Kate Studer

Kate Studer - Editor

Guelph/Eramosa, ON, Canada

With 10+ years of experience in Romance and 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
Coming of Age
Contemporary Romance
Dystopian
Fantasy
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Suspense
Young Adult

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 (over 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 (25 selected works)

This Is How I Lied: A Novel

Heather Gudenkauf

Everyone has a secret they’ll do anything to hide…Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve Knox was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. There were a handful of suspects, including her boyfriend, Nick, but without sufficient evidence the case ultimately went cold.For decades Maggie was haunted by... read more

Everyone has a secret they’ll do anything to hide…Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve Knox was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. There were a handful of suspects, including her boyfriend, Nick, but without sufficient evidence the case ultimately went cold.For decades Maggie was haunted by... read more

Under an Alaskan Sky (A Wild River Novel Book 2)

Jennifer Snow

Look for the second book in Jennifer Snow’s Wild River series, coming soon from HQN Books!

Look for the second book in Jennifer Snow’s Wild River series, coming soon from HQN Books!

Second Sight (The Jigsaw Files Book 2)

Sharon Sala

The clock is ticking…When Charlie Dodge gets a phone call from a frantic woman stating her daughter has been kidnapped by her ex-husband and taken into a cult called Fourth Dimension, he takes the case without hesitation. The cult’s rumored purpose is to gather men with psychic abilities with the goal of breeding a race of people who have supernatural powers. Once accepted into the cult, men a... read more

The clock is ticking…When Charlie Dodge gets a phone call from a frantic woman stating her daughter has been kidnapped by her ex-husband and taken into a cult called Fourth Dimension, he takes the case without hesitation. The cult’s rumored purpose is to gather men with psychic abilities with the goal of breeding a race of people who have supernatural powers. Once accepted into the cult, men a... read more

Unbroken Cowboy (A Gold Valley Novel)

Maisey Yates

In Gold Valley, Oregon, forbidden love just might be the sweetest…Dane Parker traded in his trailer-park roots for glory as a bull rider. But when a serious injury sidelines him for months, it’s the first time he can’t just pull himself up by his bootstraps. The last thing he wants to deal with is sweet family friend Bea treating him like one of her wounded animals—or the unexpected attraction... read more

In Gold Valley, Oregon, forbidden love just might be the sweetest…Dane Parker traded in his trailer-park roots for glory as a bull rider. But when a serious injury sidelines him for months, it’s the first time he can’t just pull himself up by his bootstraps. The last thing he wants to deal with is sweet family friend Bea treating him like one of her wounded animals—or the unexpected attraction... 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

Music from Another World

Robin Talley

It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched wit... read more

It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched wit... 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

Dark Storm (South Shores Book 6)

Karen Harper

There are some forces you can’t outrun…Forensic psychologist Claire Markwood has experienced her share of disaster. But nothing could prepare her for her sister, Darcy, going missing. Claire rushes to the butterfly sanctuary where Darcy has been working, prepared to do what she does best—work the clues. But her sister, along with her car and some of the sanctuary’s rarest species of butterflie... read more

There are some forces you can’t outrun…Forensic psychologist Claire Markwood has experienced her share of disaster. But nothing could prepare her for her sister, Darcy, going missing. Claire rushes to the butterfly sanctuary where Darcy has been working, prepared to do what she does best—work the clues. But her sister, along with her car and some of the sanctuary’s rarest species of butterflie... 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

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

Her Christmas Wish & Designed by Love

Sherelle Green, Sheryl Lister

HER CHRISTMAS WISHWhen Kyra Reed discovers that Luke O’Connor is in LA, the Bare Sophistication manager vows to make him pay for breaking her heart. Her revenge goes south when the real-estate mogul entices her into his bed and reawakens her desire. But Luke is bound by a long-ago promise, and Kyra is wary of trusting him again. Will they get their secret holiday wish—to be each other’s by Chr... read more

HER CHRISTMAS WISHWhen Kyra Reed discovers that Luke O’Connor is in LA, the Bare Sophistication manager vows to make him pay for breaking her heart. Her revenge goes south when the real-estate mogul entices her into his bed and reawakens her desire. But Luke is bound by a long-ago promise, and Kyra is wary of trusting him again. Will they get their secret holiday wish—to be each other’s by Chr... 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

Sweet Love & Because of You

Sheryl Lister, Elle Wright

SWEET LOVESurgical nurse Alisha Hunter lives for her children and her career. At a party, she meets a man who vows to broaden her horizons. Former military officer Jabari Sutton is ready to settle into civilian life—with Alisha. And she can’t deny the desire that ignites with a single kiss. But the reappearance of her ex throws her world into chaos. Is Jabari as perfect as he seems—someone Ali... read more

SWEET LOVESurgical nurse Alisha Hunter lives for her children and her career. At a party, she meets a man who vows to broaden her horizons. Former military officer Jabari Sutton is ready to settle into civilian life—with Alisha. And she can’t deny the desire that ignites with a single kiss. But the reappearance of her ex throws her world into chaos. Is Jabari as perfect as he seems—someone Ali... 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.

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N Sahin
Kate is kind, creative, punctual and easy to communicate with during the process of my query review. With the help of her suggestions, I was able to see my query, from a completely different angle and we together revise it as it is from scratch. Definitely suggest to collaborate with her for query review!

N Sahin, December 2019

Kate Studer
Thank you so much for the kind review! It's been a pleasure working with you and I'm so glad we've been able to work together to make your query as strong as it can be!

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Valerie Ward
Kate was wonderful. From our first communication where her comments let me know she actually read the sample I sent in, to our last after her review, she was professional, encouraging and always responded to my comments and questions quickly. She started on time and let me know she was beginning then delivered her review exactly when scheduled. Her advice was very specific and actionable an...
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Valerie Ward, November 2019

Kate Studer
Thank you, Valerie! You have been wonderful to work with from start to finish. It was my pleasure to help strengthen your story and I can't wait to see where you take it!

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Deborah Hatchell
I was lucky to pick Kate as an editor for my novel. She gave me focus, strong feedback and suggestions, and she paid attention to all the details (grammar, tense, etc.). I worked with her on two different projects for the same novel (I tried her for one service and then wanted to do more with her to finish the editing process), and she was consistent on both projects. She was easy to work wi...
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Deborah Hatchell, November 2019

Kate Studer
Thank you so much, Deb! You have been so great to work with every step of the way and it's been my pleasure to help you fine-tune your wonderful story. I'd be happy to work with you again anytime!

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Megan O'Grady
Kate has been such a pleasure to work with! Even after she has finished the editing process she is still happy to help and answer questions I have and that is amazing to know! She is truly so helpful and very nice!

Megan O'Grady, October 2019

Kate Studer
Thank you so much, Megan! It's been such a pleasure working with you too!

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Paul Breau
Kate has excellent insights and always provides great feedback. I highly recommend her. She is smart, fast, and always on time.

Paul Breau, October 2019

Kate Studer
Thank you so much for your kind words, Paul! It's been a pleasure working with you on this project!

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