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Karen Smith

Karen Smith - Editor

Springfield, OH, United States

I have over 25 years of experience in writing and editing fiction (romance, fantasy, mystery, etc.) and nonfiction (business, self-help).

Overview

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and over 25 years of professional experience in writing and editing content and formatting documents. Clients include individual authors, corporate interests, nonprofit associations, and public service organizations. Genres covered in both editing and writing include Christian nonfiction, business, creative nonfiction, fantasy, romance (contemporary and paranormal), and mystery. I am a published author in my own right and serve as the editor of the newsletters for two nonprofit organizations and for a literary magazine.

By category, my project experience encompasses:

* For profit business - proposals, business plans, brochures, website content, blog articles, newsletters.
* Nonprofit organizations - business plans, brochures, website content, newsletters, magazines, event programs.
* Individuals - fiction and nonfiction books, website content, professional biographies, resumes, technical papers.

As a fiction writer, I specialize in romance and fantasy and have published 13 books and some short stories since 2014 under the pseudonym Holly Bargo, as well as several nonfiction articles under my own name. Ghostwriting projects include: 1) the first installment of a paranormal romance serial; 2) a fantasy short story; 3) a motivational self-help book; 4) a murder mystery based on the client's screenplay; 5) a fashion guide for girls; 6) a tax preparation home business guide; and 7) website content and myriad blog articles for diverse clients. Blog article topics run the gamut of management consulting, digital marketing, lead generation, retail, construction, law, healthcare, landscaping, and more.

As a content editor, my entire goal is to improve your manuscript. I will correct errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and sentence structure. I will offer alternative wording to strengthen weakly written content, tighten flabby prose, and clarify awkward phrases. I will identify plot holes (fiction), discrepancies, inconsistencies, redundancies, and other flaws for remediation. I will suggest additional improvements where appropriate to enhance reader comprehension and engagement. All corrections, comments, and suggestions will be shown in the returned files.

Should you need your document formatted for publication, I have experience with that, too. I have not only written and edited content for newsletters, but I have formatted and produced them, too. I have worked on magazines, catalogs, event programs, and signs. I work in Adobe InDesign, which is professional-grade software for document design and can accommodate the most precise of page specifications.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Fantasy Historical Fiction Paranormal Romance Romance Science Fiction Short Story
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Christian (Non-Fiction) Self-help & Self-improvement

Awards

  • 2015 Presidential Citation, SAVE International

Work experience

Fantasy Editor

Red Sun Magazine
April, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

I evaluate fantasy short stories and recommend those which meet editorial standards for competence and creativity to the editor-in-chief for publication. I also review and edit all content published by the magazine and craft other content for publication in the magazine, in its newsletter, and on its website.

Freelance Writer & Editor

Self-employed
December, 2015 – Present (about 2 years)

I provide professional writing, content editing, and document formatting services to corporate clients and private individuals. Writing projects include website content, blogs and nonfiction articles, proposals, brochure content, and ghostwriting both fiction and nonfiction books. Content editing services cover fiction and nonfiction of all types and lengths.

Association Executive

Advanced Management Concepts, Inc.
April, 2004 – November, 2015 (over 11 years)

I managed the daily business, membership, certification programs, publications, websites, events, and communications of two professional associations. The first association had members in over 30 countries, which necessitated effective and clear communication with representatives of different cultures.

Communication Manager & Network Administrator

UMC General Council on Ministries
May, 1998 – September, 2003 (over 5 years)

I coordinated with different departments and program initiatives to create newsletters, brochures, and reports. The work involved designing, developing, processing, analyzing, and reporting survey results pertaining to religious research.

Marketing Coordinator/Proposal Manager

Lorenz + Williams Incorporated
May, 1990 – September, 1997 (over 7 years)

I responded to corporate and government requests for proposals (RFPs), producing architectural and engineering proposals. During my tenure with the company, I assumed the duties of two other employees, tripled production of proposals, and doubled the shortlist rate.

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Upwards: Maximize Life with Positivity, Passion and Purpose

Aaron Hunnel

Positivity. Passion. Purpose. That’s what you can expect to learn as Aaron Hunnel offers a powerful prescription for moving Upwards in life towards self-improvement and personal success. Drawing from his life experiences in poverty, war, and endurance racing, Hunnel offers a perspective that will empower you to achieve your greatest goals, dreams and aspirations. This book contains just the ri... read more

Positivity. Passion. Purpose. That’s what you can expect to learn as Aaron Hunnel offers a powerful prescription for moving Upwards in life towards self-improvement and personal success. Drawing from his life experiences in poverty, war, and endurance racing, Hunnel offers a perspective that will empower you to achieve your greatest goals, dreams and aspirations. This book contains just the ri... read more

Don't Be A Wife To A Boyfriend: 10 Lessons I Learned When I Was Single

Shonda White

You cook for him, clean for him, and sacrifice for him. There’s only one problem—in reality he’s your boyfriend, but in your mind, you’re already married. When a woman falls in love, she will give it her all—even if she’s not getting anything in return, especially in the form of a ring! The moment of being fed up and realizing you are giving so much of yourself to someone who doesn’t give the ... read more

You cook for him, clean for him, and sacrifice for him. There’s only one problem—in reality he’s your boyfriend, but in your mind, you’re already married. When a woman falls in love, she will give it her all—even if she’s not getting anything in return, especially in the form of a ring! The moment of being fed up and realizing you are giving so much of yourself to someone who doesn’t give the ... read more

The Angel Motel: Room 4

Diane M Sokolowski

An intriguing short story about the The Angel Motel. Currently it is in Vestige, Nevada. The visitors are one's that need to be there for a reason. They will all check out with a life changing experience. They notice a painting of a pig in the room which helps them resolve their conflict, giving them the clarity and solutions then need.

An intriguing short story about the The Angel Motel. Currently it is in Vestige, Nevada. The visitors are one's that need to be there for a reason. They will all check out with a life changing experience. They notice a painting of a pig in the room which helps them resolve their conflict, giving them the clarity and solutions then need.

Legend of the Blue Unicorn

Britt Brundige, Sybrina Durant

The Blue Unicorn is a member of a magical tribe of Metal Horned Unicorns. Each has a magic power related to the properties contained in their metal horns...all except for Blue. He is just a plain blue unicorn but the tribe must depend on him for something only he alone can accomplish. Join him on a fantastic journey as he goes on a quest to save his tribe. He meets many incredible creatures al... read more

The Blue Unicorn is a member of a magical tribe of Metal Horned Unicorns. Each has a magic power related to the properties contained in their metal horns...all except for Blue. He is just a plain blue unicorn but the tribe must depend on him for something only he alone can accomplish. Join him on a fantastic journey as he goes on a quest to save his tribe. He meets many incredible creatures al... read more

Function Analysis Guide: A supplement to the SAVE Body of Knowledge

SAVE International

This Function Analysis Guide will give you a greater understanding of Function Analysis to the extent that it becomes second nature to those using the Value Methodology to improve their projects, products, and processes. Application of the techniques covered herein will result in better studies and, most importantly, better results.Lawrence D. Miles, the “Father of Value Analysis,” stated “the... read more

This Function Analysis Guide will give you a greater understanding of Function Analysis to the extent that it becomes second nature to those using the Value Methodology to improve their projects, products, and processes. Application of the techniques covered herein will result in better studies and, most importantly, better results.Lawrence D. Miles, the “Father of Value Analysis,” stated “the... read more

Rowan: Branch 1 of the Tree of Life

Holly Bargo

Nearly a century ago, Rowan Nemed died by lightning strike. The divine bolt ignited something magic and she was transformed into something rare, powerful, and fey: sidhe.Sidhe survival depends much upon one’s ability to remain hidden from other supernatural creatures and magic users who would exploit them. Rowan has lived for several years in the pressure cooker of Hollywood as a set designer,... read more

Nearly a century ago, Rowan Nemed died by lightning strike. The divine bolt ignited something magic and she was transformed into something rare, powerful, and fey: sidhe.Sidhe survival depends much upon one’s ability to remain hidden from other supernatural creatures and magic users who would exploit them. Rowan has lived for several years in the pressure cooker of Hollywood as a set designer,... read more

Daughter of the Twin Moons: Book 1 of the Twin Moons Saga (Twin Moon Saga)

Holly Bargo

Cancer. The terminal diagnosis paralyzes Catriona. Both saved and imperiled, she must navigate a new, immortal life as mate to the Captain of the Seelie Palace Guard.In obedience to the oracle’s command, Thelan abducts a human woman and takes her to the Deepwood where she is unmade and remade by ancient magic. Thus given his mate, he quickly finds himself enamored of her spirit, intelligence, ... read more

Cancer. The terminal diagnosis paralyzes Catriona. Both saved and imperiled, she must navigate a new, immortal life as mate to the Captain of the Seelie Palace Guard.In obedience to the oracle’s command, Thelan abducts a human woman and takes her to the Deepwood where she is unmade and remade by ancient magic. Thus given his mate, he quickly finds himself enamored of her spirit, intelligence, ... read more

Ulfbehrt's Legacy

Holly Bargo

Fleeing horrific abuse and an uncaring legal system in the USA, Zoe lands in Norway to study archeology, specifically pre-Viking civilization. With the nightclub where she worked closed down and her apartment building condemned, she needs a new job and a new place to live.Her roommate and fellow student Tabetha comes to the rescue and invites her to move in with her family. Zoe’s grateful for ... read more

Fleeing horrific abuse and an uncaring legal system in the USA, Zoe lands in Norway to study archeology, specifically pre-Viking civilization. With the nightclub where she worked closed down and her apartment building condemned, she needs a new job and a new place to live.Her roommate and fellow student Tabetha comes to the rescue and invites her to move in with her family. Zoe’s grateful for ... read more

Tiger in the Snow: Sequel to The Barbary Lion

Holly Bargo

Healing from a deserved drubbing at the hands of Atlas Leonidus, Siberian tiger shifter Dmitry Alkaev travels from Cairo to Virginia. The strange compulsion leads him to his mate and a fearsome rival. Faced with a modern woman's determination to remain independent, Dmitry unleashes charm and ruthlessness to claim her and, he hopes, redeem his honor.Tessa Hart's romantic Valentine's Day weekend... read more

Healing from a deserved drubbing at the hands of Atlas Leonidus, Siberian tiger shifter Dmitry Alkaev travels from Cairo to Virginia. The strange compulsion leads him to his mate and a fearsome rival. Faced with a modern woman's determination to remain independent, Dmitry unleashes charm and ruthlessness to claim her and, he hopes, redeem his honor.Tessa Hart's romantic Valentine's Day weekend... read more

The Barbary Lion

Holly Bargo

Edited and corrected as of June 29, 2015.Once a king and now a police detective and always a hunter, Atlas Leonidus dreamed of his mate and knew the instant her foot touched the soil of his country. In order to secure her cooperation, he drugs, kidnaps, and imprisons his mate who had come to Italy for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. He's handsome and charming and utterly ruthless: a man who's 1... read more

Edited and corrected as of June 29, 2015.Once a king and now a police detective and always a hunter, Atlas Leonidus dreamed of his mate and knew the instant her foot touched the soil of his country. In order to secure her cooperation, he drugs, kidnaps, and imprisons his mate who had come to Italy for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. He's handsome and charming and utterly ruthless: a man who's 1... read more

Cassia: Branch 2 of the Tree of Life

Holly Bargo

Stuck in steamy Bangkok managing a client’s convention, sidhe Cassia Firbolg meets mercenary soldier Vladislav Ruzcik. Vlad’s heart recognizes her as his mate and he immediately sets out to claim her as such, bonding their souls together. Cassia doesn’t realize that he’s a werewolf and that he’s claimed her until it’s too damned late.But there are others who want Cassia, too. A crime lord want... read more

Stuck in steamy Bangkok managing a client’s convention, sidhe Cassia Firbolg meets mercenary soldier Vladislav Ruzcik. Vlad’s heart recognizes her as his mate and he immediately sets out to claim her as such, bonding their souls together. Cassia doesn’t realize that he’s a werewolf and that he’s claimed her until it’s too damned late.But there are others who want Cassia, too. A crime lord want... read more

Willow: Branch 3 of the Tree of Life

Holly Bargo

Be care what you wish for, because you just might get it.Willow should have taken heed of that familiar warning, because she wanted Dane’s attention and then got it. She wasn’t ready.On assignment protecting a paranoid client at a convention, Dane Karl has finally found his mate, a very young sidhe ill-equipped to deal with a legendary mercenary warrior, fierce weretiger, and powerful sidhe al... read more

Be care what you wish for, because you just might get it.Willow should have taken heed of that familiar warning, because she wanted Dane’s attention and then got it. She wasn’t ready.On assignment protecting a paranoid client at a convention, Dane Karl has finally found his mate, a very young sidhe ill-equipped to deal with a legendary mercenary warrior, fierce weretiger, and powerful sidhe al... read more

Russian Lullaby (Russian Love Book 1)

Holly Bargo

A case of mistaken identify lands graduate student Giancarla Bonetti in a heap of trouble, only to be rescued by Bratva interrogator Vitaly Synvolka. Sensing that she's his final opportunity to save what's left of his humanity after a lifetime of brutality, he offers the innocent young woman three options: go back to her life and be killed by the thugs who kidnapped her; go far, far away and s... read more

A case of mistaken identify lands graduate student Giancarla Bonetti in a heap of trouble, only to be rescued by Bratva interrogator Vitaly Synvolka. Sensing that she's his final opportunity to save what's left of his humanity after a lifetime of brutality, he offers the innocent young woman three options: go back to her life and be killed by the thugs who kidnapped her; go far, far away and s... read more

Russian Gold (Russian Love Book 2)

Holly Bargo

Now that she and her best friends are out of danger, Cecily Carrigan is restless. Pyotr’s boss bought a restaurant and installed her as head chef. She lives rent-free with a with a sexy beast of a Russian mobster who treats her like a queen, but hasn’t offered marriage. She detests Cleveland, cold weather, and the Bratva. Conflicted and confused, what's a girl to do when she suffers a crisis o... read more

Now that she and her best friends are out of danger, Cecily Carrigan is restless. Pyotr’s boss bought a restaurant and installed her as head chef. She lives rent-free with a with a sexy beast of a Russian mobster who treats her like a queen, but hasn’t offered marriage. She detests Cleveland, cold weather, and the Bratva. Conflicted and confused, what's a girl to do when she suffers a crisis o... read more

The Dragon Wore a Kilt

Holly Bargo

In the northern reaches of Scotland rests Loch Saorach, home to an ancient legend—a dragon. The Matasan family has guarded the loch and its dragon for centuries.Over the years Saorach has claimed humans, imbuing them with his fae magic. Connor Matasan, the arrogant Earl of Glencarol, is a recent acquisition. Like all those possessed and transformed by the dragon’s ancient magic, Connor is sith... read more

In the northern reaches of Scotland rests Loch Saorach, home to an ancient legend—a dragon. The Matasan family has guarded the loch and its dragon for centuries.Over the years Saorach has claimed humans, imbuing them with his fae magic. Connor Matasan, the arrogant Earl of Glencarol, is a recent acquisition. Like all those possessed and transformed by the dragon’s ancient magic, Connor is sith... read more

Pure Iron

Holly Bargo

They have nothing in common, except that they’re temporarily next door neighbors on a California beach. Sonia’s a newly minted chef and Mick’s a rock star. Sonia is taking a vacation before starting the inevitable, post-graduation job hunt. Mick is using his summer hiatus to work on his music.The attraction is instant and powerful. She’s innocent and he’s … not. Their whirlwind romance catapul... read more

They have nothing in common, except that they’re temporarily next door neighbors on a California beach. Sonia’s a newly minted chef and Mick’s a rock star. Sonia is taking a vacation before starting the inevitable, post-graduation job hunt. Mick is using his summer hiatus to work on his music.The attraction is instant and powerful. She’s innocent and he’s … not. Their whirlwind romance catapul... read more

The Mighty Finn

Holly Bargo

Boy meets girl.Author Charlotte Forsythe is determined not to be a victim again. Her Great Dane, Finn, makes sure of it. While vacationing Finn in San Diego, Charlotte meets Navy SEAL Eric Outerbach. It doesn’t go well. Eric begs forgiveness.Boy and girl become friends.They make a long distance friendship work through texts and phone calls. The film rights to two of Charlotte’s books are sold ... read more

Boy meets girl.Author Charlotte Forsythe is determined not to be a victim again. Her Great Dane, Finn, makes sure of it. While vacationing Finn in San Diego, Charlotte meets Navy SEAL Eric Outerbach. It doesn’t go well. Eric begs forgiveness.Boy and girl become friends.They make a long distance friendship work through texts and phone calls. The film rights to two of Charlotte’s books are sold ... read more

The Diamond Gate

Holly Bargo

Every night for two years, seven sisters—princesses all—walked beneath silver trees hung with jeweled fruit, crossed a still black lake, and danced to liquid music with their faerie suitors. Every night for two years, their shoes collapsed and kept the city's cobblers busy.His schemes for political and trade alliances thwarted by his daughters' nightly disappearances, the royal duke of Nuygeni... read more

Every night for two years, seven sisters—princesses all—walked beneath silver trees hung with jeweled fruit, crossed a still black lake, and danced to liquid music with their faerie suitors. Every night for two years, their shoes collapsed and kept the city's cobblers busy.His schemes for political and trade alliances thwarted by his daughters' nightly disappearances, the royal duke of Nuygeni... read more

El Burro: Una fábula para tener una vida buena y feliz (Spanish Edition)

Jesús Tobías

“Muy poca gente es capaz de escribir un libro liviano acerca de lecturas y temas profundos… Una excelente manera de encontrarle sentido a nuestra vida es seguir los consejos que a través del libro nos expresa Jesús”.Ramón De La Peña ManriquePresidente del Consejo Nacional de Educación para la Vida y el TrabajoEsta fábula es una guía para vivir una vida buena y feliz. Es la historia de un niño ... read more

“Muy poca gente es capaz de escribir un libro liviano acerca de lecturas y temas profundos… Una excelente manera de encontrarle sentido a nuestra vida es seguir los consejos que a través del libro nos expresa Jesús”.Ramón De La Peña ManriquePresidente del Consejo Nacional de Educación para la Vida y el TrabajoEsta fábula es una guía para vivir una vida buena y feliz. Es la historia de un niño ... read more

The Beautiful Word Solution

Kathryn Gaertner

Would you like to receive joy, positivity and beauty? Would you like help in sustaining patterns of love and gratitude? Would you enjoy more fun, laughter, light-heartedness, ease and flow in your daily life? In the book The Beautiful Word Solution, you will learn to use written prayer processes. Using beautiful words these prayer processes will maintain your vibrational tone in positive focus... read more

Would you like to receive joy, positivity and beauty? Would you like help in sustaining patterns of love and gratitude? Would you enjoy more fun, laughter, light-heartedness, ease and flow in your daily life? In the book The Beautiful Word Solution, you will learn to use written prayer processes. Using beautiful words these prayer processes will maintain your vibrational tone in positive focus... read more

The Secrets in Forever

CT Jackson, Terrence Trafton

Zara Chambers is the typical modern day woman. Working as a professor at an Ivy League university in New York City, she still makes time to be a loving and supportive wife and mother. Her life is never the same once she discovers her charming, witty and handsome husband, Donovan, has secrets. Zara can't help but to dive deeper into the hidden life of a man she slept next to for over ten years.... read more

Zara Chambers is the typical modern day woman. Working as a professor at an Ivy League university in New York City, she still makes time to be a loving and supportive wife and mother. Her life is never the same once she discovers her charming, witty and handsome husband, Donovan, has secrets. Zara can't help but to dive deeper into the hidden life of a man she slept next to for over ten years.... read more

THE WATER BOOK: PLUMBING QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU BUY THAT HOUSE

M E Girouard

Water can destroy a home. This book provides the non-technical consumer with enough information to ask questions, which could, in the long run, save thousands of dollars.

Water can destroy a home. This book provides the non-technical consumer with enough information to ask questions, which could, in the long run, save thousands of dollars.

Function Analysis Guide: A supplement to the SAVE Body of Knowledge

SAVE International

This Function Analysis Guide will give you a greater understanding of Function Analysis to the extent that it becomes second nature to those using the Value Methodology to improve their projects, products, and processes. Application of the techniques covered herein will result in better studies and, most importantly, better results.Lawrence D. Miles, the “Father of Value Analysis,” stated “the... read more

This Function Analysis Guide will give you a greater understanding of Function Analysis to the extent that it becomes second nature to those using the Value Methodology to improve their projects, products, and processes. Application of the techniques covered herein will result in better studies and, most importantly, better results.Lawrence D. Miles, the “Father of Value Analysis,” stated “the... read more

Black of Heart

Rachel Powers

When I took up my position as Physician's Assistant at the clinic in La Luna de Sangre, there were three things I was NOT expecting: I wasn't expecting to fall head over heels in love with a man whose eyes sparkled with gold dust, whose hair was a shock of black lustre, and who had the movements of a graceful big cat. Because Dr Damian Corazon was my boss, for goodness sake.Nor was I expecting... read more

When I took up my position as Physician's Assistant at the clinic in La Luna de Sangre, there were three things I was NOT expecting: I wasn't expecting to fall head over heels in love with a man whose eyes sparkled with gold dust, whose hair was a shock of black lustre, and who had the movements of a graceful big cat. Because Dr Damian Corazon was my boss, for goodness sake.Nor was I expecting... read more

Birth of a Superhero

Michelle Nold

Deception comes in many forms, but not all deception is born out of malice. In my life, it came in the form of seemingly harmless tales told to me when I was young and impressionable. In my later years, deception reared its seductive head each time I tried to fulfill a goal or satisfy a personal ambition. I became a storyteller. I told myself stories like -It isn't meant to be.- I bought into ... read more

Deception comes in many forms, but not all deception is born out of malice. In my life, it came in the form of seemingly harmless tales told to me when I was young and impressionable. In my later years, deception reared its seductive head each time I tried to fulfill a goal or satisfy a personal ambition. I became a storyteller. I told myself stories like -It isn't meant to be.- I bought into ... read more

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