Kate Studer

Kate Studer - Editor

Guelph/Eramosa, ON, Canada

With 10+ years of experience in Romance & a passion for YA, this former Harlequin editor knows what elevates stories into page-turners.

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Publishing can be overwhelming, especially in an overcrowded market that leaves most authors feeling overlooked and lost. Every writer needs someone in the corner; someone who can help them hone their craft, and answer any questions they might have, thoughtfully and considerately. That's where I come in :)

Whether you're looking to develop your story, polish a final draft, or fine-tune your query, the time I've spent working with industry powerhouses like Harlequin and Carina Press, and bestselling authors like Maisey Yates and Lori Foster, has granted me the knowledge and the know-how to turn your creative vision into an accomplished piece of work you can truly be proud of. With every project I take on, I place great emphasis on open communication and true collaboration. This isn't about me intruding on your creation, it's about making your writing the very best it can be. It's YOUR voice; I'm just here to help it be heard. And hopefully, we'll have some fun along the way!

With over a decade of experience in the publishing industry, I know what agents, editors, and readers are looking for. And in today's highly competitive market, there's no substitute for a primed and refined manuscript or query that's expertly tailored to your target audience. Don't let your hard work go unnoticed; I offer a variety of editorial services that will bring out the very best in your novel or query, giving it the strength it needs to stand out.

“Kate has a keen eye and an ability to pick up on small details that make a big difference. Her notes are always great and make me think about things from a different perspective, which is really helpful...I always enjoy working with her.” –Kira Sinclair, author of the Sweetheart, South Carolina series

“Kate has done several line edits of my books, and I’ve been very pleased with her work. Her attention to detail and continuity were great, and she always respected the tone of the book and my voice.” -Debbi Rawlins, author of the Made in Montana series
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Dystopian
Fantasy
Inspirational
LGBTQ
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours English-Rhetoric and Professional Writing, The University of Waterloo
  • The Keys to Effective Editing (Professional Development Course), The University of Waterloo

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Copywriter

Self-employed
June, 2015 – Present (about 4 years)

Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant, HQN Books

Halequin
January, 2014 – June, 2015 (over 1 year)

Editorial Assistant, HQN Books, MIRA Books, and Sub Rights/Overseas Editorial

Harlequin
May, 2010 – January, 2014 (over 3 years)

Administrative Assistant, Single Title Editorial

Harlequin
March, 2008 – May, 2010 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Wild Ride Cowboy (Copper Ridge)

Maisey Yates

He’s come back to Copper Ridge, Oregon, to keep a promise—even if it means losing his heart…Putting down roots in Copper Ridge was never Alex Donnelly’s intention. But if there’s one thing the ex-military man knows, it’s that life rarely unfolds as expected. If it did, his best friend and brother-in-arms would still be alive. And Alex wouldn’t have inherited a ranch or responsibility for his l... read more

He’s come back to Copper Ridge, Oregon, to keep a promise—even if it means losing his heart…Putting down roots in Copper Ridge was never Alex Donnelly’s intention. But if there’s one thing the ex-military man knows, it’s that life rarely unfolds as expected. If it did, his best friend and brother-in-arms would still be alive. And Alex wouldn’t have inherited a ranch or responsibility for his l... read more

Tempting the Laird (The Highland Grooms)

Julia London

Mystery and desire cloak the Scottish HighlandsUnruly. Unmarried. Unapologetic. Catriona Mackenzie’s reputation precedes her everywhere she goes. Her beloved late aunt Zelda taught Cat to live out loud and speak her mind, and that’s exactly what she does when Zelda’s legacy—a refuge for women in need—comes under fire. When her quest puts her in the path of the disturbingly mysterious Hamlin Gr... read more

Mystery and desire cloak the Scottish HighlandsUnruly. Unmarried. Unapologetic. Catriona Mackenzie’s reputation precedes her everywhere she goes. Her beloved late aunt Zelda taught Cat to live out loud and speak her mind, and that’s exactly what she does when Zelda’s legacy—a refuge for women in need—comes under fire. When her quest puts her in the path of the disturbingly mysterious Hamlin Gr... read more

Cooper's Charm

Lori Foster

One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the ... read more

One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the ... read more

Luke's Cut: A Romance Novel (Hell's Eight)

Sarah McCarty

He’s the last bachelor standing among the men of Hell’s Eight, and he’ll settle for nothing less than passion…Unencumbered by wife or family, Luke Bellen is the obvious member of Hell’s Eight to lead a treacherous trek across Comanche territory. But Luke suspects he will never know another minute’s peace when photographer Josie Kinder joins the wagon train. Whip-smart Josie has a voluptuous fi... read more

He’s the last bachelor standing among the men of Hell’s Eight, and he’ll settle for nothing less than passion…Unencumbered by wife or family, Luke Bellen is the obvious member of Hell’s Eight to lead a treacherous trek across Comanche territory. But Luke suspects he will never know another minute’s peace when photographer Josie Kinder joins the wagon train. Whip-smart Josie has a voluptuous fi... read more

Lizzie & Darcy

Alyxandra Harvey

Lizzie Bennet loves all things British—Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Afternoon tea.Until she meets William Darcy.*Lizzie Bennet would love Pride and Prejudice—if she weren’t busy living a modern version of it.It’s bad enough that her mother is obsessed with tulle and wedding planning, and her little sister Lydia has kissed more boys than Lizzie and the rest of her sisters combined---but now Willia... read more

Lizzie Bennet loves all things British—Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Afternoon tea.Until she meets William Darcy.*Lizzie Bennet would love Pride and Prejudice—if she weren’t busy living a modern version of it.It’s bad enough that her mother is obsessed with tulle and wedding planning, and her little sister Lydia has kissed more boys than Lizzie and the rest of her sisters combined---but now Willia... read more

Guarding His Heart (Scoring for Love)

Synithia Williams

Scoring for LoveSizzling-hot basketball star Kevin Koucky plans to end his career with a bang by posing au naturel in a magazine feature. When photographer Jasmin Hook agrees to take the assignment, she never expects the risqué photo shoot to end with a sensual slam dunk. But the handsome athlete comes with children and an ex-wife—emotional baggage Jasmin can’t handle. Little does she know tha... read more

Scoring for LoveSizzling-hot basketball star Kevin Koucky plans to end his career with a bang by posing au naturel in a magazine feature. When photographer Jasmin Hook agrees to take the assignment, she never expects the risqué photo shoot to end with a sensual slam dunk. But the handsome athlete comes with children and an ex-wife—emotional baggage Jasmin can’t handle. Little does she know tha... read more

Handle Me (Uniformly Hot!)

Kira Sinclair

Subject: K-9 Handler Ty Colson Mission: Deliver an injured war dog to the woman of his very naughty dreams Savannah "Van" Cantrell is the girl Ty Colson could never have. She's also the sister of his best friend—and blames Ty for his death in Afghanistan. The last thing Ty needs is a reunion with Van. Or a reminder of their too-potent chemistry. Van wants to give her brother's dog a loving hom... read more

Subject: K-9 Handler Ty Colson Mission: Deliver an injured war dog to the woman of his very naughty dreams Savannah "Van" Cantrell is the girl Ty Colson could never have. She's also the sister of his best friend—and blames Ty for his death in Afghanistan. The last thing Ty needs is a reunion with Van. Or a reminder of their too-potent chemistry. Van wants to give her brother's dog a loving hom... read more

Wild for You (Made in Montana)

Debbi Rawlins

She's driving him wild! Aspiring director Erin Murphy has sunk everything (including her food budget) into an independent Western movie. And she has the perfect location for the final scene—if she can get stubborn rancher Spencer Hunt to agree. With her future in the balance, Erin can't afford to screw this up. Even if it means she has to play dirty… The moment he sees Erin's long legs and red... read more

She's driving him wild! Aspiring director Erin Murphy has sunk everything (including her food budget) into an independent Western movie. And she has the perfect location for the final scene—if she can get stubborn rancher Spencer Hunt to agree. With her future in the balance, Erin can't afford to screw this up. Even if it means she has to play dirty… The moment he sees Erin's long legs and red... read more

To Catch a Thief (Fitzgerald House)

Nan Dixon

What would you do for your family?When Carolina Castillo’s once vivacious mother becomes ill, she gives up her singing dreams and comes home to Savannah. She’d do anything for her Mamá, even work at Fitzgerald House for the family she should have been part of. She’d even steal.Carolina’s decisions make perfect sense until she comes up against the immovable rock that is gorgeous FBI agent Sage ... read more

What would you do for your family?When Carolina Castillo’s once vivacious mother becomes ill, she gives up her singing dreams and comes home to Savannah. She’d do anything for her Mamá, even work at Fitzgerald House for the family she should have been part of. She’d even steal.Carolina’s decisions make perfect sense until she comes up against the immovable rock that is gorgeous FBI agent Sage ... read more

The SEAL's Return (Home to Covenant Falls)

Patricia Potter

This is the home he never expected… With a terrifying ordeal behind him, former navy SEAL Jubal Pierce was supposed to stay in Covenant Falls, Colorado, for only a day or two. That's it. He's not prepared to put down roots here—no matter how intriguing the town's new doctor happens to be. Not to mention Dr. Lisa Redding's teen brother is on a troubled path that's all too familiar. Suddenly Jub... read more

This is the home he never expected… With a terrifying ordeal behind him, former navy SEAL Jubal Pierce was supposed to stay in Covenant Falls, Colorado, for only a day or two. That's it. He's not prepared to put down roots here—no matter how intriguing the town's new doctor happens to be. Not to mention Dr. Lisa Redding's teen brother is on a troubled path that's all too familiar. Suddenly Jub... read more

All I Want (A Farmers' Market Story)

Nicole Helm

This couldn't be happening…not to him! For Charlie Wainwright, the only way to live is according to plan. But a corporate layoff and one hot night with Meg Carmichael has thrown him off course. He doesn't know how to handle the pretty goat farmer, much less the news that they made more than conversation that night. Suddenly Meg is pregnant, and Charlie wants to do the right thing. Meg and all ... read more

This couldn't be happening…not to him! For Charlie Wainwright, the only way to live is according to plan. But a corporate layoff and one hot night with Meg Carmichael has thrown him off course. He doesn't know how to handle the pretty goat farmer, much less the news that they made more than conversation that night. Suddenly Meg is pregnant, and Charlie wants to do the right thing. Meg and all ... read more

The Bull Rider (Cameron's Pride)

Helen DePrima

This could be her toughest assignment yet Having witnessed her father's death in a race-car crash, Joanna Dace can't imagine getting close to anyone who risks his life for sport. But she can write about them. Keeping her professional distance lets her get inside anyone's head without letting that person into her heart. Until she meets her latest subject—professional bull rider Tom Cameron. Tom... read more

This could be her toughest assignment yet Having witnessed her father's death in a race-car crash, Joanna Dace can't imagine getting close to anyone who risks his life for sport. But she can write about them. Keeping her professional distance lets her get inside anyone's head without letting that person into her heart. Until she meets her latest subject—professional bull rider Tom Cameron. Tom... read more

The Burlington Manor Affair

Saskia Walker

A legendary family estate. A mutual longing. A bargain struck. Carmen Shelby wants what's been left to her—the valuable estate that she once called home. Rex Carruthers is the heir to Burlington Manor, a ruthless playboy who enjoys playing games, and all he wants is for Carmen to surrender. There can be only one winner….

A legendary family estate. A mutual longing. A bargain struck. Carmen Shelby wants what's been left to her—the valuable estate that she once called home. Rex Carruthers is the heir to Burlington Manor, a ruthless playboy who enjoys playing games, and all he wants is for Carmen to surrender. There can be only one winner….

Living Abroad Successfully: What Where When How

Rachel Smets

Do you wish you could live abroad? Where would you go? What would you do once you got there? Whether your dream is to escape your current life, become a globetrotter, explore new career paths or just enjoy life elsewhere, this book is for you. In this book, you will learn to:• Plan and be prepared for what comes next• Adjust to your new life and settle in smoothly• Recognize and understand cul... read more

Do you wish you could live abroad? Where would you go? What would you do once you got there? Whether your dream is to escape your current life, become a globetrotter, explore new career paths or just enjoy life elsewhere, this book is for you. In this book, you will learn to:• Plan and be prepared for what comes next• Adjust to your new life and settle in smoothly• Recognize and understand cul... read more

Creating Change: 27 Feng Shui Design Projects to Boost the Energy in Your Home

Laura Morris

Good Design is Good Feng ShuiIn Creating Change, Laura Morris unites modern interior designand creativity with ancient Feng Shui principles to create aneasy-to-use handbook for bringing more energy into your homeand life. Intentional design is about mindfully creating: using your hands to design your space with the ancient and powerful tradition of Feng Shui. Morris offers a learn-by-doing app... read more

Good Design is Good Feng ShuiIn Creating Change, Laura Morris unites modern interior designand creativity with ancient Feng Shui principles to create aneasy-to-use handbook for bringing more energy into your homeand life. Intentional design is about mindfully creating: using your hands to design your space with the ancient and powerful tradition of Feng Shui. Morris offers a learn-by-doing app... read more

Her Secret Daughter (Grace Haven)

Ruth Logan Herne

Her Secret ChildJosie Gallagher has plenty of reasons to be wary of Jacob Weatherly—considering he’s working for the hotel chain that’s forcing her restaurant to close. But when he shows up there with a little girl by his side—her little girl—she’s dismayed. How has this bachelor wound up with custody of the baby Josie placed with a married couple six years ago? The handsome hotel executive ha... read more

Her Secret ChildJosie Gallagher has plenty of reasons to be wary of Jacob Weatherly—considering he’s working for the hotel chain that’s forcing her restaurant to close. But when he shows up there with a little girl by his side—her little girl—she’s dismayed. How has this bachelor wound up with custody of the baby Josie placed with a married couple six years ago? The handsome hotel executive ha... read more

The Cowboy's Christmas Bride (Hope, Montana)

Patricia Johns

The Cowboy's Christmas Bride by Patricia Johns released on Nov 01, 2016 is available now for purchase.

The Cowboy's Christmas Bride by Patricia Johns released on Nov 01, 2016 is available now for purchase.

Kate has 20 reviews

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Chidinma Onuoha
Kate was very vocal and open when I had questions and she provides excellent insight and suggestions during the developmental editing process.

Chidinma Onuoha, June 2019

Kate Studer
Thank you so much, Chidinma! It was such a pleasure working with you!

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William Wallace
Really great feedback and able to give me more perspective to drive the story in the right way

William Wallace, June 2019

Kate Studer
Thank you, William! It was a pleasure working with you and I'm so glad my suggestions were useful in helping your wonderfully suspenseful story hit all the right notes!

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Catherine Dershem
This is my third collaboration with Kate, and she continues to add depth, and value to my manuscripts.

Catherine Dershem, May 2019

Kate Studer
Thank you so much, Cathy. You are always such a pleasure to work with and your stories always bring a smile to my face.

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Shelly Desjarlais
It was great working with Kate! Very thorough and exceptional editing. I'd definitely work with her again.

Shelly Desjarlais, May 2019

Kate Studer
Thank you so much, Shelly! It was a pleasure working with you as well and I'd be thrilled to work together again sometime!

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Kaitlin Kime
Kate did a wonderful job finding those problems in my manuscript that I couldn't quite put my finger on, and then gave excellent suggestions for ways that those problems could be solved. Her developmental feedback has definitely given me all that I need to put the final polish on this piece, and she was a consummate professional throughout. She definitely knows her stuff, and it's clear that sh...
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Kaitlin Kime, May 2019

Kate Studer
Thank you so much, Kaitlin! I loved working on your story with you and it would be my pleasure to work with you again on any future projects :)

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