Committed to helping writers of fiction, non-fiction, academic and scholarly works, screenplay and teleplay writers, "indie" authors and publishers, develop, revise, edit, refine, polish, and ready their work for submission, option, publication, or self-publication, while supporting and strengthening your voice and vision.
Susan Schader, StoryServices4Writers
"Jagged Films has worked with Susan as a story consultant to find and develop projects for film and television for many years. She brings an experienced, critical, and intuitive eye to evaluating screenplays and books (fiction and non-fiction, for adaptation), assessing the strengths and weaknesses of key story elements such as premise, plot, structure, characterizations, dialogue, and marketability. Development is her forte, and she can be relied on to offer intelligent, insightful,and creative suggestions and solutions that insure a project reaches its fullest potential. We rely on her good taste, professionalism, and utmost discretion in every way."
Victoria Pearman, President, Jagged Films
"If you need a good editor--and you do, even if you don't think you do--the first person you should contact is Susan. Her sense of story is unparalleled and she has the skills you need at every stage of your projects, from developing a story that is both coherent and commercial, to delivering a manuscript that's as clean of grammar glitches as humanly possible. if you hand her a piece of coal, she'll give you back a diamond."
Kat Parrish, author of Bride of the Midnight King
"Susan Schader is without a doubt one of the finest and most thorough editors I have ever had the fortune to meet. Coming from an extensive background of manuscript development and editing and critiquing screenplays, her suggestions are first class. I would not hesitate to recommend her to authors who are in need of help in analyzing and fine tuning their manuscripts."
Anne Loader McGee, children's author, Cedar Creek Mystery Series
"Getting my screenplay to Susan was a real game changer for me. She is very detailed and right on with with STORY, CHARACTERS and STRUCTURE. Working with only one set of her story notes, I was able to make my screenplay Ashford Hollows a good 50% better. I will definitely rely on her services again.
Thank you, Susan!"
Frank A. Rossi, Writer, Actor, Acting Coach
"After Susan edited my last novel, I submitted it to my publisher. The editor on this third book in the series had only one comment: that the manuscript was clean, the story tight, enjoyable, and a real page-turner. The book went straight into production and four months later, Koolura and the Mayans was published."
Michael Thal, author of the Koolura series, Goodbye, Tchaikovsky, The Abduction of Joshua Bloom
"I have finally completed my first book Cataqueria Island. Submitting my story to an editing site was a huge leap, and finding the right editor in Susan moved me from trying to get the book finished to actually being able to finish it. Once I received my first edit it was like a huge weight had been lifted from my imagination I could finally see the way to the end step by step. The guidance and instruction Susan gave me was extremely detailed and incredibly useful in getting me to the final page! Susan's ability to create the same thought and moment in Cataqueria Island with words I couldn't find was a set-me-free moment, for all the frustration and knots in the sentences had vanished as if a magic wand had been waved all over the script, bringing to life the story that was locked in my mind with hidden brick walls and blank spaces. I cannot thank Susan enough for getting me to the end of a big adventure, one I hope will continue for many more books to come!"
Anna Elizabeth Taylor, Cataqueria Island
"Working with Susan has been a wonderfully, positive experience. As a first-time author, she provides expert editing, creative inspiration and much-needed encouragement. Susan is super responsive and works with lightning speed. I highly recommend her."
Pete Crowley, Guest of the Commonwealth
"The hunt for the right editor can be a daunting task, especially for a first time writer. With all the effort you put into your work, you really want the right person that’ll take it to the next level. After discussing my project with several editors, Susan’s ambition, friendly-nature and experience set her apart. In the editing process, she’s collaborative, engaged, supportive and honest. She does everything in her power to improve the manuscript and give it every chance to succeed. From the business side, she’s competitive in her proposal and in the end, on time and on budget. All told, I feel very lucky to have Susan in my corner."
Zack Klamn, Canucklehead: The Global Adventures and Mishaps of a Former Twenty-Something.
"Susan possesses an excellent editorial sense of what makes a story work. She reviewed one of my manuscripts and I was greatly impressed by her detailed insights. Every comment she made had merit. If you want to improve your fiction, to make it more salable or to just plain make it better, I highly recommend her."
Jeff Cox, The Goal, Zapp, The Quadrant Solution, Heroz, The Venture, Selling the Wheel and The Cure.
"I've just skimmed through the whole manuscript. Completely love what you've done and suggested and can't wait to finish it off over the weekend, hopefully. I also love what you did to the query letter.
Your sense of logic is impeccable. Thank you so much for everything!"
Mitch Friedman, Purple Burt (based on the 2005 NAPPA award-winning concept album)
"Susan was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was professional, timely, open, honest and insightful regarding my work.
Her input and considerable skill have dramatically improved my manuscript, and I look forward to working with her again on the next book in the series."
Robert Reilly, Josephine and the New Jungle, and Life in Prison: Eight Hours at A Time
I cannot convey to you the gratitude I feel having read your edits on my work. This book has been edited multiple times by different people. It just goes to show that without the help of the right person, the number of people doesn't matter. Crowdsourcing is no substitute for expertise. You were definitely the right person for this project, and I thank you.
I have been working on this book since November 2016 when it started as a story for my seven-year-old, Jack, who was four at the time. What a journey. I think I'm almost there.
Gary Josephsen, Stripe of Courage
I have already referred Susan to one of my friends. Susan is fabulous and we are all so fortunate that she shares her gift with us! Thank-you Susan for your energy, time, talent and wonderful personality. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you!
Margot Denomme, Mommy, Am I Pretty?, Awesome, Inside and Out!
Susan is a joy to work with. I am thrilled to have found her. She has provided more helpful advice on my series pilot than all other consultants combined. It is easy to accept her notes and make improvements due to the fact that her suggestions are clearly great ideas. She is also very prompt and affordable. I will make use of her services until she retires!
Jared Lillis, Forecast Force, educational middle-grade chapter book and animated television series.
As an author, working with Susan Schader - editor, story analyst and consultant on Secret Rescuer Lil Buddy and Goose—The New Recruits was a game changer. I absolutely love her style, creative mind, and her dedication to making sure your manuscript is a success. She is spot-on with her wealth of knowledge around copy editing, story flow construction, and helping to structure a cohesive storyline for a book series. She is absolutely one of the best at reading your manuscript and suggesting critical pointers to get your book to the final polished copy. I highly recommend working with Susan and I will continue to rely on her expertise for my illustrated chapter book series.
Melinda Wick, Secret Rescuer Lil Buddy and Goose