Kate Schomaker

Kate Schomaker - Editor

Honolulu, HI, USA

Communicative editor who is scrupulous yet flexible. Experienced in crime/thriller, YA, mainstream fiction, and spiritual/self-help themes.

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Dedicated, punctual, and meticulous copyeditor and proofreader. Genres of expertise include psychological thrillers, YA, crime and mysteries, and mainstream fiction. I'm especially eager to bulk up my experience in women's fiction and romance, but I'd love to apply my editorial prowess to any project in any category.

My professional background includes technical, academic, and literary editing, and because my word-nerd soul has always been drawn to fiction and memoir, I pursued my master's degree in creative writing. I'm able to combine my keen eye for mechanical and grammatical intricacies with a dedication to the creative spark and nuanced voice writers bring to their pages.

Objective reader? Check. Grammar guru? Check. Reliable sounding board on everything from accurate colloquial dialogue to the latest binge-worthy Netflix release? Check. As your editor, I will not only ensure your work's integrity but will also act as your ultimate advocate. I work hard to craft insightful, straightforward critique that can elicit effective revisions. Let's collaborate and get your best work published.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Dystopian
Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • B.A. in English from University of Richmond
  • M.A. in Creative Writing from University of London

Work experience

Manuscript Editor

Elite Editing
July, 2017 – Present (about 2 years)

Editorial duties include copy and line editing manuscripts for clients including Amazon Publishing, Mascot Books, independent authors, International Greetings, and various academic and business publishers; manuscript material includes crime and thriller, self-help and spirituality, YA and science fiction, poetry chapbooks and collections, and historical and mainstream fiction.

Every project involves a compilation of detailed editorial comments and queries as well as a summation letter to the author that highlights central areas for further focus; comments must clearly communicate the grammatical principle behind revisions and effectively use style guide support to strengthen consistency within the text.

Contract Editor

Scribendi Inc.
September, 2016 – September, 2017 (about 1 year)

Performed developmental editing, copyediting, and academic editing services for an array of scholarly and technical content and for authors from various industries and backgrounds; authors included native and non-native English speakers from international universities and scientific research foundations.

Projects for review included scientific and medical journal submissions, academic manuscripts (STEM-focused articles as well as material covering specific topics within the humanities and social sciences), and postgraduate theses and dissertations.

Was responsible for returning each project within an established timeline and for crafting feedback that was appropriate for and tailored to the material and author; evaluated and revised/rewrote text and citations to conform to various style guides and journal formatting specifications.

Publications Editor

CEB
May, 2012 – September, 2016 (over 4 years)

Worked within the creative department of an international consulting company to publish compelling, accurate, and finely tuned research material and reports, compilation and interpretation of survey results and data, marketing collateral, and informative summaries for C-level executives.

Coached researchers and writers on maintaining company style and voice, upholding grammatically sound text, and instilling simplicity and clarity in their writing.

Exercised different levels of editorial services, including basic but rigorous copyediting, line-level editing, proofreading, and in-depth substantive revisions; was relied upon to produce error-free content through multiple reviews and editing cycles.

Met with researchers, both in person and via telephone for international authors, to discuss edits made to manuscript-length publications that received the highest level of review.

Managed project timelines and deadlines (for both the daily work queue as well as larger, more time-intensive projects) with internal clients and the design team to ensure a punctual turnaround.

Took initiative with many team-level and individual projects, such as one-on-one sessions with business writers and training new designers on Editorial’s role and responsibilities within the department; worked independently and closely with the team manager on specific high-profile projects, such as the investors’ Annual Report and the yearly/quarterly Executive Guidance.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Lies of Men (Andrea Kellner Mystery)

Dana Killion

A murdered source. A board room power play. Reporting this story may prove fatal.Investigative reporter Andrea Kellner is under fire. After she inherits a media company from her husband, a hostile board member hires an efficiency consultant to force her out. Turning a blind eye to the power struggle, she throws herself into her next story only to find her key source dying in her home with an X... read more

A murdered source. A board room power play. Reporting this story may prove fatal.Investigative reporter Andrea Kellner is under fire. After she inherits a media company from her husband, a hostile board member hires an efficiency consultant to force her out. Turning a blind eye to the power struggle, she throws herself into her next story only to find her key source dying in her home with an X... read more

A City Divided (A Naomi Archer and Detective McCauley Series)

A. B. Levin

A young attorney who’s star is on the rise, a veteran Chicago Police Detective, and a mercenary taking out drug dealers are all on a collision course.Naomi Archer, a young partner at a prestigious Chicago Law firm has just uncovered a major embezzlement scheme being perpetrated against her biggest corporate client. Veteran Chicago Police Detective Pat McCauley is on the hunt for a professional... read more

A young attorney who’s star is on the rise, a veteran Chicago Police Detective, and a mercenary taking out drug dealers are all on a collision course.Naomi Archer, a young partner at a prestigious Chicago Law firm has just uncovered a major embezzlement scheme being perpetrated against her biggest corporate client. Veteran Chicago Police Detective Pat McCauley is on the hunt for a professional... read more

Collateral Carnage: Money. Politics. Big Pharma. What could go wrong?

Chris Saper

Money. Politics. Big Pharma. What could go wrong?As PTSD therapist Claire Wilheit is about to learn, a whole helluva lot. A chance after-hours encounter with a fellow therapist reveals falsified patient files and thrusts Claire into a conspiracy poised to revolutionize treatment for US veterans now and for future generations, with deadly collateral damage.Trapped in an avalanche of events over... read more

Money. Politics. Big Pharma. What could go wrong?As PTSD therapist Claire Wilheit is about to learn, a whole helluva lot. A chance after-hours encounter with a fellow therapist reveals falsified patient files and thrusts Claire into a conspiracy poised to revolutionize treatment for US veterans now and for future generations, with deadly collateral damage.Trapped in an avalanche of events over... read more

Close to the Bone (Widow's Island Novella Book 1)

Kendra Elliot

An Amazon Charts bestseller.From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot comes the first novella in the thrilling Widow’s Island series.FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest island when she gets the call: a teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on a nearby island.Together with Tessa Black, a childhood friend turned local deputy, Cate confron... read more

An Amazon Charts bestseller.From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot comes the first novella in the thrilling Widow’s Island series.FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest island when she gets the call: a teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on a nearby island.Together with Tessa Black, a childhood friend turned local deputy, Cate confron... read more

A Bone to Pick (Widow's Island Novella Book 2)

Melinda Leigh

In this gripping second novella in the Widow’s Island series, bestselling author Melinda Leigh delivers a chilling tale of murder in the Pacific Northwest.Deputy Tessa Black gave up her career as a detective with the Seattle PD and returned to the Pacific Northwest island she calls home to care for her ailing mother. Tessa thinks her mother’s illness is the worst thing she’ll face—until she re... read more

In this gripping second novella in the Widow’s Island series, bestselling author Melinda Leigh delivers a chilling tale of murder in the Pacific Northwest.Deputy Tessa Black gave up her career as a detective with the Seattle PD and returned to the Pacific Northwest island she calls home to care for her ailing mother. Tessa thinks her mother’s illness is the worst thing she’ll face—until she re... read more

Hunt Them Down (Pierce Hunt Book 1)

Simon Gervais

The dark world he's been fighting against has caught up with him. Will his daughter pay the price?As a former Army Ranger, DEA Special Agent Pierce Hunt is no stranger to violence. Fresh off a six-month suspension, he's itching to hit a notorious Mexican drug cartel where it hurts, even if that means protecting crime boss Vicente Garcia, a witness in the case against sadistic cartel leader Val... read more

The dark world he's been fighting against has caught up with him. Will his daughter pay the price?As a former Army Ranger, DEA Special Agent Pierce Hunt is no stranger to violence. Fresh off a six-month suspension, he's itching to hit a notorious Mexican drug cartel where it hurts, even if that means protecting crime boss Vicente Garcia, a witness in the case against sadistic cartel leader Val... read more

All Gone (Ireland & Carter Thrillers Book 2)

Joel Goldman, Lisa Klink

ALL GONE IS ALL ACTION, ALL ADVENTURE AND ALL ROMANCE FROM ACCLAIMED AUTHORS JOEL GOLDMAN & LISA KLINK, THRILLER MASTERS AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME”You’d better read this with oven-mitts because this caper is a scorcher!” Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of True FictionProfessional thieves steal the four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta from an impenetrable London muse... read more

ALL GONE IS ALL ACTION, ALL ADVENTURE AND ALL ROMANCE FROM ACCLAIMED AUTHORS JOEL GOLDMAN & LISA KLINK, THRILLER MASTERS AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME”You’d better read this with oven-mitts because this caper is a scorcher!” Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of True FictionProfessional thieves steal the four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta from an impenetrable London muse... read more

As Sick as Our Secrets (a psychological thriller)

A. B. Whelan

What would you do if you found out your husband was a serial killer?Olivia Campbell has the life most women want. A respected husband, beautiful home, and the freedom that only financial security can provide.But not all is as it appears...Olivia has secrets, and after discovering a hidden journal in her husband's study, she realizes that she's not the only one.As her picture perfect world star... read more

What would you do if you found out your husband was a serial killer?Olivia Campbell has the life most women want. A respected husband, beautiful home, and the freedom that only financial security can provide.But not all is as it appears...Olivia has secrets, and after discovering a hidden journal in her husband's study, she realizes that she's not the only one.As her picture perfect world star... read more

The Fever King (Feverwake)

Victoria Lee

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for ... read more

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for ... read more

Dancing with the Sun

Kay Bratt

From the bestselling author of Wish Me Home comes a heart-racing tale of resilience and hope.When Sadie Harlan visits her daughter, Lauren, at her summer internship in Yosemite National Park, it seems like the perfect way to forget about her empty nest and failing marriage back home. But when the two women get lost on what’s meant to be a short hike, they suddenly find themselves fighting for ... read more

From the bestselling author of Wish Me Home comes a heart-racing tale of resilience and hope.When Sadie Harlan visits her daughter, Lauren, at her summer internship in Yosemite National Park, it seems like the perfect way to forget about her empty nest and failing marriage back home. But when the two women get lost on what’s meant to be a short hike, they suddenly find themselves fighting for ... read more

Appetite for Addiction

Spencer Newell

Author, endurance athlete, wellness advocate, and recovering alcoholic/addict Spencer Newell calls being drunk a “comfortable place.” Drinking was once an essential part of his day even though he knew that it was killing him and that his lifestyle—wild parties, strong drinks, and heavy drugs—was unmanageable. Something was going to break, and Spencer assumed that something was going to be him.... read more

Author, endurance athlete, wellness advocate, and recovering alcoholic/addict Spencer Newell calls being drunk a “comfortable place.” Drinking was once an essential part of his day even though he knew that it was killing him and that his lifestyle—wild parties, strong drinks, and heavy drugs—was unmanageable. Something was going to break, and Spencer assumed that something was going to be him.... read more

The Zero Point: The True Story of a Woman's Cosmic Journey with Star Beings (Volume 1)

Alexa Person

Alexa Person’s earliest earthly memories are fraught with conflict. Whether she was not fitting in at school or asserting her vegetarianism amid a family of Texas ranchers, she longed for something more. And she got it. At a young age, she began communicating with beings from other dimensions, but their interactions often left her feeling abandoned by her star family. And she had no one on Ear... read more

Alexa Person’s earliest earthly memories are fraught with conflict. Whether she was not fitting in at school or asserting her vegetarianism amid a family of Texas ranchers, she longed for something more. And she got it. At a young age, she began communicating with beings from other dimensions, but their interactions often left her feeling abandoned by her star family. And she had no one on Ear... read more

Bless: Inspiring Reasons and Practical Ways to Live Your Faith through Acts of Love

Karen Panton WalkingEagle

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment…?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…And…Love your neighbor as yourself.”—Matthew 22:36-39 (NIV) Much has changed since that conversation took place over two thousand years ago. But one thing has stood the test of time: the truth of Jesus’s words and the power found in acting on t... read more

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment…?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…And…Love your neighbor as yourself.”—Matthew 22:36-39 (NIV) Much has changed since that conversation took place over two thousand years ago. But one thing has stood the test of time: the truth of Jesus’s words and the power found in acting on t... read more

Inherited Dysfunction

Jennifer M. Hunter

No one has ever been born into a family of his or her choice; some of us were born into love, wealth, abuse, or poverty. Most of us have experienced dysfunction in our households or extended families, and ultimately, it has made us who are today. This drama filled novel is certain to keep you on the edge of your seat, as it tells the story of young Riley Roberts. As the daughter of a drug deal... read more

No one has ever been born into a family of his or her choice; some of us were born into love, wealth, abuse, or poverty. Most of us have experienced dysfunction in our households or extended families, and ultimately, it has made us who are today. This drama filled novel is certain to keep you on the edge of your seat, as it tells the story of young Riley Roberts. As the daughter of a drug deal... read more

Hick At Heart: In an Urban World

Mr. John R Henderson

When he was twenty-three, John R. Henderson left his small hometown in Missouri for big city life, where he found a sharp disconnect between his rural upbringing and urban expectations. He would spend years adjusting to his new life, adapting his expectations to match his new environment. "Hick at Heart: In an Urban World is both a commentary on small town life and a memoir about the urbanizat... read more

When he was twenty-three, John R. Henderson left his small hometown in Missouri for big city life, where he found a sharp disconnect between his rural upbringing and urban expectations. He would spend years adjusting to his new life, adapting his expectations to match his new environment. "Hick at Heart: In an Urban World is both a commentary on small town life and a memoir about the urbanizat... read more

Are You Going to Step on That Snake?: Hunting Man and Beast in The Appalachians

David R. Long

After thirty years as a West Virginia conservation officer, David R. Long has some incredible stories to tell. Entrusted with the conservation of a wild land and the protection of those who enjoy it, Long is well aware of the highs and lows of his profession. But for this Appalachian game warden, it's his deep love for the land that fueled his passion for natural resources law enforcement for ... read more

After thirty years as a West Virginia conservation officer, David R. Long has some incredible stories to tell. Entrusted with the conservation of a wild land and the protection of those who enjoy it, Long is well aware of the highs and lows of his profession. But for this Appalachian game warden, it's his deep love for the land that fueled his passion for natural resources law enforcement for ... read more

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Kevin Crowell
Kate was an exceptional proofreading partner for my debut project. Not only did she do a thorough job catching there inevitable mistakes that somehow made it to the near final version, but she offered suggestions on other elements of the story that were valuable and didn't require significant rework. She is both professional friendly and is very easy to work with. I not only highly recommend he...
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Kevin Crowell, July 2019


steve peek
Kate's work bordered between perfect and impeccable. She did exactly what she said and in the timeframe she set. I will offer her my next novel and hope her schedule is more open. It probably won't be, but I can hope.

steve peek, July 2019


Chris Fox
I contracted with Kate for proofreading services and she delivered so much more. She caught continuity issues that I had missed in countless read throughs and event went so far as to track the position of characters in a scene to make sure that the action described was possible. She was always quick to respond with trusted guidance to any questions I had. No doubt my book is better for Kate's w...
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Chris Fox, July 2019


Carolyn Lauman
As a first-time author, I was nervous to share my manuscript with a professional. Working with Kate Schomaker, however, has been invaluable. Kate's professionalism, expert editing skills and thoughtful content suggestions not only improved my manuscript, they have improved my writing. I will most definitely call on Kate to edit all my future novels.

Carolyn Lauman, June 2019


Karen Henderson
She did an excellent job and delivered on time. I am very happy with her work and hope to work with her again.

Karen Henderson, June 2019

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