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NYC-based editor and writer

About Me

I received my BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College in 2014, and have since worked as an editor of both fiction and nonfiction, writing fiction and blog posts for freelance opportunities and in my spare time.

For six years, I worked my way up through the editorial hierarchy at Pegasus Books, working on 15–20 titles every year from acquisition to publication. During my time at Pegasus, I also took on freelance work, editing books at Crooked Lane Books/Alcove Press and both editing and writing serialized romance stories at Radish Fiction. I have previously written for Book Riot.

When I began my current role at Tapas in the fall of 2020, my main focus initially was to acquire projects and writers for the platform. Now, I aid in the development of original content and edit weekly chapters from our talented writers.

I like keeping up with publishing news and reading and reviewing books. In my spare time, I like to catch up on the superhero comics I love, try to make a dent in the ever-growing list of shows on my to-watch list, and work on new ideas for my comics-focused podcast, "Is It An X-Man?"

Industries I Write About

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My Writing Samples

Nostalgia, Murder, and Comic Book Adaptatons

Two old properties have rebooted themselves through murder plots. Why is this convention so popular?

https://bookriot.com/nostalgia-murder-comic-book-adaptations/

Know Thing Enemy: A SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT Drinking Game

Grab a copy of the (terrible) SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT and play this drinking game with us!

https://bookriot.com/know-thine-enemy-a-seduction-of-the-innocent-drinking-game/

The Gross Business of World-Building

A world just isn't complete for Panelteer Katie if it doesn't have some gross-out aspects of world-building.

https://bookriot.com/the-gross-business-of-world-building/

Experience

Original Novels Editor & Novel Acquisitions Lead

Currently, I pitch story ideas for potential development; lead or aid in the development of original novel ideas; edit novel outlines and chapters (submitted weekly). When acquisitions was my main focus, I acquired almost 40 new projects for the Tapas Premium webnovels program.

Company: Tapas Media

I worked there from 9/2020 until now

Freelance Developmental Editor

Complete developmental edits on top commercial fiction projects, including two rounds of edits with accompanying editorial letters for each novel, while adhering to strict delivery deadlines.

Company: Crooked Lane Books/Alcove Press

I worked there from 12/2019 until 6/2021

Editor

Acquired, edited, and promoted a minimum of six fiction and nonfiction projects per season, including negotiating deal terms, completing comprehensive line edits and editorial letters, and researching cover and sales comps. Previously at Pegasus: Associate Editor (July 2017 – June 2018), Assistant Editor (August 2016 – July 2017), Editorial Assistant (September 2014 – August 2016), Publishing Intern (June 2014 – September 2014).

Company: Pegasus Books

I worked there from 6/2018 until 9/2020

Freelance Writer and Editor

Edited five to ten weekly “episodes” of ongoing serialized genre stories, each 1500-2000 words and developed and wrote a minimum of five weekly episodes of ongoing stories, each 1500-1700 words.

Company: Radish Fiction

I worked there from 4/2019 until 8/2020

Writer

Wrote articles for the comics-focused Book Riot website, Panels.

Company: Book Riot/Panels

I worked there from 5/2016 until 10/2019

Content I Write