Susan Schmidt, PhD
BEAUFORT WRITING GROUP / KAKAKO PRESS
DEVELOPMENTAL EDITOR / AUTHOR
Dr. Susan Schmidt helps authors revise manuscripts for submission and polishes books before publication. As developmental editor, she offers thorough structural critique to shape, focus, and fine-tune narrative tone and trajectory. A retired English professor and member of Editorial Freelancers Association, she is a master of grammar usage, style, and logic as copyeditor.
She proofreads dissertations and scholarly journal articles. She works with all genres—memoirs, novels, popular and technical science and history books.
She helps writers find their authentic voices to satisfy readers' expectations. She helps target markets and prepares queries, proposals, and reviews. John Hopkins University Press, University of North Carolina Press, Kakapo Press and Milkweed Editions have published her work. She has won awards in all genres, including the 2012 Guy Owen Poetry Prize.
Editing client’s agent reviews:
“In all my years, this is one of sharpest improvements I've ever seen, from the first draft that I read to the second. It's amazing how far you've come.”
Other clients wrote: “Your editing is a terrific boon. Thank you for your support, critique, attention to detail, better expressions, alternate words, huh?-questions, format consistency. I can’t imagine writing another book without you as editor.”
“This is great, great, great. You are a treasure trove of ideas! Your critique was sooo helpful. Concrete suggestions. I've lots of work to do, but feel inspired to get back to the work. Just what I wanted.”
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Susan Schmidt, PhD (252) 269-0032
Susan started Kakapo Press and has published four books.
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