Cassie Gutman

Cassie Gutman - Editor

Chicago, IL, USA

Experienced fiction, YA, and children's editor focused on precision, constructive criticism, and lots of Parks and Rec references.

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Overview

I'm a professional editor who can help with copyediting, proofreading, or line editing services. I can also provide a reader's report for developmental feedback on your book.

Specialty areas include young adult fiction (the angstier the better); narrative nonfiction for adults or children (including memoirs, biographies, and true crime #ssdgm); and most other commercial genres, including literary fiction, children's fiction, romance, science fiction, and mystery. I hold a bachelor's degree in English with a specialization in literature, and combined with a journalism background, I use my creative writing expertise to provide thoughtful yet precise reviews and edits. I am well versed in Chicago Manual of Style (preferred by most publishing houses), and I can recite the first fifteen lines of the Canterbury Tales in Middle English (#skillz).

With more than six years traditional publishing experience and eight years of project management, I am ready to bring my skills to help you achieve your own publishing and writing goals.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
True Crime
Fiction
Children's
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Young Adult

Awards

  • 2014 National Pacemaker Award Winner - Best Collegiate Yearbook

Work experience

Senior Production Editor

Sourcebooks
November, 2015 – Present (over 6 years)

Managing Editorial Assistant

Open Road Integrated Media
March, 2015 – November, 2015 (8 months)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

Kate Moore

A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts Bestseller! "the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."—NPR Books The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s Undark danger The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body loti... read more

A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts Bestseller! "the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."—NPR Books The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s Undark danger The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body loti... read more

Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon

John August

“A thrilling adventure full of magic and wonder. John August is a master storyteller.” ―Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenFrom acclaimed screenwriter John August, Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon continues the spellbinding fantasy adventure series about the magic that lies just beyond our world. Some legends are real. For Arlo Fi... read more

“A thrilling adventure full of magic and wonder. John August is a master storyteller.” ―Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenFrom acclaimed screenwriter John August, Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon continues the spellbinding fantasy adventure series about the magic that lies just beyond our world. Some legends are real. For Arlo Fi... read more

Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman

Cathryn J. Prince

Fanny Bullock Workman was a complicated and restless woman who defied the rigid Victorian morals she found as restrictive as a corset. With her frizzy brown hair tucked under a topee, Workman was a force on the mountain and off. Instrumental in breaking the British stranglehold on Himalayan mountain climbing, this American woman climbed more peaks than any of her peers, became the first woman ... read more

Fanny Bullock Workman was a complicated and restless woman who defied the rigid Victorian morals she found as restrictive as a corset. With her frizzy brown hair tucked under a topee, Workman was a force on the mountain and off. Instrumental in breaking the British stranglehold on Himalayan mountain climbing, this American woman climbed more peaks than any of her peers, became the first woman ... read more

The School's on Fire!: A True Story of Bravery, Tragedy, and Determination

Rebecca C. Jones

A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2019 Written for the 60th anniversary of the blaze that changed American fire laws, The School's on Fire! follows the path of the December 1958 fire that killed 92 kids and 3 teachers at Chicago's Our Lady of the Angels School. Recounted in a fast-paced, blow-by-blow, classroom-by-classroom narrative, the tragedy is made accessible by focusi... read more

A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2019 Written for the 60th anniversary of the blaze that changed American fire laws, The School's on Fire! follows the path of the December 1958 fire that killed 92 kids and 3 teachers at Chicago's Our Lady of the Angels School. Recounted in a fast-paced, blow-by-blow, classroom-by-classroom narrative, the tragedy is made accessible by focusi... read more

Reverie

Ryan La Sala

"An outstanding debut...[that] will light readers' imaginations on fire."―School Library Journal STARRED Review"A fever nightmare of epically queer proportions."―Mark Oshiro, author of Anger Is a GiftInception meets The Magicians in this wildly imaginative story about what happens when the secret worlds people hide within themselves come to light.All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that t... read more

"An outstanding debut...[that] will light readers' imaginations on fire."―School Library Journal STARRED Review"A fever nightmare of epically queer proportions."―Mark Oshiro, author of Anger Is a GiftInception meets The Magicians in this wildly imaginative story about what happens when the secret worlds people hide within themselves come to light.All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that t... read more

Babysitting Nightmares: The Twilight Curse

Kat Shepherd

"Fans of Goosebumps and the updated Baby-Sitters' Club graphic novels will find lots to like in this delightfully monstrous mash-up." ―School Library Journal on Babysitting Nightmares: The Shadow HandBad dreams take center stage in the third book of this spooky adventure series, Babysitting Nightmares: The Twilight Curse by Kat Shepherd!When the town's old movie palace is converted into a thea... read more

"Fans of Goosebumps and the updated Baby-Sitters' Club graphic novels will find lots to like in this delightfully monstrous mash-up." ―School Library Journal on Babysitting Nightmares: The Shadow HandBad dreams take center stage in the third book of this spooky adventure series, Babysitting Nightmares: The Twilight Curse by Kat Shepherd!When the town's old movie palace is converted into a thea... read more

Blood Mountain

James Preller

Told in alternating points-of-view, James Preller's powerful middle-grade survival story will have readers on the edge of their seats. Carter and his older sister Grace thought the hike with their dad and their dog would be uneventful. If anything, they figured it was Dad’s way of getting them off their screens for a while. But the hike on Blood Mountain turns ominous, as the siblings are sepa... read more

Told in alternating points-of-view, James Preller's powerful middle-grade survival story will have readers on the edge of their seats. Carter and his older sister Grace thought the hike with their dad and their dog would be uneventful. If anything, they figured it was Dad’s way of getting them off their screens for a while. But the hike on Blood Mountain turns ominous, as the siblings are sepa... read more

Intersectional Chicana Feminisms: Sitios y Lenguas (The Mexican American Experience)

Aída Hurtado

Chicana feminisms are living theory deriving value and purpose by affecting social change. Advocating for and demonstrating the importance of an intersectional, multidisciplinary, activist understanding of Chicanas, Intersectional Chicana Feminisms provides a much-needed overview of the key theories, thinkers, and activists that have contributed to Chicana feminist thought. Aída Hurtado, a lea... read more

Chicana feminisms are living theory deriving value and purpose by affecting social change. Advocating for and demonstrating the importance of an intersectional, multidisciplinary, activist understanding of Chicanas, Intersectional Chicana Feminisms provides a much-needed overview of the key theories, thinkers, and activists that have contributed to Chicana feminist thought. Aída Hurtado, a lea... read more

Kingsbane (The Empirium Trilogy Book 2)

Claire Legrand

The Instant New York Times Bestseller!The anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller Furyborn! Two queens, separated by thousands of years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength—and their hearts. Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping th... read more

The Instant New York Times Bestseller!The anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller Furyborn! Two queens, separated by thousands of years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength—and their hearts. Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping th... read more

Here There Are Monsters

Amelinda Bérubé

The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of sisterhood turned toxic, imaginary monsters brought to life, and secrets that won't stay buried. Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. And moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over as someone different. In their isolated new neighb... read more

The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of sisterhood turned toxic, imaginary monsters brought to life, and secrets that won't stay buried. Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. And moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over as someone different. In their isolated new neighb... read more

The Lost

Natasha Preston

The queen of YA thrillers is back with another page-turner, and this time, it's a fight to survive.In Piper's hometown, teenagers keep disappearing, and everyone assumes they're just a bunch of runaways. But when yet another person disappears, Piper and her best friend Hazel suspect something more sinister is going on.So they decide to investigate, determined to learn the truth. Their search f... read more

The queen of YA thrillers is back with another page-turner, and this time, it's a fight to survive.In Piper's hometown, teenagers keep disappearing, and everyone assumes they're just a bunch of runaways. But when yet another person disappears, Piper and her best friend Hazel suspect something more sinister is going on.So they decide to investigate, determined to learn the truth. Their search f... read more

Shadow Weaver

MarcyKate Connolly

An Amazon Best Book of the Month! ― The Shadow Weaver SeriesFans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The Night Gardener will devour MarcyKate Connolly's Shadow Weaver, the first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology that's filled with shadows, danger, magic, and has the feel of a new classic.Fantasy and magic for young readers: Emmeline's gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the ... read more

An Amazon Best Book of the Month! ― The Shadow Weaver SeriesFans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The Night Gardener will devour MarcyKate Connolly's Shadow Weaver, the first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology that's filled with shadows, danger, magic, and has the feel of a new classic.Fantasy and magic for young readers: Emmeline's gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the ... read more

18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics

Bruce Goldfarb

"Eye-opening biography of Frances Glessner Lee, who brought American medical forensics into the scientific age...genuinely compelling."―Kirkus Reviews "A captivating portrait of a feminist hero and forensic pioneer." ―BooklistThe story of a woman whose ambition and accomplishments far exceeded the expectations of her time, 18 Tiny Deaths follows the transformation of a young, wealthy socialite... read more

"Eye-opening biography of Frances Glessner Lee, who brought American medical forensics into the scientific age...genuinely compelling."―Kirkus Reviews "A captivating portrait of a feminist hero and forensic pioneer." ―BooklistThe story of a woman whose ambition and accomplishments far exceeded the expectations of her time, 18 Tiny Deaths follows the transformation of a young, wealthy socialite... read more

The Wolf of Cape Fen

Juliana Brandt

Beyond the Bright Sea meets Echo in this story of a young girl who must break a magical bargain before an enchanted wolf steals her sister away.First Frost has touched Cape Fen, and that means Baron Dire has returned. For as long as anyone can remember, Baron Dire has haunted the town come winter, striking magical bargains and demanding unjust payment in return. The Serling sisters know better... read more

Beyond the Bright Sea meets Echo in this story of a young girl who must break a magical bargain before an enchanted wolf steals her sister away.First Frost has touched Cape Fen, and that means Baron Dire has returned. For as long as anyone can remember, Baron Dire has haunted the town come winter, striking magical bargains and demanding unjust payment in return. The Serling sisters know better... read more

It Came from the Sky

Sedoti, Chelsea

Cassie has 5 reviews

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Norman Goede
Cassie did a wonderful job with the proofreading, and even pointed out the few inconsistencies I had missed. I'll definitely seek her out for my next project!

Norman Goede, October 2021


Rup Datta
I just graduated so finances were a bit tight to say the least, Cassie offered her services at nearly half the price of every other editor that I inquired with. She only had a few reviews but they were all 5 stars so I shrugged and figured I'd give her a shot. With the price, I expected general brush strokes about things I could improve on or other broad feedback. Boy was I wrong, the detail C...
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Rup Datta, December 2020

Cassie Gutman
Thank you so much! It was a delight to work on your project!

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Robbie Howerton
It was my first time using Reedsy, but I was very satisfied with Cassie's work. She gave me some great feedback on how to improve my story.

Robbie Howerton, October 2020


Sarah Evans
Cassie was professional and knew what she was talking about, and took the time to answer all my questions.

Sarah Evans, September 2020


Sonja Kreps
Cassie did a wonderful job during our collaboration. She was friendly, professional, and offered extremely helpful critiques that I will apply to my work.

Sonja Kreps, July 2020

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