Ann Klefstad

Ann Klefstad – Editor

Book editor and award-winning writer who works on fiction and nonfiction, with special expertise on books in translation.


I'm a longtime book editor who worked as senior fiction editor at Sun and Moon Press in Los Angeles and later for a number of publishers, including Basic Books and Polity Press on nonfiction works in history, politics, and biography, scholarly presses like Stanford University Press and University of Wisconsin Press, and great literary presses like Coffee House and Archipelago. I have a very good sense of authorial voice, I'm never ham-handed, and I care about making an author's work the best it can be. I also work well with authors whose first language is not English. I'm genuinely interested in what you have to say, and will help you say it well.

Biographies & Memoirs Political Science & Current Affairs
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Middle Grade Short Story
English (UK) English (US)
  • SPJ Front Page Award, Best Short Feature

Work experience


Sep, 1998 — Present

Since working in-house for Sun and Moon Press, I have built a business as a freelance editor for scholarly, popular, and literary presses. Some of these presses are: Basic Books, Polity Books, Stanford University Press, University of Minnesota Press, Scholastic, University of Wisconsin Press, Athabasca University Press, University Press of New England, University of Cincinnati Press. I have also worked on manuscripts for individual clients, polishing their work for successful submission to publishers.

Ann has 3 reviews





Furman H.

Furman H.

May, 2023

Said what she would do, and did what she said. Gave good insights into how I could improve the manuscript she reviewed.
Matt O.

Matt O.

May, 2023

Ann was great to work with. She offered that great balance of respecting my desires for the book, while also adding great input and suggestion for the editing. I would highly recommend Ann as your editor.
Larry O.

Larry O.

May, 2023

Excellent to work with