Karen Krumpak

Karen Krumpak – Editor

Former editor with Writer's Digest books and magazine, now of Future Perfect Editing. Bring me your fantasy novels, MG/YA fiction, and more!

Overview

I’m an editor specializing in speculative fiction, YA and middle grade fiction, romance, and literary nonfiction. I provide copyediting and proofreading for publishers as well as manuscript evaluations, developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading.


I provide sample edits of up to 2,000 words for $50. The cost of all other work depends on the length, type, stage, and style of your individual project. I do require a portion of the payment before I begin work.


After I submit my feedback on your writing, I am happy to answer a few follow-up questions via messaging at any editing stage. For developmental editing, I also recommend authors discuss the editorial letter on a call with me a week or so after I send it to you.


I love this work, and I'm excited to hear from you about your story. If you reach out and don't hear from me right away, that's because I always put current clients first to ensure every projects get the care and attention it deserves. Don't worry—I'll get back to you soon.

Services
Fiction
Fantasy Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Middle Grade Young Adult
Non-Fiction
History Self-Help & Self-Improvement Writing & Publishing
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • MA in English Literature and Cultural Studies (University of Cincinnati)
  • BA in English Literature, BA in History, and BA in Classical Languages (Miami University)

Work experience

Disney Publishing

Jan, 2023 — Present

Copyedit and proofread adult, YA, and MG books
Provide editorial support to marketing team
Review cover copy and design elements

Writer's Digest

Oct, 2016 — Aug, 2018 (almost 2 years)

Wrote and edited material for WD books, magazine, and online
Managed judges, submissions, and winners for six annual competitions
Developed heds and deks in collaboration with co-editors

Self-employed

Aug, 2016 — Present

Etruscan Press

May, 2015 — Aug, 2015 (3 months)

Portfolio

She grew up in front of the world on the beloved sitcom Full House, but then actress Andrea Barber abruptly left Hollywood. Why did she leave and what did she do for twenty years out of the sp... read more
Copy Editing
Hook Your Audience with Unforgettable Storytelling! What do Luke Skywalker, John McClane, an da lonely dog on Ho'okipa Beach have in common? Simply put, we care about them. Great storytelling ... read more
Copy Editing Proofreading
Made with Reedsy
Back in the USSR

Joyce, Patrick D

Copy Editing
Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
The Last Orgasm

Andrews, Nin

Copy Editing Proofreading
Fire and Fate (Villains)

Valentino, Serena

Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Hunting the Hangman

Linskey, Howard

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
The Gringa

Altschul, Andrew

Proofreading
Does eating sugar cause yeast infections? Does pubic hair have a function? Should you have a vulvovaginal care regimen? Will your vagina shrivel up if you go without sex? What’s the truth abou... read more
Copy Editing
Halloween on Mackinac Island is a season of fun tricks, but finding a corpse is no treat for fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy . . . NIGHT OF THE REALLY DEAD It’s late October, off-season for to... read more
Copy Editing
The Betrayed Wife

Kevin O'Brien

THE PERFECT FAMILY Sheila O’Rourke has always known her husband isn’t perfect. Who is? But things have been better since they moved to Seattle to make a fresh start. So much so that when sixte... read more
Copy Editing
Useless Miracle

Barry Schechter

Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Copy Editing
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Mr. Breakfast

Carroll, Jonathan

Copy Editing
Flux

Chong, Jinwoo

Copy Editing
Proofreading
Proofreading
Sidle Creek

McIlwain, Jolene

Proofreading
The world-renowned author of THE HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON and other bestselling books on the trait of high sensitivity has written an indispensable guide for the significant number of parents w... read more
Copy Editing
In Marc Cameron's 8th and most gripping Jericho Quinn Thriller to date, the bestselling author, former U.S. Marshal, and author of the latest Tom Clancy thrillers pits Special Agent Quinn agai... read more
Copy Editing
On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents’ homes wear... read more
Copy Editing
Ill Angels

Dante Di Stefano

Ill Angels explores the cul-de-sacs and jubilees of early midlife. In poems that are at once formally assured and daringly inventive, Dante Di Stefano invokes the lives of artists, musicians, ... read more
Copy Editing Proofreading
Aard-vark to Axolotl, an eclectic series of tiny essays, is a collection of prose poems disguised as imaginary definitions, and a collaboration of text + image based on a set of illustrations ... read more
Copy Editing Proofreading
Silk Road

Daneen Wardrop

In unbidden moments, Donata Polo, wife of Marco Polo, turns to perceive a Venice accelerating from Mediterranean port to global hub. In peripatetic visits to market she reflects upon the eroti... read more
Copy Editing Proofreading
Zarathustra Must Die

Dorian Alexander

Zarathustra Must Die is a fictional memoir of a graduate student's odyssey through the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche—a journey that is far more than purely intellectual. Through many states o... read more
Copy Editing Proofreading
Rough Ground

Alix Anne Shaw

With a lyricism that is both delicate and painful, Rough Ground explores the devastating consequences of trauma on our ability to speak about the world. Based upon Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Log... read more
Copy Editing Proofreading
Mr. Either/Or

Aaron Poochigian

Aaron Poochigian’s Mr. Either/Or is an ingenious debut, a verse novel melding American mythology, noir thriller, and classical epic into gritty rhythms, foreboding overtones, and groovy jams s... read more
Copy Editing Proofreading
Areas of Fog

Will Dowd

Will Dowd takes us on a whimsical journey through one year of New England weather in this engaging collection of essays. As unpredictable as its subject, Areas of Fog combines wit and poetry w... read more
Copy Editing Proofreading
The definitive guide to writing scenes--now revised and expanded! Scenes are the building blocks for any work of fiction--the DNA sequence that makes a novel un-put-downable and unforgettable.... read more
Copy Editing Proofreading

Karen has 4 reviews

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Patrick D. J.

Patrick D. J.

Sep, 2022

Karen copy edited my young adult thriller novel with precision and an ear for the music of language. Not to mention an actual background in music, which she put to use by actually listening to pieces of music that appear in my story and offering refinements in how I describe them — truly above and beyond! She had an opening in her schedule and was able to fit me in relatively quickly, and she d...
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Hunter R.

Hunter R.

Apr, 2022

Karen is a fantastic copy editor with both an eye for details and a knack for understanding *my own* voice and way of storytelling. She provides early feedback on timeline/scheduling and offers recommendations that are concise, consistent and impactful. Highly highly recommend Karen support you in your next writing endeavor!
Kirpa S.

Kirpa S.

Dec, 2020

Karen, even though she slashed through the majority of my book, made it sound even more like me than I initially had. There were a few hiccups in the edits, but nothing I wouldn't excuse with Microsoft formating and human error. I really hate Microsoft and when Karen found out AFTER doing all her edits on Microsoft, she helped me convert the manuscript (which had to be split into 6 parts) all t...
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Gaston D. C.

Gaston D. C.

May, 2019

Who Ms. Krampak, what can I say? She's like an intuitive gift and a facial expression of deep appreciation.

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