Ann Klefstad

Ann Klefstad – Editor

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

Overview

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.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management
Fiction
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Middle Grade Short Story
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • SPJ Front Page Award, Best Short Feature

Work experience

Self-employed

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.

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Andreea B.

Andreea B.

Sep, 2023

Ann is a perceptive and thorough editor. As a person, she is kind and generous. I unexpectedly received a ton of feedback from a journal on my story, and Ann was flexible when I needed a few extra days to revise my story accordingly. Also, I hired her for a copyedit only, but she also showed me how I could develop the voices of the characters further (suggestions that usually belongs in a devel...
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Birgit C.

Birgit C.

Sep, 2023

Ann was exactly the right person to edit my text and I was very happy with her work. Her comments and amendments went much deeper than simply correcting words or rephrasing a sentence. Instead, Ann looked at the overall look and feel of the text and edited it accordingly. I was very pleased with the results. Ann's responses were always timely, professional and detailed. Her feedback was helpf...
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Furman H.

Furman H.

Aug, 2023

Very professional. High quality editing. We were a mismatch in speed. My speed in writing is an order of magnitude faster than her speed in editing. As I write well over 2,000 words a day, this wouldn't be a problem for many writers.
Myra M.

Myra M.

Jun, 2023

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Ann, She was very professional and resolved the issues quickly. I can now publish my book and move forward, it's such a relief to finish a book. I am very grateful for her prompt response and editing. I will work with Reedsy again. God bless you all!
Elise L.

Elise L.

Jun, 2023

Collaborating with Ann has been a valuable experience. She is helpful, responsive, and professional. I appreciate Ann's input and hope to continue working with her. Thanks Ann!

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