to writers, as well as how to empower editors with the tools they need to refine a client's work to perfection.

Anybody can have ideas–the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.  ~ Mark Twain

Karissa Harlow - Senior Editor

Karissa is a desert rat, born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and has LOVED reading since she first picked up a book - today, she is still known for her immense book collection. She discovered her love of fantasy with series like Harry Potter, Sisters Grimm, and Fablehaven, and this love later evolved into an appreciation for young adult literature. 

In this realm, she first served as proofreader and editor for the recent dystopian novel, Traitor, by Ash Leigh. She was first published herself in the literary review for her Alma Mater, Grand Canyon University (where she majored in English Literature), with two short stories in 2017 and 2018. Her most recent story, Through the Mauve Mirror, received an honorable mention in the 2018 4th Quarter of the L Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest. Though she has a passion for working in the young adult and speculative fiction genres, she is also open to other varieties of fiction and nonfiction. In nonfiction, she has experience with both APA and MLA styles of formatting. 

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke. ~ Arthur Plotnik 

The Ink Drop Team

Here at Ink Drop, we intimately understand the importance of finding a reliable editor to not only grasp your vision, but to truly care about making it the best it can be; this is why we are so particular about who we let work with your manuscripts. Ink Drop employs a variety of highly qualified and talented freelance editors depending on demand to provide you with valuable feedback in as timely a manner as possible. We believe that stories have the ability to change the hearts of readers, and through that, change the world. We are honored to come alongside you and be a part of that change.