Karen Gee

Karen Gee - Editor Tick

Sydney NSW, Australia

Development, structural and copy editor with over 15 years' trade publishing experience in memoir, self-help, non-fiction, children's.

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Overview

Hi there! I'm a highly skilled managing editor, structural and copy editor, proofreader, writer and copywriter with over 20 years' experience in publishing, copywriting and the arts. I'm a creative and flexible thinker who's able to consider problems from different perspectives, and am a whizz at identifying how to help your book be the best it can be.

A few words from some of the good folk I've worked with ...

'Audrey Thomas and I worked with Karen in 2016 on our book, I Don’t Have Time! published by Exisle. Karen provided the editorial perspective we needed to turn our unpolished draft into a well-paced, engaging read. In every instance, her editorial suggestions elevated the structure and quality of the manuscript. She has a strong grasp on how the overall narrative will flow best, and a keen eye for the detail in the language.
In 2017, we won an award for "Writing Excellence", which is in part due to Karen’s flair with words. Karen happened to be working with us during a period when I was dealt a significant personal trauma. She responded with compassion and thoughtfulness, and went beyond the expected scope of an editor to assist us to meet our book deadline in seemingly impossible circumstances. Her calm strength, clear direction and high professionalism was appreciated enormously, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again, and recommend her work to others.'
—Emma Grey, author of I Don't Have Time! and Unrequited

'I have worked with Karen for a number of years as an editor and a proofreader. In that time she has proven herself to be a thoughtful, thorough and considerate editor and an eagle eye proofreader. She has never missed a deadline and is very reliable. She also has a great sense of humour and is very enjoyable to work with.
I would heartily recommend Karen in any creative capacity.'
—Samantha Miles, Publishing Manager, Finch Publishing

'Karen has expertly edited six of my books over the past ten years and I highly recommend her for a number of reasons. She has a great understanding of editing and she not only improves my work (and spots those pesky mistakes), she also keeps my writing "voice" authentic and consistent as she does not over-edit (change the author’s unique voice). Thank you Karen, you have taught me a lot about editing, style and much more.'
—Karen Fischer, author and owner of Skin Friend Pty Ltd

Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Nature
Parenting & Families
Philosophy
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Literature
Plays & Screenplays
Works with
Wix

Certifications

  • BA (Comms)
  • Graduate Cert Editing and publishing

Awards

  • Macquarie University–Society of Editors Prize for Language, Editing and Writing by Macquarie University Academic Senate

Work experience

Managing editor

Exisle Publishing
January, 2016 – January, 2018 (about 2 years)

Project manager/editor of illustrated and non-illustrated non-fiction titles. Manuscript assessment; briefing and managing freelance workers; writing content for digital, print and social media; briefing and liaising with design and production teams, marketing team, external printers; providing input, ideas and direction for internal and cover design, and design for marketing materials; final approval for design; structural editing, copy editing and proofreading; writing back cover blurbs; contributing to the development and maintenance of house style guide.

Freelance editor and writer

Self-employed
January, 2008 – Present (almost 11 years)

Manuscript assessment, project management, structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, sub-editing, writing. Clients include Penguin, Murdoch Books, Allen & Unwin, ABC Books, Finch Publishing, Exisle Publishing, WebChild, Octomedia and various private clients.

Project editor

Allen & Unwin
January, 2002 – January, 2008 (about 6 years)

Project manager/editor of illustrated and non-illustrated non-fiction titles. Manuscript assessment; structural editing, copy editing and proofreading; briefing and managing freelance workers; briefing and liaising with design and production teams; providing input, ideas and direction for internal and cover design, and design for marketing materials; writing cover blurbs; organising photo shoots.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

I Don’t Have Time: 15-minute ways to shape a life you love

Emma Grey, Audrey Thomas

We live in a time of ‘hurry sickness’. ‘Busy’ has become a competitive sport — and it’s a sport with no winners. But somewhere, underneath all of this hard slog, there are the things we really want to do. The things that bring us joy and give our lives meaning. More often than not, the only thing standing between us and getting on with those things is ourselves. Our lives don’t have to be as c... read more

We live in a time of ‘hurry sickness’. ‘Busy’ has become a competitive sport — and it’s a sport with no winners. But somewhere, underneath all of this hard slog, there are the things we really want to do. The things that bring us joy and give our lives meaning. More often than not, the only thing standing between us and getting on with those things is ourselves. Our lives don’t have to be as c... read more

Pink Ink

Harry Cook

Pink Ink is the heartfelt memoir about a life of figuring oneself out. In 2013, at age 22 and after years of struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, Australian actor Harry Cook came out publicly on YouTube, which made international headlines and placed him firmly at the forefront of LGBTQI activism both nationally and internationally.Pink Ink details Harry’s painful and confusing adole... read more

Pink Ink is the heartfelt memoir about a life of figuring oneself out. In 2013, at age 22 and after years of struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, Australian actor Harry Cook came out publicly on YouTube, which made international headlines and placed him firmly at the forefront of LGBTQI activism both nationally and internationally.Pink Ink details Harry’s painful and confusing adole... read more

Eczema Detox: The Low-Chemical Diet for Eliminating Skin Inflammation

Karen Fischer

More than 90 percent of eczema sufferers are sensitive to a range of artificial chemicals but did you know natural food chemicals also trigger eczema? This is why regular detoxes and healthy eating programs, which are rich in phytochemicals, can cause red, flaky skin that is incredibly itchy. The Eczema Detox shows you how to cut your total chemical load, love your liver and create healthy, cl... read more

More than 90 percent of eczema sufferers are sensitive to a range of artificial chemicals but did you know natural food chemicals also trigger eczema? This is why regular detoxes and healthy eating programs, which are rich in phytochemicals, can cause red, flaky skin that is incredibly itchy. The Eczema Detox shows you how to cut your total chemical load, love your liver and create healthy, cl... read more

Women Like Us

Mandy Nolan, Ellen Briggs

Stand-up comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs have joined forces to bring you a laugh-out-loud collection of stories that examine what it means to be a woman in today’s social media-dominated world. Hint: it ain’t always easy. Thanks to biology, ageing and the complex requirements for social validation (i.e. lose weight, get bigger boobs, be wrinkle- and cellulite-free, volunteer at the scho... read more

Stand-up comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs have joined forces to bring you a laugh-out-loud collection of stories that examine what it means to be a woman in today’s social media-dominated world. Hint: it ain’t always easy. Thanks to biology, ageing and the complex requirements for social validation (i.e. lose weight, get bigger boobs, be wrinkle- and cellulite-free, volunteer at the scho... read more

Mindful Learning: Reduce stress and improve brain performance for effective learning (Mindfulness Book 3)

Dr Craig Hassed, Dr Richard Chambers

Mindfulness is increasingly being used in educational environments as a proven way to help students:• learn more effectively• develop personally• enhance their physical and emotional health, and• deal with study and exam-related demands.Written by two leading experts with many years of personal and clinical experience, ‘Mindful Learning’ provides practical insights and exercises on how to appl... read more

Mindfulness is increasingly being used in educational environments as a proven way to help students:• learn more effectively• develop personally• enhance their physical and emotional health, and• deal with study and exam-related demands.Written by two leading experts with many years of personal and clinical experience, ‘Mindful Learning’ provides practical insights and exercises on how to appl... read more

Human Headlines: My 50 Years in the Media

Derryn Hinch

He's met all the movers and shakers. And sometimes Derryn Hinch has moved and even shaken some of them. How did Malcolm Fraser really lose his trousers in Memphis? And what happened with Raquel Welch at the Logies? In this book - covering 50 years in the business - 'The Human Headline' goes behind the headlines to tell you the inside stories from Port Arthur to men going to the moon. He's even... read more

He's met all the movers and shakers. And sometimes Derryn Hinch has moved and even shaken some of them. How did Malcolm Fraser really lose his trousers in Memphis? And what happened with Raquel Welch at the Logies? In this book - covering 50 years in the business - 'The Human Headline' goes behind the headlines to tell you the inside stories from Port Arthur to men going to the moon. He's even... read more

Working Mums

Danielle Ross Walls, Louise Correcha

Working Mums: Stories by real women on how they manage children, work and life is a collection of empowering stories that will make working mums everywhere laugh in sympathy and nod in recognition. The stories are from Australian mums doing a range of work in addition to raising their children, including working full-time, part-time or freelance, studying, or running their own businesses. The ... read more

Working Mums: Stories by real women on how they manage children, work and life is a collection of empowering stories that will make working mums everywhere laugh in sympathy and nod in recognition. The stories are from Australian mums doing a range of work in addition to raising their children, including working full-time, part-time or freelance, studying, or running their own businesses. The ... read more

Sleep Sense

Katharina Lederle

Sleep is fundamental to our health and well being. In Sleep Sense, international sleep expert Dr. Katharina Lederle draws on the latest research to explore how sleep is connected to each of the three pillars of successful living: physical health, cognitive performance, and emotional well-being. And since the three pillars are interconnected, if one is weakened, our overall health can easily be... read more

Sleep is fundamental to our health and well being. In Sleep Sense, international sleep expert Dr. Katharina Lederle draws on the latest research to explore how sleep is connected to each of the three pillars of successful living: physical health, cognitive performance, and emotional well-being. And since the three pillars are interconnected, if one is weakened, our overall health can easily be... read more

9/11 and the Art of Happiness

Simon Kennedy

On 11 September 2001, Australian Yvonne Kennedy boarded American Airlines flight 77 to return to Australia after a US holiday. That day has since been seared into our consciousness. Her flight was hijacked and deliberately crashed into the Pentagon. All passengers on board were killed.Yvonne's death left her family devastated. In 9/11 and the Art of Happiness her son, Simon Kennedy, a well-kno... read more

On 11 September 2001, Australian Yvonne Kennedy boarded American Airlines flight 77 to return to Australia after a US holiday. That day has since been seared into our consciousness. Her flight was hijacked and deliberately crashed into the Pentagon. All passengers on board were killed.Yvonne's death left her family devastated. In 9/11 and the Art of Happiness her son, Simon Kennedy, a well-kno... read more

Baby Care

Rhodanthe Lipsett

Baby Care contains acclaimed advice for parents of newborns from an Australian mothercare/childcare professional awarded an Order of Australia for her services to infant health and the care of mothers and babies.

Baby Care contains acclaimed advice for parents of newborns from an Australian mothercare/childcare professional awarded an Order of Australia for her services to infant health and the care of mothers and babies.

All Things Strange and Wonderful

Dr Reb

After shaking my hand, Dr Mzimba took hold of both of my wrists and turned them over so that the palms faced upward. As he studied them, they began to tingle. The Peace Corps had given me extensive cross-cultural training, but I didn’t recall anything about greetings of this nature. Then he stared into my eyes and while the tingling in my hands began to fade, my cheeks now felt as if an electr... read more

After shaking my hand, Dr Mzimba took hold of both of my wrists and turned them over so that the palms faced upward. As he studied them, they began to tingle. The Peace Corps had given me extensive cross-cultural training, but I didn’t recall anything about greetings of this nature. Then he stared into my eyes and while the tingling in my hands began to fade, my cheeks now felt as if an electr... read more

Still A Pygmy

Isaac Bacirongo, Michael Nest

The first book of its kind. Written by a native Pygmy, it tells the fascinating story of how Isaac transformed himself from a hunter-gatherer into a successful businessman and became a Pygmy rightst advocate.

The first book of its kind. Written by a native Pygmy, it tells the fascinating story of how Isaac transformed himself from a hunter-gatherer into a successful businessman and became a Pygmy rightst advocate.

Understanding Autism: The essential guide for parents (Empower Book 3)

Katrina Williams, Jacqueline Roberts

This is the essential reference for parents and carers of children with autism. Written by two leading experts in the field, this updated edition covers everything from the causes of autism to how it manifests at the various ages and stages of a child’s life, as well as diet and nutrition, the importance of self-care for parents, how to cope with common problematic behaviours, conditions that ... read more

This is the essential reference for parents and carers of children with autism. Written by two leading experts in the field, this updated edition covers everything from the causes of autism to how it manifests at the various ages and stages of a child’s life, as well as diet and nutrition, the importance of self-care for parents, how to cope with common problematic behaviours, conditions that ... read more

Live and Laugh with Dementia: The essential guide to maximizing quality of life (Empower Book 4)

Lee-Lay Fow

Worldwide, over 45 million people live with dementia. For every person with dementia, their family and carers face the decision of how best to care for them. Live and Laugh with Dementia is all about how to make life with dementia as positive as possible — to maximize quality of life for all concerned. Just as we need to exercise our body’s muscles to keep them strong, flexible and working wel... read more

Worldwide, over 45 million people live with dementia. For every person with dementia, their family and carers face the decision of how best to care for them. Live and Laugh with Dementia is all about how to make life with dementia as positive as possible — to maximize quality of life for all concerned. Just as we need to exercise our body’s muscles to keep them strong, flexible and working wel... read more

Digestive Health Solution: Your Personalized Five-Step Plan for Inside–Out Digestive Wellness (Empower Book 1)

Benjamin I. Brown

The Digestive Health Solution takes you on a journey of scientific discovery towards personalized, effective natural solutions for optimal digestive health. Stomach cramps, pain, bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation — collectively called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — affect 1 in 4 people. People can suffer tremendously from these symptoms, which often are not simply a digestive issue b... read more

The Digestive Health Solution takes you on a journey of scientific discovery towards personalized, effective natural solutions for optimal digestive health. Stomach cramps, pain, bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation — collectively called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — affect 1 in 4 people. People can suffer tremendously from these symptoms, which often are not simply a digestive issue b... read more

Understanding Type 2 Diabetes: Fewer highs, Fewer lows, Better health - Expanded and Updated 2nd Edition (Empower)

Merlin Thomas

Worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates that 346 million people have diabetes, a figure that is expected to double by 2030 without intervention. In this essential resource for any diabetes sufferer, Professor Merlin Thomas from the world-renowned Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute offers clear, effective guidance on how to manage all aspects of the disease. The book examines what ... read more

Worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates that 346 million people have diabetes, a figure that is expected to double by 2030 without intervention. In this essential resource for any diabetes sufferer, Professor Merlin Thomas from the world-renowned Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute offers clear, effective guidance on how to manage all aspects of the disease. The book examines what ... read more

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