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Carin Siegfried

Carin Siegfried - Editor

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Formerly of St. Martin's Press, I am a developmental and line editor covering most genres with a wide-ranging background across publishing.

Overview

I am a freelance editor in New Jersey. I have worked as a bookseller (both at a Barnes & Noble and an independent university bookstore), as a buyer at Ingram Book Group, as an editor at St. Martin's Press in NYC, as a sales rep for independent stores and as a product manager in national accounts at Baker & Taylor, and now I am Sales Manager at Soho Press in New York. I freelance as an editor and publishing consultant. My diverse publishing background means I understand every aspect of the book publishing world and I can bring that knowledge to work for you. I edit both fiction and nonfiction across most genres. My hourly rate is $150. I prefer to do a sample edit initially ($75 for 10 pages) in order to give an accurate estimate, and for you to be able to best judge my editing style and if it fits your needs.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Literature Romance Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides Economics Entertainment History Publishing

Certifications

  • B.A. in English from Davidson College

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Carin Siegfried Editorial

May, 2011 – Present (over 5 years)

I now work for myself on a varied range of manuscripts, both fiction and nonfiction. I work at every stage of the project from book doctoring to manuscript assessment to developmental and line editing, and I help writers go through the self-publishing or traditional publishing process as a consultant.

Sales Rep, Independent Stores and National Accounts

Baker & Taylor

October, 2004 – September, 2010 (almost 6 years)

I was the territory manager for New England, visiting hundreds of bookstores across the region for almost three years. Then I worked in National Accounts as a product manager working on accounts such as PetSmart, Petco, Kmart, and Whole Foods.

Associate Editor

St. Martin's Press

January, 2000 – July, 2004 (over 4 years)

While at St. Martin’s Press, I edited and managed the publication of between 12-25 books per year in addition to editing and managing the publication of 10-15 books for my boss. One book I edited went on to become a Barnes & Noble Great New Writers selection (Life at These Speeds by Jeremy Jackson). Another book I acquired (Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber by Adele Lang) was selected as the second Kelly Ripa Book Club selection on Live With Regis and Kelly and reached #14 on the New York Times bestseller list (hardcover fiction). I edited half fiction, half nonfiction, from a wide variety of genres (memoir, humor, pop culture, chick lit, mystery, literary fiction).

Publisher Coordinator

Ingram Book Co.

January, 1998 – January, 2000 (about 2 years)

I was a junior buyer assigned to work on Hearst Books (now part of HarperCollins). I researched comparable and competitive titles for buying sessions, ran reports, maintained the title database, and placed weekly replenishment orders for the 7th largest US publisher (at that time.)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Catawampus: The Fertility Process from a Man's Perspective

Stuart A. Burkhalter

Stuart and his wife Julie decided they were ready to have a baby. She went on vitamins and they went on one last vacation, because they thought it would be no time at all before she was pregnant. But that's not exactly how things went. For nearly two years, they endured grueling fertility treatments, beginning with charting temperatures and predicting ovulation, on to oral fertility drugs, thr... read more

Stuart and his wife Julie decided they were ready to have a baby. She went on vitamins and they went on one last vacation, because they thought it would be no time at all before she was pregnant. But that's not exactly how things went. For nearly two years, they endured grueling fertility treatments, beginning with charting temperatures and predicting ovulation, on to oral fertility drugs, thr... read more

Brackish Winter (Hall McCormick)

Michael Hervey

Tragedy has struck Federal Wildlife Officer Hall McCormick. So maybe it's a good distraction that in addition to his usual station at Pinckney Island, South Carolina, Hall has also been temporarily assigned to cover the enormous Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex. Hall has finally been feeling like he’s getting a handle on his new job, and thinks his first winter on the refuges will be a quiet o... read more

Tragedy has struck Federal Wildlife Officer Hall McCormick. So maybe it's a good distraction that in addition to his usual station at Pinckney Island, South Carolina, Hall has also been temporarily assigned to cover the enormous Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex. Hall has finally been feeling like he’s getting a handle on his new job, and thinks his first winter on the refuges will be a quiet o... read more

Life at These Speeds: A Novel

Jeremy Jackson

In eighth grade Kevin Schuler is a popular kid with a decent, if not stellar, record on the track. Yet after fate takes him off a bus that crashes and kills his fellow students, including his girlfriend, Kevin inexplicably becomes a track phenomenon. Separated from his memory and distanced from his own life, he effortlessly smashes records and gains national attention, until he finds that he c... read more

In eighth grade Kevin Schuler is a popular kid with a decent, if not stellar, record on the track. Yet after fate takes him off a bus that crashes and kills his fellow students, including his girlfriend, Kevin inexplicably becomes a track phenomenon. Separated from his memory and distanced from his own life, he effortlessly smashes records and gains national attention, until he finds that he c... read more

Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber: The Katya Livingston Chronicles

Adele Lang

Bitingly written with wit and style reminiscent of Candace Bushnell, Adèle Lang’s novel is a cutting, bitchy, hilarious take on the young-single-British-woman genre.When weasel-eyed tax inspectors question her claims, Katya is forced to keep a financial diary. As well as documenting the cruel and parsimonious ways of her ad agency boss, Katya waxes lyrical about putting up with loser friends, ... read more

Bitingly written with wit and style reminiscent of Candace Bushnell, Adèle Lang’s novel is a cutting, bitchy, hilarious take on the young-single-British-woman genre.When weasel-eyed tax inspectors question her claims, Katya is forced to keep a financial diary. As well as documenting the cruel and parsimonious ways of her ad agency boss, Katya waxes lyrical about putting up with loser friends, ... read more

An Accidental Cowboy

Jameson Parker

In 1992, Jameson Parker, the former star of Simon & Simon, was shot and almost killed while living in Los Angeles. The incident drove him into a ten-year struggle with the psychological aftereffects of trauma. It also drove him and his wife into the California mountains, where he stumbled into a world of unruly cattle, uncertain horses, the timeless routines of ranch life, and the solace of th... read more

In 1992, Jameson Parker, the former star of Simon & Simon, was shot and almost killed while living in Los Angeles. The incident drove him into a ten-year struggle with the psychological aftereffects of trauma. It also drove him and his wife into the California mountains, where he stumbled into a world of unruly cattle, uncertain horses, the timeless routines of ranch life, and the solace of th... read more

The Dohmestics

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

As always Rajakumar gives a inside view of a culture, reflecting the ups and downs of a people who love, hate and are trying to live their daily lives as triumphantly as possible. – Michelle Cornwell Jordan, IndieWriters Review Expat life in the Arabian Gulf is a lot like high school. Necessity is the mother of all friendships. The Dohmestics explores the ups and downs of six women thrown toge... read more

As always Rajakumar gives a inside view of a culture, reflecting the ups and downs of a people who love, hate and are trying to live their daily lives as triumphantly as possible. – Michelle Cornwell Jordan, IndieWriters Review Expat life in the Arabian Gulf is a lot like high school. Necessity is the mother of all friendships. The Dohmestics explores the ups and downs of six women thrown toge... read more

The Insider's Guide to A Career in Book Publishing

Carin Siegfried

Do you want to work in publishing? Publishing is a hard industry to get into, and the first few years involve a lot of work for little pay. Through this book you will gain the information you need to enter the world of books with your eyes wide open. The vast majority of people who want to go into publishing want to be editors, which is the path with the least pay and most work (at least initi... read more

Do you want to work in publishing? Publishing is a hard industry to get into, and the first few years involve a lot of work for little pay. Through this book you will gain the information you need to enter the world of books with your eyes wide open. The vast majority of people who want to go into publishing want to be editors, which is the path with the least pay and most work (at least initi... read more

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