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Former Big Five Editor Helga Schier, Ph.D., is the founder and owner of withpenandpaper.com, an independent editorial services firm. Helga is also the Editorial Yoda at Equinox Books, an emerging publisher of genre fiction.

With over 25 years of experience in the (self-) publishing industry, Helga guides authors through the development and revision process, helping writers unlock the potential of their manuscripts. Her clients are published, self-published, and not-yet-published writers

Helga has published essayistic works on contemporary English and American fiction, and has translated several screenplays, memoirs, and a novel series. She is also a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences with successful lectures on topics such as Top Ten Mistakes Writers Make, and Ten Steps to Successful Revision,Beyond CliffhangersPainting a Scene With Dialogue and Narration, and The Three Secrets to Successful Indie Publishing.


Helga Schier, PhD



WC2 - West Coast Writers Conferences