Kelsey Klockenteger

Kelsey Klockenteger - Editor

Seattle, WA, USA

I provide editing & design services to help fulfill your publishing dreams. I love projects that inspire people to explore & learn.

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Overview

Covers sell books but the words inside make people remember them.

I am an editor and graphic designer who specializes in educational materials produced by a major academic publisher, regional nonfiction, and books for young readers. Academically, I specialize in the humanities, although I also enjoy a good geology text. Nonfiction I have worked on includes travel narratives and how-to books. I have experience working on all types of children’s books, from picture books to young adult novels, although my focus is on novels for ages eight and up. I provide a variety of editing and design services to help you fulfill your publishing aspirations.

I attended Portland State University’s book publishing graduate studies program where I gained a broad overview of the publishing industry and confirmed my love of editing and design. I proofread and designed the cover of Blue Thread, by Ruth Tenzer Feldman, which received the 2013 Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature, a division of the Oregon Book Awards. I have edited and created materials for McGraw-Hill. I have also proofread regional nonfiction for the regional publishers Mountaineers Books and Sasquatch Books.

In general, I love books that transport me elsewhere while reflecting or revealing the human condition. When working on nonfiction, I love editing texts that delve into the history of places I’ve been. In my fictional work I enjoy stories that feature vibrant worlds and diverse personalities. I would love to work on projects that inspire people to explore and learn.

I offer competitive rates. I look forward to taking care of your editing and graphic design needs.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Home & Garden
Travel

Certifications

  • Master of Science: Book Publishing, Portland State University

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Designer

Self-employed
April, 2012 – Present (over 7 years)

* provided editing services for a variety of traditional and print-on-demand publishers, including Thomas Riggs (contracted with McGraw-Hill), Amnet Systems, Mountaineers Books, and Sasquatch Books
* edited college humanities textbook study questions for clarity, readability, and accuracy for McGraw-Hill’s LearnSmart series and proofed questions for placement in text
* substantively edited a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts for a large, independent POD company
* proofread travel narratives and regional gardening texts
* created promotional images for local companies, election campaigns, and conferences

PR and Marketing Intern

Mountaineers Books
July, 2014 – November, 2014 (4 months)

* provided support for the PR and marketing staff
* wrote press releases, analyzed marketing documents, researched contacts, and found quotes from books for promotional purposes

Content Development Intern

RainTown Press
June, 2011 – December, 2011 (6 months)

* developed and wrote content for RainTown’s Teaching Classics line—20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Assorted Roles

Ooligan Press
September, 2010 – December, 2011 (about 1 year)

Project Manager:
* ensured the manuscript for Blue Thread and related materials went where they were supposed to on time while keeping the press and author up to date on the progress of the book

Editor:
* gained editing experience copyediting various documents, such as letters, website copy, and press releases; proofreading Blue Thread; and doing developmental edits on Ooligan Press’ constitution and philosophy statements

Acquisitions Editor:
* evaluated book proposals and manuscripts and helped decide what to publish

Designer:
* gained design experience through creating event posters, book covers, and collateral
* learned sustainable design practices
* photographed and designed the 2012 Write to Publish email announcement
* designed the cover of the young adult novel Blue Thread, a strong mock cover for the short story collection Close is Fine, and designed the interior of the Ooligan Classic The Morgesons

Marketer:
* gained marketing experience through writing copy and press releases for books, researching marketing opportunities, and volunteering at events

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Blue Thread

Ruth Tenzer Feldman

The women’s suffrage movement is in full swing in 1912 Portland, Oregon—the last holdout state on the West Coast. Miriam desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop, but when he refuses she decides to dedicate herself to the suffrage movement, demanding rights for women and a different life for herself. Amidst the uncertainty of her future, Miriam’s attention is diverted by the mys... read more

The women’s suffrage movement is in full swing in 1912 Portland, Oregon—the last holdout state on the West Coast. Miriam desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop, but when he refuses she decides to dedicate herself to the suffrage movement, demanding rights for women and a different life for herself. Amidst the uncertainty of her future, Miriam’s attention is diverted by the mys... read more

Hiking Washington's Fire Lookouts

Amber Casali

This new guide to hiking the fire lookouts of Washington’s Cascades and Olympics is the quintessential Northwest guide and will appeal to a wide range of hikers. Features of Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts include:44 fire lookouts—those that feature access by trailAll lookouts are accessible during the typical summer seasonOnly lookouts that are still standing—no hiking up to a barren mound ... read more

This new guide to hiking the fire lookouts of Washington’s Cascades and Olympics is the quintessential Northwest guide and will appeal to a wide range of hikers. Features of Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts include:44 fire lookouts—those that feature access by trailAll lookouts are accessible during the typical summer seasonOnly lookouts that are still standing—no hiking up to a barren mound ... read more

Tough Girl: Lessons in Courage and Heart from Olympic Gold to the Camino de Santiago

Carolyn Wood

A coming-of-age memoir of a young swimmer's triumphs and heartbreaks on the path to winning Olympic gold at age 14. Some 50 years later, author Carolyn Wood embarks on a solo pilgrimage to walk the 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago in an attempt to reclaim her "inner tough girl" as she reflects on coming out as gay in the 1970s after a brief marriage and motherhood, and the disillusionment a... read more

A coming-of-age memoir of a young swimmer's triumphs and heartbreaks on the path to winning Olympic gold at age 14. Some 50 years later, author Carolyn Wood embarks on a solo pilgrimage to walk the 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago in an attempt to reclaim her "inner tough girl" as she reflects on coming out as gay in the 1970s after a brief marriage and motherhood, and the disillusionment a... read more

Growing Berries and Fruit Trees in the Pacific Northwest: How to Grow Abundant, Organic Fruit in Your Backyard

Tara Austen Weaver

A beautiful guide to growing delicious fruit in Pacific Northwest climates, complete with selection, planting, and organic care for more than 75 cultivars of berries and fruit trees, as well as 10+ master recipes with variations for preserving your bountiful harvest.This complete guide to backyard fruit growing covers recommended varieties and climate info for the Pacific Northwest both west a... read more

A beautiful guide to growing delicious fruit in Pacific Northwest climates, complete with selection, planting, and organic care for more than 75 cultivars of berries and fruit trees, as well as 10+ master recipes with variations for preserving your bountiful harvest.This complete guide to backyard fruit growing covers recommended varieties and climate info for the Pacific Northwest both west a... read more

The Best Coast: A Road Trip Atlas: Illustrated Adventures along the West Coast's Historic Highways

Chandler O'Leary

From a co-author of the award-winning Dead Feminists, this quirky illustrated travel guide and atlas follows historic routes up and down the West Coast.What better place for a road trip than the West Coast (the best coast, by any measure)? From San Diego, California, all the way up to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, you'll find off-the-beaten-path adventures up and down the coast. T... read more

From a co-author of the award-winning Dead Feminists, this quirky illustrated travel guide and atlas follows historic routes up and down the West Coast.What better place for a road trip than the West Coast (the best coast, by any measure)? From San Diego, California, all the way up to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, you'll find off-the-beaten-path adventures up and down the coast. T... read more

52 Lists Planner

Moorea Seal

From the author of blockbuster hits The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness comes a gorgeous undated planner full of listing content that fans of the best-selling 52 Lists series are sure to love!Use this planner to set your intentions, goals, and priorities; celebrate your accomplishments; and let go of the rest! This 12-month undated yearly planner is complete with weekly agenda page... read more

From the author of blockbuster hits The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness comes a gorgeous undated planner full of listing content that fans of the best-selling 52 Lists series are sure to love!Use this planner to set your intentions, goals, and priorities; celebrate your accomplishments; and let go of the rest! This 12-month undated yearly planner is complete with weekly agenda page... read more

Close Is Fine

Eliot Treichel

Like a Polaroid snapshot, this finely wrought collection of short stories gives us a brief glimpse into the quirky and complex lives of rural town inhabitants. As the characters struggle to define their individuality and reconcile their ideals with ordinary life, we are witness to their unique self-discoveries. At times mournful and haunting, this story collection celebrates the nobility of si... read more

Like a Polaroid snapshot, this finely wrought collection of short stories gives us a brief glimpse into the quirky and complex lives of rural town inhabitants. As the characters struggle to define their individuality and reconcile their ideals with ordinary life, we are witness to their unique self-discoveries. At times mournful and haunting, this story collection celebrates the nobility of si... read more

Oddry

Obie Scott Wade, Allison Miller, Jordan Beswick, Josh Worth

Raised by hawks, on the top ledge of a New York apartment building, Oddry is a creative inventor who leads a secret life of adventure. So secret, she can't even talk to other humans. Her hawk parents forbid it. They believe that if humans discover Oddry, something bad might happen. But that's OK; Oddry has animal friends and can talk to them, and she is absolutely happy and content with her sp... read more

Raised by hawks, on the top ledge of a New York apartment building, Oddry is a creative inventor who leads a secret life of adventure. So secret, she can't even talk to other humans. Her hawk parents forbid it. They believe that if humans discover Oddry, something bad might happen. But that's OK; Oddry has animal friends and can talk to them, and she is absolutely happy and content with her sp... read more

Up Nights

Daniel Kine

Up Nights, Daniel Kine’s second book, is a classic road novel for a new generation. In raw, unrelenting prose, Kine tells the story of the complexities of human relationships when four friends embark on an existential journey through the underbelly of society. As they drift from city to city, they each struggle to connect with the disenchanted people they encounter along the way. Up Nights spe... read more

Up Nights, Daniel Kine’s second book, is a classic road novel for a new generation. In raw, unrelenting prose, Kine tells the story of the complexities of human relationships when four friends embark on an existential journey through the underbelly of society. As they drift from city to city, they each struggle to connect with the disenchanted people they encounter along the way. Up Nights spe... read more

A Sick Prejudice

Joseph H. McNolty

Why can it be so difficult to be around someone with a serious illness?Something lurks deep within us, urging us to avoid someone seriously ill. A Sick Prejudice explores our innermost fears, primal emotions, and biases when we get into illness situations. It reveals the flawed reasoning and escape tactics that naturally arise in us.Joseph McNolty weaves together research with heartfelt storie... read more

Why can it be so difficult to be around someone with a serious illness?Something lurks deep within us, urging us to avoid someone seriously ill. A Sick Prejudice explores our innermost fears, primal emotions, and biases when we get into illness situations. It reveals the flawed reasoning and escape tactics that naturally arise in us.Joseph McNolty weaves together research with heartfelt storie... read more

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