Cara Stevens

Cara Stevens - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

I love helping writers find their voices and connect with readers, especially with picture books, children's books, business, and how-to

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Overview

Over the past 30 years, I've written and edited copy for Nickelodeon, Disney, and Sesame Street, and have worked with Random House, Harper Collins, Penguin, St. Martin's Press, Skyhorse, and several small publishing houses. I've authored seventeen unofficial Minecraft graphic novels, official and unofficial Terraria novelizations and activity books, unofficial Fortnite novels, and guides to Pokemon Go!, fidget spinners, and K-pop bands. I am currently an in-house freelance editor and proofreader for Nickelodeon, and I'm also a regular contributor to several lifestyle websites, focusing on health trends, wellness, fitness, hair care, and beauty.

In my experience as a published author, children's book editor, freelance lifestyle writer, and freelance editor, I've been on all sides of the editing equation throughout the years, so I intuitively understand your perspective and your needs. I specialize in line editing, general proofing, book editing, and copy editing across children's fiction and non-fiction, general lifestyle, health and wellness, and women's fiction. I'm easy to work with, fun, friendly, and creative, and always aim to get projects completed ahead of time and under budget.

I am a member of the Author's Guild, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (since 1994), and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
DIY & Crafts
Sports & Outdoors
Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
November, 2001 – Present (over 20 years)

I've been a freelance writer/editor since 2001, and have been writing and editing professionally since 1994. In that time, I have served as a freelance editor for Nickelodeon, senior writer at Conair, senior copywriter at House Party, Managing Editor of Haircolor and Design Magazine, contributed daily content to corporate social media and community sites for major corporations such as P and G, and authored more than 60 books, scores of online articles, magazine articles, print ads, trade ads, and many press releases, newsletters and corporate communications.

Prior to embarking on my freelancing career, I served as content manager, project manager, editor and writer at various online and interactive companies. I earned an undergraduate degree in Developmental and Social Psychology from Vassar College and a Master's Degree in Communications (Media Ecology) from NYU.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

BTS: Rise of Bangtan

Cara J. Stevens

A must-have for diehard ARMY members and new fans alike, this fan guide celebrates everything you love about BTS with an in-depth look at their journey (and ARMY’s role in it)—featuring tons of color photos!This unofficial biography tells the story of BTS and their global ARMY, which helped propel them to the top of the charts all over the world. Extensively researched, Rise of Bangtan explore... read more

A must-have for diehard ARMY members and new fans alike, this fan guide celebrates everything you love about BTS with an in-depth look at their journey (and ARMY’s role in it)—featuring tons of color photos!This unofficial biography tells the story of BTS and their global ARMY, which helped propel them to the top of the charts all over the world. Extensively researched, Rise of Bangtan explore... read more

Zombies Ate My Homework: Redstone Junior High #1

Cara J. Stevens

This story kicks off a new full-color series of unofficial graphic novels for Minecrafters! When quiet farm girl Pixel receives an acceptance letter from the prestigious academy for gifted students, Redstone Junior High, she is thrilled! And she works up the courage to leave her family and her beloved farm animals to become a Redstone student. The school prides itself on its safety record as m... read more

This story kicks off a new full-color series of unofficial graphic novels for Minecrafters! When quiet farm girl Pixel receives an acceptance letter from the prestigious academy for gifted students, Redstone Junior High, she is thrilled! And she works up the courage to leave her family and her beloved farm animals to become a Redstone student. The school prides itself on its safety record as m... read more

Blackpink: Pretty Isn’t Everything (The Ultimate Unofficial Guide)

Cara J. Stevens

Filled with incredible color photos and fun facts, this unofficial fan guide tells the full story of the global phenomenon Blackpink. The girls of Blackpink are more than just pretty faces. Since they debuted in 2016, the group has broken record after record, played shows across the globe, and built up a dedicated fan army of BLINKS. Now they’re one of the biggest K-pop groups the world has ev... read more

Filled with incredible color photos and fun facts, this unofficial fan guide tells the full story of the global phenomenon Blackpink. The girls of Blackpink are more than just pretty faces. Since they debuted in 2016, the group has broken record after record, played shows across the globe, and built up a dedicated fan army of BLINKS. Now they’re one of the biggest K-pop groups the world has ev... read more

Fidget Spinner Tricks, Hacks & Mods

Cara Stevens

Kids are obsessed with fidget spinners, unique, entertaining devices that are purported to help anxiety, ADHD, and other disorders, as well as generally distract or entertain kids, depending on how you look at it. Introducing the first book that shows kids how to their fidget-spinning to the next level, which includes: An introduction to fidget spinning Beginner, intermediate, and advanced tri... read more

Kids are obsessed with fidget spinners, unique, entertaining devices that are purported to help anxiety, ADHD, and other disorders, as well as generally distract or entertain kids, depending on how you look at it. Introducing the first book that shows kids how to their fidget-spinning to the next level, which includes: An introduction to fidget spinning Beginner, intermediate, and advanced tri... read more

The Gigantic Book of Graphic Novels for Minecrafters

Cara J. Stevens

Packaged Together for the First Time, the First Three Installments of Sky Pony’s Redstone Junior High Series! When quiet farm girl Pixel receives an acceptance letter from the prestigious academy for gifted students, Redstone Junior High, she is thrilled! Little does Pixel know that the school's long history of safety is about to take an unsettling turn. The adventures that unfold will test Pi... read more

Packaged Together for the First Time, the First Three Installments of Sky Pony’s Redstone Junior High Series! When quiet farm girl Pixel receives an acceptance letter from the prestigious academy for gifted students, Redstone Junior High, she is thrilled! Little does Pixel know that the school's long history of safety is about to take an unsettling turn. The adventures that unfold will test Pi... read more

Bubble Guppies: Come Play with Us: Lift-the-Flap

Bubble Guppies

The Bubble Guppies are always ready and eager to explore the world! In this book, they experience the joy of discovery as they have adventures on a farm, at the zoo, at the park, and at the playground. Learn all about shapes, counting, and colors, and have lots of fun lifting the flaps to find hidden objects! Come join the Bubble Guppies and Mr. Grouper as they discover baby animals and explor... read more

The Bubble Guppies are always ready and eager to explore the world! In this book, they experience the joy of discovery as they have adventures on a farm, at the zoo, at the park, and at the playground. Learn all about shapes, counting, and colors, and have lots of fun lifting the flaps to find hidden objects! Come join the Bubble Guppies and Mr. Grouper as they discover baby animals and explor... read more

Kid's Guide to E-mail

Cara Stevens, Larry P. Stevens, Cara J. Stevens

Provides basic information on e-mail and the Internet, and offers instruction on setting up e-mail accounts, sending and receiving messages, and using various features.

Provides basic information on e-mail and the Internet, and offers instruction on setting up e-mail accounts, sending and receiving messages, and using various features.

Let's Save Pirate Day! (Dora and Friends) (Pictureback(R))

Cara Stevens

Dora has moved to a big city, made lots of new friends, and is going on all-new adventures! Girls ages 3 to 7 will love joining Dora on a magical pirate adventure in this full-color storybook with over 50 stickers.

Dora has moved to a big city, made lots of new friends, and is going on all-new adventures! Girls ages 3 to 7 will love joining Dora on a magical pirate adventure in this full-color storybook with over 50 stickers.

American Icons: Frank Sinatra

Stonesong Press

The American Icons series celebrates the people, places, and objects that have informed American popular culture over the last 75 years. Illustrated throughout and replete with anecdotes, fun facts, and informative sidebars.American Icons: Frank Sinatra celebrates the legendary crooner who defined American music, class, and style for a generations. From his early years during the swing era to ... read more

The American Icons series celebrates the people, places, and objects that have informed American popular culture over the last 75 years. Illustrated throughout and replete with anecdotes, fun facts, and informative sidebars.American Icons: Frank Sinatra celebrates the legendary crooner who defined American music, class, and style for a generations. From his early years during the swing era to ... read more

60 Super Simple After School Activities

Cara Copperman

Provides instructions for games, crafts, and recipes to create alone or with a group.

Provides instructions for games, crafts, and recipes to create alone or with a group.

Battle Storm: An Unofficial Fortnite Novel (Battle Royale: Secrets of the Island Book 1)

Cara J. Stevens

On an island where everyone is a warrior, only the strong survive. The Impossibles, a squadron of inexperienced soldiers, have been recruited from across the globe, tasked with the directive to train, fight, and win the ultimate victory in Fortnite’s Battle Royale. In this series of Fortnite novelizations, follow Zane, Jax, Asha, Jin, and Blaze as they seek out adventure, uncover mysteries, an... read more

On an island where everyone is a warrior, only the strong survive. The Impossibles, a squadron of inexperienced soldiers, have been recruited from across the globe, tasked with the directive to train, fight, and win the ultimate victory in Fortnite’s Battle Royale. In this series of Fortnite novelizations, follow Zane, Jax, Asha, Jin, and Blaze as they seek out adventure, uncover mysteries, an... read more

Snow Fight: Tales of a Terrarian Warrior, Book Two

Winter Morgan

As Miles’s quest to become Terraria’s greatest hero continues, he finds himself in a new biome where even the slightest attack could be lethal. He befriends a wizard and quickly begins to master the art of magic.But when he picks up an innocent-looking snow globe and accidentally sets the Frost Legion loose, Miles may just have met his match. While sinister snowmen attack and plummeting temper... read more

As Miles’s quest to become Terraria’s greatest hero continues, he finds himself in a new biome where even the slightest attack could be lethal. He befriends a wizard and quickly begins to master the art of magic.But when he picks up an innocent-looking snow globe and accidentally sets the Frost Legion loose, Miles may just have met his match. While sinister snowmen attack and plummeting temper... read more

Curse of the Sand Witches: Redstone Junior High #5

Stevens, Cara J., Creeden, Mitchell

Revenge of the Zombie Monks: An Unofficial Graphic Novel for Minecrafters, #2 (Unofficial Minecrafters Quest for the Golden Apple)

Cara J. Stevens

One in a series of unofficial graphic novels for MinecraftThe sequel to Megan Miller’s Quest for the Golden AppleFollows Phoenix and her new friends as they fight to save Xenos from zombie monksPhoenix, Wolfie, and their friends are back in this exciting second part of the Unofficial Graphic Novel for Minecrafters series! Past the walls of their monastery, the monks of Xenos grow enchanted gol... read more

One in a series of unofficial graphic novels for MinecraftThe sequel to Megan Miller’s Quest for the Golden AppleFollows Phoenix and her new friends as they fight to save Xenos from zombie monksPhoenix, Wolfie, and their friends are back in this exciting second part of the Unofficial Graphic Novel for Minecrafters series! Past the walls of their monastery, the monks of Xenos grow enchanted gol... read more

Cara has 25 reviews

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E.J. Wolfson
I really enjoyed working with Cara. She was positive and professional, but most importantly, she turned my story around by making me see where and how to make my writing pop.

E.J. Wolfson, June 2022

Cara Stevens
Thank you, E.J. It was a pleasure working with you!

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Kelly Bauer
Cara was very easy to work with. She was quick with all her responses and very thorough. She helped me see and change things I wouldn't have even thought about. She was great about getting to know and understand the concept of the book and then guide me in the direction of my target audience and industry standards. I would highly recommend her! Thank you Cara.

Kelly Bauer, May 2022


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sholom zimmerman, January 2022

Cara Stevens
It was a delight to work with you again! Best of luck with your picture book!

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Terrel OnceUponADance
Cara is wonderful. She has amazing ideas, and everything she looks at is vastly improved. My highest possible recommendation.

Terrel OnceUponADance, August 2021

Cara Stevens
Terrel, you are always a pleasure to work with. Your story ideas and the way you blend storytelling with movement are so creative and unique. I wish you all the best with your series!

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Janet Lomax
It has been my absolute honour to work with Cara. There would never have been anyone so perfect for me, so I feel truly blessed. She was on the same page as my characters right from the beginning, and she knew them as well as I did within a couple of readings. She very quickly saw content in my story that I had not fully resolved, as well as encouraging me to go back and ‘do more’, especiall...
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Janet Lomax, August 2021

Cara Stevens
It’s been an absolute joy to work with you, Janet! I can’t wait for the world to meet Ollie, Ratty and Min Min ❤️

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