Here’s what some of my clients have had to say:


“Karen’s professionalism, skill, and ability to adapt to my writing style were impeccable. She was timely in meeting her deadlines, answering any and all communication and guiding me as I worked through the edits and rewrites. Karen also managed my project when my book was ready for the next phase, self-publishing, which was a huge gift, as I could trust the person taking care of the important details. Hiring Karen truly took me over the finish line in completing my book. I would highly recommend Karen to anyone looking for an editor.”  —Janie Pfeifer Watson

“Karen Schader’s keen eye and firm hand has long kept my Jackie Tempo series on track. She is thoughtful, perceptive, and highly efficient. Generous of spirit, Karen has gone above and beyond her role as editor, connecting her authors to new opportunities even after her work is complete. I look forward to our continued collaboration—for many years to come!” —Suzanne Litrel

“Karen is my ‘go-to’ editor and project manager for any freelance project. I’ve been in the publishing business for 20 years, and I can say unequivocally that there is no one I trust more to shape and shepherd a quality product.” —Lawrence Shapiro, PhD, Lawrence Shapiro Publications

“Karen Schader’s editing is thorough and insightful. She asks good questions, pays careful attention to the particular needs of a project, and works fast. Her editing goes beyond simple grammar and sentence structure to style, age-appropriateness, and clarity. Karen is a delight to work with.” —Mary Benard, Skinner House Books

“I had the privilege of working with Karen in the development of my second publication, YouthLink: Developing Effective Mentoring Programs. Her skills in editing text to make it accessible to the reader are extraordinary. Karen has a good eye for the logical arrangement of materials and is very creative in suggesting additions. I found her to be easy to work with and an excellent listener, with exacting editorial standards.” —Nathan T. Avani, PhD, Chair, Department of Secondary Education, San Francisco State University

“My experiences with Karen Schader have been very positive. She has worked in a professional and timely manner, showing attention to detail, being flexible when necessary, and taking pride in her work. She has always treated my work and opinions with respect. She has been a friendly, caring, and pleasant person with whom to work. Having had many experiences with different editors, I can truly appreciate my relationship with Karen!” —Lisa Schab, LCSW

“Karen Schader edited the National Hemophilia Foundation’s consumer booklet, “Playing It Safe: Bleeding Disorders, Sports and Exercise.” The draft that was given to her had too much information and had the possibility of being overwhelming to a consumer. Karen was able to organize the material more effectively and edit the information that was unnecessary. We are very pleased with her work and would use her services again when needed.” —Neil Frick, National Hemophilia Foundation

“Karen provided no-nonsense editing: she made simple changes that needed to be made without wasting my time discussing trivial points, and illuminated the larger points and gave me suggestions that weren’t overwhelming, explaining why they were needed and giving me the option of discussing them if I wasn’t comfortable with them. She was prompt and encouraging, and I got the sense that she believed in the potential of my work.” —Linda Hildonen, children’s book author

“Karen was a delight to work with. She was very professional yet sprinkled in hints of humor. Her editing was concise and improved the tightness and flow of my manuscript. I would be very happy to work with her again.” —YA author (contact info on request)

“I found Karen to be unlike any other editor with whom I have worked. She accepted quality and didn’t feel she needed me to rewrite just to validate her position as an editor. She is that good, both in her approach to the writing and her ability to work with the author in a positive way.” —Elaine Ernst Schneider, children’s book author

“Sensitive to both the author’s voice and ego, [Karen] is able to focus quickly on the content of written material, suggesting to the author ways in which the message might be delivered most effectively. She strives for consistency, economy in word usage, and clear communication in the material entrusted to her.” —Marji Gold-Vukson, author of Teaching Character Through Service

“Karen was very helpful. Her comments and changes just made the story flow better. She was open to talking with me and was very open to my questions as this was my first attempt at writing a book. I found her feedback extremely helpful in a process that seemed to have some mysterious elements within it. She was also very encouraging. I cannot say enough about how much I appreciated her editing suggestions. It was obvious to me that she is extremely skilled and that is what I needed.”—Susan Pelton, clinical psychologist

“The editing was returned promptly, and was professionally completed, particularly regarding grammar, punctuation, clarity and syntax. Karen was also helpful in giving advice, and she sought clarification to be certain that she understood the writer’s intent. She provided prompt answers to inquiries, making it easy to work with her.”
—Linda Fausey, children’s book author

“I was very happy with the work that Karen did for me. She returned my manuscript before the date given. Her changes were perfect. She really made my characters come to life. She made herself available for any questions that I had and she answered my emails very promptly. If I were to write another story I would use Karen again.”
—Erin Cortes, children’s book author