Kelsey Klockenteger

Kelsey Klockenteger – Editor

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


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

I am an editor 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 needs.
Fantasy Historical Fiction Young Adult
Home & Garden Travel
English (US)
  • Master of Science: Book Publishing, Portland State University

Work experience


Apr, 2012 — Present

* 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

Mountaineers Books

Jul, 2014 — Nov, 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

RainTown Press

Jun, 2011 — Dec, 2011 (6 months)

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

Ooligan Press

Sep, 2010 — Dec, 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


* 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


* 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


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


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 ... 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.... read more

Obie Scott Wade

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, somet... 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 li... 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 prio... 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, Cali... 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 h... 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 h... 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 b... read more
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, dema... read more

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Jeremie S.

Jeremie S.

Dec, 2019

Being a writer who is new to the world of writing and exploring it's complexities, I think Kelsey was an ideal developmental editor for me. Her honest feedback has been helpful as I further refine my work. I highly recommend Kelsey.

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