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Katrina Diaz Arnold

Katrina Diaz Arnold - Editor

Experienced developmental and line editor, formerly of a Big Five publisher. Her soft spot? Brave new worlds.

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

Katrina specializes in a variety of genre fiction, mostly in the adult category, but edits some select young adult/new adult fiction, as well. She also edits memoir and select 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 (about 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 (15 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

Until I Met Her

Natalie Barelli

She should never have said ‘yes’… When Beatrice said she wanted to publish her next novel under Emma’s name, Emma thought she was joking. Why on earth would Beatrice, the famous crime writer, not want to publish her new book under her own name?Precisely because she was so famous, Beatrice had explained. This time, Beatrice wanted to write something different, and publish it as an unknown autho... read more

She should never have said ‘yes’… When Beatrice said she wanted to publish her next novel under Emma’s name, Emma thought she was joking. Why on earth would Beatrice, the famous crime writer, not want to publish her new book under her own name?Precisely because she was so famous, Beatrice had explained. This time, Beatrice wanted to write something different, and publish it as an unknown autho... read more

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

Jenna Barwin

Dr. Cerissa Patel is a scientist, not a secret agent. But when the Lux order her to spy on the vampires she's trying to help, she has no choice, not with the fate of humanity on the line.Her cover story seems easy enough: become a vampire's envoy, visit the secret vampire communities, and sign-up investors to finance her biotech research lab. At least, it looks easy until an assassination atte... read more

Dr. Cerissa Patel is a scientist, not a secret agent. But when the Lux order her to spy on the vampires she's trying to help, she has no choice, not with the fate of humanity on the line.Her cover story seems easy enough: become a vampire's envoy, visit the secret vampire communities, and sign-up investors to finance her biotech research lab. At least, it looks easy until an assassination atte... read more

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

Emily Voigt

A FINALIST FOR THE 2017 PEN/E. O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR “[A] curiously edifying book.” —The New York Times Book Review “With the taut suspense of a spy novel, Voigt paints a vivid world of murder, black market deals, and habitat destruction surrounding a fish that's considere... read more

A FINALIST FOR THE 2017 PEN/E. O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR “[A] curiously edifying book.” —The New York Times Book Review “With the taut suspense of a spy novel, Voigt paints a vivid world of murder, black market deals, and habitat destruction surrounding a fish that's considere... read more

Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

Michael J. Tougias, Douglas A. Campbell

An all-new harrowing maritime tale of the sinking and rescue efforts surrounding the HMS Bounty—the actual replica used in the 1962 remake of the 1935 classic Mutiny on the Bounty—which sank during Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard.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 Hurrican... read more

An all-new harrowing maritime tale of the sinking and rescue efforts surrounding the HMS Bounty—the actual replica used in the 1962 remake of the 1935 classic Mutiny on the Bounty—which sank during Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard.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 Hurrican... 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 of ... 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 of ... 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 stay... 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 stay... read more

Ghost Image: A Sophie Medina Mystery (Sophie Medina Novels)

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

Night Bloom (Night Bloom Saga Book 1)

R.G. Hunsaker

All Sophie Bloom has ever known is a quiet, sheltered life with her abysmally normal parents. She has no idea that one morning will change everything about her ordinary life. Because by the end of her usual run, she’s seen something she can’t explain—something that can’t be human—Sophie is plunged into a dark and violent world of creatures straight out of mythology. It seems she didn’t know ev... read more

All Sophie Bloom has ever known is a quiet, sheltered life with her abysmally normal parents. She has no idea that one morning will change everything about her ordinary life. Because by the end of her usual run, she’s seen something she can’t explain—something that can’t be human—Sophie is plunged into a dark and violent world of creatures straight out of mythology. It seems she didn’t know ev... 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 12 reviews

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Hasina Brinson

Katrina was able to understand my subject matter and provide meaningful feedback. It was a really good investment to have a professional editor look at my work as a whole, and give me honest and professional feedback on its parts. I hope to work with her again on future projects.

, August 2017


Christina Enquist

Katrina is such a great resource. She helped me find opportunitie for additional character development and helped me tighten my plot. I highly recommend her. Christina

, August 2017


Melanie Verdell

Katrina was very thorough and clear. As a new author, this was just what I needed!

, July 2017


Dorothea Bonneau

Katrina is masterful.

, July 2017


Michael Tozzi

Katrina has been a wonderful editor. She worked with me very well on a professional level, and has gone beyond t6he call of duty. I am very happy with her work and would recommend her to anyone.

, July 2017

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