Katie Carruthers-Busser

Katie Carruthers-Busser – Editor

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


Hello! My name is Katie, 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!
Biographies & Memoirs Humanities & Social Sciences Political Science & Current Affairs
English (US)
  • Certificate in copyediting--UCSD

Work experience

Hachette Book Group

Feb, 2019 — Present

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.

Syracuse University Press

Mar, 2017 — Feb, 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.


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 th... 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, ... 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 vict... 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 peaceti... read more
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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 threate... 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 gover... 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. "Ef... 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... 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... 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, A... 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 o... read more

Katie has 3 reviews





Claire V.

Claire V.

Oct, 2020

Katie is prompt and responsive, detailed and a great communicator. Recommended!
Oye A.

Oye A.

Aug, 2020

Great working with her
Omar L.

Omar L.

Apr, 2020

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!