Kate Stephenson

Kate Stephenson - Editor

Jersey City, NJ, United States

Editor who approaches work as a holy calling to assist authors in accessing their unique voice and boldly speaking their personal truth.

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Overview

I am a publishing professional, providing comprehensive editing, supplemental and ghost writing, and author consulting services to ensure your manuscript transforms from an idea in your head to a compelling book in reader's hands. I founded KEMPS Consulting, a boutique communications firm, on the principal of personalized, one-on-one, client interaction. KEMPS resists the mass production movement, instead offering tailored solutions to meet our authors’ specific needs.

I have worked with corporate publishers, indie presses, and individual authors, both self and traditionally published, to create a consistent, compelling voice that connects with and inspires readers. I’m on a mission to write a new world, one brave and inspiring story at a time. I believe it is a holy calling, and I honor that with an honest spirit of integrity and a healthy dose of gumption. I want to support my clients in leaning into their dreams and discovering their unique voices. There is too much in the world that silences our hopes—fear, judgment, conformity—and I want to help people let those things go to speak their own personal truth.

A decade in business has taught me the key to quality service: I take the time to listen to you and understand your objectives. I do not use templates or boiler plates; there is no one-size-fits-all or paint-by-numbers method here. I take pride in working one-on-one with you, encouraging your development, to shape your project to surpass your original vision. Grounded in strong customer service principles, I will always respect your time, your voice and your process.

Fiction
African American fiction
Literature
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Assistant Publisher/Managing Editor

Welstar Publications
January, 2008 – December, 2011 (almost 4 years)

Owner/Founder

Self-employed
April, 2006 – Present (over 12 years)

Editorial Assistant

Pearson
January, 2005 – June, 2005 (5 months)

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Breaking In: The Author of a New Era

Wayne Casey

In the summer before his freshman year, Wayne Casey could think of nothing but joining the elite rank of athletes at Byrd Prillerman High School. The all-black school was the alma mater of his seven older siblings, and Wayne in the family tradition planned to be the eighth Casey to walk the halls of Byrd High. But something happened.Over 55 years later, still no one can explain or understand h... read more

In the summer before his freshman year, Wayne Casey could think of nothing but joining the elite rank of athletes at Byrd Prillerman High School. The all-black school was the alma mater of his seven older siblings, and Wayne in the family tradition planned to be the eighth Casey to walk the halls of Byrd High. But something happened.Over 55 years later, still no one can explain or understand h... read more

Celebrating Your Scars: Living Boldly for Christ

Theresa Whitfield

When First Lady Theresa Whitfield found herself bleeding on the Trinity Baptist Church floor she couldn’t cry out for help and she couldn’t process the very real threat of death. Beating unbelievable odds, Theresa has recovered from a brutal attack which has left her face indelibly scarred. Over 2,000 stitches later and with uncounted prayer, Lady Whitfield has emerged wounded but victorious. ... read more

When First Lady Theresa Whitfield found herself bleeding on the Trinity Baptist Church floor she couldn’t cry out for help and she couldn’t process the very real threat of death. Beating unbelievable odds, Theresa has recovered from a brutal attack which has left her face indelibly scarred. Over 2,000 stitches later and with uncounted prayer, Lady Whitfield has emerged wounded but victorious. ... read more

The Bacteria of Hurt: Book 1: Innocence (Volume 1)

Paula Lett

Told in the voice of a vibrant, bright young girl raised in the 1960s South, this first book Innocence exposes the poisonous bacteria of hurt. Unaware that she has been infected, Little Paula navigates through life with a constant, gnawing sense of displacement. Seeking familial acceptance, maternal affection and answers to the mystery that obscures her identity, she will discover that silent ... read more

Told in the voice of a vibrant, bright young girl raised in the 1960s South, this first book Innocence exposes the poisonous bacteria of hurt. Unaware that she has been infected, Little Paula navigates through life with a constant, gnawing sense of displacement. Seeking familial acceptance, maternal affection and answers to the mystery that obscures her identity, she will discover that silent ... read more

A Sports Illustrated Strategy for Success: A Christian Perspective

William Christopher Harris

A Sports Illustrated Strategy for Success: A Christian Perspective gives you the tools and motivation to get off the spectator stand and into the game of life. These strategies help you claim a position of expectation, living life on purpose and fulfilling your God-given destiny. Through practical advice supported by the real-life experiences of Biblical figures and modern day Sports icons, Wi... read more

A Sports Illustrated Strategy for Success: A Christian Perspective gives you the tools and motivation to get off the spectator stand and into the game of life. These strategies help you claim a position of expectation, living life on purpose and fulfilling your God-given destiny. Through practical advice supported by the real-life experiences of Biblical figures and modern day Sports icons, Wi... read more

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