Karin Rathert

Karin Rathert – Editor

Professional copy and developmental editor with over twelve years experience in political science and current affairs books.


Congratulations! By now you're well on your way to completing your book. Maybe you're writing about a business solution, a meta analysis of psychiatric disorders, your meticulous notes on your father's descent into dementia, or your dysfunctional relationship with your neighbor's cat. I'd love to help you on the last steps your journey.

I've been a copy editor for an academic book publisher for over a decade and have worked on over 60 nonfiction books as well as business reports and journal articles. I edit for punctuation, grammar, style, and consistency and, if you want to go deeper, I love digging in with my developmental editing claws, to trim the fat, so to speak, to help you organize and tone your message.

Perhaps you're venturing into fiction or screenplays. I go there. I love story. I am a fan of structure—setting the bones to hang the meat off of—and I have a great ear for dialogue. I'm also interested in health and wellness, especially yoga—I'm an avid practitioner of the Ashtanga lineage.
Political Science & Current Affairs Psychology Sociology
English (US)

Work experience

Karin Rathert Writing & Editing

May, 2012 — Present

I've edited over 100 nonfiction books in the social sciences as well as numerous books on fiction.


American Public Policy provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the landscape of public policy. This foundational text takes students through the governmental systems and core theories of policymaking before turning to in-depth exploration of key po... read more
Cross-Cultural Management: Essential Concepts, Fourth Edition introduces readers to the fundamentals of cross-cultural management by exploring the influence of culture on interpersonal interactions in organizational settings and examining the ever-increasing n... read more
The SAGE Guide to Writing in Policing: Report Writing Essentials equips students with transferable writing skills that can be applied across the field of policing - both academically and professionally. Authors Steven Hougland and Jennifer M. Allen interweave ... read more
Public budgeting is inherently political. In The Politics of Public Budgeting, author Irene S. Rubin lays out the actors involved–interest groups, public officials, legislators, and the public... read more
Copy Editing
Congress and Its Members

Roger H. Davidson

The Gold Standard for Congress Courses for Over Thirty Years Congress and Its Members by Roger H. Davidson, Walter J. Oleszek, Frances E. Lee, and Eric Schickler offers you comprehensive cover... read more
Copy Editing
In this fully updated Fourth Edition of Effective Crisis Communication, three of today’s most respected crisis/risk communication scholars provide the latest theories and innovative approaches for handling crisis. Unlike other crisis communication texts, this ... read more
Ongoing Crisis Communication: Planning, Managing, and Responding provides an integrated approach to crisis communication that spans the entire crisis management process and crosses various dis... read more
Copy Editing
Organized thematically around important questions in comparative politics―who rules? what explains political behavior? where and why?―Introducing Comparative Politics, Fifth Edition, integrates a set of extended case studies of 11 countries that vividly illust... read more
Developmental Editing

Karin has 18 reviews





Katrina L.

Katrina L.

Jul, 2023

Soliciting Karin's professional help with editing my book turned out to be everything that I'd hoped for. There's initial anxiety around handing over your treasured work to a stranger. But Karin is so trustworthy, and she cares. On top of that she is a skilled editor and I am forever thankful for her ability to take my work to the level that it needed. A piece of publishable work that I am true...
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Karin R.
Loved Katrina's optimism and enthusiasm and this was a super interesting piece to work on. What a pleasure!
Michelle W.

Michelle W.

Jun, 2023

Wow! As a new author there was no better person I could have collaborated with than Karin. Knowledgeable, professional, patient and punctual. All around positive experience.
Karin R.
Michelle was a pleasure to work with. She is was so optimistic and responsive—I enjoyed working on her project very much!
Jessica A.

Jessica A.

Jul, 2022

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Karin. She helped me take my manuscript from something I was struggling to be okay with to something I'm incredibly proud to share with the world. Her communication was perfect, the delivered work was beyond my expectations. I would love to work with her again on future projects and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her services to anyone.
Ed B.

Ed B.

Jul, 2024

I'm thankful I selected Karin for the review of my manuscript. Her communication and responsiveness were on-point, and her feedback was invaluable! Karin identified items which I had initial concerns about, and provided clear direction on how I might proceed. Her "chapter summaries" gave insight into where I needed to strengthen certain chapters to convey the message I wanted to deliver. Karin...
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Joan C.

Joan C.

Nov, 2023

I had a wonderful experience working with her. And she did high quality work for me.
Karin R.
Loved working with Joan. What an inspiring woman!

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