Karie Fugett

Karie Fugett – Editor

A smart and insightful editor with a decade of experience. I specialize in nonfiction and poetry.


I have been editing books and periodicals for over ten years. From 2013-2016, I was an Associate Editor at a small press in Mobile, Alabama, where I worked one-on-one with writers to help make their words shine on the page. Not only did I copy-edit, but I worked with them line-by-line, discussing word choice, sentence structure, and overall voice. In 2016, I started my MFA in Creative Writing, where I taught essay and creative writing at the university level and acted as EIC of my school's literary journal. In 2020, I sold my own memoir in a 15-editor auction to The Dial Press. I'm not just an out-of-touch editor. I know what it's like being a writer and trusting someone with your life's work. I believe my experience as a writer makes me a more compassionate editor. Finally, in addition to writing my own books, I have been working at Row House Publishing as a contracted editor.

Working with me is a collaborative experience. I ask lots of questions to be sure we’re on the same page and work with the client to come up with an editing schedule they’re comfortable with. I can be as hands-on or off as you need. Though solution-focused and straightforward, I make sure to balance critique with praise. I think it's just as useful to point out areas that are working as it is to discuss areas that aren't.

Biographies & Memoirs
English (US)
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Work experience


Feb, 2024 — Present

I am the last set of eyes on full-length book manuscripts.


Oct, 2022 — Present

I offer developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading services to writers who need assistance with their book-length manuscripts.


Feb, 2020 — Present

My debut memoir is forthcoming from The Dial Press (Penguin Random House) in 2025.


Oct, 2019 — Present

Published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, Al Jazeera, TIME, HuffPost, and elsewhere.

45th Parallel

Aug, 2017 — May, 2018 (9 months)

Lead editor of Oregon State University's literary journal.

Oregon State University

Aug, 2016 — May, 2018 (over 1 year)

Taught Writing 121 and Creative Nonfiction Workshops.

Random Sample Review

May, 2014 — Feb, 2020 (almost 6 years)

Founder and lead editor of an online publication that won a Best of the Net in 2019.

Negative Capability Press

Aug, 2013 — May, 2016 (over 2 years)

Worked one-on-one with writers to polish their manuscripts before publication.

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