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Rachel Kambury

Rachel Kambury - Editor

New York, NY

1.5 years reading, editing, and project managing for Twelve Books, with a particular interest in war and military fiction and non-fiction.

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."

Services
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 1 year)

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

• WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? by Alyssa Mastromonaco, former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama
• DEMOCRACY by former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice
• AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE by Senator Al Franken - an instant #1 NYT bestseller

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)

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

Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom

Condoleezza Rice

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom the former secretary of state -- a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom."This heartfelt and at times very moving book shows why democracy proponents are so committed to their work...Both supporters and skeptics of democracy promotion will come away from this book wiser and better inf... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom the former secretary of state -- a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom."This heartfelt and at times very moving book shows why democracy proponents are so committed to their work...Both supporters and skeptics of democracy promotion will come away from this book wiser and better inf... read more

The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido

David Friend

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; font: 12.0px Arial; min-height: 14.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; min-height: 14.0px} A sexual history of the 1990s when the Baby Boomers took over Washington, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue. A definitive look at the captains of the culture wars... read more

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; font: 12.0px Arial; min-height: 14.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; min-height: 14.0px} A sexual history of the 1990s when the Baby Boomers took over Washington, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue. A definitive look at the captains of the culture wars... read more

Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience

Meg Jay

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #232323} Clinical psychologist and author of The Defining Decade, Meg Jay takes us into the world of the supernormal: those who soar to unexpected heights after childhood adversity.Whether it is the loss of a parent to death or divorce; bullying; alcoholism or drug abuse in the home; mental illness in a parent or a sibling; negl... read more

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #232323} Clinical psychologist and author of The Defining Decade, Meg Jay takes us into the world of the supernormal: those who soar to unexpected heights after childhood adversity.Whether it is the loss of a parent to death or divorce; bullying; alcoholism or drug abuse in the home; mental illness in a parent or a sibling; negl... 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

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