Kelly Schaub

Kelly Schaub - Editor Tick

Springfield, OR, USA

I invest my experience in editing your book and show you how to write tighter while retaining your voice. It’s still your story—only better!

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A former zookeeper turned author and freelance editor, I have published four short stories and two novels (as Kelly McCrady), so I too have felt the sting of an editor's red pen. This helps me empathize with your journey as a writer. Focusing on developmental fiction editing as well as stylistic edits needed to bring a writer's vision to the attention of agents and publishers is what I do best. I have shepherded more than 150 novels and short stories to publication both as a freelance editor and as a line editor on staff at a small press romance publisher (32 titles there). I know what to look for in a sagging middle, where a story goes off the rails before the end, and even how to root out where an author inadvertently deflates the tension. Freelance editing allows me to help writers fix problem areas and strengthen their craft techniques.

Many of my authors have sold their work to Awe-Struck Publishing, Bradley Publishing, Carina Press, Cerridwen Press, Damnation Books, Desert Breeze Publishing, Kensington Publishing, Outskirts Press, Samhain Publishing, WiDo Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and Word Branch Publishing alongside many pioneering self-publishing authors.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Dystopian
Fantasy
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Science Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Line editor

The Wild Rose Press
September, 2007 – April, 2012 (over 4 years)

Editor for both the Faery Rose (paranormal romance) and Yellow Rose (contemporary western) lines. Duties included review of submissions, contracting authors with approval from Senior editor, project management from contract to publication, developmental and copy edits for contracted titles, liaison between author and publisher.

Freelance Editor

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

I provided freelance editing services that range from query and synopsis writing or review to manuscript critiques to line edits and heavy developmental edits. I have worked with English Second Language authors from around the globe as well as hundreds of home-grown aspiring authors with an eye on either traditional publishing or self-publishing. While a large portion of my experience lies in the romance genre, I will happily edit any genre of fiction and reading levels from middle grade to adult.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Once Upon a Zombie: Book One: The Color of Fear

Billy Phillips, Jenny Nissenson

Unexplainablenews.com is reporting strange phenomena in cemeteries in Scotland, Germany, Italy, and America. Only one individual knows what's happening—and why! This person also knows the one girl who can prevent an unspeakable and imminent catastrophe from taking place. But will she? When Caitlin Fletcher's mom disappeared (or left?) four years ago, Caitlin began suffering from breathless bou... read more

Unexplainablenews.com is reporting strange phenomena in cemeteries in Scotland, Germany, Italy, and America. Only one individual knows what's happening—and why! This person also knows the one girl who can prevent an unspeakable and imminent catastrophe from taking place. But will she? When Caitlin Fletcher's mom disappeared (or left?) four years ago, Caitlin began suffering from breathless bou... read more

The Fourth Wall

Elizabeth Maria Naranjo

When Marin was little and monsters chased her through nightmares, she learned to weave her own dreams. Her mother called the lucid dreaming a gift, and when an accident takes her mother and leaves her baby brother an empty shell, Marin uses this gift to spin a new reality for herself. One without time or sorrow. A world without memory.But just when Marin thinks she’s safe in her make-believe f... read more

When Marin was little and monsters chased her through nightmares, she learned to weave her own dreams. Her mother called the lucid dreaming a gift, and when an accident takes her mother and leaves her baby brother an empty shell, Marin uses this gift to spin a new reality for herself. One without time or sorrow. A world without memory.But just when Marin thinks she’s safe in her make-believe f... read more

Chase

Jill Knapp-Zitron

The question that 23-year old Amalia Hastings wants the answer to is: What happens to men when they move to Manhattan? Life in the city gives Amalia a ride she is not expecting. As she tries to find her way on the little island that never sleeps, she discovers she has a harder time navigating through life then she does the streets of Greenwich Village and finds herself truly lost in the comple... read more

The question that 23-year old Amalia Hastings wants the answer to is: What happens to men when they move to Manhattan? Life in the city gives Amalia a ride she is not expecting. As she tries to find her way on the little island that never sleeps, she discovers she has a harder time navigating through life then she does the streets of Greenwich Village and finds herself truly lost in the comple... read more

Ghosts in the Yew (Vesteal Series Book 1)

Blake Hausladen

I would recommend “Ghosts in the Yew” to everyone who likes an elaborate Fantasy story full of political intrigue with a splash of magic. Especially if you read “The Pillars of the Earth” and enjoyed it, this will be a great read for you!" – Draumr Kopa Fantasy Book BlogThe Vesteal Series has sold over five thousand hardcover copies through hard-earned convention handsales. Now, the story is m... read more

I would recommend “Ghosts in the Yew” to everyone who likes an elaborate Fantasy story full of political intrigue with a splash of magic. Especially if you read “The Pillars of the Earth” and enjoyed it, this will be a great read for you!" – Draumr Kopa Fantasy Book BlogThe Vesteal Series has sold over five thousand hardcover copies through hard-earned convention handsales. Now, the story is m... read more

The Vampire (THE VAMPIRE Book 1)

Sandrine Genier

"I envy your journey with him." Jason Sterling never meant to put his life or anyone else's in danger. The Genier law firm's excellent reputation assures him all is well when he accepts the unusual job offer with the Genier's personal friend and client. The mysterious and alluring Augere becomes Jason's obsession. He doesn't know that the sumptuous home they share on Beacon Hill in Boston is f... read more

"I envy your journey with him." Jason Sterling never meant to put his life or anyone else's in danger. The Genier law firm's excellent reputation assures him all is well when he accepts the unusual job offer with the Genier's personal friend and client. The mysterious and alluring Augere becomes Jason's obsession. He doesn't know that the sumptuous home they share on Beacon Hill in Boston is f... read more

Descension (The Mystic Series Book 1)

B.C. Burgess

LaylaAfter three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her life to find out the truth about her past. And herself.QuinQuin’s natural charisma is attractive to plenty of women, but he longs for the one he’s been dreaming of his entire life. When that day ... read more

LaylaAfter three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her life to find out the truth about her past. And herself.QuinQuin’s natural charisma is attractive to plenty of women, but he longs for the one he’s been dreaming of his entire life. When that day ... read more

Secrets of Seacliff House (Secrets Series Book 1)

Stacey Coverstone

Contemporary Gothic RomanceFor the past twenty-seven years, Kayla Grayson’s mother has refused to discuss Kayla’s absent father or explain why the two of them have been alone in the world without relatives. A mysterious email sends Kayla to a Maryland beach town and her grandmother’s home, Seacliff House. There, Kayla hopes to discover who she is and why her past has been shrouded in mystery.W... read more

Contemporary Gothic RomanceFor the past twenty-seven years, Kayla Grayson’s mother has refused to discuss Kayla’s absent father or explain why the two of them have been alone in the world without relatives. A mysterious email sends Kayla to a Maryland beach town and her grandmother’s home, Seacliff House. There, Kayla hopes to discover who she is and why her past has been shrouded in mystery.W... read more

Spirited Legacy (Lost Library Book 2)

Kate Baray

Spooky events persist inside the newly discovered library of spelled books. What magical mischief is afoot?Lizzie receives an offer she can't refuse—an internship at the Lost Library, home to hundreds of magical books. And to make the deal even sweeter, her prospective boss has offered to act as her magic mentor. What’s a girl to say, but yes? Except…there are the questions of her unresolved l... read more

Spooky events persist inside the newly discovered library of spelled books. What magical mischief is afoot?Lizzie receives an offer she can't refuse—an internship at the Lost Library, home to hundreds of magical books. And to make the deal even sweeter, her prospective boss has offered to act as her magic mentor. What’s a girl to say, but yes? Except…there are the questions of her unresolved l... read more

It's A Crime (Blood and Tears Book 1)

C.E. Hansen

Wealthy New York socialite Grace Preston uses men for amusement, holding her heart inside an ice fortress for protection. Spurned by a sociopathic male model, Grace picks up a new man with all the right moves; smooth as bourbon, Cole slides under her wall and touches her in places she thought were well-guarded. But after a weekend of fiery passion, he leaves, devastating her.Cole Grayson has s... read more

Wealthy New York socialite Grace Preston uses men for amusement, holding her heart inside an ice fortress for protection. Spurned by a sociopathic male model, Grace picks up a new man with all the right moves; smooth as bourbon, Cole slides under her wall and touches her in places she thought were well-guarded. But after a weekend of fiery passion, he leaves, devastating her.Cole Grayson has s... read more

The Daddy Spell (Echo Falls, Texas Series Book 1)

Patti Ann Colt

Five-year-old sisters Boo and Lindy want a daddy -- and anything goes in their quest, including a secret spell known only to the twins. On a lonely country road, Chad Applegate appears out of nowhere to help the girls and their mother rescue an injured dog. Robin Harmon's stubborn independence and breathtaking curves mesmerize the handsome pumpkin farmer and her daughters charm him. In turn, t... read more

Five-year-old sisters Boo and Lindy want a daddy -- and anything goes in their quest, including a secret spell known only to the twins. On a lonely country road, Chad Applegate appears out of nowhere to help the girls and their mother rescue an injured dog. Robin Harmon's stubborn independence and breathtaking curves mesmerize the handsome pumpkin farmer and her daughters charm him. In turn, t... read more

Epitaph

Karla Brandenburg

Try the first in the Epitaph series free!"Crazy Amy" Benson has an unusual talent for hearing epitaphs as the dead pass on. The men she dates who aren't unnerved by her ability are usually scared off by Amy's brothers. When reporter Kevin McCormick shows up to do a story at the cemetery, Amy tells him his dead sister is calling for justice, except Kevin's sister died in an accident.Kevin relay... read more

Try the first in the Epitaph series free!"Crazy Amy" Benson has an unusual talent for hearing epitaphs as the dead pass on. The men she dates who aren't unnerved by her ability are usually scared off by Amy's brothers. When reporter Kevin McCormick shows up to do a story at the cemetery, Amy tells him his dead sister is calling for justice, except Kevin's sister died in an accident.Kevin relay... read more

Silver Lake

Kathryn Knight

Rain Anderson can't decide which is more unsettling--encountering the ghost of her missing friend, or reuniting with the man whose love she foolishly rejected. But one thing is certain: the past has come back to haunt her, quite literally.Five years ago, Rain's tight-knit group of high school friends unraveled when one vanished during their senior year. Now, a parent's deathbed request has reu... read more

Rain Anderson can't decide which is more unsettling--encountering the ghost of her missing friend, or reuniting with the man whose love she foolishly rejected. But one thing is certain: the past has come back to haunt her, quite literally.Five years ago, Rain's tight-knit group of high school friends unraveled when one vanished during their senior year. Now, a parent's deathbed request has reu... read more

The Rifters

M. Pax

A junction erupts between the worlds.The Gold Rush trickles to a fool’s quest and a string of stagecoach heists. In 1888, Earl Blacke decides to make a new start and become a better man. He escapes into the mountains, heading north. In the wilds of Oregon, a rift inside an ancient volcano opens and sends him into the future, into the present day. It also shaves forty years off his age, forty y... read more

A junction erupts between the worlds.The Gold Rush trickles to a fool’s quest and a string of stagecoach heists. In 1888, Earl Blacke decides to make a new start and become a better man. He escapes into the mountains, heading north. In the wilds of Oregon, a rift inside an ancient volcano opens and sends him into the future, into the present day. It also shaves forty years off his age, forty y... read more

Lieutenant Henry Gallant (The Henry Gallant Saga Book 2)

H. Peter Alesso

Follow the career of a young officer in the 22nd Century genetically engineered space navy. In an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. In spite of his superiors' concerns that he is not up to the challenge, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight... read more

Follow the career of a young officer in the 22nd Century genetically engineered space navy. In an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. In spite of his superiors' concerns that he is not up to the challenge, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight... read more

Moon Hoax (Hoax Trilogy Book 1)

Paul Gillebaard

Paul Gillebaard's brilliant debut novel of the HOAX TRILOGY is a magnificent tale of seemingly doing the impossible, sending an American back to the moon...today.China claims the moon landings never happened and that they have proof. Losing worldwide prestige is not an option for the United States. America must prove they won the space race of the 60s.CIA agent and former NASA candidate Peter ... read more

Paul Gillebaard's brilliant debut novel of the HOAX TRILOGY is a magnificent tale of seemingly doing the impossible, sending an American back to the moon...today.China claims the moon landings never happened and that they have proof. Losing worldwide prestige is not an option for the United States. America must prove they won the space race of the 60s.CIA agent and former NASA candidate Peter ... read more

Connor's Gambit

Z Gottlieb

Brad Johnson, a lone witness to a UFO sighting becomes an alien target and quickly finds himself on an off world adventure, relying on his skills to survive an intergalactic war. As Brad struggles to understand the conflict between the aliens, as well as his place in the universe, he learns one group threatens Earth's security and the other wants something entirely different. All Brad wants is... read more

Brad Johnson, a lone witness to a UFO sighting becomes an alien target and quickly finds himself on an off world adventure, relying on his skills to survive an intergalactic war. As Brad struggles to understand the conflict between the aliens, as well as his place in the universe, he learns one group threatens Earth's security and the other wants something entirely different. All Brad wants is... read more

The Methuselarity Transformation

Rick Moskovitz

We live in a world on the brink of radical life extension, the blurring of distinctions between human and artificial intelligence, the seamless blending of brain and machine, and genetic engineering of not only our food sources, but of our entire environment and ourselves. How will we live in such a world and what new daunting choices will we face?Raymond Mettler and Marcus Takana live in such... read more

We live in a world on the brink of radical life extension, the blurring of distinctions between human and artificial intelligence, the seamless blending of brain and machine, and genetic engineering of not only our food sources, but of our entire environment and ourselves. How will we live in such a world and what new daunting choices will we face?Raymond Mettler and Marcus Takana live in such... read more

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Nannette S

She is professional and very kind. If i get around to finishing my project, I will definately seek her help (:

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Nannette S, September 2018


David Fass

Kelly, Thanks. This was helpful. The mark-ups sting? Nah, not at all. Useful? Yeah, certainly. I appreciate your sensitivity. Imploring isn’t necessary. I looked carefully at what you said, or why would I do this? The compliments were good for my ego and the technical comments indeed improve the stories. You seem to have been careful and thorough. An observation: What you called “Analysis of...

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David Fass, September 2018

Kelly Schaub

My analysis of the plot, setting, and characters in a beta read or basic line edit does include a short synopsis; this brief write-up is intended to show the author what I interpret from the story text. If this matches what the author intends, that shows the author their vision is being transmitted to the reader. If my analysis seems like not the story the author thinks he or she wrote, then we'd need to look at what might be missing from the text that prevents the reader from seeing the intended story or characters.

In a full edit or critique that includes the stylesheet, the additional benefit of the story summary--especially for epic fantasy or complex scifi--is rooting out plot holes and timeline issues. Not every project will require this level of analysis.

Sadly, "good" is subjective, and not something I can declare for all of the publishing world, just what I think of it as an individual reader, albeit with a professional lens. If the story has trouble spots, I will point them out and suggest ways to improve.

Thanks for the great feedback!

Kelly

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Arnoud Otte

As a starting author I asked Kelly for an assessment on my partial manuscript to get an early read on my weak points. Kelly braved the infodumps of my world and the wild growth of characters and concepts. She distilled into a crisp write-up that gave me a whole new insight into the reader and their experience. Kelly took it two steps further by highlighting some of the logical extrapolations t...

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Arnoud Otte, September 2018


Bryan Ugochulwu

Great experience. Helped a lot

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Bryan Ugochulwu, September 2018

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