Helga Schier, PhD, is the Editorial Director of CamCat Publishers, a publisher of award-winning genre fiction. In addition, she is the founder and owner of withpenandpaper.com, an editorial services firm.
Helga has served as editor and executive editor in several publishing houses, large and small. With over 25 years of experience powering her work, Helga guides authors through the development and revision process. Helga focuses on concept, story, and approach, helping writers sharpen their vision, refine their voice, and unlock the potential of their manuscripts.
As Editorial Director of CamCat, Helga is heavily involved in the submission process, actively looking for Books to Live in, stories that allow for an immersive reading experience and invite the reader to walk in other people’s shoes. Helga enjoys stories with a sense of empathy for morally ambiguous characters, a well-structured plot that moves at a nice clip, and an inkling that a wrong choice can quickly lead us down an irreparably treacherous path.
A former academic, Helga has lectured on literature and creative writing, published essays on contemporary English and American fiction, and has translated several screenplays, memoirs, and a novel series. She lives in Southern California with her husband, several cats, and a dog.
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