Meet Qat Wanders, Founder of Wandering Words Media


The Wandering Wordsmith

Qat Wanders is a former circus performer turned author and self-made businesswoman (with a wee bit of a unicorn obsession). She has edited more than 4,000 books and ghostwritten over 100, including New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers.

Her extensive experience in the world of self-publishing and editing spans more than a decade and means she is uniquely placed to help authors achieve their dreams of publication and get their messages out into the world. In addition, she is a single mom, competitive weightlifter, avid reader, and skydiver. 

Writing has been a big part of Qat’s life for as long as she can remember. As an avid reader, writer, and book editor, she fosters a deep love for the written word. Heck, she has studied seven languages! Qat holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English Literature and Editing with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She is also a Certified Professional Editor (CPE). 

After seeing a very real need for traditional-publishing quality in the self-publishing world, Qat built Wandering Words Media in 2016 when she decided it was time to settle down from traveling circus life and build something more sustainable.

After a ton of trial and error, obscene amounts of coffee, and a relentless determination to crash through walls and repeatedly pick herself back up, Qat has now produced hundreds of successful books (of her own and for clients), coached dozens of entrepreneurs, built her business from zero to six figures and beyond, and been featured on numerous media outlets.

When she isn’t writing, reading, or editing books, she is likely lifting weights, sweating in a hot yoga class, eating sushi with her daughter, Ora Wanders—a published author at ten years of age—or jumping out of a plane in the Rocky Mountains.

Meet Christina Bagni, Chief Editor

Christina is the Chief Editor at Wandering Words Media. She also handles client communications, helping authors discover just what kinds of editing their book babies need. She began working with Qat while attaining her Master’s in English Education at Gordon College, and she also holds a BFA with distinction from Emerson College in Writing, Literature, and Publishing with a concentration in Creative Writing.

Words are the focal point of her life, and have been since she finished writing her first novel in middle school (it was terrible. She’s gotten much better since then, thank goodness). She believes stories can change the world, and nothing makes her happier than making manuscripts shine. 

Nowadays, when not editing with Wandering Words Media, she writes her own fiction novels and tutors high schoolers in creative writing. She also runs local Dungeons and Dragons campaigns–and writes all the adventures herself.

Meet Our Team

Jesse Winter

Jesse previously helped academic journals, novelists, entrepreneurs, and policy influencers share their ideas, inspire others, and change the world. Jesse believes words matter and should capture the imagination, which is why he aims to make every word count.

After several years at a variety of nonprofits and completing graduate work in ethics and global affairs, Jesse found he could make the biggest impact in the world through writing and helping others write. His expertise in a variety of fields allows Jesse to present his work at academic conferences and contribute to magazines, blogs, journals, and NGO publications. When not deciding where commas go or reading philosophy, Jesse can be found out running or creating—be it painting, worldbuilding, or telling stories.

Allison Rose Goddard

Allison proofread on the side for many years before she turned her love of reading and knack for finding grammatical errors into a business. She started by completing Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice and helping court reporters perfect their work by correcting tricky errors and ensuring consistency and flow within transcripts.

Now, Allison helps authors achieve their publishing dreams as well through her training in General Proofreading: Theory and Practice. She works with both fiction and nonfiction self-published authors to polish their manuscripts before publication to ensure the best possible reader experience. In her spare time, Allison can be found writing novels and working toward her own publishing dream.

Rachel McCracken

Rachel McCracken is an author, editor, blogger, and self-publishing coach specializing in true, inspirational stories, memoirs, and all things spiritual. Her background in technical editing, copy editing, and creative writing education makes her highly versatile and a perfect fit for both nonfiction and fiction clients. Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in English (writing and editing emphasis) and a master’s degree in teaching. She has helped numerous authors pursue their path to self-publication and is passionate about helping writers bring their manuscripts to life.

Rachel is the author of Chasing Kites: One Woman’s Journey through Infertility, Adoption, and Foster Care and the creator of Chasing Kites, a foundation committed to helping adoptive and foster families navigate the uncertainties and celebrate the joys of adoptions. She is a mom to eight children, seven of whom are adopted. She currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, although a part of her heart will always reside in her country farmhouse in central Washington.

Tasche Laine


Tasche is a dedicated wordsmith with 34 years’ experience working with the written word. Her background includes varied jobs such as journalist, technical writer, high school English teacher, studio teacher for child actors, private tutor, Kaplan SAT test prep tutor, editor, and proofreader. She’s also an award-winning and bestselling author, so she’s been where you are… holding onto that first manuscript like a lifeline, not sure you’re ready to let others even see it (let alone dare to suggest you change it!). Tasche gets it. She’ll work with you to make sure your writing stays in your voice, while also fulfilling the rules and guidelines of story structure and grammar.

Tasche has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University, as well as two teaching credentials from California State University. She has lived all over the US and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, near Portland.

Jean Knight Pace

Jean Knight Pace has been writing, reading, and editing since she was old enough to tell people how she thought things should be done. She worked as an editor for Organize Magazine, and is the author of the bestselling books, Grey Stone, Grey Lore, and Hugging Death: Essays on Motherhood and Saying Goodbye. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University. She lives in Indiana with her husband, four children, seven ducks, two chickens, and a cat.

Jaime Lynne Lea

Jaime Lea loves to read. And write. But mostly read. She jokes that she was born with a red pencil in her hand. For this reason, she is embarrassed to admit that she lost the spelling bee in third grade because she spelled the word “judgment” with an “e”—an acceptable spelling in the U.K., but not necessarily in the U.S. She feels the sting of that injustice to this day.

She has a degree in Broadcast and Interpersonal Communication, and spent a few years working in television news as a producer and a reporter. This was where she learned the fine arts of telling big stories in small bytes and meeting tight deadlines. She spent five years handling public and media relations for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, the fifth largest district in the nation. She enjoys applying the skills she learned in her previous careers to her current work—proofreading, copy editing, and writing author bios and book descriptions.

Jaime lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, in a small town on a peninsula across the Puget Sound from Seattle. She is an avid collector of memories and a passionate documenter of life. She and her husband, Robert, have three children.

Vanessa Lynn

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with Distinction from the University of Washington in Seattle and a graduate certificate in publishing from NYU.  She has at various times been a paralegal, literacy coordinator, writing coach, academic tutor, copy editor, freelance editor, and literary agency submission reviewer.  She strongly believes everyone has a powerful story to share, and enjoys helping writers polish their work to be ready for publication. Two of her great passions are writing and editing. It is her privilege to help others get their unique experiences and knowledge out into the world.

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