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Katrina Diaz Arnold

Katrina Diaz Arnold - Editor

New York, NY, United States

NY-based editor + consultant. Formerly of a big five publisher. Specializes in fiction and has a soft spot for strong female protagonists.

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Katrina is an editor, writer, and content consultant with more than six years of professional publishing experience. Previously an editorial assistant at Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, where she worked with numerous New York Times bestselling authors, Katrina is an experienced developmental editor, line editor, and writer. She has also been a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association for over four years.

She specializes in fantasy, science-fiction, mystery/suspense/thriller, romance, women's fiction (contemporary and historical), and dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction. She also edits select young adult fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. Passionate about books her entire life, Katrina has a BA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University and a MA in Shakespeare from University College London. She loves nothing more than helping an aspiring author refine their work into the best, most vibrant version of itself.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Dystopian Fantasy Historical Fiction Paranormal Romance Romance Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Northwestern University: BA in English in Creative Writing
  • University College London: MA in Shakespeare

Work experience

Owner & Lead Editor

Self-employed
July, 2013 – Present (almost 4 years)

- Edited manuscripts for plot, structure, clarity, and language prior to publication
- Completed extensive editorial assessments to address developmental concerns
- Refined and strengthened manuscripts through in-depth comprehensive line edits
- Completed detailed copyedits and proofreads on manuscripts
- Wrote original articles and content for marketing copy, cover copy, query letters, and more
- Consulted writers through every step of the editorial process as well as on their overall
submission strategy or book publication
- Crafted project proposals, competed in bids, and signed contracts
- Ran all business administration including master scheduling and invoicing

Editorial Assistant

Scribner, Simon and Schuster
June, 2013 – September, 2015 (over 2 years)

- Edited New York Times bestselling and award-winning nonfiction and fiction books for structure, voice, and use of language by completing developmental, line, and copy edits
- Wrote promotional copy, book copy, sales tip sheets, editorial letters, and more
- Evaluated submissions for publication potential and researches competitive titles
- Communicated with writers and agents on a daily basis as the first response to all requests
- Managed projects from the onset through to publication, organized publication master schedules, monitored deadlines, payments, and contracts
- Strategically solved urgent issues for an average of 20+ projects at any given time
- Created original, promotional and/or shareable content for Twitter and Instagram
- Supervised minute-taking for editorial meetings and trained all new editorial assistants

Freelance Editor

Self Employed
January, 2013 – June, 2013 (5 months)

- Consulted collegiate and postgraduate applicants on personal statements and essays
- Wrote marketing copy, brochure copy, and website content for small businesses
- Edited manuscripts through developmental edits

Editorial Associate

Thomson Reuters
July, 2012 – September, 2012 (2 months)

- Proofread, copyedited, and completed multiple proof checks using BSI Proofing Symbols for legal loose-leaf and book manuscripts from initial copy to the final press proof
- Wrote filing instructions, edited checklists, and prepped texts for e-book transitioning

Publicity and Marketing Assistant

Chalke Authors/Endeavour Press
November, 2011 – July, 2012 (8 months)

- Copyedited, proofread, and formatted novellas and nonfiction essays for e-book publication
- Wrote press releases, inquiry letters, and interview questions
- Brainstormed, researched, and implemented two to four publicity campaigns per month

Editorial Intern

Browne and Miller Literary Associates
March, 2011 – June, 2011 (3 months)

- Reviewed several manuscripts per week and wrote reader's reports
- Managed and responded to all office email and letter queries
- Assembled potential proposals for evaluation every two weeks

Sponsorship Coordinator and Secretary

AAD Foundation
March, 2009 – September, 2011 (over 2 years)

- Wrote educational materials, outreach campaigns, and website content
- Created year-round campaigns to gain donors and contributors
- Organized annual events for 40-150 people and acted as main event contact
- Managed events team, coordinated silent auctions, handled all official paperwork

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Woman of the Dead: A Novel

Bernhard Aichner

The #1 international bestseller praised as “one of the most arresting thrillers I’ve read in years” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner), Woman of the Dead is the darkly thrilling tale of Brünhilde Blum, a successful undertaker whose happiness is dashed by a tragedy that sets her on a path of revenge.For the past eight years, Blum has had a good life—a life that masks the terrib... read more

The #1 international bestseller praised as “one of the most arresting thrillers I’ve read in years” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner), Woman of the Dead is the darkly thrilling tale of Brünhilde Blum, a successful undertaker whose happiness is dashed by a tragedy that sets her on a path of revenge.For the past eight years, Blum has had a good life—a life that masks the terrib... read more

The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World's Most Coveted Fish

Emily Voigt

A riveting journey into the bizarre world of the Asian arowana or “dragon fish”—the world’s most expensive aquarium fish—reveals a surprising history with profound implications for the future of wild animals and human beings alike.A young man is murdered for his prized pet fish. An Asian tycoon buys a single specimen for $150,000. Meanwhile, a pet detective chases smugglers through the streets... read more

A riveting journey into the bizarre world of the Asian arowana or “dragon fish”—the world’s most expensive aquarium fish—reveals a surprising history with profound implications for the future of wild animals and human beings alike.A young man is murdered for his prized pet fish. An Asian tycoon buys a single specimen for $150,000. Meanwhile, a pet detective chases smugglers through the streets... read more

The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II

Jan Jarboe Russell

The dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families—many US citizens—were incarcerated.From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, I... read more

The dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families—many US citizens—were incarcerated.From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, I... read more

Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

Michael J. Tougias, Douglas A. Campbell

The harrowing story of the sinking and rescue of Bounty—the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty—which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail Bounty from New London, Connecticut, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Walbridge was well aware that a hurricane was foreca... read more

The harrowing story of the sinking and rescue of Bounty—the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty—which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail Bounty from New London, Connecticut, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Walbridge was well aware that a hurricane was foreca... read more

Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America's Cities

Peter Rhee

The incredible life story of the trauma surgeon who helped save Congresswoman Gabby Giffords­—from his upbringing in South Korea and Africa to the gripping dramas he faces in a typical day as a medical genius.Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is a household name: most people remember that awful day in Arizona in 2011 when she was a victim of an act of violence that left six dead and thirteen wounde... read more

The incredible life story of the trauma surgeon who helped save Congresswoman Gabby Giffords­—from his upbringing in South Korea and Africa to the gripping dramas he faces in a typical day as a medical genius.Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is a household name: most people remember that awful day in Arizona in 2011 when she was a victim of an act of violence that left six dead and thirteen wounde... read more

The Crewmember

Marsha Volgyi

When twenty-four-year-old Lana Kramer accepts a six-month crewmember contract to perform as a dancer on a cruise ship, the experience is far from anything she could have imagined. The surreal vibe of being trapped between two worlds—rigid Navy-type crewmember rules on the one hand, dancing in sparkling costumes beneath bright lights on the other—causes confusion for Lana. From below-decks affa... read more

When twenty-four-year-old Lana Kramer accepts a six-month crewmember contract to perform as a dancer on a cruise ship, the experience is far from anything she could have imagined. The surreal vibe of being trapped between two worlds—rigid Navy-type crewmember rules on the one hand, dancing in sparkling costumes beneath bright lights on the other—causes confusion for Lana. From below-decks affa... read more

One Day in Ocilla: A sweet romance

Lilly Mirren

Sam had come to terms with his solitary, uncomplicated life after his wife left him and his two-year-old son fifteen years ago. So, when the sexy and confident Penelope Harper walks into the Post Office where he works, everything changes. At the same time his ex-wife returns to Ocilla with her new beau, demanding to see their son and Sam is faced with making a difficult decision. In a journey ... read more

Sam had come to terms with his solitary, uncomplicated life after his wife left him and his two-year-old son fifteen years ago. So, when the sexy and confident Penelope Harper walks into the Post Office where he works, everything changes. At the same time his ex-wife returns to Ocilla with her new beau, demanding to see their son and Sam is faced with making a difficult decision. In a journey ... read more

A Necessary Darkness (A Timeless Story Book 2)

Susan Catalano

The fate of Salem is in her hands… In the the thrilling conclusion to The Timeless Ones, Merry finds that sometimes power isn’t enough to save the ones you love. As she fights to gain control of her memories and her life, William struggles to overcome the Tall Man’s mark and maintain any good that remains inside him. Meanwhile, unnatural disasters plague Salem, intensifying with the approach o... read more

The fate of Salem is in her hands… In the the thrilling conclusion to The Timeless Ones, Merry finds that sometimes power isn’t enough to save the ones you love. As she fights to gain control of her memories and her life, William struggles to overcome the Tall Man’s mark and maintain any good that remains inside him. Meanwhile, unnatural disasters plague Salem, intensifying with the approach o... read more

Until I Met Her

Natalie Barelli

If you were asked to put your name to a novel you didn’t write, would you? Meet Emma Fern, celebrated author of a literary best-seller, adored by legions of fans everywhere, shortlisted for the prestigious Poulton Prize. But it wasn’t always this way, a year earlier you would have met Emma Fern, unremarkable beige wife, running a small housewares store, thinking of starting a family. And maybe... read more

If you were asked to put your name to a novel you didn’t write, would you? Meet Emma Fern, celebrated author of a literary best-seller, adored by legions of fans everywhere, shortlisted for the prestigious Poulton Prize. But it wasn’t always this way, a year earlier you would have met Emma Fern, unremarkable beige wife, running a small housewares store, thinking of starting a family. And maybe... read more

A Lady's Guide to Kiss A Rake: Misadventures of the heart

Tanya Wilde

SHE IS PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME… When Lady Josephine accepts a wager to lure a kiss from the most scandalous and depraved rake in England, she thought it an easy enough task. But one glimpse at the man in question and she foresees her reputation going up in glorious flames. It will not stop her from winning the wager, however, not even the vexing Marquis of St. Aldwyn, who is determined to sta... read more

SHE IS PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME… When Lady Josephine accepts a wager to lure a kiss from the most scandalous and depraved rake in England, she thought it an easy enough task. But one glimpse at the man in question and she foresees her reputation going up in glorious flames. It will not stop her from winning the wager, however, not even the vexing Marquis of St. Aldwyn, who is determined to sta... read more

The Devil Meets Lady Veronica Pebblesworth: A Novella

Tanya Wilde

By all accounts, Lady Veronica Pebblesworth should be furious with her father. After all, he did just inform her to find a husband or be betrothed to the very ambitious—albeit wickedly handsome—hotel owner, Daniel Crane. What the breathtaking devil does not know, however, is that Veronica has already developed an elaborate plan to rid herself of his marriage minded intent. But as Veronica uses... read more

By all accounts, Lady Veronica Pebblesworth should be furious with her father. After all, he did just inform her to find a husband or be betrothed to the very ambitious—albeit wickedly handsome—hotel owner, Daniel Crane. What the breathtaking devil does not know, however, is that Veronica has already developed an elaborate plan to rid herself of his marriage minded intent. But as Veronica uses... read more

Ghost Image: A Sophie Medina Mystery

Ellen Crosby

From the author of Multiple Exposure, the second “intriguing…compelling” (Publishers Weekly) novel in the thrilling Sophie Medina mystery series that features a photojournalist as she races to find an international treasure before a murderer finds her.When freelance photojournalist Sophie Medina finds Brother Kevin Boyle, a Franciscan friar and controversial environmentalist, dead in the magni... read more

From the author of Multiple Exposure, the second “intriguing…compelling” (Publishers Weekly) novel in the thrilling Sophie Medina mystery series that features a photojournalist as she races to find an international treasure before a murderer finds her.When freelance photojournalist Sophie Medina finds Brother Kevin Boyle, a Franciscan friar and controversial environmentalist, dead in the magni... read more

The Ulterior Motive

Jack Coleston

The fate of the United States hangs in the balance and only a select few can prevent the impending disaster. Stanley Carmichael is an intelligent and hard-working member of the Central Intelligence Agency. Yet, he never expected to be named Deputy Director of the CIA so soon in his career. Nonetheless, he finds himself stepping into shoes that feel impossible to fill. Anna Carmichael is a lege... read more

The fate of the United States hangs in the balance and only a select few can prevent the impending disaster. Stanley Carmichael is an intelligent and hard-working member of the Central Intelligence Agency. Yet, he never expected to be named Deputy Director of the CIA so soon in his career. Nonetheless, he finds himself stepping into shoes that feel impossible to fill. Anna Carmichael is a lege... read more

Dark Wine at Midnight (A Hill Vampire Novel Book 1)

Jenna Barwin

Orders from the Lux can't be ignored--a fact Dr. Cerissa Patel truly loathes.She's a scientist, not a secret agent, and doesn't want to spy on the vampires she's trying to help. But her duty to obey the Lux leaves her no choice, not with the fate of humanity on the line.Her cover story seems easy as pie: become a vampire's envoy, move to Sierra Escondida, and sign-up investors from among the s... read more

Orders from the Lux can't be ignored--a fact Dr. Cerissa Patel truly loathes.She's a scientist, not a secret agent, and doesn't want to spy on the vampires she's trying to help. But her duty to obey the Lux leaves her no choice, not with the fate of humanity on the line.Her cover story seems easy as pie: become a vampire's envoy, move to Sierra Escondida, and sign-up investors from among the s... read more

Night Bloom: Book One in the Night Bloom Saga

R.G. Hunsaker

All Sophie Bloom has ever known is a quiet, sheltered life with her abysmally normal parents, who just left for an anniversary trip. Having just moved to the beach cities of California, her biggest worry is whether the embarrassment that is her mother’s ancient, sputtering car might affect her ability to make friends in her upcoming junior year.She has no idea that one morning will change ever... read more

All Sophie Bloom has ever known is a quiet, sheltered life with her abysmally normal parents, who just left for an anniversary trip. Having just moved to the beach cities of California, her biggest worry is whether the embarrassment that is her mother’s ancient, sputtering car might affect her ability to make friends in her upcoming junior year.She has no idea that one morning will change ever... read more

Book of Raziel: Chapter One (Erelim Warriors 1)

Alex Gates

Dark magic. Darker intentions. One boy stands between Earth and its destruction…Albert’s life is completely ordinary in every way possible. After his brother dies and his parents become shells of their former selves, he has nothing to look forward to at school and home alike. But when a mysterious girl appears, life finally seems to be looking up…As tragedy strikes again, Albert learns a secre... read more

Dark magic. Darker intentions. One boy stands between Earth and its destruction…Albert’s life is completely ordinary in every way possible. After his brother dies and his parents become shells of their former selves, he has nothing to look forward to at school and home alike. But when a mysterious girl appears, life finally seems to be looking up…As tragedy strikes again, Albert learns a secre... read more

A Gentleman's Guide to Save a Lady: Misadventures of the Heart

Tanya Wilde

HE WAS EVERYTHING SHE’D SWORN TO AVOIDLady Belle Middleton has never followed the dictates of society. She designs scandalous gowns, refuses to marry, wears inappropriate undergarments and answers to no one, most certainly not the dashing and irksome Earl of Westfield. But Belle hides a dark, perilous secret that can utterly destroy her. The stakes have never been higher and betrayal has never... read more

HE WAS EVERYTHING SHE’D SWORN TO AVOIDLady Belle Middleton has never followed the dictates of society. She designs scandalous gowns, refuses to marry, wears inappropriate undergarments and answers to no one, most certainly not the dashing and irksome Earl of Westfield. But Belle hides a dark, perilous secret that can utterly destroy her. The stakes have never been higher and betrayal has never... read more

Katrina has 6 reviews

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Anne Hargrove

I am sad to say this was a terrible experience for me. After repeatedly missing deadlines and only reaching out to me after I messaged her, I finally began getting my MS back in pieces. I was supposed to have a developmental edit, but instead received a weak copy edit at best. After having published over 30 novels, I would have to say this was my worst editing experience to date. We had an esta...

, May 2017


Theresa Goenner

After hours spent choosing an editor for my first novel, I am so thankful I chose Katrina. The developmental editing she provided for me was professional and insightful. I implemented every suggestion she gave me, and I am excited about the results. Here's how she helped me ... *She was really good at seeing the big picture, what I was trying to accomplish, the experience I was trying to creat...

, May 2017


Nicholas Austin

This being my first manuscript and first time working with an editor, I really didn't know what to expect from the process. Having now been through it I am glad I chose to go with Katrina. From the beginning the process was outlined thoroughly, extra care was given to bettering the manuscript to its best possible form, and Katrina's overall engagement was the story was great. As a first time...

, April 2017


Dave Oliver

Katrina Diaz was an invaluable partner when polishing my first manuscript. I wasn't sure what to look for in an editor, and I had a hard time finding the right person to really sink their teeth into my dark fantasy story, but her samples really put me at ease and let me know I was in good hands. When I received her editorial assessment and developmental edits, I knew I'd picked the perfect edit...

, April 2017


Tanya Nielsen van Reizig

Great experience working with Katrina every time!

, December 2016

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A lifetime of reading, editing, and writing books—my life is a dream come true. I'd be honored to help get your book ready for the world.

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A highly proficient and reliable copy editor and proofreader, with over 10 years' experience from some of the UK's leading book publishers.

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