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Karen Hoffman

Karen Hoffman - Editor

New York, United States

Proofreading services from a book publishing industry professional with 15+ years of experience in Big Five houses.

Overview

I've worked for a Big Five publishing house for more than 15 years, in roles ranging from managing editorial and acquisitions to advertising/promotion and sales marketing. I have offered freelance proofreading, copy editing, production editorial, and line editorial services since 2002, and have experience with a variety of fiction and nonfiction (both adult and children's), as well as indexes, endnotes, marketing assets, catalogs, and many other book publishing materials.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Parenting & Families
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Romance Science Fiction Women's Fiction

Work experience

Assistant Manager, Sales Marketing

Penguin Random House
April, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

I transitioned from ad/promo to Sales Marketing Associate in 2011, and rose in this department to Assistant Manager. I am responsible for project managing all sell-in materials for sales reps, including title catalogs, Title Information (TI) sheets, editorial audio presentations, sell sheets, displays, shelftalkers, and the mass market sales brochure, amongst other materials. I work daily with editors and publishers to ensure their catalog copy and TIs are engaging and selling, proofreading and line-editing along the way.

Advertising/Promotion Associate

Random House
September, 2009 – April, 2011 (over 1 year)

Project management of advertising and promotion materials, including print ads, printed catalogs, mass market sales brochures, sell sheets, special covers for advance reader editions, and editorial audio presentations.

Oversaw transition from printed catalog to Edelweiss, the industry-standard digital catalog

Associate Editor, Viking/Penguin

Penguin Group USA
September, 2003 – November, 2007 (about 4 years)

I started as an Editorial Assistant in 2003, and worked for multiple editors whose lists included titles ranging from Penguin Classics to high-profile fiction and memoir. I read submissions, prepared reader reports, liaised with authors, and wrote copy for catalogs, title-information sheets, launch presentations to sales, and other materials.

As I rose in the department, I was meeting with agents and authors of my own, acquiring titles and line-editing manuscripts. Over the years, I also pursued coursework at NYU to strengthen proofreading, copy-editing, and line-editing skills.

Freelance Proofreader and Copy-editor

Self-employed
January, 2002 – Present (almost 16 years)

For nearly 15 years, I have provided proofreading, copy-editing, production editorial, and line editorial services to various clients throughout the book publishing industry. I have experience with a wide variety of books, from YA and picture books to genre romance and thrillers to serious non-fiction and high-profile fiction.

Proficient with CMS and M-W

Managing Editorial Assistant, Penguin Books

Penguin Group USA
January, 2001 – August, 2003 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book

Will Mabbitt

Would you agree to go on a perilous TOP SECRET mission to save your best friend from the creaking gibbet?Mabel Jones is on her way to the city of Otom in search of the legendary Doomsday Book - an ancient document that might help her save the hooman race.But Otom is a dangerous place, packed with soldiers, spies and stinking rebels. Can Mabel escape with the book, or will she fall victim to th... read more

Would you agree to go on a perilous TOP SECRET mission to save your best friend from the creaking gibbet?Mabel Jones is on her way to the city of Otom in search of the legendary Doomsday Book - an ancient document that might help her save the hooman race.But Otom is a dangerous place, packed with soldiers, spies and stinking rebels. Can Mabel escape with the book, or will she fall victim to th... read more

The Crimson Skew (The Mapmakers Trilogy)

S. E. Grove

The stunning conclusion to S. E. Grove's New York Times–bestselling Mapmakers trilogy—a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman!It is late August 1892, and Sophia Tims is coming home from a foreign Age, having risked her life in search of her missing parents. Now she is aboard ship, with a hard-earned, cryptic map that may help her find them at long last.But her ho... read more

The stunning conclusion to S. E. Grove's New York Times–bestselling Mapmakers trilogy—a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman!It is late August 1892, and Sophia Tims is coming home from a foreign Age, having risked her life in search of her missing parents. Now she is aboard ship, with a hard-earned, cryptic map that may help her find them at long last.But her ho... read more

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

Bianca Bosker

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Thrilling . . . [told] with gonzo élan . . . When the sommelier and blogger Madeline Puckette writes that this book is the Kitchen Confidential of the wine world, she’s not wrong, though Bill Buford’s Heat is probably a shade closer.” —Jennifer Senior, The New York Times“Think: Eat, Pray, Love meets Somm.” —theSkimm“As informative as it is, well, intoxicating.... read more

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Thrilling . . . [told] with gonzo élan . . . When the sommelier and blogger Madeline Puckette writes that this book is the Kitchen Confidential of the wine world, she’s not wrong, though Bill Buford’s Heat is probably a shade closer.” —Jennifer Senior, The New York Times“Think: Eat, Pray, Love meets Somm.” —theSkimm“As informative as it is, well, intoxicating.... read more

Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide

Rebecca Eanes

"This is a must-read for every family that yearns to create peace and harmony.”--Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Conscious ParentTired of yelling and nagging? True family connection is possible--and this essential guide shows us how.Popular parenting blogger Rebecca Eanes believes that parenting advice should be about more than just getting kids to behave. Stru... read more

"This is a must-read for every family that yearns to create peace and harmony.”--Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Conscious ParentTired of yelling and nagging? True family connection is possible--and this essential guide shows us how.Popular parenting blogger Rebecca Eanes believes that parenting advice should be about more than just getting kids to behave. Stru... read more

The Science of Selling: Proven Strategies to Make Your Pitch, Influence Decisions, and Close the Deal

David Hoffeld

The Revolutionary Sales Approach Scientifically Proven to Dramatically Improve Your Sales and Business SuccessBlending cutting-edge research in social psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, The Science of Selling shows you how to align the way you sell with how our brains naturally form buying decisions, dramatically increasing your ability to earn more sales. Unlike other sales b... read more

The Revolutionary Sales Approach Scientifically Proven to Dramatically Improve Your Sales and Business SuccessBlending cutting-edge research in social psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, The Science of Selling shows you how to align the way you sell with how our brains naturally form buying decisions, dramatically increasing your ability to earn more sales. Unlike other sales b... read more

Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World

The “tale as old as time,” in versions from across the centuries and around the world—published to coincide with Disney’s live-action 3D musical film starring Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Audra McDonald, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Dan Stevens, and Emma ThompsonNearly every culture tells the story of Beauty and the Beast in one fashion or another. From Cupid and Psyche to India’s ... read more

The “tale as old as time,” in versions from across the centuries and around the world—published to coincide with Disney’s live-action 3D musical film starring Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Audra McDonald, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Dan Stevens, and Emma ThompsonNearly every culture tells the story of Beauty and the Beast in one fashion or another. From Cupid and Psyche to India’s ... read more

Under the Harrow: A Novel

Flynn Berry

"A thriller for fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl...[with] a striking, original voice all Berry’s own.” —The New York Times Book ReviewWinner of the 2017 Edgar Award for Best First NovelNamed one of the "10 Best Mystery Books and Thrillers of the Year" by The Washington Post Named one of the best books of the year by The Atlantic When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sis... read more

"A thriller for fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl...[with] a striking, original voice all Berry’s own.” —The New York Times Book ReviewWinner of the 2017 Edgar Award for Best First NovelNamed one of the "10 Best Mystery Books and Thrillers of the Year" by The Washington Post Named one of the best books of the year by The Atlantic When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sis... read more

Beauty's Kingdom

A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rice

Before E. L. James and Sylvia Day, there was Anne Rice: Discover Beauty’s Kingdom, the fourth novel in the bestselling Sleeping Beauty series Mega-bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, returns to the mysterious kingdom of Queen Eleanor in this new chapter of her Sleeping Beauty series. When the great queen is reported dead, Beauty and Laurent return to the kingdom they lef... read more

Before E. L. James and Sylvia Day, there was Anne Rice: Discover Beauty’s Kingdom, the fourth novel in the bestselling Sleeping Beauty series Mega-bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, returns to the mysterious kingdom of Queen Eleanor in this new chapter of her Sleeping Beauty series. When the great queen is reported dead, Beauty and Laurent return to the kingdom they lef... read more

The Dead Tracks: A David Raker Mystery

Tim Weaver

Missing persons investigator David Raker’s search for a teenage girl leads him toward a site haunted by a dark history—book two of Tim Weaver’s international bestselling mystery series Seventeen-year-old Megan Carver was an unlikely runaway. A straight-A student from a happy home, she studied hard and rarely got into trouble. Yet six months on, she still hasn’t been found. Missing persons inve... read more

Missing persons investigator David Raker’s search for a teenage girl leads him toward a site haunted by a dark history—book two of Tim Weaver’s international bestselling mystery series Seventeen-year-old Megan Carver was an unlikely runaway. A straight-A student from a happy home, she studied hard and rarely got into trouble. Yet six months on, she still hasn’t been found. Missing persons inve... read more

Once and for All

Sarah Dessen

From Sarah Dessen, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of SAINT ANYTHING and JUST LISTEN, comes a new novel set in the world of wedding planning!Is it really better to have loved and lost? Louna's summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically. But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn't abo... read more

From Sarah Dessen, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of SAINT ANYTHING and JUST LISTEN, comes a new novel set in the world of wedding planning!Is it really better to have loved and lost? Louna's summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically. But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn't abo... read more

Wildly into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and the Rattlings of a Curious Mind

Tyler Knott Gregson

The most intimate and eclectic poetry collection yet from bestselling author and online sensation Tyler Knott Gregson With loyal fans around the world and across the internet, Tyler Knott Gregson is reinventing poetry for a new generation, using Instagram and Tumblr to reach readers where they are. Tyler’s third collection includes more of his popular Typewriter Series poems (featured in his f... read more

The most intimate and eclectic poetry collection yet from bestselling author and online sensation Tyler Knott Gregson With loyal fans around the world and across the internet, Tyler Knott Gregson is reinventing poetry for a new generation, using Instagram and Tumblr to reach readers where they are. Tyler’s third collection includes more of his popular Typewriter Series poems (featured in his f... read more

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