Mari Bolte

Mari Bolte – Editor

Writer and editor with 15 years of experience in ed pub, with specializations in recipe/project books and graphic novels.


As a professional in the publishing business for nearly 15 years, I've edited and written books in a huge range of topics, including (but not limited to) history, politics and government, science, graphic novels, choose-your-own-adventure titles, project, recipe, and craft books, illustrated picture books, and pop culture. I have extensive knowledge when it comes to writing at level and simplifying text so it's both understandable and engaging. And I'm willing to tackle any subject--my first published book as an author was on Justin Bieber, so you know that's true.

I have experience bringing a book from concept to finished product. I've written back cover and marketing copy, outlines, created book maps and basic layouts, written captions, copy edited, proofread, indexed, and flat-out done any and all editing work necessary to make the best book possible.

I also have experience writing for databases, creating content for websites (including short ad blurbs and blogging), writing newsletters, and in food blogging. I have given a webinar giving insights to educational publishing, and provided feedback on sample packets for potential authors. I have also reviewed sample packets and writing samples for their suitability in the education publishing market.

I have a special love of historical fiction and comic books. And while my background specializes in short books, I love a good, long, epic work. Winter is coming, and I'm ready to curl up with a good book and a red pen. Will that book be yours?

I've written for and worked with some of the major publishers in educational publishing, including Capstone, Abdo, Lerner, Cherry Lake, and Creative, as well as licensed product for WB, Sports Illustrated, and DC Comics.

Children’s Non-Fiction Comics Non-Fiction Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits DIY & Crafts Entertainment
Comics & Graphic Novels Historical Fiction Picture Books
English (US)

Work experience

Book Buddy Media

Oct, 2020 — Present

I work alongside a variety of publishers to concept and create fiction and nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including cookbooks, graphic novels, history books, biographies, and more.

Capstone Publishers

Jun, 2006 — Sep, 2020 (over 14 years)

Cooking with Scooby-Doo. Painting a Bob Ross-style landscape. Lizzo. Comic book characters, including the DC Super-Pets. Race cars. Engineering fails. Dinosaurs. Survival stories. Combustion engines. Horses. Party planning. Summer camp stories. World War II. If it's something a middle-grade reader might pick up, I've probably worked on it. With nearly 15 years of writing and editing experience, hundreds of editorial credits, and dozens of writing credits, I've got the background to get the job done. The books in my portfolio are only a small sample of my cumulative experience.


Animal Crossing

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Easy Eats

Jorgensen, Katrina

Make It, Gift It

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Mari has 1 review





Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Feb, 2022

Mari was wonderful to work with. She provided reasonable rates and was flexible in helping me envision how we could work together. She was efficient, thoughtful, and thorough in her edits. I am so excited we were able to connect. She was a good communicator in messages back and forth about my project. I look forward to working more with Mari. Hire her!!!

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