Madison Schultz

Madison Schultz - Editor

Portland, OR, USA

Developmental editor and copyeditor with experience in memoir/biography, adult/YA/middle grade fiction, romance, and trade nonfiction.

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My approach to editing can be summed up by an interaction I recently had with a first-time author. The manuscript, a young adult dystopia, had a lot of heart, but the structure, narrative, and language needed a great deal of work. As part of my developmental edit, I sent the author a fifteen-page edit letter with recommendations for everything from characterization to world-building. The author took a few of my suggestions at face value, but for the most part, my feedback inspired her to think more deeply about the world she'd made and come up with her own creative, innovative, and effective solutions.

As an editor, my goal is to work closely with you to help your book be the best possible version of itself, whether I'm offering broad strokes developmental feedback or copyediting for clarity and consistency. I've worked on memoirs and biographies, fiction for teens and adults, and even comics and poetry collections. Each project and author is unique and requires a customized approach; there's no such thing as one-size-fits-all in editing!

I'm most comfortable providing developmental editing for fiction, biography, and memoir, but I can and will copyedit just about anything! If your book is about dysfunctional families, food, or horses, I want to work on it.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Contemporary Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Middle Grade Fantasy
Young Adult

Work experience

Managing Editor

Ooligan Press
June, 2018 – June, 2019 (about 1 year)

As Ooligan Press's managing editor, I shepherded books through every part of the editorial process, from developmental editing and copyediting to print and ebook proofreading. For each stage, I supervised a team of 4-10 student editors and provided quality control on all titles. I also worked directly with authors to communicate the team's feedback.


September, 2016 – Present (almost 6 years)

Soul Riders: Jorvik Calling (Volume 1)

Dahlgren, Helena, Star Stable Entertainment AB

Soul Riders: The Legend Awakens (Volume 2)

Dahlgren, Helena, Star Stable Entertainment AB

Soul Riders: Darkness Falling (Volume 3)

Dahlgren, Helena, Star Stable Entertainment AB

The Space Between Us: Poetry and Prose

Peppernell, Courtney, Grey, Zack

The Names We Take

Kerr, Trace

Madison has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Dara Gardner
Madison's feedback was invaluable! She is professional, reasonably priced, perceptive, and an excellent communicator!

Dara Gardner, July 2022

Jake Stenzler
Madison was fantastic to work with from start to finish. Her enthusiasm for my project, dedication to the craft, and insightful comments were all incredibly valuable. As a first-time author, I really needed someone to give me the confidence to accept constructive feedback and make changes in my manuscript. Madison did all of that and more. She will certainly be my go-to editor for my second book!

Jake Stenzler, March 2022

Lori DeFinis
Madison was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was responsive and helpful. This was my first time working with an editor and Madison was so patient in explaining how the process works and answering any questions I had. Her comments and suggestions for my manuscript were comprehensive and insightful and assured me that she truly cared about my writing and my growth as a writer. I hope to wor...
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Lori DeFinis, August 2021

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