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Kelsey Schnieders

Kelsey Schnieders - Editor

Lafayette, IN, United States

Editor of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, query letters, proposals, and more. Working to make your book the best it can be.

Overview

I'm a freelance editor with experience editing book-length fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, queries, proposals, resumes, cover letters, websites, brochures, puzzle books, and more. I also design book covers. I previously worked as an editor at Cardinal Publishers Group and am now a literary assistant at Holloway Literary Agency.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Historical Fiction Short Story Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & wellbeing History Sports & outdoor recreation True Crime

Certifications

  • B.A. in Professional Writing and Technical Writing, Purdue University
  • B.A. in Creative Writing, Purdue University
  • M.F.A. candidate in Fiction, Purdue University

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
April, 2017 – Present (9 months)

I provide professional freelance editing services, specializing in book-length fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, query letters, proposals, synopses, cover letters and resumes, websites, brochures, and more. I also design book covers.

Literary Assistant

Holloway Literary Agency
March, 2017 – Present (10 months)

At Holloway Literary Agency, I'm responsible for reviewing full manuscript submissions (primarily young adult fiction, women's fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, and more). I also prepare reader reports, review queries and partials, and manage agency social media accounts.

Editor

Cardinal Publishers Group/Blue River Press
June, 2016 – September, 2016 (3 months)

As an editor at Cardinal Publishers Group (which publishes under the imprint Blue River Press), I was in charge of managing the production schedule for all titles and editing manuscripts to Chicago Style standards. At Cardinal, I primarily worked on nonfiction books in the health and sports genres, but also worked in mainstream fiction, historical fiction, and some short story collections. I was responsible for evaluating query letters, proposals, and manuscript submissions. From a business standpoint, I created profit and loss charts for upcoming titles, solicited printing companies, wrote press releases, collaborated with interior and cover designers, and sent finalized books to press. I also assigned ISBNs and create bar codes for all titles and wrote back cover descriptions.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Golden Bond

Elaine Jannetides

A Golden Bond is a story of growing up as the daughter of immigrant parents during the1950’s; a time very different than today. Our story opens with a gathering of girls walking to the start of the last day of their senior year of high school. Their journey will span decades, take a few unexpected turns along the way, and end as a tale of caring, hope, and love. Bound by a golden talisman six ... read more

A Golden Bond is a story of growing up as the daughter of immigrant parents during the1950’s; a time very different than today. Our story opens with a gathering of girls walking to the start of the last day of their senior year of high school. Their journey will span decades, take a few unexpected turns along the way, and end as a tale of caring, hope, and love. Bound by a golden talisman six ... read more

Bleak Midwinter (Mary Christmas Mystery)

R.L. Perry

It's not every day you meet a female mortician, and especially not one who's both beautiful and single. In Bleak Midwinter, the second book in the A Mary Christmas Mystery series, Mary finds herself at the center of a troubling double-homicide investigation even as she falls headlong into romance with police officer, Lance Freeman. Threatened on many fronts, Mary is aided by her dear friends, ... read more

It's not every day you meet a female mortician, and especially not one who's both beautiful and single. In Bleak Midwinter, the second book in the A Mary Christmas Mystery series, Mary finds herself at the center of a troubling double-homicide investigation even as she falls headlong into romance with police officer, Lance Freeman. Threatened on many fronts, Mary is aided by her dear friends, ... read more

Fine Art of Murder

Diana Catt

The Fine Art of Murder is an anthology of twenty mysterious short stories. Each story integrates murder and crime with an object or place of fine art. The Fine Art of Murder travels through time eras, different art genres, and incorporates original characters. From the Herron School of Art to the Penrod Art Festival to Picasso--the stories run the gamut of the art world. Dividing each short st... read more

The Fine Art of Murder is an anthology of twenty mysterious short stories. Each story integrates murder and crime with an object or place of fine art. The Fine Art of Murder travels through time eras, different art genres, and incorporates original characters. From the Herron School of Art to the Penrod Art Festival to Picasso--the stories run the gamut of the art world. Dividing each short st... read more

Kentucky Crosswords

Dale Ratermann

Test your knowledge of Kentucky and the people who made it famous - from President Abraham Lincoln to legendary Muhammed Ali to the sharp Diane Sawyer. Puzzles include crosswords, word searches, trivia and more, and are appropriate for all ages. The puzzles cover a range of topics including sports, government, big cities, rural hamlets, horse racing, bourbon distilleries, bluegrass music, and ... read more

Test your knowledge of Kentucky and the people who made it famous - from President Abraham Lincoln to legendary Muhammed Ali to the sharp Diane Sawyer. Puzzles include crosswords, word searches, trivia and more, and are appropriate for all ages. The puzzles cover a range of topics including sports, government, big cities, rural hamlets, horse racing, bourbon distilleries, bluegrass music, and ... read more

Little Else Than a Memory: Purdue Students Search for the Class of 1904

Kristina Bross

Completely produced by students in the Purdue University Honors College, this book contains ten essays by undergraduate students of today about their forebears in the class of 1904. Two Purdue faculty members have provided a contextualizing introduction and reflective epilogue. Not only are the biographical essays written by students, but the editing, typesetting, and design of this book were ... read more

Completely produced by students in the Purdue University Honors College, this book contains ten essays by undergraduate students of today about their forebears in the class of 1904. Two Purdue faculty members have provided a contextualizing introduction and reflective epilogue. Not only are the biographical essays written by students, but the editing, typesetting, and design of this book were ... read more

The Science of Meditation, Yoga and Prayer

Amitava Dusgupta

The Science of Meditation, Yoga, and Prayer explores and explains the various, scientific health benefits of yoga and meditation, it merges eastern practices of well-being with western science. Scientific research demonstrates that yoga is a superior form of exercise for overall well-being and combatant of stress. Everyone experiences stress daily, and chronic stress increases oxidative stress... read more

The Science of Meditation, Yoga, and Prayer explores and explains the various, scientific health benefits of yoga and meditation, it merges eastern practices of well-being with western science. Scientific research demonstrates that yoga is a superior form of exercise for overall well-being and combatant of stress. Everyone experiences stress daily, and chronic stress increases oxidative stress... read more

Notorious 92

Andrew E Stoner

With almost one murder every day of the year in Indiana, violent crime is no stranger to the Hoosier state and has not escaped the heartland of America. And while Indiana is the nations sixteenth largest state by population, it has often stolen national headlines with astonishing crimes that defy imagination. It seems it always has been so. Notorious 92 looks back to crimes in each of the stat... read more

With almost one murder every day of the year in Indiana, violent crime is no stranger to the Hoosier state and has not escaped the heartland of America. And while Indiana is the nations sixteenth largest state by population, it has often stolen national headlines with astonishing crimes that defy imagination. It seems it always has been so. Notorious 92 looks back to crimes in each of the stat... read more

Bernie, Bill, and the Browns

Vince McKee

When the Cleveland Browns selected Bernie Kosar in the 1985 Supplemental draft, few knew just how much that would impact the next decade of Cleveland Browns football. They were coming off of a rough patch, but had a long history of winning. The fans were passionate and ready to support a winner. What happened next was a decade of ups and downs the likes of which were dramatic enough that it of... read more

When the Cleveland Browns selected Bernie Kosar in the 1985 Supplemental draft, few knew just how much that would impact the next decade of Cleveland Browns football. They were coming off of a rough patch, but had a long history of winning. The fans were passionate and ready to support a winner. What happened next was a decade of ups and downs the likes of which were dramatic enough that it of... read more

Fire in the Water

James Alexander Thom

Paddy Quinn, the boy who ate rattlesnakes, and lost a hand to a cannon blast during the Mexican War, returns as a famous Civil War correspondent and battlefield sketch artist in James Alexander Thom's new novel, Fire in the Water. The central action in this novel is the tragic explosion and burning of the paddlewheel steamboat SULTANA near Memphis in the last days of the Civil War, killing som... read more

Paddy Quinn, the boy who ate rattlesnakes, and lost a hand to a cannon blast during the Mexican War, returns as a famous Civil War correspondent and battlefield sketch artist in James Alexander Thom's new novel, Fire in the Water. The central action in this novel is the tragic explosion and burning of the paddlewheel steamboat SULTANA near Memphis in the last days of the Civil War, killing som... read more

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