Karen brings almost 20 years of book publishing experience to the PYP Team, nearly a decade of which was spent in-house at a nonfiction publishing company. Trained in developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and project management, Karen has worked on traditionally published and self-published books covering a wide range of nonfiction subjects, including memoirs, self-help, social justice issues, and general reference.
When not working or reading, she spends her free time relaxing at home with her family and passel of dogs, or honing her patience while rooting for the Mets at Citi Field.
A Q&A with the Publish Your Purpose Press Team
1. How did you come to work with PYP?
I met Jenn through networking—hooray for fellow Connecticut businesswomen! After hearing about PYP’s work with authors and the meaningful projects they publish, I was happy that my nearly twenty years’ experience in nonfiction book publishing (editing, copyediting, proofreading) could be helpful to PYP’s publishing program.
2. What do you enjoy the most about your work?
I enjoy really getting into the editing process—from shaping manuscripts through developmental edits to diving in for a close copyedit in order to tackle style or help authors refine their words.
3. What are your favorite books or genre?
I’m happy to read just about any fiction genre, but I always return to Brontë’s Jane Eyre. I can read about that plucky heroine over and over and always find something new to like, dislike, or think about.
4. How do you spend your free time?
Any free time is spent relaxing with family and friends. During the warmer months, I love going to baseball games.
5. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be?
Ida B. Wells—she sounds like she was so interesting, and it would be neat to hear about her writing and activism during such difficult times.
6. What is one thing very few people know about you?
When I successfully tackle a particularly difficult manuscript, passage, or an editing problem, I do a little seal-clapping, fist-pumping dance while seated at my desk. No one ever sees it, so I assume it looks pretty ridiculous—but it feels great!
7. How would you define your purpose?
To be dedicated to learning—to be a lifelong learner, to help people learn new things, and to help others (especially writers) educate through their work.
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