Kaitlin Carruthers-Busser

Kaitlin Carruthers-Busser - Editor

Boulder, CO, USA

Professional production editor at Hachette Book Group, a Big Five publisher, with extensive experience copyediting and proofreading.

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Overview

Hello! My name is Kaitlin, and I currently work as a production editor with Hachette Book Group, where I specialize in nonfiction trade publishing. I hold a certificate in copyediting from UCSD and previously worked as a project editor with Syracuse University Press. At Hachette, I work on titles in the Basic Books, Seal Press, PublicAffairs, and Bold Type Books imprints, and topics range from memoir to political science to popular psychology to social studies.

Copyediting experience includes Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook by Mehrzad Boroujerdi and Kourosh Rahimkhani (Syracuse University Press, 2018) and Making Peace with Referendums: Cyprus and Northern Ireland by Joana Amaral (Syracuse University Press, 2019).

I love my career in publishing, especially because I get to work with authors and help them bring their books to life. I look forward to working with you to see your project through to the finish line!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Political Science & Current Affairs

Certifications

  • Certificate in copyediting--UCSD

Work experience

Production Editor

Hachette Book Group
February, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

As production editor with HBG, I manage 20-25 titles per year from manuscript to bound book and e-book in wide-ranging nonfiction categories, including history, politics, international studies, science, business, memoir, women’s studies, and current affairs. I create production schedules, prepare manuscripts for electronic editing, hire and supervise freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers, prepare manuscript for typesetting, and review all stages of text proofs and approve final text for press.

Project Editor

Syracuse University Press
March, 2017 – February, 2019 (almost 2 years)

As a project editor with Syracuse University Press, I worked with the managing editor to facilitate the publication of both academic and trade books. We worked together to create schedules, hire freelancers, and review manuscripts and page proofs. We reviewed manuscripts and page proofs carefully, sometimes editing and proofreading ourselves, in order to maintain the highest quality of publication.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook

Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Kourosh Rahimkhani

The 1979 revolution fundamentally altered Iran’s political landscape as a generation of inexperienced clerics who did not hail from the ranks of the upper class―and were not tainted by association with the old regime―came to power. The actions and intentions of these truculent new leaders and their lay allies caused major international concern. Meanwhile, Iran’s domestic and foreign policy and... read more

The 1979 revolution fundamentally altered Iran’s political landscape as a generation of inexperienced clerics who did not hail from the ranks of the upper class―and were not tainted by association with the old regime―came to power. The actions and intentions of these truculent new leaders and their lay allies caused major international concern. Meanwhile, Iran’s domestic and foreign policy and... read more

Making Peace with Referendums: Cyprus and Northern Ireland (Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution)

Joana Amaral

Referendums have become an undeniably important, and perhaps inescapable, peacemaking tool in contemporary peace processes. As such, understanding the ways in which referendum outcomes are shaped by peace negotiations is vital. Drawing upon two case studies, Amaral presents an empirically rich comparative analysis of the Annan Plan in Cyprus and the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. S... read more

Referendums have become an undeniably important, and perhaps inescapable, peacemaking tool in contemporary peace processes. As such, understanding the ways in which referendum outcomes are shaped by peace negotiations is vital. Drawing upon two case studies, Amaral presents an empirically rich comparative analysis of the Annan Plan in Cyprus and the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. S... read more

Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City

A. K. Sandoval-Strausz

The compelling history of how Latino immigrants revitalized the nation's cities after decades of disinvestment and white flight Thirty years ago, most people were ready to give up on American cities. We are commonly told that it was a "creative class" of young professionals who revived a moribund urban America in the 1990s and 2000s. But this stunning reversal owes much more to another, far le... read more

The compelling history of how Latino immigrants revitalized the nation's cities after decades of disinvestment and white flight Thirty years ago, most people were ready to give up on American cities. We are commonly told that it was a "creative class" of young professionals who revived a moribund urban America in the 1990s and 2000s. But this stunning reversal owes much more to another, far le... read more

War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War

Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith

A "richly detailed" portrait of the three men whose lives were forever changed by WWI-era Boston (Michael S. Neiberg): baseball star Babe Ruth, symphony conductor Karl Muck, and Harvard Law student Charles Whittlesey.In the fall of 1918, a fever gripped Boston. The streets emptied as paranoia about the deadly Spanish flu spread. Newspapermen and vigilante investigators aggressively sought to d... read more

A "richly detailed" portrait of the three men whose lives were forever changed by WWI-era Boston (Michael S. Neiberg): baseball star Babe Ruth, symphony conductor Karl Muck, and Harvard Law student Charles Whittlesey.In the fall of 1918, a fever gripped Boston. The streets emptied as paranoia about the deadly Spanish flu spread. Newspapermen and vigilante investigators aggressively sought to d... read more

Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used to Undermine Women

Lizzie Skurnick

These empowering essays from leading women writers examine the power of the gendered language that is used to diminish women -- and imagine a more liberated world.Words matter. They wound, they inflate, they define, they demean. They have nuance and power. "Effortless," "Sassy," "Ambitious," "Aggressive": What subtle digs and sneaky implications are conveyed when women are described with words... read more

These empowering essays from leading women writers examine the power of the gendered language that is used to diminish women -- and imagine a more liberated world.Words matter. They wound, they inflate, they define, they demean. They have nuance and power. "Effortless," "Sassy," "Ambitious," "Aggressive": What subtle digs and sneaky implications are conveyed when women are described with words... read more

Unwanted Spy: The Persecution of an American Whistleblower

Jeffrey Sterling

The powerful story of a CIA whistleblower and political prisoner who refused to give up on his American dreamIn 2015, Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to prison, convicted of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling, it is now clear, was another victim of our government's draconian crackdown on alleged leakers and whistleblowers.Sterling grew up in a small, segregated town in Missouri and jumped at... read more

The powerful story of a CIA whistleblower and political prisoner who refused to give up on his American dreamIn 2015, Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to prison, convicted of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling, it is now clear, was another victim of our government's draconian crackdown on alleged leakers and whistleblowers.Sterling grew up in a small, segregated town in Missouri and jumped at... read more

Illegal: How America's Lawless Immigration Regime Threatens Us All

Elizabeth F. Cohen

A political scientist explains how the American immigration system ran off the rails -- and proposes a bold plan for reform Under the Trump administration, US immigration agencies terrorize the undocumented, target people who are here legally, and even threaten the constitutional rights of American citizens. How did we get to this point? In Illegal, Elizabeth F. Cohen reveals that our current ... read more

A political scientist explains how the American immigration system ran off the rails -- and proposes a bold plan for reform Under the Trump administration, US immigration agencies terrorize the undocumented, target people who are here legally, and even threaten the constitutional rights of American citizens. How did we get to this point? In Illegal, Elizabeth F. Cohen reveals that our current ... read more

Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World

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The Guilty Feminist: You Don't Have to Be Perfect to Overthrow the Patriarchy

Deborah Frances-White

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} A witty take on feminism for every woman who wants equality but sometimes wants a day off from fighting for it p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 15.0px} Sometimes we feel a bit like "I'm a feminist, but...... read more

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The Sum of the People: How the Census Has Shaped Nations, from the Ancient World to the Modern Age

Andrew Whitby

This fascinating three-thousand-year history of the census traces the making of the modern survey and explores its political power in the age of big data and surveillance.In April 2020, the United States will embark on what has been called "the largest peacetime mobilization in American history": the decennial population census. It is part of a tradition of counting people that goes back at le... read more

This fascinating three-thousand-year history of the census traces the making of the modern survey and explores its political power in the age of big data and surveillance.In April 2020, the United States will embark on what has been called "the largest peacetime mobilization in American history": the decennial population census. It is part of a tradition of counting people that goes back at le... read more

The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family

Sylvia A. Harvey

A searing exposé of the effects of the mass incarceration crisis on families -- including the 2.7 million American children who have a parent locked upIn The Shadow System, award-winning journalist Sylvia A. Harvey follows the fears, challenges, and small victories of three families struggling to live within the confines of a brutal system. In Florida, a young father tries to maintain a relati... read more

A searing exposé of the effects of the mass incarceration crisis on families -- including the 2.7 million American children who have a parent locked upIn The Shadow System, award-winning journalist Sylvia A. Harvey follows the fears, challenges, and small victories of three families struggling to live within the confines of a brutal system. In Florida, a young father tries to maintain a relati... read more

Are Men Animals?: How Modern Masculinity Sells Men Short

Matthew Gutmann

"Boys will be boys," the saying goes -- but what does that actually mean? A leading anthropologist investigatesWhy do men behave the way they do? Is it their male brains? Surging testosterone? From vulgar locker-room talk to mansplaining to sexual harassment, society is too quick to explain male behavior in terms of biology. In Are Men Animals?, anthropologist Matthew Gutmann argues that preda... read more

"Boys will be boys," the saying goes -- but what does that actually mean? A leading anthropologist investigatesWhy do men behave the way they do? Is it their male brains? Surging testosterone? From vulgar locker-room talk to mansplaining to sexual harassment, society is too quick to explain male behavior in terms of biology. In Are Men Animals?, anthropologist Matthew Gutmann argues that preda... read more

Average is the New Awesome: A Manifesto for the Rest of Us

Samantha Matt

A celebration of ordinary awesomeness, for all of us who were told "You can do anything!" and then found out we actually can'tCrappy homes, lame love lives, getting passed over for a great job (again)--not what we expected for our adulthoods. Americans tell their children you can become anything! But let's face it--most of us can't. Sure, some of our peers go on to become astronauts or billion... read more

A celebration of ordinary awesomeness, for all of us who were told "You can do anything!" and then found out we actually can'tCrappy homes, lame love lives, getting passed over for a great job (again)--not what we expected for our adulthoods. Americans tell their children you can become anything! But let's face it--most of us can't. Sure, some of our peers go on to become astronauts or billion... read more

Kaitlin has 2 reviews

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Oye Akintan
Great working with her

Oye Akintan, August 2020


Omar Luqmaan-Harris
Kaitlin did a wonderful job proofreading my book The Servant Leader's Manifesto. The copy is extremely clean and I'm sure she caught everything!

Omar Luqmaan-Harris, April 2020

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