Kailee Kremer

Kailee Kremer – Editor

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

Overview

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.
Services
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels Historical Fiction Literary Fiction
Non-Fiction
DIY & Crafts Health & Wellbeing History Parenting & Families Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • 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.

Self-employed

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.

Portfolio

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An unconventional book of wisdom and life advice from renowned business school professor and New York Times bestselling author of The Four Scott Galloway.Scott Galloway teaches brand strategy at NYU's Stern School of Business, but his most popular lectures dea... read more
A young woman chafing at the confines of marriage confronts the high cost of craving freedom and adventure in a memoir that "pushes literary boundaries" (The Atlantic)At twenty-five, as her wedding date approached, Laura Smith began to feel trapped. Not by her... read more
Wall Street Journal Bestseller!Next Big Idea Club selection―chosen by Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink, and Adam Grant as one of the "two most groundbreaking new nonfiction reads of the season!""A must-read that topples the idea that emotions don't belon... read more
"I well recall a conversation with an executive I hoped to interview about her astonishing productivity. I began our call with an assurance that I would not take much of her time. She laughed. 'Oh, I have all the time in the world,' she said." Most of us feel ... read more
Incorporate economic moat analysis for profitable investing Why Moats Matter is a comprehensive guide to finding great companies with economic moats, or competitive advantages. This book explains the investment approach used by Morningstar, Inc., and includes ... read more
David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson are two of America’s preeminent film scholars. You would be hard pressed to find a serious student of the cinema who hasn’t spent at least a few hours huddled with their seminal introduction to the field—Film Art, now in its... read more
FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"Parents . . . you will be wowed and awed by [Dr. Shefali]." —Oprah WinfreyAs seen on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday, a radically transformative plan that shows parents how to raise children t... read more
An ingenious novel about art and revenge, insisting on your dreams and hitting on your doctor, told in the form of 80 movie reviewsIn near-future America, film critic Noah Body uploads his reviews to an underread content aggregator. His job is dreary routine: ... read more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERInspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. “Love in the ... read more
A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 HonoreeNBCC John Leonard First Book Prize FinalistAspen Words Literary Prize FinalistCalifornia Book Award First Fiction FinalistHurston/Wright Legacy Award Debut Novel NomineeLonglisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for E... read more
A charming, life-changing fable that will help you rethink your whole approach to time, priorities, and possibilities.Riley Jenkins is in trouble. An ambitious, hardworking consultant in her late twenties, she's used to a lifetime of nearly perfect evaluations... read more
From Inc.com's most popular columnist, a counterintuitive--but highly practical--guide to finding and maintaining the motivation to achieve great things. It's comforting to imagine that superstars in their fields were just born better equipped than the rest of... read more

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