Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth Dougherty - Editor

Palo Alto, CA, USA

Celebrating 30 years as a developmental editor, specializing in all things parenting and women's leadership. Collaborative book coach.

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I'm a passionate, strategic, and collaborative developmental editor with 30 years experience in nonfiction. I specialize in pregnancy, parenting, babies, and child development. I also coach book authors through the publishing process, from idea to publication. Clients credit me with saving them time and money by helping them analyze, define, and achieve their content goals.

A longtime resident of Silicon Valley, I also specialize in women's leadership and work one-on-one with women executives to create content, ranging from blogs to conference presentations, that supports their careers and establishes them as thought leaders. I edited Jo Miller's book Woman of Influence.

As the executive editor of the lifestyle and children's division at book publisher Weldon Owen, I developed clients' content strategies and managed their books from idea to publication. I launched book publishing programs for Parenting and Working Mother magazines, and ran programs for big-name brands such as Gymboree, Pottery Barn Kids, and Hallmark. I produced several lines of children's reference books, as well as Gymboree's first app.

A parent myself, I'm devoted to ensuring that pregnant women and parents get the best information possible. Since 2015, I've worked with BabyCenter, the world’s largest parenting website, reaching 50 million parents. As a contract senior editor for two years, I tackled topics ranging from breastfeeding to bed-wetting, and my coverage of maternal depression won two Digital Health Awards. I continue to regularly edit and write for BabyCenter. Super specialties include introducing solids, baby food, home safety, and play activities.

I served as both the developmental editor and the SME reviewer for a book about baby play activities published by Callisto Media.

On the flip side, I wrote the Klutz book String Art and served as the project manager.

I have a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Health & wellbeing
Home & Garden
Parenting & Families
Writing & Publishing

Awards

  • Digital Health Award: Series (depression and pregnancy)
  • Digital Health Award: Series (postpartum depression)

Work experience

Freelance Developmental Editor and Book Coach

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (over 8 years)

As a developmental editor specializing in all things parenting, I work with writers to transform ideas into world-class content that engages the reader. I also coach authors on the publishing process and create content for women leaders. Clients include BabyCenter, Sunset Books, Callisto Media, VIA magazine, Stanford University, TechCrunch, and Silicon Valley women executives.

Senior Editor (contract)

BabyCenter
September, 2015 – September, 2017 (about 2 years)

At the world's largest parenting website, which reaches 50 million users, I won two Digital Health Awards and led content initiatives on topics such as healthy recipes, breastfeeding, maternal depression, nursery design and safety, and bed-wetting. Sponsored content on solids that I wrote ranked in the top 10 articles the month it launched.

Executive Editor, Lifestyle and Children's Books

Weldon Owen
September, 2003 – January, 2012 (over 8 years)

I created books for brands such as Pottery Barn, Hallmark, and Gymboree, managing all editorial aspects from concept through release. I launched book programs for Parenting and Working Mother magazines and developed Gymboree's first app. I collaborated with editors, designers, art directors, and production, marketing, and sales teams. For each title, I hired and managed freelance editors, writers, copy editors, proofreaders, and fact-checkers.

Portfolio (31 selected works)

String Art( Turn String and Pins Into Works of Art)[STRING ART][Hardcover]

TheEditorsofKlutz

String Art was originally invented to make math concepts more accessible to kids, but it isn't just for squares (or triangles or circles) any more. With our crystal-clear, step-by-step illustrated system you only need to learn three simple techniques to make all the kids art in this book, including a fun fox, a darling dandelion, a cute cat, an awesome owland#8212;you can even spell your name.

String Art was originally invented to make math concepts more accessible to kids, but it isn't just for squares (or triangles or circles) any more. With our crystal-clear, step-by-step illustrated system you only need to learn three simple techniques to make all the kids art in this book, including a fun fox, a darling dandelion, a cute cat, an awesome owland#8212;you can even spell your name.

The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood

Meagan Francis

From the editors of Parenting magazine and the popular parenting blogger Meagan Francis. The Happiest Mom shows us that motherhood is not an obstacle to joy. Drawing on recent happiness research, conversations with hundreds of other moms, and her own experience as a mother of five, Francis shares her ten secrets to happy motherhood in this down-to-earth, funny, and accessible book. Praise for ... read more

From the editors of Parenting magazine and the popular parenting blogger Meagan Francis. The Happiest Mom shows us that motherhood is not an obstacle to joy. Drawing on recent happiness research, conversations with hundreds of other moms, and her own experience as a mother of five, Francis shares her ten secrets to happy motherhood in this down-to-earth, funny, and accessible book. Praise for ... read more

Pottery Barn Kids’ Rooms: Simple Projects and Tips for Designing Child-Friendly Spaces in Your Home

Margaret Sabo Wills

In homes with growing children, every room is a kid’s room! This essential guide shows you how to create stylish, child-friendly spaces—from overall design schemes to imaginative organization solutions to easy, step-by-step decorating projects to enjoy with your child.A nurturing home encourages children to explore, learn, and play--in short, to thrive. Organized according to kids' daily activ... read more

In homes with growing children, every room is a kid’s room! This essential guide shows you how to create stylish, child-friendly spaces—from overall design schemes to imaginative organization solutions to easy, step-by-step decorating projects to enjoy with your child.A nurturing home encourages children to explore, learn, and play--in short, to thrive. Organized according to kids' daily activ... read more

Working Mom Survival Guide: How to Run Around Less & Enjoy Life More

Suzanne Riss, Teresa Palagano

Every day, working mothers encounter and overcome new challenges large and small at home, at the office, and on the road. From the editors of Working Mother, veteran working moms themselves, this book offers clear, straightforward solutions and practical shortcuts.From the experts at Working Mother magazine, Working Mom Survival Guide answers your most basic and trickiest questions: Are you ad... read more

Every day, working mothers encounter and overcome new challenges large and small at home, at the office, and on the road. From the editors of Working Mother, veteran working moms themselves, this book offers clear, straightforward solutions and practical shortcuts.From the experts at Working Mother magazine, Working Mom Survival Guide answers your most basic and trickiest questions: Are you ad... read more

Pregnancy Planner: Essential Advice for Moms-to-Be

Editors of Parenting Magazine

From the experts at Parenting magazine comes this essential planner that's both an informative guide to pregnancy and a keepsake journal for moms-to-be. Organized week by week and packed with insights from experienced moms along with helpful charts and checklists, Pregnancy Planner offers practical and emotional support in a beautiful package. The lay-flat binding and handy tabs make it easy t... read more

From the experts at Parenting magazine comes this essential planner that's both an informative guide to pregnancy and a keepsake journal for moms-to-be. Organized week by week and packed with insights from experienced moms along with helpful charts and checklists, Pregnancy Planner offers practical and emotional support in a beautiful package. The lay-flat binding and handy tabs make it easy t... read more

Trucks (Snapshot Picture Library Series)

Weldon Owen

Hop on board for a trip on the world's most exciting trucks. From big rigs to pickups, you'll see them all working hard. Whether they're plowing snow, hauling gravel, or making a special delivery, trucks have lots of important jobs. Thrilling photographs reveal the nuts, bolts, and wheels of the trucking world. Great ready for a fun ride!

Hop on board for a trip on the world's most exciting trucks. From big rigs to pickups, you'll see them all working hard. Whether they're plowing snow, hauling gravel, or making a special delivery, trucks have lots of important jobs. Thrilling photographs reveal the nuts, bolts, and wheels of the trucking world. Great ready for a fun ride!

Snapshot Picture Library Airplanes

Weldon Owen

Get ready for take-off with dynamic and colorful airplanes! These exciting photographs show off huge passenger jets, cargo planes, gliders, and many other amazing airplanes. Meet the pilots, visit the airport, and marvel at breathtaking aerobatics and air races. Catch all kinds of planes in action high up in the sky--it's up, up, and away!

Get ready for take-off with dynamic and colorful airplanes! These exciting photographs show off huge passenger jets, cargo planes, gliders, and many other amazing airplanes. Meet the pilots, visit the airport, and marvel at breathtaking aerobatics and air races. Catch all kinds of planes in action high up in the sky--it's up, up, and away!

Emergency Vehicles (Snapshot Picture Library Series)

Weldon Owen

Make way! Emergency vehicles are racing to the rescue. Catch fire trucks, police cars, and helicopters speeding to the scene in this exciting collection of photographs. Whether dealing with trouble on busy city streets or faraway mountain peaks, these emergency vehicles are ready to help!

Make way! Emergency vehicles are racing to the rescue. Catch fire trucks, police cars, and helicopters speeding to the scene in this exciting collection of photographs. Whether dealing with trouble on busy city streets or faraway mountain peaks, these emergency vehicles are ready to help!

Digging Machines (Snapshot Picture Library Series)

Weldon Owen

Diggers are some of the hardest workers in the machine world. These spectacular photographs show off diggers in action, everywhere from farms to construction sites. With special attachments that scoop, drill, haul, and crush, they're ready to dig in and get the job done.

Diggers are some of the hardest workers in the machine world. These spectacular photographs show off diggers in action, everywhere from farms to construction sites. With special attachments that scoop, drill, haul, and crush, they're ready to dig in and get the job done.

Kellogg's Tony the Tiger and Friends Poster Book

Norman Kolpas

22 action-packed posters and activity place mats! Enjoy hours of fun and learning with your favorite cereal characters. Colorful posters easily pull out. Remove one at a time or keep bound as a book. Great art activities for your child to enjoy during breakfast - or any time! Includes parents' guide. - Read together and talk about favorite activities - Color, connect the dots, add patterns, an... read more

22 action-packed posters and activity place mats! Enjoy hours of fun and learning with your favorite cereal characters. Colorful posters easily pull out. Remove one at a time or keep bound as a book. Great art activities for your child to enjoy during breakfast - or any time! Includes parents' guide. - Read together and talk about favorite activities - Color, connect the dots, add patterns, an... read more

Look Good, Feel Good: 206 Beauty and Fitness Secrets

A contemporary, beautiful, and best of all, highly practical guide to the whole world of beauty, fitness, and relaxation for women of all ages. Created in the basic style of our best-selling manual series (lead title, The Total Outdoorsman, with over 200,000 copies in print), but designed with a lush, feminine touch this book highlights quick, easy ways to health and beauty.In today’s busy wor... read more

A contemporary, beautiful, and best of all, highly practical guide to the whole world of beauty, fitness, and relaxation for women of all ages. Created in the basic style of our best-selling manual series (lead title, The Total Outdoorsman, with over 200,000 copies in print), but designed with a lush, feminine touch this book highlights quick, easy ways to health and beauty.In today’s busy wor... read more

Show Dad How (Parenting Magazine): The Brand-New Dad's Guide to Baby's First Year

Shawn Bean

Help any new or expecting father become the coolest, smartest, and most prepared dad around with Show Dad How, a fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to everything a dad needs to know from conception through baby’s first year.For dads who are excited to be involved with their new baby, but might not quite know where to start, Show Dad How is an ideal resource. From practical to playful, 156 a... read more

Help any new or expecting father become the coolest, smartest, and most prepared dad around with Show Dad How, a fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to everything a dad needs to know from conception through baby’s first year.For dads who are excited to be involved with their new baby, but might not quite know where to start, Show Dad How is an ideal resource. From practical to playful, 156 a... read more

Your Babycare Bible: Your Complete Guide to the Baby and Toddler Years

Dr. Harold Raucher

The creators of the bestselling Your Pregnancy Bible have created a photo-illustrated, all-in-one resource on caring for babies and toddlers—giving you fast and easy access to expert advice.From breastfeeding to baths, keeping young children fed, clean, safe, healthy, and happy are enormous responsibilities, and it’s easy for new parents to feel intimidated. Plus they’re bombarded with an over... read more

The creators of the bestselling Your Pregnancy Bible have created a photo-illustrated, all-in-one resource on caring for babies and toddlers—giving you fast and easy access to expert advice.From breastfeeding to baths, keeping young children fed, clean, safe, healthy, and happy are enormous responsibilities, and it’s easy for new parents to feel intimidated. Plus they’re bombarded with an over... read more

Show Mom How (Parenting Magazine): The Handbook for the Brand-New Mom

Sarah Hines Stephens

Moms-to-be or new moms will find humor, help, and inspiration in Show Mom How, a fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to everything a mom needs to know from pregnancy through baby’s first year.Show Mom How brings the parenting expertise of Babytalk magazine to the award-winning Show Me How series—one part how-to guide, one part graphic art showpiece, and one part pure inspiration. From sensib... read more

Moms-to-be or new moms will find humor, help, and inspiration in Show Mom How, a fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to everything a mom needs to know from pregnancy through baby’s first year.Show Mom How brings the parenting expertise of Babytalk magazine to the award-winning Show Me How series—one part how-to guide, one part graphic art showpiece, and one part pure inspiration. From sensib... read more

Gymboree Baby and Toddler Play: 170+ Fun Activities to Help Your Child Learn Through Play (Gymboree Play & Music)

Gymboree Gymboree

Gymboree Baby and Toddler Play compiles the best of the highly successful Gymboree Baby Play and Toddler Play activity books to feature more than 170 fun and educational activities for children from birth to three years of age.Engaging children in fun-filled play is the ideal way to give them a great start in life. Gymboree Baby and Toddler Play combines the best of Gymboree’s baby and toddler... read more

Gymboree Baby and Toddler Play compiles the best of the highly successful Gymboree Baby Play and Toddler Play activity books to feature more than 170 fun and educational activities for children from birth to three years of age.Engaging children in fun-filled play is the ideal way to give them a great start in life. Gymboree Baby and Toddler Play combines the best of Gymboree’s baby and toddler... read more

Gymboree 1001 Fun Ways to Play: Quick, Easy Activities for Your Baby and Child (Gymboree Play & Music)

Susan Elisabeth Davis, Nancy Wilson Hall

The best way to teach children—through play—also happens to be the most fun. Packed with 1,001 entertaining and educational activities for children from birth to five years old, Gymboree’s Play & Learn is a must-have resource for parents—and indeed for anyone who spends time with babies and young kids.A comprehensive resource book, Play & Learn features 1,001 surefire ways to amuse and enterta... read more

The best way to teach children—through play—also happens to be the most fun. Packed with 1,001 entertaining and educational activities for children from birth to five years old, Gymboree’s Play & Learn is a must-have resource for parents—and indeed for anyone who spends time with babies and young kids.A comprehensive resource book, Play & Learn features 1,001 surefire ways to amuse and enterta... read more

Tractors (Snapshot Picture Library)

Thrilling photographs take you behind the scenes with mighty machines. Also in collectible series Airplanes, Emergency Vehicles & Trucks.

Thrilling photographs take you behind the scenes with mighty machines. Also in collectible series Airplanes, Emergency Vehicles & Trucks.

Parenting Magazine Look + Learn Colors

Editors of Parenting Magazine

Look + Learn Colors is part of a new series of board books from the editors of Parenting magazine. Cheerful photographs of animals and nature provide a playful introduction to color. Parents will appreciate that Parenting magazine worked with educational experts to design the books for optimal learning. Children will simply delight in the bright colors and photographs. Look + Learn Colors is a... read more

Look + Learn Colors is part of a new series of board books from the editors of Parenting magazine. Cheerful photographs of animals and nature provide a playful introduction to color. Parents will appreciate that Parenting magazine worked with educational experts to design the books for optimal learning. Children will simply delight in the bright colors and photographs. Look + Learn Colors is a... read more

Parenting Magazine Look + Learn Patterns

Editors of Parenting Magazine

Look + Learn Sounds is part of a new series of board books from the editors of Parenting magazine. Cheerful photographs of animals and nature introduce children to common animal sounds. Parents will appreciate that Parenting magazine worked with educational experts to design the books for optimal learning. Children will delight in the bright colors and photographs. Look + Learn Sounds is a boo... read more

Look + Learn Sounds is part of a new series of board books from the editors of Parenting magazine. Cheerful photographs of animals and nature introduce children to common animal sounds. Parents will appreciate that Parenting magazine worked with educational experts to design the books for optimal learning. Children will delight in the bright colors and photographs. Look + Learn Sounds is a boo... read more

Parenting Magazine Look + Learn Sounds

Editors of Parenting Magazine

Recommended by the editors of Parenting Magazine, this durable, board book format teaches key learning concepts and developmental skills in a fun way. Stunning animal photos illustrate essential concepts. Natural examples encourage imitation and interaction, and playful, lively text delights children and parents alike.

Recommended by the editors of Parenting Magazine, this durable, board book format teaches key learning concepts and developmental skills in a fun way. Stunning animal photos illustrate essential concepts. Natural examples encourage imitation and interaction, and playful, lively text delights children and parents alike.

Parenting Magazine Look + Learn Numbers

Editors of Parenting Magazine

Look + Learn Numbers is part of a new series of board books from the editors of Parenting magazine. Cheerful photographs of animals and nature provide an engaging illustration of the numbers from one to ten. Parents will appreciate that Parenting magazine worked with educational experts to design the books for optimal learning. Children will simply delight in the bright colors and photographs.... read more

Look + Learn Numbers is part of a new series of board books from the editors of Parenting magazine. Cheerful photographs of animals and nature provide an engaging illustration of the numbers from one to ten. Parents will appreciate that Parenting magazine worked with educational experts to design the books for optimal learning. Children will simply delight in the bright colors and photographs.... read more

Gymboree Shapes

Inc. Weldon Owen

See 2nd image for details.

See 2nd image for details.

The Body Shop Massage

Monica Roseberry

Simple solutions for everyday stresses

Simple solutions for everyday stresses

Sensual Massage: Touch Me

The Body Shop

A small pocket guide with hard board enclosing a small number of pages. Wrapped in a red bow.

A small pocket guide with hard board enclosing a small number of pages. Wrapped in a red bow.

Yoga Natural Fitness For Body and Spirit.

Kristie Dahlia Home

Natural Yoga Fitness For Body and Spirit.

Natural Yoga Fitness For Body and Spirit.

Gymboree Shapes

Inc. Weldon Owen

See 2nd image for details.

See 2nd image for details.

Baby Play (Gymboree)

DR. WENDY S. MASI & DR. RONI COHEN LEIDE

All new parents are eager to help their baby discover the world around them, and BABY PLAY was designed to help parents engage their infant in activities that will encourage developmental skills. From the first month home through the twelfth, BABY PLAY offers doctor-approved, age-appropriate activities that stimulate discovery, begin communication, and nurture parental bonding.Developed in clo... read more

All new parents are eager to help their baby discover the world around them, and BABY PLAY was designed to help parents engage their infant in activities that will encourage developmental skills. From the first month home through the twelfth, BABY PLAY offers doctor-approved, age-appropriate activities that stimulate discovery, begin communication, and nurture parental bonding.Developed in clo... read more

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Mellissa Wood
Elizabeth is a fantastic collaborator who helped work my ideas into precise actionable steps. She's so passionate about what she does and it made such a big difference during our collaboration. Elizabeth is meticulous and thoughtful and really cares about the clients she works with. I look forward to being able to collaborate with her in the near future!

Mellissa Wood, June 2020


Yasmine Moussa
Elizabeth is just wonderful! I knew when we spoke for the first time that she was the perfect editor for me. I'm very pleased with our experience and look forward to applying her notes and feedback. Highly recommend Elizabeth!

Yasmine Moussa, May 2020


Alisa Weinstein
I highly recommend working with Elizabeth! She always responds promptly and is very smart. She immediately understood what I was trying to accomplish and helped me express it in my writing perfectly. I plan to work with her again soon!

Alisa Weinstein, April 2020


Sierra Stein
Fabulous and professional. Highly recommend.

Sierra Stein, July 2019

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