Kate Sederstrom

Kate Sederstrom - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I'm a freelance book editor, writer, editorial assistant at Bloomsbury Children's Books specializing in Middle Grade and YA.

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My goal is to help you bring your artistic vision onto the page in a way that will resonate with readers -- and to make your story the best it can possibly be! Whether you have a finished novel you're looking to tighten up for publication, or need a hand to guide you though writer's block, I am here for you! With my passion for stories, as well as my experience in the editorial, agenting, and publicity sides of the publishing industry, I have a keen sensitivity for how to bring your book to it's greatest both literary and commercial potential.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

• Provide both macro and micro editorial feedback
• Communicate with authors extensively to adequately execute they artistic vision

Editorial Assistant

Bloomsbury Children's Books
January, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

• Evaluate manuscripts and provide key editorial feedback for acquisition
• Manage publishing calendars and the schedule for the department
• Edit manuscripts from the developmental stage through copy editing
● Titles include: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, The World of Throne of Glass, Something Rotten by Heather L. Montgomery, We Are Not Yet Equal by Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden

Publicist

Self-employed
November, 2017 – Present (almost 2 years)

● Create and implement full publicity plan for debut independent author
● Pitch the book to media outlets and booksellers

Publishing Associate

Bright Group USA
March, 2017 – January, 2018 (10 months)

● Evaluated manuscripts and provide key editorial feedback on author/illustrated projects for submission
● Created and manage marketing strategies for the USA branch of Bright
● Liaised with children’s book illustrators and publishing houses to streamline project management
● Titles include: New York Times Bestselling Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie and Gloria's Voice by Aura Lewis

Publicity Assistant/Awards Coordinator

Random House Publishing Group
September, 2015 – March, 2017 (over 1 year)

● Assisted in creating publicity materials such as press releases, mailings, press kits, and organized author tour travel
● Managed department calendars and the schedule for the Executive Vice President of Publicity
● Coordinated submissions of Random House titles to all major publishing awards
● Titles include: Night School by Lee Child, New Order by Fay Wolf, My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella, The Dream Life of Astronauts by Patrick Ryan

Bookseller

Quail Ridge Books and Music
May, 2015 – September, 2015 (4 months)

● Recommended books based on each customer’s preferences and my own product knowledge
● Processed customer orders, book reservations, returns, and exchanges
● Facilitated book events including author readings, signing sessions, and book clubs

Editorial Intern

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
May, 2015 – September, 2015 (4 months)

● Wrote appraisals of manuscripts and queries
● Maintained digital database for all submissions

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Dreamland (YA edition): The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Sam Quinones

As an adult book, Sam Quinones's Dreamland took the world by storm, winning the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction and hitting at least a dozen Best Book of the Year lists. Now, adapted for the first time for a young adult audience, this compelling reporting explains the roots of the current opiate crisis. In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the... read more

As an adult book, Sam Quinones's Dreamland took the world by storm, winning the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction and hitting at least a dozen Best Book of the Year lists. Now, adapted for the first time for a young adult audience, this compelling reporting explains the roots of the current opiate crisis. In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the... read more

The Gravity of Us

Phil Stamper

Teen boys find love when their parents' NASA mission uproots their lives in this sweet debut perfect for Adam Silvera fans. As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and a... read more

Teen boys find love when their parents' NASA mission uproots their lives in this sweet debut perfect for Adam Silvera fans. As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and a... read more

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass)

Sarah J. Maas

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas's #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius's journey from slave to king's assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . . Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron cof... read more

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas's #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius's journey from slave to king's assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . . Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron cof... read more

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

Sarah J. Maas

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. New in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Frost and Starlight is a glimpse into the lives of Feyre and Rhys as they begin to recover from the war that changed their world.Feyre, Rhysand, and their close-knit circle of friends are... read more

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. New in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Frost and Starlight is a glimpse into the lives of Feyre and Rhys as they begin to recover from the war that changed their world.Feyre, Rhysand, and their close-knit circle of friends are... read more

Gloria's Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem―Feminist, Activist, Leader (People Who Shaped Our World)

Aura Lewis

“A subtle ode to an iconic figure of quiet ‘strength and enormous influence.’” —Publishers WeeklyGloria Steinem started a movement that changed our world. This picture-book biography of the pioneering feminist brings the message of equality to a new generation. Using gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this biography of Gloria Steinem introduces young readers to the leader of the women’s libera... read more

“A subtle ode to an iconic figure of quiet ‘strength and enormous influence.’” —Publishers WeeklyGloria Steinem started a movement that changed our world. This picture-book biography of the pioneering feminist brings the message of equality to a new generation. Using gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this biography of Gloria Steinem introduces young readers to the leader of the women’s libera... read more

Princesses Wear Pants

Savannah Guthrie, Allison Oppenheim

An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! From NBC’s TODAY coanchor Savannah Guthrie and educator Allison Oppenheim comes an empowering fairy tale with a twist. And now you can join Princess Penelope Pineapple in her next adventure Princesses Save the World, an instant #1 New York Times bestseller! In the tradition of Not All Princesses Dress in Pink and Princess in Black, Princesses Wear Pants... read more

An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! From NBC’s TODAY coanchor Savannah Guthrie and educator Allison Oppenheim comes an empowering fairy tale with a twist. And now you can join Princess Penelope Pineapple in her next adventure Princesses Save the World, an instant #1 New York Times bestseller! In the tradition of Not All Princesses Dress in Pink and Princess in Black, Princesses Wear Pants... read more

The Dream Life of Astronauts: Stories

Patrick Ryan

For readers of Tom Perrotta and Lorrie Moore, these nine unforgettable stories, all set in and around Cape Canaveral, showcase Patrick Ryan’s masterly understanding of regret and hope, relationships and family, and the universal longing for love.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY St. Louis Post Dispatch • Refinery 29 • Electric Literature The Dream Life of Astronauts balances heartbrea... read more

For readers of Tom Perrotta and Lorrie Moore, these nine unforgettable stories, all set in and around Cape Canaveral, showcase Patrick Ryan’s masterly understanding of regret and hope, relationships and family, and the universal longing for love.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY St. Louis Post Dispatch • Refinery 29 • Electric Literature The Dream Life of Astronauts balances heartbrea... read more

Radio Underground

Alison Littman

With swift, bold and powerful writing, debut author Alison Littman tells the story of a family ripped apart by revolution, illuminating a time when news, rock ‘n’ roll and underground journalism forever changed the lives of those living behind the Iron Curtain. After years of suffering under the communist regime in Cold War Hungary, Eszter Turján—fanatical underground journalist—would sacrific... read more

With swift, bold and powerful writing, debut author Alison Littman tells the story of a family ripped apart by revolution, illuminating a time when news, rock ‘n’ roll and underground journalism forever changed the lives of those living behind the Iron Curtain. After years of suffering under the communist regime in Cold War Hungary, Eszter Turján—fanatical underground journalist—would sacrific... read more

New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else)

Fay Wolf

For readers of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Power of Habit comes a revelatory, witty guide to a clearer home and a more creative mind. Can a decluttered space fuel a creative mind? Heck yes, says organizing expert Fay Wolf, who has helped everyone from Hollywood celebrities to schoolteachers to work-from-home parents achieve a less cluttered, more creative life. Here, Wolf out... read more

For readers of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Power of Habit comes a revelatory, witty guide to a clearer home and a more creative mind. Can a decluttered space fuel a creative mind? Heck yes, says organizing expert Fay Wolf, who has helped everyone from Hollywood celebrities to schoolteachers to work-from-home parents achieve a less cluttered, more creative life. Here, Wolf out... read more

Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill

Heather L. Montgomery

When Heather L. Montgomery sees a rattlesnake flattened on the side of the road, her first instinct is to pick it up and dissect it--she's always wanted to see how a snake's fangs retract when they close their mouths, and it's not exactly safe to poke around in a live reptile's mouth. A wildlife researcher with a special penchant for the animals that litter the roadways, Heather isn't satisfie... read more

When Heather L. Montgomery sees a rattlesnake flattened on the side of the road, her first instinct is to pick it up and dissect it--she's always wanted to see how a snake's fangs retract when they close their mouths, and it's not exactly safe to poke around in a live reptile's mouth. A wildlife researcher with a special penchant for the animals that litter the roadways, Heather isn't satisfie... read more

Throne of Glass (Collector's Edition)

Sarah J. Maas

This must-have collectible edition of THRONE OF GLASS, the exciting first book in the New York Times bestselling series, features a deluxe package, brand new interior page designs, and more-perfect for Sarah J. Maas fans.This lush, one-of-a-kind edition of the book that started a world-wide phenomenon tells the sweeping saga of Celaena Sardothien who lives in a land without magic, where the ki... read more

This must-have collectible edition of THRONE OF GLASS, the exciting first book in the New York Times bestselling series, features a deluxe package, brand new interior page designs, and more-perfect for Sarah J. Maas fans.This lush, one-of-a-kind edition of the book that started a world-wide phenomenon tells the sweeping saga of Celaena Sardothien who lives in a land without magic, where the ki... read more

What Goes Up

Katie Kennedy

Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA's mysterious Interworlds Agency. They're not exactly sure what the top-secret program entails, but they know they want in. Rosa has her brilliant parents' legacies to live up to, and Eddie has nowhere else to go--he's certainly not going to stick around and wait for his violent father to get out of jail. Even if they are selected, the... read more

Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA's mysterious Interworlds Agency. They're not exactly sure what the top-secret program entails, but they know they want in. Rosa has her brilliant parents' legacies to live up to, and Eddie has nowhere else to go--he's certainly not going to stick around and wait for his violent father to get out of jail. Even if they are selected, the... read more

My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel

Sophie Kinsella

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely novel yet. Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter ... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely novel yet. Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter ... read more

Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel

Lee Child

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incomparable hero of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back takes readers to school in his most explosive novel yet. After eleven straight global #1 bestsellers, discover the thrillers that The New York Times calls “utterly addictive.”Don’t miss a sneak peek of Lee Child’s new novel, The Midnight Line, in the back of the book. It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army... read more

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incomparable hero of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back takes readers to school in his most explosive novel yet. After eleven straight global #1 bestsellers, discover the thrillers that The New York Times calls “utterly addictive.”Don’t miss a sneak peek of Lee Child’s new novel, The Midnight Line, in the back of the book. It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army... read more

The Young Widower's Handbook: A Novel

Tom McAllister

“Funny, sad, and smart . . . Part wacky road novel, part romantic comedy, McAllister's debut flies along yet reaches deep.” —Stewart O'Nan, author of West of Sunset For Hunter Cady, meeting Kaitlyn is the greatest thing that has ever happened to him. Whereas he had spent most of his days accomplishing very little, now his life has a purpose. Smart, funny, and one of a kind, Kait is somehow cha... read more

“Funny, sad, and smart . . . Part wacky road novel, part romantic comedy, McAllister's debut flies along yet reaches deep.” —Stewart O'Nan, author of West of Sunset For Hunter Cady, meeting Kaitlyn is the greatest thing that has ever happened to him. Whereas he had spent most of his days accomplishing very little, now his life has a purpose. Smart, funny, and one of a kind, Kait is somehow cha... read more

One Person, No Vote (YA edition): How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally

Carol Anderson, Tonya Bolden

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, the startling--and timely--history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin.In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person... read more

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, the startling--and timely--history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin.In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person... read more

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Hannah Tomkins
Kate is fantastic to work with. Approachable, knowledgeable and happy to explain things when you feel like you're out of your depth. We haven't finished out project just yet, but I have every confidence that with her help the launch of my book and my company is going to be a big success. Highly recommend!

Hannah Tomkins, May 2019

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