I HAVE EDITED BOOKS for major New York publishers as well academic presses, and have extensive experience working with top-drawer writers as a magazine editor. Publishers of books that I have edited or co-edited include MIT Press, Penguin, Random House, Smithsonian, and University of California Press. I am also a national award-winning writer and designer.
These are a few of the wonderful people I've worked with over the years.
I initiated and led a thorough redesign of California Magazine, which markedly increased surveyed reader interest, won numerous national and regional awards, including Folio's Best Association Magazine two years in a row, and more than doubled its advertising revenue. We managed to attract and publish some of the state's finest writers.
PRAISE FOR CALIFORNIA MAGAZINE
“I did a consulting project for the Alumni Association at UC Berkeley when Kerry became editor of California magazine. Although I had met Kerry years earlier, and read his writing over the years, this was the first time I’d seen him in action. I found him a rare editor who could understand the business dynamics of publishing. He had to be an ambassador for the magazine amid what seemed to me to be a dysfunctional academic setting, with lots of politics. He managed to navigate through all of that, get the job done, and bring the team together. I still don’t know how he did it! And the result is obvious—UC Berkeley now has an alumni magazine to be proud of, after decades of publishing a pamphlet. Kerry did this with a slim budget but lots of smarts and ambition. It was a pleasure to watch.” —Robin Wolaner, Founding publisher of Parenting and former EVC of Time-Warner Inc.
“Kerry is making [California magazine] a lot more interesting than it used to be,” says history professor and department chairman David Hollinger. “It’s taking its subtitle, ‘a magazine of ideas,’ seriously.” —article in the San Francisco Chronicle
“Kerry has terrific ideas and instincts that he backs up with thorough editing and a sharp intellect. He is also a very steady and generous guy, a real pleasure to work with throughout.” —Quentin Hardy, New York Times Columnist
Kerry isn't easily reduced to a single profession. He is a wonderful journalist and editor -- this I know as a writer who has worked with him. But, he is also an intellectual entrepreneur who envisions content, design, marketing and sheer feasibility beyond what you would imagine from his resume. There are few people whose mere involvement in a project would make me think the more of it, would make me want to jump in. Kerry is one. –Laurie Becklund, author
As someone serious about quality journalism, I've found Kerry to be a writer's dream. He brings out the best in the people he works with, and is willing to take the risks necessary to reach excellence. He's a thinker and a visionary. – Sally Lehrman, noted science writer
Kerry is an outstanding magazine editor. When he became editor of California Magazine, it was worthless throwaway. Kerry totally reinvented it, and in short order, his revamped magazine won a Folio Gold Eddy for Best Association Magazine in America, among other awards. Things like that don't just happen. They happen because a visionary editor rolled up his sleeves and accomplished his goals. That's Kerry—a visionary who gets things done. –Michael Castleman, bestselling health writer
Kerry is the kind of tough, supportive editor that we need more of in this industry. He has an excellent ear for storytelling and a trustworthy news sense. He also has the kind of focused determination that allows him to demand the best from those that write for him and settle for nothing less. He makes you see that the editorial process is there to benefit both the writer and the magazine and then push you to excel. –Erik Vance, Discover Magazine Contributing Writer
I started as the Art Director of Mother Jones in 1987, graduated to Creative Director a few years later and, as I started doing more editorial work, became the Executive Editor in 1996. I also established the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, raising funds and awarding grants to photographers all over the world. Here are a few of the stories I brought in to the magazine and the artists and writers I had the privilege of working with.
By Lisa Gansky
I collaborated with author Lisa Gansky to produce this Wall Street Journal bestseller in 2010. In the book's acknowledgements, Lisa wrote, "Led by the talented, well-humored, and pathologically soft-spoken Kerry Tremain, what many people warned me would be a horrific experience was entirely divine. Kerry, your focus, pace, and understated magnetism helped to make this book something that I am, and I hope you and your team are, very proud."
“Kerry Tremain’s introduction provides valuable comment on such topics as purpose, credibility, and impact.” —Peter Skinner, ForeWordmagazine, which chose Witness as one of the top ten university press books of 2000
“With an introduction by Kerry Tremain, [Witness] is a tremendously important book that addresses the moral, intellectual, and political concerns faced by contemporary documentary photographers.” —Doubletake
“In a wonderful introduction, Kerry Tremain writes about ‘seeing and believing,’ core concepts of documentary photography… I wanted to read much more by Tremain, a co-founder and director of the International Fund for Documentary Photography.” —Keith Kenney, Visual Communication Quarterly