"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
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 acquired and edited novels by #1 New York Times bestselling-author 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 a house built on truth something lays hidden. Beth and Stu Davenport moved to the English hillside town of Meadowford Bridge to give their young son, Gabriel, an idyllic, rural childhood. But in a single evening, the Davenports' dream is shattered by a hidden, ancient darkness-- and their lives are forever changed. Years later, Gabriel Davenport, now a capable, curious young man, makes the ... read more
Everything changed after the first day of seventh grade. For Edith Solstice, it wasn't her height. It wasn't getting her first kiss. It wasn't harder classes, either, except for Pre-Algebra. The change was a magical one. Unfortunately.Edith didn't know magic was possible, and that's what nearly ended Julie Cherry's life. She didn't mean to. Edith shouldn't have thrown that first punch. Now, Ju... read more
Seventeen-year-old Julia Turnbow’s mother gets paid to have sex; that’s just how it is. When Jules turns eighteen, she plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps and join the exclusive world of Philadelphia’s infamous Muriel Avenue Sluts. But before all that happens, she has just one wish—to fall in love. Just when things seem to be going her way, Jules’s world is knocked off its bearings. Her ... read more
Senior year was supposed to be great—that’s what Ember’s friend Maddie promised at the beginning of the year. Instead, Ember Trouvé spends the year drifting in and out of life like a ghost, haunted by her parents’ recent, tragic death.At home, she pores over her secret obsession: pictures of missing kids— from newspaper articles, from grocery store flyers— that she’s glued inside a spiral note... read more
OSHUN has everything a young pop star could ever want—fame, fortune, and beauty to spare. But there’s something dark inside of her, rising like the tide, fighting to be heard. Something that terrifies her. Because once she lets it out, she knows there’s no going back. EMBER is drowning. Fighting for consciousness, struggling to make sense of the strange dreams she’s been having—prophecies of m... read more
Menacing dark fantasy and heart-pounding suspense combine in the second book of this reader acclaimed supernatural series (The Gabriel Davenport Series) from British author Beverley Lee Gabriel Davenport has been remade from darkness. Now, he must adapt to survive . In a small seaside town, Gabriel's maker unwittingly takes his wards into the throes of a deadly new game. There are rumblings on... read more
She didn't fall. She was shoved. Getting shoved from the top of her high school’s social ladder is not something Candace Ellis sees coming. At seventeen, she has it all: friends, popularity and a delectable boyfriend. Through no fault of her own, she loses everything in an instant, and she is forced to navigate life and high school without anyone she used to depend on. Defeated and nearly brok... read more
Junior Lifeguards are #brave and #strong. Join the squad!Catch up with the brave, diverse girls of the Junior Lifeguards as they continue their summery adventures on Cape Cod, where ice cream, miniature golf, and sand-between-your-toes combine with beachfront bravery and life skills for wholesome summer days and nights!Junior Lifeguards basic training isn’t for wimps. In OSCAR SEASON, thirteen... read more
Brought to you by the writers of the best-selling CUPCAKE DIARIES series… The new JUNIOR LIFEGUARDS series is wholesome summer fun for young YA readers! Dive right in with the brave, diverse girls of the Junior Lifeguards as they continue their summery adventures on Cape Cod, where ice cream, miniature golf, and sand-between-your-toes combine with beachfront bravery and life skills for wholeso... read more
The day Desmoree Shale was kidnapped and awoke naked on a slab in a Sydney morgue should have been the worst day of her life – but she’s not dead, barely harmed, and her would be assassin, Jax, is actually kind of… cute. Tempted by the idea of a mythical fairy-land, Des joins Jax in discovering the past her mother was determined to keep hidden. She quickly learns there was a reason for her mot... read more
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Experienced fiction editor, formerly with Samhain Publishing. I specialize in romance and other genre fiction.