Susan Schmidt

Developmental Editor / Author

Susan Schmidt

Susan Schmidt, PhD

(252) 269-0032




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An agent told Susan’s client, “This is the sharpest improvement I've ever seen from the first to the second draft.”

Susan is listed among Top Ten Editors in New England.

As a Developmental Editor, I advise authors how to revise manuscripts with the same mindfulness as pruning apple trees. I polish scholarly and popular history and science, journal articles, dissertations, novels, memoirs into publishable books. In structural critique, I recommend how to shape, focus, fine-tune narrative voice, tone and trajectory to target an audience. As retired English professor, I am a master stylist. As copyeditor and proofreader, I mark grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, structure, word choice. I address clarity, consistency, repetition, flow, transitions. I change passive to active voice and multisyllable nouns to a strong verb. In a popular-science book, we moved differential equations to sidebars, added topic sentences, divided 200-word sentences and eight-syllable words; reviewer praised his “crisp writing.” I am fluent in French and German. I have a PhD in American lit; Masters in Environmental Sciences and British Lit; postdocs in botany and bioethics. For 30 years in university, I taught literature & environmental decision-making. I worked as scientist, journalist, sailboat captain. I had grants from Fulbright, EPA, NSF, NEH, NEA, and AAUW.

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.”

Beaufort, NC Writing Retreat

One-room quiet upstairs apartment (~700 sq ft) with dormer-alcove bed and desk, kitchenette, & bathroom. Seabreeze, sunset deck, & gardens. One block from Rachel Carson’s Bird Shoal. Mile from great restaurants, coffee shops, winebar, grocery, seafood; ferries to Shackleford Banks & Cape Lookout. Wireless, kayak, & bicycle available.

a rocking chair on a sunny balcony an attic room with sofas and a table and chairs a bedroom with a wall of sunny windows

Susan Schmidt, PhD (252) 269-0032

Susan started Kakapo Press and has published six books.

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