Art Kleiner

Art Kleiner – Editor

Experienced editor/writer. I help you bring ideas to life in business. My Editing+Coaching sessions pass on the skill to you.

Overview

Special offer for Reedsy members: Editing+Coaching. Watch me edit. Practice with me watching. Gain the skills yourself.


Give me a manuscript and 3 hours -- an hour of prep and 2 hours of your time -- and I will edit it with you watching via Zoom. Then you'll edit with me watching. This will teach you the skills you need to reach your audience with your thought leadership.


This isn't a packaged course. It's tailored to your ideas and audience, working only with your manuscript, meeting your particular needs -- the ones you know about and the ones you don't quite see yet.


I also talk through the issues with you so that you can get a sense of what's involved in publishing this book.


I'm an accomplished teacher (at New York University and elsewhere) and a world-renowned writer, editor and ghostwriter. I know how to see what a manuscript needs and bring it to life. I can teach you to do the same with your own work, down to the level of the sentence.


I offer this on a sliding scale based on your situation -- discount for individuals on their first big published project.


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Other services: Developmental editing and consultation. (Also ghostwriting.)


Most business manuscripts have good ideas and stories, but they need help coming together and differentiating themselves from the pack. I've studied what business readers want, and most of all it's credibility and a knack for explaining the world. I can help you bring those qualities to fruition. I work collaboratively and creatively with you and your draft. I am easy to work with and responsive, and I believe in learning from every assignment, so you've got a lot of experience on your side!


My background: a leading editor of business, management and technology writing, starting with Peter Senge's Fifth Discipline and the best-selling Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series. At the Whole Earth Catalog, I learned that your best asset as a writer is your ability to learn from experience. At the award-winning management magazine Strategy+Business, where I was editor-in-chief for 15 years, we reached 1 million readers around the world. I can help you do the same.


Among the people with authentic voices whom I've edited are Amy Edmondson, CK Prahalad, Sally Helgesen, Peter Schwartz, Jon Katzenbach, A.G. Lafley, Marshall Goldsmith, and Stewart Brand. I've helped authors in India, the UK, Europe, Australia, Africa, Latin America, and Hong Kong.


I can also help you navigate the worlds of literary agents, publishers, publicists, and self-publishing. I'm well-versed in topics like artificial intelligence, neuroscience, history, and self-care.


My own books include The AI Dilemma (responsible technology), The Wise Advocate (neuroscience and leadership), and The Age of Heretics (business history). I also have experience with innovative formats. I was editorial director and coauthor of the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series and co-invented the Fieldbook format and the "learning history" format, as well as innovative formats for case studies and other how-to books.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics Education & Reference History Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 1990 — Present

I began a freelance editing career with Peter Senge's bestseller The Fifth Discipline. Since then I have worked on many books, including two under my own name (The Age of Heretics, Who Really Matters?) and two collaborations (The Wise Advocate, with Jeffrey Schwartz and Josie Thomson, and The AI Dilemma with Juliette Powell). Most of the books I've edited are in the business category. One recent self-help example was A Little Book of Courage for the Great Pandemic, by Cheri Lovre. Current clients (whose books I can't name yet) include MIT management experts, a prominent business visionary in India, and a major figure in organizational learning.

strategy+business / PwC Global / Booz Allen Hamilton

Apr, 2005 — Jan, 2020 (almost 15 years)

As editor-in-chief of the award-winning magazine Strategy+Business, I oversaw articles and books for a large business audience. In addition to editing articles by luminaries such as Amy Edmondson, Marshall Goldsmith, Sally Helgesen, Ram Charan, Stewart Brand, and CK Prahalad, I worked on at least 7 books that were published by mainstream publishers, and authored by Booz Allen Hamilton and PwC. They included Strategy That Works, The Critical Few (Jon Katzenbach), and Megacommunities.

Fifth Discipline Fieldbook Series

Jan, 1992 — Apr, 2012 (about 20 years)

I oversaw the best-selling Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series -- a well-known management anthology series, with multiple authors and a role in introducing people to the insights of organizational learning and innovative management. This series also included two editions of Schools That Learn, an influential book for educators. Among the authors of articles in this series were Peter Senge, Doug Engelbart, Tim Gallwey, Edgar Schein, Nell Minow, Peter Block, Andrea Gabor, and Jay Forrester.

Portfolio

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Utibe B.

Utibe B.

Feb, 2024

Art knows his craft and cares about not just the work but dare I say, the person. He added value beyond the editing of the book. I would recommend for sure.
Art K.
Utibe has a clear message with her book, aimed at the people entering the workforce today, trying to figure out how to show up. She was extremely professional and good to work with, and very honest...
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Michael P.

Michael P.

Jan, 2024

Art was fantastic to work with. His critique of my manuscript from both a business and editorial eye provided me with a new, fresh perspective. He clearly went above and beyond with his feedback and spent all the time needed on a follow up call to clarify and suggest new approaches. I highly recommend working with him as I surely will for my next project or if I need another review of my cur...
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Art K.
Michael has a creative, compelling project. He was completely engaged, and interested in improving the work - even when it might have been painful to realize the gaps. I think it could be a powerfu...
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Alan C.

Alan C.

Sep, 2023

Art and his assistant Wallace performed a developmental edit on "my near final" Traveling the XConsulting Road. I'd had some feedback that the flow was unclear and the book was too long. They gave me a new outline which is definitely clearer and will eliminate severl oages of section introductions. They also gave me alot of page by page feedback which will definitely improve the book. I am ve...
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Art K.
Alan is great to work with! His book fills a gap - for people going into consulting. It lays out all the issues. He was gracious and responsive, and kept us on track. I'm pleased we were able to he...
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Dovid L.

Dovid L.

Aug, 2023

I had a very good experience working with Art. I am a first time writer and couldn't be happier. In addition to helping me with structure, Art provided in depth and detailed feedback as to how my book would be perceived by the reader, and showed me things I just couldn't see on my own. His take on it was invaluable. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants wise and honest feedback.
Ashley C.

Ashley C.

May, 2023

While I have little frame of reference, I have enjoyed working with Art. He was very careful and intentional about giving me advice while helping me retain my own voice. I'm grateful for the tips and tricks he gave me that I couldn't have gotten other from a seasoned, experienced professional who was had successful projects.
Art K.
I too have little frame of reference. Ashley is my first client where there is a finished assignment. She has a clear idea of what she is trying to accomplish, and it's a significant challenge: A b...
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