Rachel Kambury

Rachel Kambury - Editor Tick

New York, NY

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

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Overview

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. Plus, as an industry insider, I know what's trending, what's old news, and what's on people's #MSWLs.

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, and gumption. I've worked with hardened pros and nervous newbies alike, and I love working with them and everyone in between.

PRAISE FOR RACHEL:

"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."

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Entertainment
History
Politics & Current Affairs
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literature
Short Story

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

Twelve Books
July, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

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

• 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

Ghostwriter

Self-employed
June, 2014 – June, 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.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump

Dan Pfeiffer

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 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New ... read more

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 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New ... read more

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Al Franken

#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 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Tahoma; color: #212121; -webkit-text-stroke: #212121} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} From S... 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 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Tahoma; color: #212121; -webkit-text-stroke: #212121} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} From S... read more

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

Alyssa Mastromonaco

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 long before his run for president. From the then-senator's early days in Congress to his years in the Oval Office, she made Hope and Cha... 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 long before his run for president. From the then-senator's early days in Congress to his years in the Oval Office, she made Hope and Cha... read more

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD

Bill Minutaglio, Steven L. Davis

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 with a genius I.Q. studies a twelve-foot high fence topped with barbed wire. A few months earlier, Dr. Timothy Leary, the High Priest of L... 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 with a genius I.Q. studies a twelve-foot high fence topped with barbed wire. A few months earlier, Dr. Timothy Leary, the High Priest of L... read more

Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump

Michael Isikoff, David Corn

#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: 12.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} RUSSIAN ROULETTE is a story of political sk... 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: 12.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} RUSSIAN ROULETTE is a story of political sk... read more

Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I've Learned in Everyday Courage

Jason Kander

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: none} Barack Obama has called Jason Kander the future of the Democratic Party. A former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan, Kander wa... 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: none} Barack Obama has called Jason Kander the future of the Democratic Party. A former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan, Kander wa... read more

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