Catherine Nichols

Catherine Nichols – Editor

Experienced children's book editor. Specialities include: picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and middle-grade novels.


As both an editor and an author of more than 60 published titles , I have a special appreciation for the business of putting good books in young people's hands. With twenty plus years of experience working with major publishing houses, including Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and DK, I've worked on children's fiction and nonfiction books, both for the trade and educational markets. For a number of years, I also taught fiction writing at a continuing education venue. This opportunity helped clarify for me the needs of writers who are just starting the long road that leads (hopefully) to publication.

When I work with a client, I like to tailor my approach to the person's needs. In some cases that means helping the writer to flesh out ideas, themes, and characters. When a complete body of work is submitted, then I carefully review the manuscript and make specific notes on how to improve the text. I also provide an extensive overview of the manuscripts strengths and weaknesses. Some works require multiple revisions; others don't. I generally find that writers who embrace revision have happier results.

Children’s Non-Fiction DIY & Crafts
Middle Grade Mystery & Crime Picture Books
English (US)
  • CUNY, BA in English, magna cum laud

Work experience

Self Employed

Jan, 2010 — Present


Take a little Horror home with you!Jonathan Chiller has called the kids from books #13-18 back to HorrorLand to collect payment. The only way for the kids to get back home is for them to win at a HorrorLand-style scavenger hunt. They each must find a red chest... read more
Take a little Horror home with you!Marco is a diehard fan of The Ooze, a comic book villain with the power to sludge his enemies. So when he finds a super-rare edition at the Chiller House gift shop, Marco is sure he has found something special for his collect... read more
Xena and Xander have just learned that their shy classmate, Alice, is the heir to a royal throne! Then they discover that their ancestor, Sherlock Holmes, had his suspicions about the kidnapping and return of Alice's grandmother, the princess of Borogovia. Ali... read more
Xena and Xander have been looking forward to their vacation in the peaceful country village of Blackslope. But when a huge monster begins to terrorize the town, the young detectives are faced with a mystery that seems impossible to solve. Sherlock Holmes, Xena... read more
People, animals and machines are up and working early in the day, and have lots to accomplish before breakfast! John Deere Reader: Good Morning Farm lets young readers learn about the very busy mornings at a farm. (c) 2009 Deere & Company. Books created and pr... read more
How Does it Grow? is a beautifully photographed book that teaches readers how things grow, from grass to flowers to fruits to vegetables. With featured narration by Johnny Tractor. ©2008 Deere & Company. Books created and produced by Parachute Publishing, L.L.C.
Alice's Wonderland dives down the rabbit hole and looks at the dazzling ways that Wonderland has been imagined by artists, filmmakers, writers, and more. Get a behind-the-scenes looks at how the books were created, meet Alice Liddell, the inspiration for the f... read more
Nine-year-old twins Ava and Rosie are headed for adventure. City kids, they don’t know what to expect from a small zoo in Iowa—and they have to live there for the rest of the year while their mom writes a book! Being away from the busy city and their friends f... read more
Siblings Maddie and Atticus love living by the sea. Their dad traps lobsters off the coast of Maine. They love helping with the family business and volunteering at the local aquarium. The summer is shaping up to be a super one, for sure. Then one day they spy ... read more
It's a tough job separating truth from urban legend, but the MythBusters are here to serve. For example, is it true that if you step in quicksand , you'll be sucked down to your death? Only two men would be inventive - and adventurous - enough to try to find o... read more

Catherine has 41 reviews





Doug G.

Doug G.

Sep, 2023

Catherine was very thorough and professional. I look forward to working with her again in the future.
Rachel R.

Rachel R.

Sep, 2023

Very prompt and professional. Her insights really took the story to the next level. 10/10 would recommend and I would love to work with her on future projects
Erika L.

Erika L.

Jul, 2023

Catherine was a joy to work with. She was hired to copyedit but gave me a few developmental ideas that made my book so much better. Even with some major rewrites, she was able to complete the project within the original timeframe. I enjoyed working with Catherine and hope to collaborate with her again on a future project!
Stephanie F.

Stephanie F.

Apr, 2023

Catherine was a delight to work with, and she made my children's book exponentially more interesting and easier to read. Her insights were thoughtful and intelligent. She made me feel good about what I'm going to put out into the world!
P M.

P M.

Mar, 2023

As first time co-authors, we weren't sure what to expect when we hired Catherine to do a developmental edit on our manuscript. Catherine’s work exceeded our expectations. She offered many suggestions that improved the flow of our story. She took a sincere interest in our project and gave us confidence to move forward. When it was time to have a copy editor look at our revisions, we rehired Cat...
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