Catherine Findlay

Catherine Findlay - Editor

Jericho, VT, USA

I have twenty years of experience with children's books in varying capacities, so let me bring my passion and knowledge to your project!

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Overview

I'm Dr. Lisa Catherine Findlay, and I've worn many hats over the years: editor, freelance writer, library lady, book reviewer, teacher, and mum. After a year on the marketing staff of Simon and Schuster, I spent eight years at Random House Books for Young Readers editing a little bit of everything. Since leaving Random House for a career in education, I have continued freelancing in the publishing world. I now focus on copy editing, developmental editing, completing editorial assessments, and children's fiction writing projects.I hold an M.A. in English Literature, a M.Ed. in Special Education, and an Ed.D. in Language Arts and Literacy Education. Lots of editors have enthusiasm and experience. What makes me unique is the way I understand children's literacy and children's literature and look through both lenses throughout the editing or writing process.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

Reviewer

The Horn Book Guide
June, 2008 – June, 2020 (about 12 years)

Reviewed children’s and teen books for The Horn Book Guide.

Editor

Self-employed
November, 2007 – Present (over 13 years)

I specialize in providing editorial advice and services for children's fiction.

Freelancer

Self-Publishing Company
June, 2006 – June, 2021 (about 15 years)

• Assessed mechanics, content, and style of manuscripts and gave feedback to authors.
• Performed copy editing services as part of a sample edit process.

Intern

New York Public Library--Children's Room
June, 2000 – June, 2006 (about 6 years)

• Assisted children, parents, and teachers in finding materials for home and classroom use.

Editor

Random House Children's Books
November, 1999 – October, 2007 (almost 8 years)

• Acquired and edited fiction and nonfiction for age groups baby through teen.
• Represented Random House at conferences nationwide.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Bloodhound (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 2)

Tamora Pierce

Beka Cooper is finally a Dog—a full-fledged member of the Provost’s Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus’s streets. But there’s unrest in Tortall’s capital. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the city, and merchants are raising prices to cover their losses. The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeit money from Port Caynn. In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep ... read more

Beka Cooper is finally a Dog—a full-fledged member of the Provost’s Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus’s streets. But there’s unrest in Tortall’s capital. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the city, and merchants are raising prices to cover their losses. The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeit money from Port Caynn. In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep ... read more

Tae Kwon Do! (Step into Reading)

Terry Pierce

We’re off to Tae Kwon Do class, where we’ll learn to kick, spin, box, jump, and even break a board! We’ll also have fun in this simple Step 1 book. Perfect for kids who are both learning to read and learning Tae Kwon Do or another martial art.

We’re off to Tae Kwon Do class, where we’ll learn to kick, spin, box, jump, and even break a board! We’ll also have fun in this simple Step 1 book. Perfect for kids who are both learning to read and learning Tae Kwon Do or another martial art.

What I Meant...

Marie Lamba

After 15 years of being a good daughter and loyal friend, wouldn't you expect the people closest to you to believe you? To at least try to understand what you mean? Since my evil aunt moved in, everything has gone wrong.My little sister thinks I'm a thief.My best friend thinks I'm a jerk.My parents think I'm bulimic.And the boy I love thinks I'm not into him at all.Somehow I have to set the re... read more

After 15 years of being a good daughter and loyal friend, wouldn't you expect the people closest to you to believe you? To at least try to understand what you mean? Since my evil aunt moved in, everything has gone wrong.My little sister thinks I'm a thief.My best friend thinks I'm a jerk.My parents think I'm bulimic.And the boy I love thinks I'm not into him at all.Somehow I have to set the re... read more

My Dad Can Do Anything (Pictureback(R))

Stephen Krensky

What can your dad do? Can he climb the highest mountain? Or swim to the bottom of the sea? In this heartwarming story about how dads are strong, brave, and all-around great, dads can do anything. Includes a sheet of fun stickers!

What can your dad do? Can he climb the highest mountain? Or swim to the bottom of the sea? In this heartwarming story about how dads are strong, brave, and all-around great, dads can do anything. Includes a sheet of fun stickers!

We Love Ballet! (Pictureback(R))

Jane Feldman

Grab your tutu - it’s time for ballet class! Full of bright and lively photographs, ballet terms, and easy-to-understand definitions, this fun introduction to a ballet class will have little dancers eager to take center stage and reach for the stars.

Grab your tutu - it’s time for ballet class! Full of bright and lively photographs, ballet terms, and easy-to-understand definitions, this fun introduction to a ballet class will have little dancers eager to take center stage and reach for the stars.

The Look-It-Up Book of Explorers (Look-It-Up Books)

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

How did early explorers navigate? Who was the first human to reach outer space? When did the first person reach the North Pole? Kids can find the answers to these questions and many more in this easy-to-use family reference book! Packed with important facts, The Look-It-Up Book of Explorers features 40 concise, exciting accounts of explorers from around the world and throughout time, from the ... read more

How did early explorers navigate? Who was the first human to reach outer space? When did the first person reach the North Pole? Kids can find the answers to these questions and many more in this easy-to-use family reference book! Packed with important facts, The Look-It-Up Book of Explorers features 40 concise, exciting accounts of explorers from around the world and throughout time, from the ... read more

Gulliver in Lilliput (Step into Reading)

Lisa Findlay

This simple retelling of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels focuses on the first voyage—Gulliver's time on the island of Lilliput. It is a great way to introduce newly independent readers to this classic adventure. Gulliver loves the life he's leading. As a doctor on a ship he travels to some very interesting places. But life at sea can be dangerous, too. Gulliver's ship is destroyed in a sto... read more

This simple retelling of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels focuses on the first voyage—Gulliver's time on the island of Lilliput. It is a great way to introduce newly independent readers to this classic adventure. Gulliver loves the life he's leading. As a doctor on a ship he travels to some very interesting places. But life at sea can be dangerous, too. Gulliver's ship is destroyed in a sto... read more

Puss in Boots (Step into Reading)

Lisa Findlay

Poor Puss. His lazy life at the mill has changed overnight. The miller’s son, Tom, is ready to abandon Puss in the woods. But Puss has a few ideas about his and Tom’s fate. He slips on a pair of boots, hoists a sack over his shoulder, and sets off to find the creature comforts he knows they deserve. This simple retelling of the classic fairy tale is purrfect for newly independent readers.

Poor Puss. His lazy life at the mill has changed overnight. The miller’s son, Tom, is ready to abandon Puss in the woods. But Puss has a few ideas about his and Tom’s fate. He slips on a pair of boots, hoists a sack over his shoulder, and sets off to find the creature comforts he knows they deserve. This simple retelling of the classic fairy tale is purrfect for newly independent readers.

No Castles Here

A.C.E. Bauer

AUGIE BORETSKI KNOWS how to get by. If you're a scrawny loser in the destitute city of Camden, New Jersey, you keep your head down, avoid the drug dealers and thugs, and try your best to be invisible. Augie used to be good at that, but suddenly his life is changing. . . . First, Augie accidentally steals a strange book of fairy tales. Then his mom makes him join the Big Brothers program and th... read more

AUGIE BORETSKI KNOWS how to get by. If you're a scrawny loser in the destitute city of Camden, New Jersey, you keep your head down, avoid the drug dealers and thugs, and try your best to be invisible. Augie used to be good at that, but suddenly his life is changing. . . . First, Augie accidentally steals a strange book of fairy tales. Then his mom makes him join the Big Brothers program and th... read more

A Pickpocket's Tale

Karen Schwabach

A perfect Common Core tie-in, A Pickpocket's Tale includes nonfiction backmatter with a historical map of New York City in 1730, a glossary of period vocabulary words, and an explanatory note titled "How Much of This Story Is True?"Molly Abraham is a kinchin mort: a ten-year-old thief trying not to starve on the London streets. But everything changes for Molly when she is sentenced to be trans... read more

A perfect Common Core tie-in, A Pickpocket's Tale includes nonfiction backmatter with a historical map of New York City in 1730, a glossary of period vocabulary words, and an explanatory note titled "How Much of This Story Is True?"Molly Abraham is a kinchin mort: a ten-year-old thief trying not to starve on the London streets. But everything changes for Molly when she is sentenced to be trans... read more

The Hope Chest

Karen Schwabach

A perfect Common Core tie-in, The Hope Chest includes backmatter with period photographs, historical notes about the suffrage movement, and a Voting in America timeline. It's also a New York State Curriculum title for fourth grade.Eleven-year-old Violet has one goal in mind when she runs away from home: to find her sister, Chloe. Violet’s parents said Chloe had turned into the Wrong Sort of Pe... read more

A perfect Common Core tie-in, The Hope Chest includes backmatter with period photographs, historical notes about the suffrage movement, and a Voting in America timeline. It's also a New York State Curriculum title for fourth grade.Eleven-year-old Violet has one goal in mind when she runs away from home: to find her sister, Chloe. Violet’s parents said Chloe had turned into the Wrong Sort of Pe... read more

Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains

Laurel Snyder

THIS IS THE tale of Lucy and her best friend, Wynston. Until recently, they spent their days paddling in the river, picking blackberries, and teasing each other mercilessly. But now, King Desmond has insisted that Wynston devote every spare second to ruby-shining and princess-finding. Lucy feels left out. So she sets off for the Scratchy Mountains to solve the mystery of her missing mother. Wh... read more

THIS IS THE tale of Lucy and her best friend, Wynston. Until recently, they spent their days paddling in the river, picking blackberries, and teasing each other mercilessly. But now, King Desmond has insisted that Wynston devote every spare second to ruby-shining and princess-finding. Lucy feels left out. So she sets off for the Scratchy Mountains to solve the mystery of her missing mother. Wh... read more

Money, Money, Honey Bunny! (Bright & Early Books(R))

Marilyn Sadler, Roger Bollen

This delightful book about saving and spending is a perfect "addition" to your child's reading list! Honey Bunny Funnybunny has lots and lots and lots of money. Some she saves, some she spends on herself, and some she spends on her friends. In this delightful rhyming book about spending and saving, the bear gets a chair, the fly gets some pie and, of course, the fox gets some socks.

This delightful book about saving and spending is a perfect "addition" to your child's reading list! Honey Bunny Funnybunny has lots and lots and lots of money. Some she saves, some she spends on herself, and some she spends on her friends. In this delightful rhyming book about spending and saving, the bear gets a chair, the fly gets some pie and, of course, the fox gets some socks.

Thomas and the Castle (Thomas & Friends)

W. Rev Awdry, Tommy Stubbs

Percy has been telling ghost stories about Rolf’s Castle, the old ruin near one of the main lines. Thomas doesn’t want to believe in ghosts, but when odd things keep happening, he gets nervous. But on an important, special run, Thomas starts to figure out that mysterious happenings usually have reasonable explanations.

Percy has been telling ghost stories about Rolf’s Castle, the old ruin near one of the main lines. Thomas doesn’t want to believe in ghosts, but when odd things keep happening, he gets nervous. But on an important, special run, Thomas starts to figure out that mysterious happenings usually have reasonable explanations.

Catherine has 16 reviews

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eva Fogel
Catherine is a wonderful person to work with very professional , thorough and competent. Working with her was a great honor for me.

eva Fogel, July 2021


Ginger Summers
I enjoyed working with Catharine she was flexible and gave me good feedback Yes I will likely ask her again to work with me on my next story.

Ginger Summers, June 2021

Catherine Findlay
I really enjoyed your creativity, Ginger!

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Pam Dworetz-Sofarelli
A very well versed professional ... and super nice to work with!

Pam Dworetz-Sofarelli, May 2021

Catherine Findlay
Thank you, Pam. You were super nice to work with as well!

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Charlene McIver
I've enjoyed working with Catherine. She is a very professional and approachable lady who offers first class editing services. I found her comprehensive manuscript assessment and progressive notes invaluable. Highly recommend her services.

Charlene McIver, May 2021

Catherine Findlay
Thank you, Charlene!

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Rick Allen
From start to finish, my experience working with Catherine was excellent. She was friendly, courteous and her evaluation of my written work gave me a great deal of very helpful information to work with. I would whole-heartedly recommend her services.

Rick Allen, April 2021

Catherine Findlay
Thank you, Rick. Your work tickled my funny bone!

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