Editing MA Book Publishing
“This was my first time writing a book and Karina gently guided, asked clarifying questions, and challenged me to insert my own voice and experience into the book. Karina kept me on track to meet deadlines. She was a calming, knowledgeable resource throughout the process. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Karina again in the future and I highly recommend her services to others.”
Ooligan Press is a student-run trade press operated through Portland State University. I started as a team member for the project team publishing the anthology Short, Vigorous Roots: A Contemporary Flash Fiction Collection of Migrant Voices edited by Mark Budman and Susan O’Neill. I crafted compelling copy, designed engaging social media collateral, and hosted a live-streamed author interview.
In my second year, I led the publishing of our 2023 nonfiction title Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley by David G. Lewis as project manager. I led our team in creating design briefs, blurb and review request letters, the marketing plan, and the press kit for the book. I also contributed to the developmental edits of Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley. As a project manager, I represented Ooligan Press as the primary point of contact for the author.
My other contributions to Ooligan Press include proofreading upcoming titles, reading fiction and nonfiction manuscripts under consideration for publishing, presenting in our How To Publishing events for underrepresented writers, and writing blog posts.
Independent Publishing Resource Center
I learned the basics of publishing through a year-long program of creative writing workshops and hands-on experience with book formatting and binding; risograph, screen, and letterpress printing; and sharing works in progress in public readings.
Portland Review publishes prose, poetry, art, and translations and is produced by graduate students in Portland State University’s English Department. I started as an acquisitions reader and moved into the role of editorial assistant. My contributions included acquiring fiction texts for publication, selecting and formatting story cover images, and proofreading our online publication.
For 3.5 years I coached authors and provided developmental edits on their manuscripts as they attended the Book Creators writing course. In this job I worked mostly with authors writing memoirs, essay collections, and self help/lifestyle books. I led weekly video meetings with my assigned authors to discuss my edits and coach them for the next week of writing and class. I also assisted authors with goal setting and scheduling their time to meet deadlines from their writing instructor. Below is a testimonial from one of the writers whose book I worked on in this role.