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Karen Garvin

Karen Garvin - Editor

College Park, MD, United States

Copy editor with nine years of experience working on history and public policy books. Available for biography, historical fiction, and more.

Overview

I currently work as a copy editor for a nonprofit organization, but my publishing career stretches back to the early 1980s, when I worked as managing editor of occasional publications for a teachers’ association.

I have the communication skills to polish your work, and I also have a master’s degree in history, so I am well prepared to take on your non-fiction projects in history, biography, public policy, and current events.

But … I can also edit fiction, too. So far, I’ve completed two anthologies and am currently at work on a third. My main interests are historical fiction, mysteries, and science fiction/fantasy.

I have a long-term commitment to my profession and am constantly striving to expand my language and editorial skills.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Horror
Non-Fiction
History Politics & Current Affairs

Certifications

  • Fundamentals of Editing, University of Maryland University College, 1984
  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, University of Maryland University College, 2009
  • Master's degree in History with honors, American Military University, 2014

Work experience

Copyeditor

Cato Institute
October, 2008 – Present (about 9 years)

I copy edit policy papers and other short-form publications on a variety of subjects, including economics, health care, transportation, and trade. I have also copy edited books, including Ted Galen Carpenter's The Fire Next Door: Mexico's Drug Violence and the Danger to America (I'm mentioned in the Acknowledgments).

Consulting Editor

Thompson Publishing Group
June, 2011 – June, 2012 (about 1 year)

I worked as a consulting editor for Thompson's Controlled Substances Handbook, which included a quarterly newsletter dedicated to keeping health care personnel up-to-date with legislation regarding controlled drugs. I researched and wrote articles for the newsletter in addition to editing it.

Owner

Self-employed
March, 1988 – September, 1996 (over 8 years)

I ran my own graphic arts company, providing design, layout, and editorial work to clients, as well as consulting on publication production and design work.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Perilous Partners: The Benefits and Pitfalls of America’s Alliances with Authoritarian Regimes

Ted Galen Carpenter, Malou Innocent

Liberal democracies such as the United States face an acute dilemma in the conduct of foreign relations. Many states around the world are repressive or corrupt to varying degrees. Unfortunately, American national interests require cooperation with such regimes from time to time. To defeat Nazi Germany during World War II, the United States even allied with the Soviet Union, despite the barbari... read more

Liberal democracies such as the United States face an acute dilemma in the conduct of foreign relations. Many states around the world are repressive or corrupt to varying degrees. Unfortunately, American national interests require cooperation with such regimes from time to time. To defeat Nazi Germany during World War II, the United States even allied with the Soviet Union, despite the barbari... read more

The Tyranny of Silence

Flemming Rose

When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (Viby, Denmark) published the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed nine years ago, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper's culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech i... read more

When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (Viby, Denmark) published the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed nine years ago, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper's culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech i... read more

The Fire Next Door: Mexico's Drug Violence and the Danger to America

Ted Galen Carpenter

Since Mexican President Felipe Calderón initiated a military offensive against his country’s powerful drug cartels in December 2006, some 44,000 people have perished, and the drugs continue to flow. The growing violence has created concerns that Mexico could become a failed state, as U.S. political leaders also worry that the corruption and violence is seeping across the border into the United... read more

Since Mexican President Felipe Calderón initiated a military offensive against his country’s powerful drug cartels in December 2006, some 44,000 people have perished, and the drugs continue to flow. The growing violence has created concerns that Mexico could become a failed state, as U.S. political leaders also worry that the corruption and violence is seeping across the border into the United... read more

Quarks, Quasars and Quandaries

Paperback Publisher: Amer Assn of Physics Teachers (June 1987) Language: English ISBN-10: 0917853261

Paperback Publisher: Amer Assn of Physics Teachers (June 1987) Language: English ISBN-10: 0917853261

Trapped Tales: An Anthology by the Columbia Writers

Jennifer Michael, Jamie Nash, Brigitte Winter, Dustin Blottenberger, Karen S Garvin, Deidre Dykes, Priya Ramachandran, Loren Scolaro, Michelle Drumheller, Jennifer Yates Tebben

We are proud to offer this second anthology from the Columbia Writers, who were given a simple prompt: write a tale about being trapped. This inspired ten imaginative stories ranging from fairy tale parody to teen sci-fi to literary fiction, and represent the broad variety of writing styles and perspectives we've come to expect from our writers. We hope you enjoy this collection as much as we ... read more

We are proud to offer this second anthology from the Columbia Writers, who were given a simple prompt: write a tale about being trapped. This inspired ten imaginative stories ranging from fairy tale parody to teen sci-fi to literary fiction, and represent the broad variety of writing styles and perspectives we've come to expect from our writers. We hope you enjoy this collection as much as we ... read more

Tales of the Black Dog

Cathryn Leigh, JC Rock, Karen Garvin, Michelle Schad

Sightings of black dogs go back for centuries and are found in the folklore of many cultures from around the world. In some legends the dogs are harbingers of death, while in others they are protectors. These four short stories provide a modern take on an ancient legend. Luison - Wiliam is proud of being half Mexican and half Guarani, but his small-town classmates harp on his gringo name. So w... read more

Sightings of black dogs go back for centuries and are found in the folklore of many cultures from around the world. In some legends the dogs are harbingers of death, while in others they are protectors. These four short stories provide a modern take on an ancient legend. Luison - Wiliam is proud of being half Mexican and half Guarani, but his small-town classmates harp on his gringo name. So w... read more

Smoke and Steam: A Steampunk Anthology

Karen Garvin, JC Rock, Michelle Schad, Cathryn Leigh

Smoke and Steam is an anthology of four Steampunk novellas, including "Hekatite," by Karen Garvin; "Wings over Staria," by JC Rock; "Heart of the Matter," by Michelle Schad; and "Freedom for a Foster," by Cathryn Leigh.

Smoke and Steam is an anthology of four Steampunk novellas, including "Hekatite," by Karen Garvin; "Wings over Staria," by JC Rock; "Heart of the Matter," by Michelle Schad; and "Freedom for a Foster," by Cathryn Leigh.

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