Kelly Burch

Kelly Burch - Editor

California

I am a freelance copyeditor, proofreader, and indexer with more than twenty years’ experience with academic publications and light fiction.

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Overview

I have more than twenty years of experience, with a record of meeting or exceeding deadlines. I have copyedited and proofread hundreds of journal articles and books in a large range of fields.

I see my role as, first, to be an asset to the publisher by understanding the publisher’s mission, adhering to house style, and being a professional representative; second, to diplomatically guide the author through the copyediting or proofreading process, with respect, transparency, and flexibility; and, third, to apply my copyediting and proofreading skills to the text to provide readers with a work that clearly presents what the author intends.

I feel it is important to stay up-to-date on the consensus of language experts on style, usage, and grammar. I’m aware that these things change with time and that sometimes a rule becomes passé.

I consider it vital for me to find the author’s voice, discern the appropriate register for the material, and help to maintain these throughout the work. To aid the author, I provide brief, clear queries and explanations. When the author expresses interest in learning more about my reasons for a suggested change, I provide a longer, more detailed explanation, with backup from the experts when appropriate.

I keep my software and hardware up-to-date, I have a thorough knowledge of how my software can aid me in editing, and I’m always on the lookout for macros and techniques for increasing efficiency.
Because I have twenty years of experience in copyediting, proofreading, developmental editing, and writing, I am fast and I am thorough. I know what kinds of problems to look for, when and how to use reference materials, and when to ask the production editor for guidance.

Because I love my work and the written word in its many forms, my clients have in me an advocate with a fresh perspective, enthusiasm, a can-do attitude, and flexibility.

The end results are that readers will never have to read a sentence twice to understand it; that authors learn to trust me, feel I am there only to help, not impose my editorial will on their work, and are confident their work contains no errors; and that I’ve fulfilled my role in helping publishers uphold their reputation for publishing an excellent product.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
History
Humanities & Social Sciences
Political Science & Current Affairs
Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Certificate in Copyediting,  University of California, San Diego, extension

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Addresses to the German Nation (Hackett Classics)

Johann Gottlieb Fichte

In the winter of 1807, while Berlin was occupied by French troops, the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte presented fourteen public lectures that have long been studied as a major statement of modern nationalism. Yet Fichte’s Addresses to the German Nation have also been interpreted by many as a vision of a cosmopolitan alternative to nationalism. This new edition of the Addresses is designed ... read more

In the winter of 1807, while Berlin was occupied by French troops, the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte presented fourteen public lectures that have long been studied as a major statement of modern nationalism. Yet Fichte’s Addresses to the German Nation have also been interpreted by many as a vision of a cosmopolitan alternative to nationalism. This new edition of the Addresses is designed ... read more

Afro-Latino Voices: Narratives from the Early Modern Ibero-Atlantic World, 1550-1812

A landmark scholarly achievement . . . With judicious commentary by several of the leading experts in the field, this book dramatically expands the canon of texts used to study the black Atlantic and the African diaspora, and captures the tenor of the 'black voice' as it collectively engaged the power of colonial institutions. In no uncertain terms, Afro-Latino Voices will prove to be a remark... read more

A landmark scholarly achievement . . . With judicious commentary by several of the leading experts in the field, this book dramatically expands the canon of texts used to study the black Atlantic and the African diaspora, and captures the tenor of the 'black voice' as it collectively engaged the power of colonial institutions. In no uncertain terms, Afro-Latino Voices will prove to be a remark... read more

The Tale of Cupid and Psyche (Hackett Classics)

Apuleius

Is Cupid and Psyche a romance, a folktale, a Platonic allegory of the nature of the soul, a Jungian tale of individuation, or an archetypal dream? This volume provides Joel Relihan's lively translation of this best known section of Apuleius' Golden Ass, some useful and illustrative parallels, and an engaging discussion of what to make of this classic story.

Is Cupid and Psyche a romance, a folktale, a Platonic allegory of the nature of the soul, a Jungian tale of individuation, or an archetypal dream? This volume provides Joel Relihan's lively translation of this best known section of Apuleius' Golden Ass, some useful and illustrative parallels, and an engaging discussion of what to make of this classic story.

Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793: With Related Texts (Hackett Classics)

Charles Brockden Brown

Set during the epic Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic of 1793, Charles Brockden Brown's classic gothic novel Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793 connects the outbreak with the upheavals of the revolutionary era and the murderous financial networks of Atlantic slavery.This edition of Arthur Mervyn offers selections from key contemporary texts as well as excerpts from Brown's own writin... read more

Set during the epic Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic of 1793, Charles Brockden Brown's classic gothic novel Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793 connects the outbreak with the upheavals of the revolutionary era and the murderous financial networks of Atlantic slavery.This edition of Arthur Mervyn offers selections from key contemporary texts as well as excerpts from Brown's own writin... read more

Augsburg During the Reformation Era: An Anthology of Sources

B. Ann Tlusty

"Sixteenth-century Augsburg comes to life in this beautifully chosen and elegantly translated selection of original documents. Ranging across the whole panoply of social activity from the legislative reformation to work, recreation, and family life, these extracts make plain the subtle system of checks and balances, violence, and self-regulation that brought order and vibrancy to a sophisticat... read more

"Sixteenth-century Augsburg comes to life in this beautifully chosen and elegantly translated selection of original documents. Ranging across the whole panoply of social activity from the legislative reformation to work, recreation, and family life, these extracts make plain the subtle system of checks and balances, violence, and self-regulation that brought order and vibrancy to a sophisticat... read more

The U.S.-Mexican War: A Binational Reader

Drawing on a rich, interdisciplinary collection of U.S. and Mexican sources, this volume explores the conflict that redrew the boundaries of the North American continent in the nineteenth century. Among the many period texts included here are letters from U.S. and Mexican soldiers, governmental proclamations, songs, caricatures, poetry, and newspaper articles. An Introduction, a chronology, ma... read more

Drawing on a rich, interdisciplinary collection of U.S. and Mexican sources, this volume explores the conflict that redrew the boundaries of the North American continent in the nineteenth century. Among the many period texts included here are letters from U.S. and Mexican soldiers, governmental proclamations, songs, caricatures, poetry, and newspaper articles. An Introduction, a chronology, ma... read more

A Student Handbook of Latin and English Grammar

Peter L. Corrigan, Robert Mondi

The study of classical languages by earlier generations of English-speaking students was greatly facilitated by the study of English grammar in the schools, a tradition now out of favor but one that emphasized precisely the concepts, terms, and constructions needed for the study of Greek and Latin.A Student Handbook of Latin and English Grammar offers a student-friendly comparative exposition ... read more

The study of classical languages by earlier generations of English-speaking students was greatly facilitated by the study of English grammar in the schools, a tradition now out of favor but one that emphasized precisely the concepts, terms, and constructions needed for the study of Greek and Latin.A Student Handbook of Latin and English Grammar offers a student-friendly comparative exposition ... read more

Inferno (Hackett Classics)

Dante, Steven Botterill, Anthony Oldcorn

An attractive new alternative as both a translation and a pedagogical tool. The volume includes an excellent introduction by Dante scholar Steven Botterill (Univ. of California, Berkeley), clear and informative notes by lifelong Dantist Anthony Oldcorn, a concise bibliographical note that indicates some important sources on Dante in print and online, and a diagram of Hell; Index of the Damned ... read more

An attractive new alternative as both a translation and a pedagogical tool. The volume includes an excellent introduction by Dante scholar Steven Botterill (Univ. of California, Berkeley), clear and informative notes by lifelong Dantist Anthony Oldcorn, a concise bibliographical note that indicates some important sources on Dante in print and online, and a diagram of Hell; Index of the Damned ... read more

The Gaucho Juan Moreira: True Crime in Nineteenth-Century Argentina (Hackett Classics)

Eduardo Gutierrez

Argentinian writer Eduardo Gutiérrez (1851-1889) fashioned his seminal gauchesque novel from the prison records of the real Juan Moreira, a noble outlaw whose life and name became legendary in the Río de la Plata during the late 19th century.John Chasteen's fast-moving, streamlined translation--the first ever into English--captures all of the sweeping romance and knife-wielding excitement of t... read more

Argentinian writer Eduardo Gutiérrez (1851-1889) fashioned his seminal gauchesque novel from the prison records of the real Juan Moreira, a noble outlaw whose life and name became legendary in the Río de la Plata during the late 19th century.John Chasteen's fast-moving, streamlined translation--the first ever into English--captures all of the sweeping romance and knife-wielding excitement of t... read more

Latin American Independence: An Anthology of Sources

Maps and illustrations are included, as are a chronology of the Wars for Independence, suggestions for further reading, and a thorough index.

Maps and illustrations are included, as are a chronology of the Wars for Independence, suggestions for further reading, and a thorough index.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Hackett Classics)

Joseph Glaser, Christine Chism

"A dazzling recreation of the most memorable Middle English poem, and one that captures the original alliterative verse in all its dimensions: sense, sound, and rhythm."---Ad Putter, Professor of Medieval English Literature, University of Bristol

"A dazzling recreation of the most memorable Middle English poem, and one that captures the original alliterative verse in all its dimensions: sense, sound, and rhythm."---Ad Putter, Professor of Medieval English Literature, University of Bristol

The Romance of Tristan and Iseut (Hackett Classics)

Joseph Bedier

The first English language translation of Bedier's classic work in nearly seventy years, this volume is the only edition that provides ancillary materials to help the reader understand the history of the legend and Bedier's method in creating his classic retelling.

The first English language translation of Bedier's classic work in nearly seventy years, this volume is the only edition that provides ancillary materials to help the reader understand the history of the legend and Bedier's method in creating his classic retelling.

Summers to Savor: Plant-Powered Recipes for Family and Friends

Brenna Praeger, Stefanie Walker, Maxwell PR

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Steve Bierman
Kelly is a real pro. Her work as a proof-reader was keen and accurate. Her work as an indexer was patient and detailed and excellent. She was very aware and respectful of my tight time-frames and finished her tasks efficiently. I'm very pleased with her work all round.

Steve Bierman, June 2020

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