Karen Stocz Oemler

Karen Stocz Oemler – Editor

Nonfiction copyeditor and proofreader with over 20 years of experience. Expert in citation and documentation.

Overview

Hi! I'm a freelance project manager, copyeditor, and proofreader based just outside of Boston, MA. I have twenty years of publishing experience, and 15 of those have been as the sole proprietor of my own publishing services company. I've worked on everything from business guides to the history of cannabis.

I have extensive experience with documentation and the organization of references. I'm an expert in Chicago Manual of Style, but I also have experience with MLA and APA. Nothing makes my heart race more than diving in to work on a references list that needs a little love!

While I love grammar and punctuation rules, my editing style is unobtrusive. If an author has a distinct voice, I like to let that shine. Above all, I know that submitting work for edit can be intimidating, but I am always on the author's side. I want to do whatever I can to make the work shine!

When I'm not editing, I love volunteering with my trained therapy dog, reading, traveling, and baking.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Education & Reference Fashion & Textiles Humanities & Social Sciences LGBTQ Non-Fiction Writing & Publishing
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • MA in Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College
  • BA in Communication and Creative Writing, Hiram College

Work experience

Self-employed

Dec, 2007 — Present

• Excellent grasp of the creation of and adherence to style guides and publisher house styles
• Flexible schedule that allows commitment to tight deadlines and both long- and short-term projects
• Mastery of APA, MLA, and Chicago documentation styles
• Extensive experience with design coding and formatting
• Proven record of creating and managing schedules and budgets
• Robust experience in editing different types of subject matter, from college-level humanities texts to ESL/ELT; from law books to business guides

Cengage Learning

Mar, 2002 — Dec, 2007 (almost 6 years)

▪ Assumed leadership over high-budget, complex 1-, 2-, and 4-color designs, managing production efforts for major priority and best-selling titles.
▪ Worked closely with editorial division through entire process including production of print/electronic products, scheduling, quality checks, copyediting/proofreading services, and resource purchasing/allocation.
▪ Recognized for keeping projects on track and within budget, problem-solving through challenges, and managing tight deadlines.
▪ Managed titles with complex designs and large art/photo programs, working with freelance designers to create unique chapter opener spreads, 4-color inserts, and interior and cover designs.
▪ Facilitated peer training regarding production process, corporate policies, and databases.
▪ Spearheaded company’s first initiative to send projects overseas for composition. Worked with vendors mainly in India, provided updates to managers, and established standards and guidelines.
▪ Enhanced efficiency of reprint process by developing and implementing FileMaker Pro database and working with Manufacturing Department to ensure that reprints were prescheduled.
▪ Recognized as “resident” copyright law expert, successfully managing/organizing hundreds of university requests for permission at beginning of each academic year.

Pearson Custom Publishing

Oct, 2000 — Mar, 2002 (over 1 year)

▪ Accountable for securing high volume of copyright permissions to reprint selections included in custom college textbooks. Researched and corresponded with individual rights holders and publishers and researched unidentified copyrights/authors.
▪ Helped avert legal ramifications and saved revenue by ensuring timely permission grants and negotiating with publishers/rights holders for lower fees.
▪ Delivered timely publications, expertly balancing tight deadlines, extensive number of requests, and subsequent follow-ups by maintaining strong relationships with publishers.

Portfolio

Against Constitutionalism

Loughlin, Professor Martin

Ulysses by Numbers

Bulson, Eric Jon

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Dee Dee S.

Dee Dee S.

Aug, 2022

Karen was amazing to collaborate with. I hired her to copyedit nine pages of endnotes for me. She was extremely knowledgeable regarding the formatting of endnotes, very thorough, and did an exceptional job. She was quick to respond to any questions I had and delivered the edits early. I'm very grateful to have worked with her. Would highly recommend.

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