Ryan Schumacher

Ryan Schumacher – Editor

I am an experienced editor of scholarly nonfiction, especially history. Structure, organization, and focus are my specialties.

Overview

After a 15-year career in publishing, I've decided to strike out on my own. I have extensive experience in editing, proofreading, and producing books and journal articles. Aside from honing my skills as an editor, during my career I excelled at coordinating the various parts of a project and getting it done on time.


Even though I think of myself as an editorial jack-of-all trades, I think I most excel at big-picture thinking, and so developmental editing is my greatest strength. Structure, organization, and focus are the things that turn a great idea into a compelling story, and I would be honored to help your tell yours. I believe editing is a collaborative process, and I strive to preserve the author's voice and provide prompt, respectful communication.


Services
Non-Fiction
Art Biographies & Memoirs History
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 2023 — Present

I am pursuing my dream of running my own editing business. I provide a suite of editorial services, including proofreading, copyediting, line editing, and developmental editing. I can also call on my long career in publishing to guide authors through the process of publishing a book.

Texas State Historical Association

Oct, 2008 — Oct, 2023 (about 15 years)

I oversaw the publication of a scholarly journal and the operations of a small press. I did pretty much everything but design: editing, proofreading, project management, exhibiting at conferences, constructing budgets, and more.

University of Kansas

Aug, 2004 — Jun, 2007 (almost 3 years)

I like to highlight this experience because it is how I discovered my knack for editing. I taught and assisted with classes in American and Latin American history--and I helped my grad school colleagues with their papers.

Portfolio

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading
Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

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