Kate Lockwood

Kate Lockwood - Editor

San Diego, CA, USA

Current Readerlink children’s editorial director. Formerly with HMH, Scholastic. Guidance and developmental editing to get your work sold!

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I’ve been fortunate enough to work in the children’s book industry for over fifteen years and have experience on all sides of both the creative process and the business of books.

My experience as an author allows me to be sensitive to the story behind the book and to appreciate the work you’ve put in. (Blood, sweat, and typos!)
My experience as an editor means I will work tirelessly to polish your manuscript into the perfectly publishable book you know it can be. (My specialty is developmental editing but I will never let a book go out into the world with a missing serial comma!)
My experience as an acquisitions editor shows that I can review thousands (truly, thousands) of submissions each year and have developed the eye of an art dealer in a thrift store. I know when a manuscript has value and when to throw my dollar on the counter and run away with a fortunate find.
All my experience has lead me to become the editorial director for Silver Dolphin Books, which publishes over one hundred quality children’s books each year. My craft is creating books that sell—everything from board books to picture books to middle grade fiction.

I’m happy to guide you and your book (no matter what shape it’s in!) through the entire publishing process. You’ve got an idea, and a start on a manuscript...I’m here to get you to that amazing moment when you hold your finished book in your hand. It’s an unreal experience—let’s get you there!
English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction

Work experience

Editorial Director

Silver Dolphin Books, Readerlink
September, 2013 – Present (over 8 years)

Developmental Editor

Klutz, Scholastic
April, 2009 – September, 2014 (over 5 years)


Hameray Publishing
December, 2007 – March, 2009 (about 1 year)

Associate Editor

Houghton Mifflin
April, 2006 – January, 2009 (almost 3 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Rabbit & Bear (4 Book Series)

Gough, Julian, Field, Jim

Can't Scare Me!

Archer, Mandy, Jevons, Chris

Eppie the Elephant (Who Was Allergic to Peanuts)

Crouse, Livingstone, Brown, Steve

Goodnight Sleepyheads

Fischer, Maggie, Taylor, Dan

Hey, Diddle Diddle and Other Classic Nursery Rhymes

Editors of Silver Dolphin Books, Forester, Liz

Little Places: America Is...

Editors of Silver Dolphin Books

Peas on Earth

Marx, Jonny, Sagar, Lindsey

Wild Bios: Frida Catlo

Acampora, Courtney, Fischer, Maggie, Dale-Scott, Lindsay

Kate has 11 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Aniska Gibson
Kate is the consumate professional. She was very kind but truthful about what I submitted (can't call it a manuscript at this point) and her suggestions for improvement was the impetus I needed to move on to complete the work.

Aniska Gibson, September 2021

Kate Lockwood
Thanks so much Aniska! It was an absolute pleasure working with you. I appreciate the trust you put in me to help you shape your manuscript. You have a wonderfully original idea and I look forward ...
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Cathy Griffin
My collaboration with Kate went beyond my expectations. She was both instructive and encouraging while assisting me in maintaining clarity and the integrity of my first manuscript.

Cathy Griffin, September 2021

Lucy Becker Harmon
Simply put, Kate was perfection. She was exactly who I needed to help turn this lifelong idea into a reality. I not only walked away with a manuscript but with a friend.

Lucy Becker Harmon, July 2021

Virginia Calderon
Kate is great to work with especially if you're new to all this! She has great advice and I look forward to working with her in the further and in the future!

Virginia Calderon, July 2021

Cobb Rogers
Amazing work!!! Everyone should work with Kate :)

Cobb Rogers, July 2021

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