Kathleen Capetta

Kathleen Capetta - Editor Tick

Camden, ME, USA

I'm an experienced editor who knows the publishing process from start to finish and can help make your next book or article a success.

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Overview

I've spent my entire career in publishing in various editorial positions. From my experience working at a literary agency, Random House, and a major regional magazine, I have developed a great eye for what makes a compelling read. The most important element to any project is how you connect to your readers — how you cut through all the noise of modern life and make them care.
Here's what I can bring to your next project:
- professional, deadline oriented service
- a no b.s. seasoned opinion on how to find your "hook" whether for a book or article
- honest and detailed feedback on structure and overall concept
- advice on finding the voice of the project and keeping it consistent throughout
- enthusiastic brainstorming and concepting of ideas
- holistic project thinking so you don't just publish but achieve financial and other goals

I absolutely love collaborating with passionate writers to craft their best work. If you want honest, constructive feedback from an experienced editor please reach out and let's discuss how I can help.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Parenting & Families
Publishing

Work experience

Editor in Chief

Down East Magazine
November, 2007 – Present (over 11 years)

For five years I have led this award-winning regional publication. From line editing and cover concepting overseeing all the staff to defining the editorial brand, my role has evolved as the industry itself has changed.

Editorial Assistant

Random House
September, 2006 – November, 2007 (about 1 year)

Assisted two brilliant cookbook editors with the publishing process from acquisition to publication. I worked with Food Network stars and dozens of chefs and authors to create beautiful books.

Literary Agent Assistant

Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
August, 2005 – September, 2006 (about 1 year)

Assisted several agents in reading proposals, paying authors, and scouting new project ideas.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Standard Baking Co. Pastries

Alison Pray, Tara Smith

Standard Baking Co. is Maine’s most well-known bakery. Located directly across from Portland’s harbor, the bakery is a daily hub for hundreds of people. From almond crossiants to butter cookies to a pear frangipane tart, more than sixty coveted recipes comprise this cookbook tailor written for the home baker. Never before has Standard Baking co. divulged its sweet secrets — this cookbook is su... read more

Standard Baking Co. is Maine’s most well-known bakery. Located directly across from Portland’s harbor, the bakery is a daily hub for hundreds of people. From almond crossiants to butter cookies to a pear frangipane tart, more than sixty coveted recipes comprise this cookbook tailor written for the home baker. Never before has Standard Baking co. divulged its sweet secrets — this cookbook is su... read more

Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier

Kate Shaffer

If you've ever had a fantasy of living on a Maine island, this book is for you. It,s just icing on the cake it that is also happens to involve chocolate. Kate Shaffer and her husband moved to remote Isle au Haut nearly seven years ago. Once there, they were inspired to open a chocolate company and cafe featuring delicious chocolate and fresh Maine ingredients. Now their products are shipped al... read more

If you've ever had a fantasy of living on a Maine island, this book is for you. It,s just icing on the cake it that is also happens to involve chocolate. Kate Shaffer and her husband moved to remote Isle au Haut nearly seven years ago. Once there, they were inspired to open a chocolate company and cafe featuring delicious chocolate and fresh Maine ingredients. Now their products are shipped al... read more

The Art of Breakfast: How to Bring B&B Entertaining Home

Dana Moos

A Maine breakfast is more than just blueberries. Dana Moos of the Maine Innkeeping Academy shows you how to whip up a delicious and beautiful breakfast, whether you're cooking for your out-of-state in-laws or running your own B&B. Maine is a travel destination, and its B&Bs are some of the most visited places in the state. Dana Moos, the former innkeeper of the Kingsleigh Inn in Southwest Harb... read more

A Maine breakfast is more than just blueberries. Dana Moos of the Maine Innkeeping Academy shows you how to whip up a delicious and beautiful breakfast, whether you're cooking for your out-of-state in-laws or running your own B&B. Maine is a travel destination, and its B&Bs are some of the most visited places in the state. Dana Moos, the former innkeeper of the Kingsleigh Inn in Southwest Harb... read more

Good Maine Food: Ancient and Modern New England Food & Drink

Marjorie Mosser

Old recipes, like old friends, are usually most dependable, observes noted author Kenneth Roberts in his pithy introduction to this classic recipe compendium put together by his niece, Marjorie Mosser, in the 1930s. The long career of this bible of Maine cookery has proved him right. With Robert's outspoken commentaries sprinkled throughout, excerpts from some of his best-selling books, and ma... read more

Old recipes, like old friends, are usually most dependable, observes noted author Kenneth Roberts in his pithy introduction to this classic recipe compendium put together by his niece, Marjorie Mosser, in the 1930s. The long career of this bible of Maine cookery has proved him right. With Robert's outspoken commentaries sprinkled throughout, excerpts from some of his best-selling books, and ma... read more

Cooking Down East: Favorite Maine Recipes

Marjorie Standish, Melissa Kelly

Maine is one of the hottest culinary destinations in the country. To celebrate, Down East Books is proud to present the Best Maine Food series, a new line of cookbooks showcasing the state's great food. Kicking it off is this revamped edition of a true Maine classic. In these redesigned pages, longtime food columnist Marjorie Standish tells you how to prepare everything from finnan haddie to d... read more

Maine is one of the hottest culinary destinations in the country. To celebrate, Down East Books is proud to present the Best Maine Food series, a new line of cookbooks showcasing the state's great food. Kicking it off is this revamped edition of a true Maine classic. In these redesigned pages, longtime food columnist Marjorie Standish tells you how to prepare everything from finnan haddie to d... read more

Down East - the Magazine of Maine

Monthly magazine for readers who want to explore and enjoy the state of Maine to the fullest. Down East highlights the intriguing aspects of Maine living through stunning full-color photography, feature-length stories, and insider tips. Find out more about the people, places, arts, food, and culture

Monthly magazine for readers who want to explore and enjoy the state of Maine to the fullest. Down East highlights the intriguing aspects of Maine living through stunning full-color photography, feature-length stories, and insider tips. Find out more about the people, places, arts, food, and culture

UNLOCKED: Keys to Improve Your Thinking

Gerald Zaltman

What’s the best way to change your life? Change how you think, says marketing guru Gerald Zaltman. While most of us are accustomed to self-improvement via physical exercise or dieting, we often overlook our most powerful tool for effecting change: our own thoughts. Through a variety of exercises called Think Keys, Zaltman guides the reader through the mind’s most important unconscious and cons... read more

What’s the best way to change your life? Change how you think, says marketing guru Gerald Zaltman. While most of us are accustomed to self-improvement via physical exercise or dieting, we often overlook our most powerful tool for effecting change: our own thoughts. Through a variety of exercises called Think Keys, Zaltman guides the reader through the mind’s most important unconscious and cons... read more

The Eat Local Cookbook: Seasonal Recipes from a Maine Farm

Lisa Turner

Maine has an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce ~ all you need to know is what to do with it. Lisa Turner, of Laughing Stock Farm in Freeport, has gathered more than one hundred recipes from Maine,s top chefs, farmers, home cooks, and her own kitchen. From what to do with loads of leafy greens to how to cook hakurei turnips, this cookbook teaches how to eat locally ~ and eat well ~all throug... read more

Maine has an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce ~ all you need to know is what to do with it. Lisa Turner, of Laughing Stock Farm in Freeport, has gathered more than one hundred recipes from Maine,s top chefs, farmers, home cooks, and her own kitchen. From what to do with loads of leafy greens to how to cook hakurei turnips, this cookbook teaches how to eat locally ~ and eat well ~all throug... read more

Maine Home Cooking: 175 Recipes from Down East Kitchens

Sandra Oliver

Residing on Maine's Islesboro Island, Sandra Oliver is a revered food historian with a vast knowledge of New England food history, subsistence living, and Yankee cooking. For the past five years, she has published her weekly recipes column, "Tastebuds", in the Bangor Daily News. The column has featured hundreds of recipes—from classic tried-and-true dishes to innovative uses for traditional in... read more

Residing on Maine's Islesboro Island, Sandra Oliver is a revered food historian with a vast knowledge of New England food history, subsistence living, and Yankee cooking. For the past five years, she has published her weekly recipes column, "Tastebuds", in the Bangor Daily News. The column has featured hundreds of recipes—from classic tried-and-true dishes to innovative uses for traditional in... read more

The Maine Lobster Book

Virginia M. Wright

Everyone loves lobster - especially Maine lobster. This fun, fact filled book brings the reader on the lobster's journey from ocean floor to plate, stopping along the way to get to know the people and places of Maine's iconic industry.

Everyone loves lobster - especially Maine lobster. This fun, fact filled book brings the reader on the lobster's journey from ocean floor to plate, stopping along the way to get to know the people and places of Maine's iconic industry.

Ultimate Acadia: 50 Reasons to Visit Maine's National Park

Ultimate Acadia is the essential guide to Maine's Mount Desert Island, providing everything you need to know to make the most of your time there. Including a short history of the region, the book explores Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, and the surrounding villages and environs in detail, including interviews with locals and covering where to stay, best restaurants, shops, and things to do f... read more

Ultimate Acadia is the essential guide to Maine's Mount Desert Island, providing everything you need to know to make the most of your time there. Including a short history of the region, the book explores Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, and the surrounding villages and environs in detail, including interviews with locals and covering where to stay, best restaurants, shops, and things to do f... read more

Making Whoopies: The Official Whoopie Pie Book

Nancy Griffin

Whoopie pies could be declared the official Maine dessert, and many assert that the rotund chocolate confection originated there, although Pennsylvania actually has a an equally strong claim to that honor. No matter-aficionados in both locales never tire of the giant sandwich cookies, and the comfort-food treats are enjoying a renaissance as bakeries offer gourmet versions on the Internet. Thi... read more

Whoopie pies could be declared the official Maine dessert, and many assert that the rotund chocolate confection originated there, although Pennsylvania actually has a an equally strong claim to that honor. No matter-aficionados in both locales never tire of the giant sandwich cookies, and the comfort-food treats are enjoying a renaissance as bakeries offer gourmet versions on the Internet. Thi... read more

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