“Karmen’s insightful and encouraging editorial input on my novel Worry, both as an assistant to my literary agent and then as an editor at HarperCollins Canada, was invaluable. Her suggestions vastly improved the story I was trying to tell, and her excitement about my work and faith in my abilities buoyed me up during the entire process. Any writer would be lucky to have her in their corner.”
- Jessica Westhead, author of Worry
"[Karmen's] feedback was not only helpful, logical, and nuanced, but is derived from a fundamental understanding of my plot, characters, and overall vision. And honestly, that sort of critique is utterly invaluable. AND she did it all in a super concise and personable manner. So, yeah--she's infuriatingly talented."
- Mike Weir, author
“Karmen’s insight into the horror genre is immense. She helped me mine untapped wells of suspense that had been effectively sitting under my nose in my script. Working with the rules and situations that had already been established in the screenplay, she was able to find ways to significantly elevate the tension and further improve the story as a whole.”
- Skye Braband, screenwriter
I specialize in horror fiction but have worked with many genres, including literary fiction, science and speculative fiction, thrillers, and YA fantasy.
Editorial services include:
- manuscript evaluation
- substantive/structural editing
- proofreading and copyediting
- script consultation
- query letter guidance
- provided editorial reports to the publisher on agent submissions and new drafts from authors
- line-edited fiction acquisitions
- provided editorial reviews to senior editors and championed talented authors such as Steven Hall, Kate Eberlen, Dan Vyleta, Karen McBride, Jessica Westhead, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Jeffrey Colvin, Owen Nicholls, Alison Taylor, and Beatrice MacNeil
- launched titles to the sales, marketing, and publicity teams
- wrote cover copy and metadata
- liaised with authors, agents, freelancers, and other departments
- edited manuscripts of clients
- evaluated manuscripts of potential clients through detailed editorial letters
- organized cross-country workshops
- reader reports on agent submissions and slush
- proofread and copyedit novels in production
- write cover copy
- assigned and edited weekly stories from journalism students
- wrote features stories
- copyedited and proofread final layout
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Passionate book editor who's worked with bestselling authors at Penguin Random House on thrillers, historical fiction, and book club reads.