Steve Schul

Steve Schul – Editor

Fact-checker, Proofreader, and Cultural Research Editor with companies like Kirkus and Amazon. Specializing in LGBTQ+ and cultural issues.


I have a passion for proofreading and fact-checking and I am also an expert in cultural sensitivity issues. My specializations include LGBTQ+, homelessness and drug addiction, Alzheimer's disease and eldercare, and income inequality and residential segregation issues.

I love proofreading contemporary fiction, historical fiction and classic fiction as well as non-fiction books.

My experience also includes adapting published books as audio books. Past career experience as a publicist for a fashion designer for over a decade provides me with a vast knowledge of the fashion industry. I also have extensive career knowledge of cocktails, food, and cooking as well .

Please reach out to me if you need a great proofreader, fact-checker or cultural research editor or for any questions.


From author Melissa Payne: "Wow, I was unexpectedly touched by this [cultural research edit]. I really appreciate the insight of someone else and the additional eye on making sure the characters are fully developed and are portrayed with care and sensitivity. Steve’s words mean a lot to me—my thanks and appreciation to him."

From author Wendy James: “To the brilliant people . . . who’ve worked so hard behind the scenes to get this book—and me!—out into the world in the best possible shape: [including] Steve S.”

Classics Contemporary Fiction Cultural & Ethnic Historical Fiction LGBTQ Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Fashion & Textiles LGBTQ Non-Fiction
English (US)
  • Bachelor of Science in Communications and Journalism, University of Kansas, William Allen White School of Journalism

Work experience


Jul, 2016 — Present

Cold Reader, correcting egregious errors as well as making additional edits during final read-through.
Cultural/Sensitivity Editor, specializing in LGBTQ+, Alzheimer's, homelessness, and drug addiction issues. Adaptation Editor, Amazon Brilliance division, adapting books for audio, including description of visuals Editor, Amazon Publishing classics division, adapting classic literature in public domain.
Manuscript Styling, Kirkus, applying consistent styles to text for layout editors.
Fact-checking, Amazon publishing imprints, fact-checking nonfiction books and articles.

Lumina Datamatics, NY, NY

Feb, 2014 — Nov, 2015 (over 1 year)

Aligned Texas state standards for grades 3–12 social studies program, Pearson Education.
Developed, wrote, researched, and managed content for social studies, reading, and language arts.
Managed, wrote and edited program for reading comprehension and writing skills for grades K–6

Cocktail Buzz, Brooklyn, NY

Apr, 2007 — Aug, 2021 (over 14 years)

Created a website and blog focusing on cocktail and food pairings.
Produced, cohosted, filmed, and edited video segments demonstrating cocktail and food pairings.
Partnered with liquor companies for brand promotions, recipe development, and special events.
Developed photography and editorial content.
Managed social communities across multiple platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Bess NYC, NY, NY

Feb, 2002 — Dec, 2013 (almost 12 years)

Conceptualized and managed promotional events, fashion shows, store openings, and launch parties.
Created seasonal collection “lookbooks”—including photography, layout, and design—for media and buyers.
Secured press in a wide range of targeted print, television, and websites, including Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue Italia, V, Elle, New York Times, W, and Vanity Fair, plus celebrity brand placement.
Identified prospective clients, produced proposals, and negotiated contract details for domestic and international accounts, showrooms, and agents.
Developed and maintained relationships with a worldwide base of editorial and media contacts Identified, secured, and managed corporate sponsorships for events.


See Jane Snap

Crandell, Bethany

My Grandma's Photos

Sunar, Özge Bahar

The Community

Chisholm, N. Jamiyla

The Raven Spell

Smith, Luanne G.

Family Money

Zunker, Chad

Miss Janie's Girls

Brown, Carolyn

The Daydream Cabin

Brown, Carolyn

A Falling Star

Brown, Carolyn


Henry, Veronica G.

Near You

Burton, Mary

Turning Point

Deaver, Jeffery

Steve has 1 review





Robert T.

Robert T.

Sep, 2022

Working with Steve was wonderful. He is an amazing technician, and I learned so much from him. Awesome value as well. I recommend him unconditionally.

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