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Kate Angelella

Kate Angelella - Editor

Baltimore, MD

Experienced YA/MG editor, formerly of Simon & Schuster Children's Books. I offer in-depth, honest critiques.

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Reviews (2)

"Any writer would be lucky to have Kate Angelella’s insightful, wise editorial guidance. In her time on the editing staff at Aladdin, Kate acquired and shaped books that launched careers of many industry stars, including the future #1 Indie Next pick author Nova Ren Suma and the multiple John Steptoe-award-winning Kekla Magoon. Kate has an eye for talent and a gentle, skilled hand at coaxing out the best from a writer."

--Liesa Abrams, VP, Editorial Director, Simon Pulse

"Kate Angelella has a wonderful eye for what works in the commercial marketplace, with a talent for finding new, fresh voices and pushing them to be the best writers they can be. While at Aladdin, she shaped many noteworthy debuts, and her collaborative editorial process was appreciated and respected by her colleagues and authors. “
--Alyson Heller, Editor, Aladdin Books

“Meticulous and fastidious in her work, Kate is a true ‘angel.’ What she did for my book in two weeks would normally take her two months, and she kept in continual contact and worked with me to polish my MS to professional standards. Her services, advice, and connections are invaluable and are all what ultimately led me to my agent at ZSH Literary. Kate is a true gem!”
– Emily Beth Shore, THE MENAGERIE


“The whole thought of hiring a professional editor made me nervous, at first. But after looking at Kate’s background and reading through her testimonials, I was sold. It was one of the best career decisions I have ever made. Kate’s enthusiasm for my story made me remember why I loved writing, and her spot-on edits helped me shape and hone my manuscript into something I am immensely proud of. She gave her critiques with a genuine kindness that made me feel completely at ease while also incredibly motivated. Kate’s edits gave me the push I needed, and I am so grateful.”
– Katharyn Blair, HAUNT FOR JACKALS


“Working with Kate was a true pleasure. Her professional eye took what I thought was a polished manuscript, and made it shine. As a first time author I was nervous about the thought of working with an editor but Kate has such a wonderful way of suggesting improvements and a killer eye for the fluff that is not needed. Her expertise took my manuscript to the next level. I am thrilled to have had her by my side in this project and look forward to future collaborations.”
– Beverley Lee, THE MAKING OF GABRIEL DAVENPORT



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I've worked as a children’s book editor for nearly a decade, editing chapter books, middle-grade, tween, and YA novels. I began my career at Simon & Schuster in New York City, where I edited several bi-monthly series, including the renowned middle grade series Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, and acquired 30+ novels, including The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon, winner of the Coretta Scott King/ John Steptoe Award for New Talent and NAACP Image Award nominee. I also edited novels by Nova Ren Suma, Amanda Marrone, Shawn K. Stout, P.G. Kain, Tricia Rayburn, Lauren Barnholdt, Taylor Morris, and Cecilia Galante.


Now, the most satisfying, magical part of that job—working directly with authors—is my full-time, freelance career.


I believe that everyone has a story to tell. I want to help make your story the best that it can be. My critiques are extremely thorough and honest, without compromising professionalism and compassion.



(*profile painting by Reedsy client Kara Bodegón)

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Fantasy Literature Science Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program, Writing for Children & Young Adults (Master's thesis topic: The Symphony of Realism and Fantasy in YA Magical Realism & Urban Fantasy)
  • BA, Drama (Ithaca College, 2002)

Work experience

Freelance Editor & Writer

Angelella Editorial

January, 2011 – Present (almost 6 years)

Kate Angelella has been freelance writing and editing since 2011. In 2015, she began her own full-time freelance editorial business. She offers comprehensive editorial work, providing in-depth, honest, and compassionate critiques.

Editor

Simon & Schuster Children's Books / Aladdin Books

May, 2007 – January, 2011 (over 3 years)

Acquired, edited, and wrote jacket and promotional copy for 30+ original novels and edited several popular bi-monthly series such as NANCY DREW, THE HARDY BOYS, & CHILDHOOD OF FAMOUS AMERICANS.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

The Rock and the River (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent)

Kekla Magoon

The Time: 1968 The Place: Chicago For thirteen-year-old Sam it's not easy being the son of known civil rights activist Roland Childs. Especially when his older (and best friend), Stick, begins to drift away from him for no apparent reason. And then it happens: Sam finds something that changes everything forever. Sam has always had faith in his father, but when he finds literature about the Bla... read more

The Time: 1968 The Place: Chicago For thirteen-year-old Sam it's not easy being the son of known civil rights activist Roland Childs. Especially when his older (and best friend), Stick, begins to drift away from him for no apparent reason. And then it happens: Sam finds something that changes everything forever. Sam has always had faith in his father, but when he finds literature about the Bla... read more

Fake Me a Match (mix)

Lauren Barnholdt

It’s matchmaking mayhem when a school project goes awry in this “entertaining and enjoyable read” (School Library Journal) from the author of Four Truths and a Lie.Avery LaDuke is bummed when her (former) BFF, Sophie Burns, dumps her for the popular crowd. But now that her mom is getting remarried, Avery’s hoping her new stepsister, Blake, will fill the role of best pal. So imagine her shock w... read more

It’s matchmaking mayhem when a school project goes awry in this “entertaining and enjoyable read” (School Library Journal) from the author of Four Truths and a Lie.Avery LaDuke is bummed when her (former) BFF, Sophie Burns, dumps her for the popular crowd. But now that her mom is getting remarried, Avery’s hoping her new stepsister, Blake, will fill the role of best pal. So imagine her shock w... read more

Fade Out

Nova Ren Suma

Life echoes art in this sassy, heartwrenching coming-of-age story from the author of Imaginary Girls.It’s summer and Dani Callanzano has been abandoned by everyone she knows. Her dad moved out, her mom is all preoccupied being broken-hearted, and her closest friend just moved away. Basically it’s the end of the world. At least she has the Little Art, her favorite local arthouse movie theater. ... read more

Life echoes art in this sassy, heartwrenching coming-of-age story from the author of Imaginary Girls.It’s summer and Dani Callanzano has been abandoned by everyone she knows. Her dad moved out, her mom is all preoccupied being broken-hearted, and her closest friend just moved away. Basically it’s the end of the world. At least she has the Little Art, her favorite local arthouse movie theater. ... read more

The Multiplying Menace (Magic Repair Shop)

Amanda Marrone

Twelve-year-old Maggie Malloy can make wishes come true. But she’s learned that people like magic better in storybooks than in real life, and longs to find someone who understands her power. When she’s forced to spend a year with her grandmother, Maggie discovers an old magic repair shop—and the owner, Mr. McGuire, is a real magician, just like Maggie! She becomes Mr. Maguire’s apprentice and ... read more

Twelve-year-old Maggie Malloy can make wishes come true. But she’s learned that people like magic better in storybooks than in real life, and longs to find someone who understands her power. When she’s forced to spend a year with her grandmother, Maggie discovers an old magic repair shop—and the owner, Mr. McGuire, is a real magician, just like Maggie! She becomes Mr. Maguire’s apprentice and ... read more

Famous for Thirty Seconds (Commercial Breaks)

P.G. Kain

The first in a fresh new M!X series about girls involved in the cutthroat world of modeling, acting and commercial castings!Brittany Rush is the face of Gotta Have It candy bars, the hands of Write On pencils, the hair of Knot Me Not detangle spray and the voice of Mom, It's Delicious! soups. Brittany has been appearing in commercials and print ads since her backside was the official derriere ... read more

The first in a fresh new M!X series about girls involved in the cutthroat world of modeling, acting and commercial castings!Brittany Rush is the face of Gotta Have It candy bars, the hands of Write On pencils, the hair of Knot Me Not detangle spray and the voice of Mom, It's Delicious! soups. Brittany has been appearing in commercials and print ads since her backside was the official derriere ... read more

The Summer of May

Cecilia Galante

Now in paperback, a moving novel of loss and resilience, told in a voice that is “sometimes humorous, at times heartbreaking, and always authentic” (School Library Journal).Twelve-year-old May lives with her grandmother, who is depressed about the absence of May’s mother, and her father, who works long hours and is almost never around. Due to her circumstance and her resentment over having to ... read more

Now in paperback, a moving novel of loss and resilience, told in a voice that is “sometimes humorous, at times heartbreaking, and always authentic” (School Library Journal).Twelve-year-old May lives with her grandmother, who is depressed about the absence of May’s mother, and her father, who works long hours and is almost never around. Due to her circumstance and her resentment over having to ... read more

Ruby's Slippers

Tricia Rayburn

Ruby Lee has never downloaded an iTune, heard of Facebook, nor seen a video on YouTube. Raised in rural Kansas with her mom as her best friend, she’s cozy and content. But everything changes when she and her mom move to Florida to care for her grandmother, Nana Dottie. Ruby quickly realizes she’s definitely not in Kansas anymore—the kids in her huge school are totally different…but her new lif... read more

Ruby Lee has never downloaded an iTune, heard of Facebook, nor seen a video on YouTube. Raised in rural Kansas with her mom as her best friend, she’s cozy and content. But everything changes when she and her mom move to Florida to care for her grandmother, Nana Dottie. Ruby quickly realizes she’s definitely not in Kansas anymore—the kids in her huge school are totally different…but her new lif... read more

Camo Girl

Kekla Magoon

A biracial student questions her identity in this contemporary novel from the author of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptor Award–winning The Rock and the River.Ella and Z have been friends forever, both of them middle-school outsiders in their Las Vegas suburb. Ella is the only black girl in her grade and gets teased for the mottled colors of her face. (Her deceased father was white.) Z is th... read more

A biracial student questions her identity in this contemporary novel from the author of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptor Award–winning The Rock and the River.Ella and Z have been friends forever, both of them middle-school outsiders in their Las Vegas suburb. Ella is the only black girl in her grade and gets teased for the mottled colors of her face. (Her deceased father was white.) Z is th... read more

Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better (mix)

Lauren Barnholdt

Devon Delaney cannot believe she's lying again. But the thing is, she couldn't help it. Her new boyfriend, Luke, is talking to his (gorgeous) ex-girlfriend, Bailey Barelli (!!!), every single day in mock trial. Devon couldn't just stand by and let him find out that she'd never dated anyone else before. Could she? Oopsie. Too late now. To show how totally unaffected she is by Bailey's obvious L... read more

Devon Delaney cannot believe she's lying again. But the thing is, she couldn't help it. Her new boyfriend, Luke, is talking to his (gorgeous) ex-girlfriend, Bailey Barelli (!!!), every single day in mock trial. Devon couldn't just stand by and let him find out that she'd never dated anyone else before. Could she? Oopsie. Too late now. To show how totally unaffected she is by Bailey's obvious L... read more

Rules for Secret Keeping (mix)

Lauren Barnholdt

HAVE A SECRET YOU JUST NEED TO GET OUT? IS YOUR BEST FRIEND'S NEW BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHIRT A TOTAL FASHION DON'T? WANNA ANNONYMOUSLY TELL YOUR CRUSH YOU LIKE HIM? Save yourself the embarrassment and pass your secret through me, Samantha Carmichael. Drop your secret along with a dollar into locker number 321, and it will be delivered to the recipient of your choice. **YOUR SECRET WILL NOT BE READ.*... read more

HAVE A SECRET YOU JUST NEED TO GET OUT? IS YOUR BEST FRIEND'S NEW BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHIRT A TOTAL FASHION DON'T? WANNA ANNONYMOUSLY TELL YOUR CRUSH YOU LIKE HIM? Save yourself the embarrassment and pass your secret through me, Samantha Carmichael. Drop your secret along with a dollar into locker number 321, and it will be delivered to the recipient of your choice. **YOUR SECRET WILL NOT BE READ.*... read more

Maggie Bean in Love

Tricia Rayburn

At the start of 8th grade, Maggie Bean is really, truly, 100% happy. She's successfully maintained her weight, moved into a beautiful house her family actually owns, and -- best of all -- fallen in love. That's right--love. The real kind, with actual dates, hand holding, laughing and wishing every perfect moment would never end. Maggie wants nothing more than to bask in the joy of having a boy... read more

At the start of 8th grade, Maggie Bean is really, truly, 100% happy. She's successfully maintained her weight, moved into a beautiful house her family actually owns, and -- best of all -- fallen in love. That's right--love. The real kind, with actual dates, hand holding, laughing and wishing every perfect moment would never end. Maggie wants nothing more than to bask in the joy of having a boy... read more

The Social Experiments of Dorie Dilts: The School for Cool (mix)

P.G. Kain

Objective: Be Selected to Present at Academy Day Process: Scientific Method Step 1: Formulate a Question What would it take to get Tiffany to notice Igor? Dorie is in science geek heaven at the National Academy for Gifted Youth's science program until she realizes she has gone from being a big fish in a small pond to a typically sized Amphiprion percula in a hyperacclimated environment of equa... read more

Objective: Be Selected to Present at Academy Day Process: Scientific Method Step 1: Formulate a Question What would it take to get Tiffany to notice Igor? Dorie is in science geek heaven at the National Academy for Gifted Youth's science program until she realizes she has gone from being a big fish in a small pond to a typically sized Amphiprion percula in a hyperacclimated environment of equa... read more

BFF Breakup (mix)

Taylor Morris

Brooke and Madeline have been best friends since they first met. And now they're going to be best friends in high school, then go to the same college where they'll be roommates, date—and marry—boys who are also best friends. Finally they'll live next door to each other and go on family vacations together. Nothing could possibly change that, right? Well not so fast. A new school year brings new... read more

Brooke and Madeline have been best friends since they first met. And now they're going to be best friends in high school, then go to the same college where they'll be roommates, date—and marry—boys who are also best friends. Finally they'll live next door to each other and go on family vacations together. Nothing could possibly change that, right? Well not so fast. A new school year brings new... read more

Ballerina Weather Girl (Not-So-Ordinary Girl)

Shawn K. Stout

Fiona Finkelstein was born to be a ballerina—if she can get over her stage fright, that is. The first in the feisty and endearing Not-So-Ordinary Girl trilogy.More than catching fireflies, more than eating triple–hot fudge sundaes, and even more than waking up on the first day of summer vacation, Fiona Finkelstein wants to become a ballerina. There’s just one problem: In her last recital, she ... read more

Fiona Finkelstein was born to be a ballerina—if she can get over her stage fright, that is. The first in the feisty and endearing Not-So-Ordinary Girl trilogy.More than catching fireflies, more than eating triple–hot fudge sundaes, and even more than waking up on the first day of summer vacation, Fiona Finkelstein wants to become a ballerina. There’s just one problem: In her last recital, she ... read more

Miss Matched (Not-So-Ordinary Girl)

Shawn K. Stout

Fiona Finkelstein tries her hand at making matches in this second book of the lively and lovable Not-So-Ordinary Girl trilogy.Fiona has proved herself as a ballerina, but she’s got other talents as well. Such as…matchmaking? Maybe. She sets out to start a club with her friends and classmates to pair people with things and activities they might enjoy, but the results aren’t quite what she hoped... read more

Fiona Finkelstein tries her hand at making matches in this second book of the lively and lovable Not-So-Ordinary Girl trilogy.Fiona has proved herself as a ballerina, but she’s got other talents as well. Such as…matchmaking? Maybe. She sets out to start a club with her friends and classmates to pair people with things and activities they might enjoy, but the results aren’t quite what she hoped... read more

Nice and Mean (mix)

Jessica Leader

Marina is mean. Sachi is nice. Marina is Barney’s. Sachi is Burlington Coat Factory. It’s bad enough they’re forced to coexist in their middle-school’s high-profile video elective—but now they’re being forced to work together on the big semester project. Marina’s objective? Out her wannabe BFF as a fashion victim to the entire middle school. Sachi’s objective? Prove that she’s not just the smi... read more

Marina is mean. Sachi is nice. Marina is Barney’s. Sachi is Burlington Coat Factory. It’s bad enough they’re forced to coexist in their middle-school’s high-profile video elective—but now they’re being forced to work together on the big semester project. Marina’s objective? Out her wannabe BFF as a fashion victim to the entire middle school. Sachi’s objective? Prove that she’s not just the smi... read more

The Shape-Shifter's Curse (Magic Repair Shop)

Amanda Marrone

Mr. McGuire takes Maggie, Raphael, Fiona, and Hasenpfeffer to Scotland to meet one of his oldest friends, Sir Roderick Lachlan, who will conduct Maggie’s World Federation of Magic testing. Also at the estate are smarmy young house guest—Munro Wallace Shaw, his mentor—Lord Gilroy Innis, Sir Lachlan’s wife, Lyra, a depressed selkie who endlessly searches the castle for her hidden seal skin so sh... read more

Mr. McGuire takes Maggie, Raphael, Fiona, and Hasenpfeffer to Scotland to meet one of his oldest friends, Sir Roderick Lachlan, who will conduct Maggie’s World Federation of Magic testing. Also at the estate are smarmy young house guest—Munro Wallace Shaw, his mentor—Lord Gilroy Innis, Sir Lachlan’s wife, Lyra, a depressed selkie who endlessly searches the castle for her hidden seal skin so sh... read more

Master of Mirrors (Magic Repair Shop)

Amanda Marrone

Maggie has discovered a kobold—a creature similar to a house brownie but with an evil bent. Her grandfather trapped a particular kobold thirty years ago to keep it away from Maggie’s father, but the creature has escaped and is out to punish Maggie's family. Narrowly escaping the creature in her house, Maggie and Hasenpfeffer head to Mr. McGuire’s Magic Repair Shop to repair the spell and end u... read more

Maggie has discovered a kobold—a creature similar to a house brownie but with an evil bent. Her grandfather trapped a particular kobold thirty years ago to keep it away from Maggie’s father, but the creature has escaped and is out to punish Maggie's family. Narrowly escaping the creature in her house, Maggie and Hasenpfeffer head to Mr. McGuire’s Magic Repair Shop to repair the spell and end u... read more

Girl Meets Ghost

Lauren Barnholdt

A tween girl becomes a reluctant medium in this start to a hilariously haunting series.Kendall Williams sees dead people. Not only can she see them, she can speak to them…and they can speak to her. It’s that last little detail that really causes all kinds of problems. The dead don’t have much in the way of boundaries, and they tend to pop up whenever—and wherever—they please. They want Kendall... read more

A tween girl becomes a reluctant medium in this start to a hilariously haunting series.Kendall Williams sees dead people. Not only can she see them, she can speak to them…and they can speak to her. It’s that last little detail that really causes all kinds of problems. The dead don’t have much in the way of boundaries, and they tend to pop up whenever—and wherever—they please. They want Kendall... read more

Pageant Perfect Crime (Perfect Mystery Trilogy, Book 1 / Nancy Drew: Girl Detective, No. 30)

Carolyn Keene

Ned's classmate Portia Leoni won last year's Miss Pretty Face River Heights Beauty Pageant. But after Portia was accused of shoplifting dresses from a local boutique, her crown was taken away from her. Portia claims that she's innocent, but why would someone want to frame her? To find out more, I'm going undercover -- as a pageant contestant! But going undercover in Miss Pretty Face may be my ... read more

Ned's classmate Portia Leoni won last year's Miss Pretty Face River Heights Beauty Pageant. But after Portia was accused of shoplifting dresses from a local boutique, her crown was taken away from her. Portia claims that she's innocent, but why would someone want to frame her? To find out more, I'm going undercover -- as a pageant contestant! But going undercover in Miss Pretty Face may be my ... read more

Trouble at the Arcade (Hardy Boys: The Secret Files)

Franklin W. Dixon

In Trouble at the Arcade, nine-year-old Frank and eight-year-old Joe Hardy discover trouble lurking at the local arcade and decide they make pretty good detectives—just like their dad!

In Trouble at the Arcade, nine-year-old Frank and eight-year-old Joe Hardy discover trouble lurking at the local arcade and decide they make pretty good detectives—just like their dad!

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Jennifer Alsever

Words cannot express how grateful I am to Kate. My manuscript would never be what it is today without her great insights about plot, characters and holes. Her line edits are beautiful, crips, smart and polished. A good writer is never much without a brilliant editor, and Kate is brilliant.

Jennifer Alsever, November 2016


Dannie Morris

Oh my God, I'm so happy that I found Kate! So happy, I considered not reviewing her so that her plate isn't too full when I reach out to her for another project. But, since I'm not a selfish person, I figured I'd go ahead and tell the world how wonderful an editor she is. I hired Kate to do a developmental edit on my middle grade novel speculative fiction novel. To be honest, I didn't know w...

Dannie Morris, November 2016

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