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.

David has 4 reviews

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Reynier L.

Reynier L.

Jun, 2024

Pinned
Excellent experience. David is not only an expect at what he does, but goes the extra mile and makes very valuable suggestions. He is fast and responsive. Highly recommend.
Capella C.

Capella C.

May, 2024

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David's editing is very thorough. His notes are insightful and detailed, and he also identified errors in historical facts. I highly recommend him.
Sherrie T.

Sherrie T.

Feb, 2024

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

Sherrie T.

May, 2024

It was a pleasure with David, and I will seek him out again for my next book's edit.

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