Kate Armstrong

Kate Armstrong - Editor Tick

Melbourne

I'm an enthusiastic writer and editor who loves working on big, beautiful books about travel, adventure, nature, history, and beyond.

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Overview

In more than eight years working as an editor, writer and project manager, I've helped shape many coffee table books, travel guides, and special editions about travel, adventure, nature, and more. I love working on beautifully told narratives and richly illustrated projects that tell a compelling story - ones that aim to educate, excite, and inspire.

I've worked on travel guides, adventure narratives, and book and special edition projects about a wide range of subjects: the joys of national parks; the histories of everyday objects; the science behind Star Trek; the art of brewing spectacular beer. I guide books all the way through the editorial process, from initial brainstorming and outlining to developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading and final checks. I've also done a lot of factcheck and research work, and I love delving into a new topic to help an author bring out the most interesting parts of any topic.

I love working with image-heavy publications, weaving maps and visuals seamlessly into the story they help tell. But I also love nonfiction narratives, whether they come in the form of an inspirational tale or a guide meant to help people go out and have their own adventures. As project manager, I love immersing myself in every step of the book-making process, helping it to become the best and brightest version of itself.

I've worked on books for both American and Australian publishers, including National Geographic and Hardie Grant Publishing, with passion and a dedication to detail; I've gotten very good at switching between 'colour' and 'color'. I teach workshops on travel writing around Australia and am always excited to talk about the craft.

I am an unapologetically enthusiastic editor who champions her projects and gives her all to them. If a project makes me think, teaches me something new, or inspires me to get out and go exploring, I'm all in.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Health & wellbeing
History
Life Sciences
Nature
Photography
Sports & outdoor recreation
Travel

Work experience

Travel Editor

Hardie Grant Publishing
April, 2016 – April, 2017 (about 1 year)

As project editor, I managed a growing list of travel guides and nonfiction illustrated books (including humor, craft, photography, and food/drink/lifestyle). I took books all the way through the production process, from early developmental stages through to finished product. I helped shape design and layout; managed photo shoots and curated image selections; check first through to final pages; and worked closely with authors to produce a beautiful finished product.

Project Editor and Writer (Independent Contractor)

National Geographic
August, 2012 – Present (almost 6 years)

I edit, contribute to, and project manage illustration-rich books on everything from travel and adventure to history and science. I take projects through the entire publishing process, including:

- Craft publications'​ content and organizational flow by creating detailed flat plans and outlines.
- Manage schedules, consult on style and layout, and keep projects on track for publication.
- Work closely with a publishing team on issues of design, photography, and cartography.
- Edit manuscripts, taking them from initial conception through final proofing stages.
- Work closely with writers to develop a final manuscript that everyone's excited about.
- Write engaging manuscripts that aim to educate and inspire.

Kate J. Armstrong

Self-employed
August, 2012 – Present (almost 6 years)

I love crafting illustrated book projects that aim to be beautiful, educational, and inspirational, and that use cartography, photography, and illustrations to help tell an engaging story. I am interested in a wide range of subjects and am always excited to take on a new challenge, but my areas of expertise are: travel, adventure, nature (including space and other sciences), history, beer & wine, literature, and art/craft.

English and Creative Writing Teacher

Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
November, 2011 – January, 2015 (about 3 years)

I taught classes for students aged 14 - 18 focused on writing, editorial development, and the close reading and discussion of literature. I lovingly crafted a semester's worth of creative course material, including grammar workshops, creative writing exercises, and a thoughtfully built curriculum to help students develop their skills at both fiction and nonfiction writing. Dramatic readings were a frequent occurrence.

Editorial Assistant and Project Leader

HEMA Maps
March, 2010 – February, 2011 (11 months)

I managed and edited books in an atlas and guide series, managing project timelines and milestones, researching and editing content, proofing illustrations and copy, and working closely with authors, production, and marketing to deliver successful and beautiful finished products. My love of beautiful maps was born in this job and has endured.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer

Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, Mark W. Patterson

This ultimate beer lover's guide to the world is filled with stunning photography, unique drinking destinations, little-known histories, and insider knowledge from brewers and bar owners around the globe. This cover has a vintage design and a slightly worn look is intentional. The most comprehensive beer atlas available, this richly illustrated compendium includes more beers and more countries... read more

This ultimate beer lover's guide to the world is filled with stunning photography, unique drinking destinations, little-known histories, and insider knowledge from brewers and bar owners around the globe. This cover has a vintage design and a slightly worn look is intentional. The most comprehensive beer atlas available, this richly illustrated compendium includes more beers and more countries... read more

Everest, Revised and Updated: Mountain Without Mercy

Broughton Coburn

The terror and triumph of the May 1996 climbing season on Mount Everest will go down in infamy. Made famous by Jon Krakauer’s bestseller Into Thin Air and recounted in David Breashears's gripping IMAX film, the story is relayed in National Geographic's gripping volume, updated with brilliant new panoramic photography. Written in suspenseful detail, the book documents how a courageous photograp... read more

The terror and triumph of the May 1996 climbing season on Mount Everest will go down in infamy. Made famous by Jon Krakauer’s bestseller Into Thin Air and recounted in David Breashears's gripping IMAX film, the story is relayed in National Geographic's gripping volume, updated with brilliant new panoramic photography. Written in suspenseful detail, the book documents how a courageous photograp... read more

Homecamp: Stories and Inspiration for the Modern Adventurer

Doron Francis, Stephanie Francis

Homecamp is an impressive package that will inspire you to switch off and get lost in the beauty and wonder that nature has to offer.It's difficult to find nature amidst the rush, bustle and electronic pop-ups that flood our modern lives - to leave stress and hurry behind, embracing the simple pleasure to be found in pounding waves, a roaring campfire and a sky full of stars. But nature isn't ... read more

Homecamp is an impressive package that will inspire you to switch off and get lost in the beauty and wonder that nature has to offer.It's difficult to find nature amidst the rush, bustle and electronic pop-ups that flood our modern lives - to leave stress and hurry behind, embracing the simple pleasure to be found in pounding waves, a roaring campfire and a sky full of stars. But nature isn't ... read more

National Geographic Greatest Parks of the World Special Issue

Originally an American concept, national parks have now been set aside throughout the world, protecting the true splendor of our planet. Greatest Parks showcases Earth's most remarkable parks on six continents-from the dense rain forests of Manu National Park in Peru to the rich wildlife of South Africa's Kruger to the desert beauty in Jordan's Petra. Breathtaking images take you through each ... read more

Originally an American concept, national parks have now been set aside throughout the world, protecting the true splendor of our planet. Greatest Parks showcases Earth's most remarkable parks on six continents-from the dense rain forests of Manu National Park in Peru to the rich wildlife of South Africa's Kruger to the desert beauty in Jordan's Petra. Breathtaking images take you through each ... read more

Barcelona Precincts (The Precincts)

Ben Holbrook

Barcelona Precincts is your guide to the coolest places to shop, eat and drink in the city’s 12 hottest precincts. From independent ateliers to Michelin-starred marvels and traditional tapas restaurants, this book offers a curated hit list of the best iconic places and hidden gems that only a local would know. Each precinct chapter comes with stunning imagery, maps, an interview with a creativ... read more

Barcelona Precincts is your guide to the coolest places to shop, eat and drink in the city’s 12 hottest precincts. From independent ateliers to Michelin-starred marvels and traditional tapas restaurants, this book offers a curated hit list of the best iconic places and hidden gems that only a local would know. Each precinct chapter comes with stunning imagery, maps, an interview with a creativ... read more

An Uncommon History of Common Things, Volume 2

National Geographic

This vivid, engrossing book reveals the fascinating stories behind the objects in your world, what you wear, what you eat, what entertains you, and more. Discover the history behind the world's tallest skyscrapers, find out when people first started drinking caffeine and why it wakes us up, and learn how GPS came to be. For those who loved the first installment of An Uncommon History of Common... read more

This vivid, engrossing book reveals the fascinating stories behind the objects in your world, what you wear, what you eat, what entertains you, and more. Discover the history behind the world's tallest skyscrapers, find out when people first started drinking caffeine and why it wakes us up, and learn how GPS came to be. For those who loved the first installment of An Uncommon History of Common... read more

Kyoto Pocket Precincts: A Pocket Guide to the City's Best Cultural Hangouts, Shops, Bars and Eateries

Steve Wide, Michelle Mackintosh

Kyoto is steeped in history, tradition and beauty that reflect the changing seasons more than any other city in the world. There are 2,000 temples and shrines to visit, and the intricate culture of geisha, tea houses, Zen gardens and artisan crafts are just as important today as they were a thousand years ago. There are beautiful restaurants in centuries-old houses, but also some of the best s... read more

Kyoto is steeped in history, tradition and beauty that reflect the changing seasons more than any other city in the world. There are 2,000 temples and shrines to visit, and the intricate culture of geisha, tea houses, Zen gardens and artisan crafts are just as important today as they were a thousand years ago. There are beautiful restaurants in centuries-old houses, but also some of the best s... read more

Made to Last: A Compendium of Artisans, Trades & Projects

Vanessa Murray

In a world full of mass production and copyright infringement, there is a movement emerging that is focused on sourcing unique and independently created products that are made to last. This title is a celebration of these unique products and the tradespeople behind their creation. Made to Last showcases some of the weird and wonderful products being created today – from whiskey tumblers to mus... read more

In a world full of mass production and copyright infringement, there is a movement emerging that is focused on sourcing unique and independently created products that are made to last. This title is a celebration of these unique products and the tradespeople behind their creation. Made to Last showcases some of the weird and wonderful products being created today – from whiskey tumblers to mus... read more

Sundays in Paris: An Insider's Guide to the Best Places to Eat, Drink and Explore - and Every Other Day of the Week (Curious Travel Guides)

Yasmin Zeinab

In the past, those wandering around Paris on a Sunday were confronted with an abundance of closed signs. But in more recent times the city has evolved and a lively Sunday scene has emerged. Born from a love of laidback Sundays, Sundays in Paris is the culmination of the popular blog by the same name. This comprehensive city guide features the best places to eat, drink and explore in the City o... read more

In the past, those wandering around Paris on a Sunday were confronted with an abundance of closed signs. But in more recent times the city has evolved and a lively Sunday scene has emerged. Born from a love of laidback Sundays, Sundays in Paris is the culmination of the popular blog by the same name. This comprehensive city guide features the best places to eat, drink and explore in the City o... read more

Star Trek The Official Guide to Our Universe: The True Science Behind the Starship Voyages

Andrew Fazekas

As Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary, this book reveals the real science behind its fantastic and beloved fictions, inviting readers to step outside, gaze up at the night sky, and observe some of the destinations the Starfleet has visited. Many of the galactic destinations featured in Star Trek over the years—multiple star systems, alien worlds, supernova explosions, emission nebulae, ... read more

As Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary, this book reveals the real science behind its fantastic and beloved fictions, inviting readers to step outside, gaze up at the night sky, and observe some of the destinations the Starfleet has visited. Many of the galactic destinations featured in Star Trek over the years—multiple star systems, alien worlds, supernova explosions, emission nebulae, ... read more

Roped In: Creative Craft Projects Made with Rope (and Other Awesome Things)

Gemma Patford

Gemma employs her famous ropework and all-round craft genius to offer a range of projects and crafty tricks to make your life more fabulous. Looking for a macramé plant holder to spruce up your living room? Want to create a swanky dog lead for your favorite pet? Looking to give your next dinner party some added class? This book is full of fun, accessible DIYs to help you decorate, entertain, a... read more

Gemma employs her famous ropework and all-round craft genius to offer a range of projects and crafty tricks to make your life more fabulous. Looking for a macramé plant holder to spruce up your living room? Want to create a swanky dog lead for your favorite pet? Looking to give your next dinner party some added class? This book is full of fun, accessible DIYs to help you decorate, entertain, a... read more

Around the World in 80 Cocktails

Chad Parkhill

Around the World in 80 Cocktails celebrates the globetrotting history of the cocktail through eighty different iconic drinks – each of which has its own story to tell. Bartender and writer Chad Parkhill takes you on a whirlwind tour of the places that have shaped the history of the cocktail from its birth to the present day, with recipes so you can follow along at home. You'll learn about the ... read more

Around the World in 80 Cocktails celebrates the globetrotting history of the cocktail through eighty different iconic drinks – each of which has its own story to tell. Bartender and writer Chad Parkhill takes you on a whirlwind tour of the places that have shaped the history of the cocktail from its birth to the present day, with recipes so you can follow along at home. You'll learn about the ... read more

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