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Katherine Don

Katherine Don - Editor

Chicago, IL, United States

I'm a freelance book editor, writer, and researcher. Contact me for developmental book editing.

Overview

I'm a freelance book editor, writer, and researcher with a master's degree in literary journalism from NYU. My essays and journalism have appeared at The Huffington Post, Salon, The Atlantic online, and other outlets. I have been a contributing writer to six nonfiction books (St. Martin's Press, Publications International), and I'm the author of two YA textbooks. Additionally, I'm a regular contributor at Bustle.com and Romper.com. As much as I love to write, I love editing more. I work with writers in all genres as a developmental book editor. Whether you're working on a literary novel, a crime thriller, an academic book, or inspirational nonfiction, I'd love to work with you. Let's collaborate!

Services
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Plays & Screenplays Romance Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & wellbeing History Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement Social & Behavioral Sciences

Work experience

Freelance editor

The Book Don

January, 2009 – Present (almost 8 years)

I have worked as a freelance editor for seven years. My areas of expertise range from screenplays and commercial fiction to journalism, academic essays, and nonprofit development. In addition to freelancing, I have been an intern at Writer’s House Literary Agency, a copy-editor at The Foundation Center, and an editorial fellow at Salon Media Group.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Tiffany Baker

When Truly Plaice's mother was pregnant, the town of Aberdeen joined together in betting how recordbreakingly huge the baby boy would ultimately be. The girl who proved to be Truly paid the price of her enormity; her father blamed her for her mother's death in childbirth, and was totally ill equipped to raise either this giant child or her polar opposite sister Serena Jane, the epitome of femi... read more

When Truly Plaice's mother was pregnant, the town of Aberdeen joined together in betting how recordbreakingly huge the baby boy would ultimately be. The girl who proved to be Truly paid the price of her enormity; her father blamed her for her mother's death in childbirth, and was totally ill equipped to raise either this giant child or her polar opposite sister Serena Jane, the epitome of femi... read more

The Nightingale

Morgana Gallaway

The Nightingale is a riveting debut that offers a rare glimpse into war-torn Iraq--where a spirited young woman must choose between honoring the traditions of the past and her own hopes for the future. . .Every day Leila al-Ghani spends in Mosul is a reminder of what her life once was. Before the war she was the daughter of one of the city's finest families. She was encouraged by her parents t... read more

The Nightingale is a riveting debut that offers a rare glimpse into war-torn Iraq--where a spirited young woman must choose between honoring the traditions of the past and her own hopes for the future. . .Every day Leila al-Ghani spends in Mosul is a reminder of what her life once was. Before the war she was the daughter of one of the city's finest families. She was encouraged by her parents t... read more

Power of the Dog: Things Your Dog Can Do That You Can't

Les Krantz

“They’re so human!” we emote. But recent scientific findings point to dogs being very different than us humans.Dogs can do many things that we can’t, including things that we’d like to do but just don’t know how to. Among them are predicting earthquakes, picking up foreign languages almost instantly, detecting cancer and low blood sugar in humans, and even sensing impending death. The latest r... read more

“They’re so human!” we emote. But recent scientific findings point to dogs being very different than us humans.Dogs can do many things that we can’t, including things that we’d like to do but just don’t know how to. Among them are predicting earthquakes, picking up foreign languages almost instantly, detecting cancer and low blood sugar in humans, and even sensing impending death. The latest r... read more

Armchair Reader: The Book of Myths & Misconceptions

Jeff Bahr, Tom DeMichael, Katherine Don, James Duplacey, Emily Dwass, J. K. Kelley, Bill Martin, Susan McGowan, Ken Sheldon, Lawrence Robinson

Don t believe everything you hear, at least not until checking it out in The Book of Myths & Misconceptions. This book, from the popular Armchair Reader series, shines new light on hundreds of topics, setting the record straight on urban legends, old wives tales, misattributed quotes all the so-called facts we picked up from any number of less than reliable sources.The Book of Myths & Misconce... read more

Don t believe everything you hear, at least not until checking it out in The Book of Myths & Misconceptions. This book, from the popular Armchair Reader series, shines new light on hundreds of topics, setting the record straight on urban legends, old wives tales, misattributed quotes all the so-called facts we picked up from any number of less than reliable sources.The Book of Myths & Misconce... read more

Cleanse! The 3-Week Ultimate Detox Challenge

Jovanka Ciares

The Cleanse! 3-week Ultimate Detox Diet is not quite a diet but rather a start-up guide to a lifestyle that promotes a nutrition regimen of mostly organic fruits, organic vegetables and whole grains in order to cleanse, detox, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and prevent disease. The Cleanse! 3-week Ultimate Detox Challenge will take you through a journey where you will encounter a... read more

The Cleanse! 3-week Ultimate Detox Diet is not quite a diet but rather a start-up guide to a lifestyle that promotes a nutrition regimen of mostly organic fruits, organic vegetables and whole grains in order to cleanse, detox, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and prevent disease. The Cleanse! 3-week Ultimate Detox Challenge will take you through a journey where you will encounter a... read more

The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption

Kathryn Joyce

When Jessie Hawkins’ adopted daughter told her she had another mom back in Ethiopia, Jessie didn’t, at first, know what to think. She’d wanted her adoption to be great story about a child who needed a home and got one, and a family led by God to adopt. Instead, she felt like she’d done something wrong.Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of reproductive rights, pitched as a “win-win... read more

When Jessie Hawkins’ adopted daughter told her she had another mom back in Ethiopia, Jessie didn’t, at first, know what to think. She’d wanted her adoption to be great story about a child who needed a home and got one, and a family led by God to adopt. Instead, she felt like she’d done something wrong.Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of reproductive rights, pitched as a “win-win... read more

Armchair Reader The Origins of Everything

J. K. Kelley

Anthropologist George Dorsey said, Play is the beginning of knowledge. Armchair Reader: The Origin of Everything takes this dictum seriously, digging into the origins of hundreds of things people, places, concepts, names even stuff that doesn t exist except in the imagination. Some examples: Kitty litter, and how its invention turned cats from outdoor pets into indoor members of the family The... read more

Anthropologist George Dorsey said, Play is the beginning of knowledge. Armchair Reader: The Origin of Everything takes this dictum seriously, digging into the origins of hundreds of things people, places, concepts, names even stuff that doesn t exist except in the imagination. Some examples: Kitty litter, and how its invention turned cats from outdoor pets into indoor members of the family The... read more

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