Hello, I'm Susan Schott Karr,


I am a senior writer, editor, and writing coach. I have over 25 years of experience in corporate, financial, marketing and technical communications.

Having worked for over 40 Fortune 500 companies and many startups, I've helped these companies grow and prosper.

With an eye toward business development, my work is done behind the scenes and all has to do with making written communications more effective.

Currently, I am taking new clients.

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The College of William & Mary


Golden Gate University

Certificate in Web Design

UC Davis

Certificate in Novel Writing

Stanford University

Certificate in Content Strategy

Northwestern University

Certificate in High-Impact Business Writing

University of California, Irvine


Writing Portfolio

Accounting & Financial Education


Business Writing & eLearning

Financial Reporting

Information Technology

SEC Regulations/Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Web Content Marketing

Editorial Services

As a senior content writer and editor, I hold a particular interest in working in a creative capacity for technology and financial companies. I can wear various hats-from writing web content, product and service descriptions, to crafting social media content. As each company has its own style, tone, and voice, I insist on creating streamlined and consistent writing, adhering to the company's style guide. My goal is to make writing clear, accessible, and interesting.
Developmental Editing
Taking a look at the big picture, I can help you structure or restructure your writing, ensuring that it unfolds in a logical, interesting, and informative way, includes all of the information that it should, and leaves out anything extraneous or irrelevant. At this stage, we're taking a broad sweep, perhaps developing an outline and considering which features and aspects of the work are required.
Line Editing
Sentence by sentence, I will read through your writing to ensure that it has the correct tone for your audience and flows smoothly. Your text may require light editing or a heavier, more substantive treatment. I'll look at your word selection, sentence and paragraph structure, use of parallelism and active voice. As I work, I'll mark up your text and comment about the changes I've made and the logic behind them.
Although some copyediting may begin at the line editing stage, it is here that I'll take an even closer look at the text. I'll take into account accuracy, formatting, and style. Specifically, I'll look at spelling, grammar, punctuation, jargon, terminology, and semantics. The end result? Copy that is clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent.
Writing Coaching
If you need a rigorous evaluation of how to make your writing even better, I can mark up your text with suggestions and provide a report analyzing its strengths and weaknesses. I'll include numerous examples and model ways in which you can improve your style, tone, language selection, and reading interest. Instead of having you sit by passively while I wield my editing pen, I'll give you some concrete new strategies and techniques to use in your future writing.


"We at EagleTM would like to thank Susan for her professionalism and level of commitment to our company. Her writing and editing work were of the highest quality, and her delivery timely. She is a consummate service provider, and we highly recommend her. In addition, Susan was a very pleasant person to work with."
--Eagle Technology
"...I was accepted to Harvard Business School, so I wanted to thank you for your help in editing one of my essays."
--Greg, Strategic Planner, General Electric
"Very good. Susan didn't hesitate to congratulate when something sounded good, and at the same time pointed out faults and weaknesses."
--Bill, G.E. Capital
"Susan, thank you for your help, comments, and feedback. I really feel they have improved my writing and communicating abilities. You're doing a great job. Good luck with your own career!"
--Keith, Roche Laboratories
"It was interesting to hear comments on our announcements and get some feedback on how the 'outside' world looked at them. Susan gave me many good ideas on personalizing our memos and announcements. I've received a lot of positive responses on our 'new' sound."
--Jill, GE Capital Mortgage
"Please extend my thanks to Ms. Susan Karr for her most helpful counsel."
--Alfred, Warner Lambert
"...wonderfully written suggestions and explanations"
--Heidi, AT&T
"I appreciated all of Susan's critiques and found them helpful, detailed, timely, consistent, and filled with praise where due."
--Michelle, ADP Dealer Services
"Susan gave me clear and concise critiques."
 --Robin, Prudential Insurance
"Thank you for your guidance in discovering the power of a well written letter or memo."
--Viktor, General Electric
"I was impressed with Susan's ability to evaluate my writing and recommend solutions and changes."
--Chris, GE Plastics
"Thank you again, Susan, for your guidance, time, and prompt response with each of the assignments."
--Jing, GE Fanuc
"Susan's critiques were always helpful and clear. The positive comments were very encouraging, especially in contrast to the university-style browbeating I've experienced in the past."
--Leslie, General Electric

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