David Klein

David Klein – Editor

I'm a versatile editor, writer, copy editor, fact-checker, and proofreader with experience in all types of print and digital media.

Overview

For 20+ years, I've worked as an editor, a copy editor, and a proofreader—everything from philosophy journals to memoirs, magazines, alt-weeklies, and online publications. I'm also a writer, a podcaster, a former classroom teacher, and a lifetime word person. Recently, I’ve edited three books for Interlink Books, a Massachusetts-based publisher, including an award-winning novel translated from Iraqi and a memoir by a former member of the Beach Boys. I love taking on different kinds of editorial projects and meeting their various unique challenges. My goal is to make words sing, whatever the context.

When I edit, my main concern is to preserve the author’s voice and intent while making the text flow as clearly and effortlessly as possible. Depending on the author’s wishes, I can take a light hand and focus strictly on typos and small errors, or I can make suggestions as to phraseology, structure, or other factors. I’ve written numerous articles, a nonfiction book about music and pop culture, and a podcast based on a memoir, so I am well attuned to both the life of the writer and the value of the editor.
Services
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Music Political Science & Current Affairs
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • First Prize for “Lighter Columns” in 2010 NCPA Journalism Contest

Work experience

Level All

Sep, 2021 — Apr, 2022 (7 months)

Wrote, researched, and edited for a fast-moving content-driven educational platform developing a future-planning app for teenagers.
• Developed and maintained in-house style guide and “voice and tone” directives
• Familiarized writing teams with in-house style
• Guided new editors
• Edited textual content matched with images to fit with strict character counts
• Polished titles and subheads to enhance user engagement

Interlink Publishing

Sep, 2015 — Present

I have worked on roughly 15 titles for this Massachusetts-based publisher, ranging from dystopian fiction to memoirs to books about current affairs. My work always entails nitty-gritty proofreading and fact-checking, and depending on the project, I'll often offer suggestions for rephrasing or query the author to clarify a point.

Indyweek.com

Jan, 2009 — Mar, 2018 (about 9 years)

• Wrote feature articles and weekly contributions on music, books, the local arts scene, and popular culture; edited arts and culture pieces for fast-paced alt-weekly newspaper.
• Copyedited, fact-checked, and proofread alt-weekly newspaper for sense, grammar, syntax, accuracy, and readability. Enforced and maintained in-house style.

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Sherrie T.

Sherrie T.

Feb, 2024

It was a joy and pleasure to work with David. He responded quickly and his words were clear and valid.

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