Kathryn Holmes

Kathryn Holmes - Ghostwriter

New York, NY, USA

I'm a YA/MG author and dance journalist. Specialties include realistic fiction, romance, Christian topics, and dance/performance arts.

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I'm the author of two YA novels, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND and HOW IT FEELS TO FLY, both published by HarperCollins. I'm also a freelance journalist specializing in dance articles, writing for Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Pointe, and other publications. I studied dance and English literature in undergrad at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, and got my MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in NYC. Past work experience includes magazine editing, freelance copyediting and developmental editing, and marketing copywriting. I love working with words, and look forward to making your project the best it can be!
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Christian
Romance
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Entertainment

Certifications

  • MFA from The New School - 2010

Work experience

Book Author

HarperCollins
February, 2015 – Present (over 4 years)

I have two books released through HarperCollins/HarperTeen, and have several more projects at various stages of drafting/revision/submission.

Marketing Copywriter

Prospect Genius
January, 2012 – September, 2016 (over 4 years)

As an independent contractor with Prospect Genius, I wrote SEO marketing copy for small business websites across a variety of industries.

Freelance Journalist

Macfadden Performing Arts Media
July, 2008 – Present (about 11 years)

I write articles for Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Pointe, and Dance Retailer News on an assignment basis. Articles have included personal profiles of dancers, teachers, and choreographers, company/school profiles, how-to's, step-by-step breakdowns, business strategies, and more.

Freelance Copyeditor

Self-employed
July, 2008 – August, 2014 (about 6 years)

I've copyedited both traditionally published and self-published titles. These include: the first edition of American Ballet Theatre's Teacher Training Curriculum, which was published as The Healthy Dancer: ABT Guidelines for Dancer Health, in Fall 2008; a series of short ebooks featuring social media and marketing tips for writers; and Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads, a personal finance guide.

Magazine Editor

Macfadden Performing Arts Media
November, 2004 – July, 2008 (over 3 years)

During my time as an in-house editor, first at Dance Teacher magazine and then at Dance Spirit, I progressed from assistant editor to managing editor of a small staff. Duties included assigning and editing print and web content, writing print and web content, running brainstorming meetings, maintaining the editorial calendar, and filing freelancer invoices.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

How It Feels to Fly

Kathryn Holmes

A struggle with body dysmorphia forces one girl to decide if letting go of her insecurity also means turning her back on her dreams.Sam has always known she’d be a professional dancer—but that was before her body betrayed her, developing unmanageable curves in all the wrong places. Lately, the girl staring back at Sam in the mirror is unrecognizable. Dieting doesn’t work, ignoring the whispers... read more

A struggle with body dysmorphia forces one girl to decide if letting go of her insecurity also means turning her back on her dreams.Sam has always known she’d be a professional dancer—but that was before her body betrayed her, developing unmanageable curves in all the wrong places. Lately, the girl staring back at Sam in the mirror is unrecognizable. Dieting doesn’t work, ignoring the whispers... read more

The Distance Between Lost and Found

Kathryn Holmes

Blending elements of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet, this gripping story from Kathryn Holmes was deemed “a page turner” by author Richard Peck and “an intense story of survival” by ALA Booklist in its starred review.Sophomore Hallie Calhoun has just endured the most excruciating six months of her life. Once the rumors about her and the preacher’s son, Luke, made their... read more

Blending elements of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet, this gripping story from Kathryn Holmes was deemed “a page turner” by author Richard Peck and “an intense story of survival” by ALA Booklist in its starred review.Sophomore Hallie Calhoun has just endured the most excruciating six months of her life. Once the rumors about her and the preacher’s son, Luke, made their... read more

Dance Spirit

Dance Spirit beats to the pulse of the teen dance world. The hottest up-and-coming dancers, fashion, training and technique advice, plus health & fitness.

Dance Spirit beats to the pulse of the teen dance world. The hottest up-and-coming dancers, fashion, training and technique advice, plus health & fitness.

Dance Magazine

For over 80 years, dancers have turned to Dance Magazine for the most relevant, cutting edge and influential dance coverage.

For over 80 years, dancers have turned to Dance Magazine for the most relevant, cutting edge and influential dance coverage.

Pointe

Pointe, the only magazine dedicated exclusively to the world of ballet. Go behind the scenes with today's top ballet companies and stars, plus achieve your career goals, dress to impress, and stay fit and happy.

Pointe, the only magazine dedicated exclusively to the world of ballet. Go behind the scenes with today's top ballet companies and stars, plus achieve your career goals, dress to impress, and stay fit and happy.

Dance Teacher

Dance Teacher, Raising the Barre together. Become a better artist, educator and business person.

Dance Teacher, Raising the Barre together. Become a better artist, educator and business person.

Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads: True Stories of Friends, Family, and Financial Ruin

Valerie Rind

Winner, 2015 Plutus Award for Best New Personal Finance BookFew people other than close friends and family knew that I suffered a financial disaster back after loaning money to my husband's start-up business. Plus, I uncovered a shocking secret he kept for a decade.I felt stupid, ashamed, and embarrassed. Here you can read riveting, true stories of real people who, like me, faced financial har... read more

Winner, 2015 Plutus Award for Best New Personal Finance BookFew people other than close friends and family knew that I suffered a financial disaster back after loaning money to my husband's start-up business. Plus, I uncovered a shocking secret he kept for a decade.I felt stupid, ashamed, and embarrassed. Here you can read riveting, true stories of real people who, like me, faced financial har... read more

The Healthy Dancer - ABT Guidelines for Dancer Health

ABT Medical Advisory Board

American Ballet Theatre is proud to announce the publication of The Healthy Dancer - ABT Guidelines for Dancer Health. This comprehensive, easy-to-follow manual provides sound advice for dance teachers, parents and students, addressing the needs of young dancers and athletes, both pre-professional and recreational. Compiled by medical professionals from the fields of sports medicine, nutrition... read more

American Ballet Theatre is proud to announce the publication of The Healthy Dancer - ABT Guidelines for Dancer Health. This comprehensive, easy-to-follow manual provides sound advice for dance teachers, parents and students, addressing the needs of young dancers and athletes, both pre-professional and recreational. Compiled by medical professionals from the fields of sports medicine, nutrition... read more

Kathryn has 2 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Chris Berkness
Kathryn is an excellent ghost writer! She pays attention to details. I have found that most ghost writer do not.

Chris Berkness, July 2019


Chris Berkness
Kathryn did an excellent job with the re-writes for my manuscript. She does extensive research to make sure there are no holes in the story. No inaccuracies. She is a great writer. Her descriptions are amazing and she goes above and beyond to make sure that your story has no flaws. I highly recommend her!

Chris Berkness, May 2019

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