Rachel Kambury

Rachel Kambury – Editor

Experienced editor at Twelve Books, with a particular interest in war/military, history, and political non-fiction.


I am an editor and ghostwriter based in New York City. With two years publishing industry experience and over six years editorial and ghostwriting experience, I currently work at Twelve Books, a prestige, boutique publisher of bestselling political, historical, and current events-related non-fiction. I have considerable experience editing war and military fiction and non-fiction, history, memoir, "idea" books, and more.

I am available to assist with everything from book proposals to almost-finished manuscripts. I am thorough, attentive, flexible, and I love a good Pilot G-TEC C-4 fine-point pen. In red, obviously.

Publishing can be a brutal process, but it doesn't have to be. All you need is some deft maneuvering, a solid proposal/manuscript/query letter, patience, and gumption. I've worked with hardened pros and nervous newbies alike, and I love working with them and everyone in between.


"Rachel, please run for high office!"

"One of the best partners you could ever ask for in publishing."

"My god, if I was running a publishing company, I’d hire you immediately based on your carefully considered insights and eloquent writing."

"You’re the kind of editor I really work best with: someone who makes suggestions without trying to rewrite the book yourself."

"Rachel really helped me understand the publishing process."

"I couldn't have asked for a better (or nicer) editor."
Entertainment History Political Science & Current Affairs
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Short Story
English (US)

Work experience

Twelve Books

Jul, 2016 — Present

I have managed the production of a number of bestselling titles, including:

• NATURAL CAUSES (NYT Bestseller) by Barbara Ehrenreich
• RUSSIAN ROULETTE (#1 NYT Bestseller) by Michael Isikoff and David Corn
• YES WE (STILL) CAN by Dan Pfeiffer
• OUTSIDE THE WIRE by Jason Kander
• WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? (NYT Bestseller) by Alyssa Mastromonaco, former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama
• DEMOCRACY (NYT Bestseller) by former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice
• AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE (#1 NYT Bestseller) by former Senator Al Franken


Jun, 2014 — Jun, 2015 (about 1 year)

Boutique memoir ghostwriting service. Regular meetings with the client included extensive interviews, acquiring photographs for inclusion, and gathering other relevant materials to complete the work. Performed all editorial tasks, including multiple, rigorous passes of content and copyediting; worked closely with industry professionals for cover and interior design, resulting in a completed book of exceptional quality for the client’s personal use.


From Obama's former communications director and current co-host of Pod Save America comes a colorful account of how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama presidency and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px... read more
A vivid biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush, one of the most influential and under-appreciated women in American political history. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 15.0px; font: 13.3px Times; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #00... read more
A New York Times bestseller! From the celebrated author of Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better.A razor-sharp polemic which offers an entirely new understanding of our bodies, ourselves, and our ... read more
A smart and revealing political memoir from a rising star of the Democratic Party. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 26.0px; font: 22.7px Times; color: #454545; -webkit-text-stroke: #454545; background-color: #ffffff} span.s1 {font-kerning: n... read more
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 1... read more
From Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, authors of the PEN Center USA award-winning Dallas 1963, comes a madcap narrative about Timothy Leary's daring prison escape and run from the law.On the moonlit evening of September 12, 1970, an ex-Harvard professor wi... read more
New York Times bestseller! If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this...Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade, and ... read more
#1 New York Times Bestseller"Flips the classic born-in-a-shack rise to political office tale on its head. I skipped meals to read this book - also unusual - because every page was funny. It made me deliriously happy." - Louise Erdrich, The New York Times p.p1 ... read more

Rachel has 2 reviews





Matt Z.

Matt Z.

Nov, 2019

Rachel is a pleasure to work with, and it seems she has my success at the forefront of her mind. I've hired her twice now and will certainly consider hiring her again in the future.
Matt Z.

Matt Z.

Aug, 2019

Rachel provided an excellent editorial assessment for me. She was honest about the shortcomings of my MS, but encouraging about the potential of my story. She was communicative, positive, and extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend her and will likely hire her again myself!

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