Kailee Kremer

Kailee Kremer – Editor

Conscientious copyeditor and proofreader. Formerly on staff at University of Chicago Press; freelance clients include Penguin Random House.


I began my career at a small press in Irvine, California. Having lived only in Southern California, I decided in 2008 to move to Chicago, where I encountered exactly the same question from roughly one thousand people: "Why did you leave THERE . . . to move HERE?" The answer that satisfied most people was my job at the University of Chicago Press ("I wanted to see what winter was all about" didn't really convince them). At the Press, where I worked for nearly five years, I developed the editorial skills and sensibilities that have become the foundation of my career. I edited and proofread scholarly book manuscripts and galleys and had the opportunity to work on The Chicago Manual of Style itself (I copyedited the bibliography of the sixteenth edition).

Throughout my career, I have learned the importance of creating respectful and productive relationships with authors. I believe in the adage, “First do no harm,” as it applies to editing. I recognize that the author is the authority on his or her subject. I use editorial suggestions to bring clarity where it is needed—not to add my own embellishment. That said, I enjoy the puzzle of fixing a grammatical dangler or a misplaced modifier, and adjusting punctuation or phrasing to bring the author's meaning into focus. I appreciate the clarity and simplicity of good writing, and I enjoy the process of helping an author’s work shine.
Comics & Graphic Novels Historical Fiction Literary Fiction
DIY & Crafts Health & Wellbeing History Parenting & Families Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • Editing Certificate, University of Chicago Graham School

Work experience

Norton Agency

Jan, 2018 — Sep, 2018 (8 months)

Collaboratively developed, edited, and proofread health care marketing materials; revised content for consumer and professional audiences. Led review process using content management system; organized and managed claims based on clinical support and legal approval; wrote and edited references using AMA style.


Jan, 2016 — Present

Books: Perform copyedits, proofreads, and cold reads of nonfiction and fiction titles, following Chicago style. Adjust grammatical danglers, misplaced modifiers, and incorrectly spelled foreign terms and proper nouns; reconcile endnotes with text; identify continuity issues and typesetting errors.

Marketing: Copyedit, proofread, and cold-read health care and pharmaceutical marketing materials, with a focus on quality control. Edit for language clarity and consistency, AMA style and brand style, and accurate referencing.

GCM Grosvenor

Jun, 2015 — Dec, 2016 (over 1 year)

Managed due diligence reporting process for investment funds. Copyedited a high volume of lengthy reports, unifying the work of various stakeholders into cohesive documents that adhered to house style and voice. Published documents using content management software.

Morningstar Inc.

Feb, 2013 — Jun, 2015 (over 2 years)

Copyedited and proofread investment research for the web and for distribution to clients. Followed The AP Stylebook and house style. Adapted technical content for a broad online readership. Worked with financial analysts to resolve inconsistencies and unclear phrasing. Published to the web via content management system.

University of Chicago Press

Oct, 2008 — Mar, 2013 (over 4 years)

Copyedited book manuscripts, including new full-length books and new material for paperback reprints and new editions; served as editorial liaison for all stages of manuscript and proof. Followed Chicago style. Prepared edited book manuscripts for typesetting, and ensured accuracy of changes made at various proof stages.

Copyedited Bibliography of The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Copyedited and proofread cover and catalog copy; proofread monthly “Chicago Style Q&A” web feature.

Supervised freelance editors and indexers. Hired and supervised student assistant.

BowTie Press (now Lumina Media)

Jun, 2006 — Apr, 2008 (almost 2 years)

Copyedited manuscripts and proofread galleys, following The Chicago Manual of Style and house style. Wrote back-cover copy and newsletter pieces. Acted as liaison between editorial staff and freelancers.


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