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Kathryn Sparks

Kathryn Sparks - Editor

Chicago, United States

Experienced developmental book editor specializing in parenting books as well as children's PB, MG and YA fiction.

Overview

Reviews (2)

I'm currently an editor for a non-profit organization that publishes parenting books, as well as am a children's book author. I am a member of SCBWI and currently am co-rep of the SCBWI Northwest Suburbs of Illinois critique group. I regularly attend industry conferences such as BEA, ALA, IBPA's Publishing University, SCBWI's summer conference, as well as many local conferences and events such as Prairie Writer's Day and Words in the Woods. I have received a certificate of completion in the University of Chicago's Developmental Editing I course and have a degree in Journalism from Illinois State University.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Parenting & Families

Certifications

  • University of Chicago Developmental Editing I

Work experience

Literary Assistant

The Purcell Literary Agency
April, 2015 – April, 2016 (about 1 year)

As literary assistant to Tina Schwartz of The Purcell Literary Agency, my roles included but were not limited to, reading queries and manuscripts, searching market guides and online resources, corresponding with potential authors, attending conferences on an "as needed basis", and meeting with Tina Schwartz when scheduled.

Manager, Consumer Publishing

American Academy of Pediatrics
November, 2013 – Present (about 4 years)

As manager, I oversee all aspects of the consumer book publishing program relating to our child care book series and topic-specific books, including recruiting and acquiring new authors and projects. I work diligently on the development and review of editorial content to ensure all materials are consistent with official AAP policy and standard child care practices.

Books that I have developmentally edited include the following:

The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes
Baby Care Anywhere: The Quick Guide to Parenting On the Go
Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection
With Trust

Edited the following revisions:

Raising Twins: Parenting Multiples From Pregnancy Through the School Years (2nd edition)
My Child Is Sick! Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries (2nd edition)
Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality (3rd edition)

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 (6th edition; a 7th is in the works)
Your Baby's First Year (4th edition)
*These two titles were published through Bantam, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and the author was the AAP. I worked diligently with both medical editors to coordinate the technical review, ensure current AAP policies were updated, managed the track changes, and shepherded both books through the production process.

Remote Intern

Entangled Publishing
September, 2012 – January, 2013 (4 months)

As remote intern, my main roles included reading queries and full manuscripts as assigned. Each full read required a written detailed summary of the book, addressing manuscript elements that worked well within the scope of the story, as well as aspects that needed development.

Editorial Assistant - Scholarly Journals

American Academy of Pediatrics
October, 2010 – November, 2013 (about 3 years)

As editorial assistant, I maintained the editorial workflow, coordinated publishing timetables, and facilitated author manuscripts through an electronic peer-review system for three scholarly journals, as well as worked closely with the deputy editor and editor-in-chef for various projects and initiatives.

Part-time Assistant to the Author

Author Claudia Gray
May, 2010 – February, 2013 (almost 3 years)

The assistant to the author position included tasks such as responding to email queries; creating blog tours and book contests; distributing author signed book plates; responding to fan requests; maintaining membership statuses; as well as working on website content and coordinating book-related tasks via communication with the author.

Assistant to the Publisher

Sourcebooks, Inc.
October, 2009 – July, 2010 (9 months)

As Assistant to the Publisher, I managed the Publisher's schedule, travel, and trade show planning, as well worked closely with the Publisher on websites, research and emerging technologies. The position also required interfacing closely with authors and industry professionals to plan and schedule meetings and events.

Customer Service Representative

Sourcebooks, Inc.
July, 2009 – October, 2009 (3 months)

As customer service rep, I fielded questions from customers pertaining to price, availability and promotional materials. Other duties included entering and processing consumer sales utilizing Acumen, streamed orders daily to the warehouse, entered and filed invoices and credit memos.

Editorial Intern

Sourcebooks, Inc.
February, 2009 – July, 2009 (5 months)

As editorial intern, I reviewed unagented submissions, requested manuscripts and drafted rejection letters; performed category research to gauge sell-through data; edited manuscripts alongside Senior Editor, updating content utilizing PDF markup; developed reading group guides (see The Pendragon's Banner below) and book summaries for sales materials and catalogs; and participated in acquisition and production meetings.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Reality Natalie

Katie Sparks

CAMERAS ROLLING…ACTION!When the most popular kids' TV show, Kidz Konnection, decides to hold auditions for a guest host spot, the show’s BIGGEST fan decides to audition.[Cue Natalie Greyson]Eleven-year-old Natalie is determined to overcome her habit of turning into a tongue-tied, air ball burping, runny-nose disaster whenever something embarrassing happens in front of an audience so she can au... read more

CAMERAS ROLLING…ACTION!When the most popular kids' TV show, Kidz Konnection, decides to hold auditions for a guest host spot, the show’s BIGGEST fan decides to audition.[Cue Natalie Greyson]Eleven-year-old Natalie is determined to overcome her habit of turning into a tongue-tied, air ball burping, runny-nose disaster whenever something embarrassing happens in front of an audience so she can au... read more

Pendragon's Banner: Book Two of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy

Helen Hollick

Who was the man who became the legend we know as KING ARTHUR? Pendragon's Banner is the second book in Helen Hollick's exciting King Arthur trilogy, covering 459-465 A.D. This is not a fairy tale or fantasy. There is no Merlin, no sword in the stone, and no Lancelot. This is the most accurate Arthurian legend ever written, based on historical evidence and meticulous research. At age twenty-fou... read more

Who was the man who became the legend we know as KING ARTHUR? Pendragon's Banner is the second book in Helen Hollick's exciting King Arthur trilogy, covering 459-465 A.D. This is not a fairy tale or fantasy. There is no Merlin, no sword in the stone, and no Lancelot. This is the most accurate Arthurian legend ever written, based on historical evidence and meticulous research. At age twenty-fou... read more

The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes

Natalie Digate Muth, Sally Sampson

The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes is a one-of-a-kind book that can transform even the most finicky eaters into fledgling foodies. Focusing on kids’ participation, interactive strategies, kitchen experiments, and delicious kid-friendly recipes, the book is based on a six-week plan that makes shopping and cooking fun. Weekly themes and goals include• Week 1 ... read more

The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes is a one-of-a-kind book that can transform even the most finicky eaters into fledgling foodies. Focusing on kids’ participation, interactive strategies, kitchen experiments, and delicious kid-friendly recipes, the book is based on a six-week plan that makes shopping and cooking fun. Weekly themes and goals include• Week 1 ... read more

Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust

Kenneth R. Ginsburg MD FAAP

From award-winning author Ken Ginsburg comes this new work which explores an innovative idea in parenting: "The Lighthouse Parenting Strategy." Dr. Ginsburg's previous work includes "Building Resilience in Children and Teens" which offers a comprehensive overview of strategies to build resilience and promote the kind of traits that lead to our children becoming happy, successful adults. This b... read more

From award-winning author Ken Ginsburg comes this new work which explores an innovative idea in parenting: "The Lighthouse Parenting Strategy." Dr. Ginsburg's previous work includes "Building Resilience in Children and Teens" which offers a comprehensive overview of strategies to build resilience and promote the kind of traits that lead to our children becoming happy, successful adults. This b... read more

Baby Care Anywhere: A Quick Guide to Parenting On the Go

M.D. Benjamin D Spitalnick, Keith M Seibert

This portable pocket guide to baby basics fits in a diaper bag or stroller pocket, making it a great resource for on-the-go moms and dads. Written by two pediatricians, Baby Care Anywhere addresses 150 of the most frequent questions and concerns raised by new parents. Covers picking a pediatrician, jaundice, diaper rash, earaches, immunizations, sleep, reflux, fever, and much more!

This portable pocket guide to baby basics fits in a diaper bag or stroller pocket, making it a great resource for on-the-go moms and dads. Written by two pediatricians, Baby Care Anywhere addresses 150 of the most frequent questions and concerns raised by new parents. Covers picking a pediatrician, jaundice, diaper rash, earaches, immunizations, sleep, reflux, fever, and much more!

Raising Twins: Parenting Multiples from Pregnancy Through the School Years

Shelly Vaziri Flais

Even with years working as a pediatrician, Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP, was nervous about what lay ahead when she was told she was pregnant with twins. Now, several years into parenting her twin boys, Dr Flais is sharing her wisdom and experience as a mom and her expertise as a doctor to help other parents prepare for and raise multiples with confidence. With insightful stories from her own ... read more

Even with years working as a pediatrician, Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP, was nervous about what lay ahead when she was told she was pregnant with twins. Now, several years into parenting her twin boys, Dr Flais is sharing her wisdom and experience as a mom and her expertise as a doctor to help other parents prepare for and raise multiples with confidence. With insightful stories from her own ... read more

My Child Is Sick!: Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries

Barton D. Schmitt

Know when to call your doctor—and when it’s safe to treat your child at home! Caring for your sick child can be a daunting experience. You want to ensure the best for him or her, but you also know that every illness doesn’t require a trip to the doctor’s office or emergency room. So how do you know when to do what?Barton D. Schmitt, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with more than 40 years of experienc... read more

Know when to call your doctor—and when it’s safe to treat your child at home! Caring for your sick child can be a daunting experience. You want to ensure the best for him or her, but you also know that every illness doesn’t require a trip to the doctor’s office or emergency room. So how do you know when to do what?Barton D. Schmitt, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with more than 40 years of experienc... read more

Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality

Laura A. Jana, Jennifer Shu

The new edition of this bestselling guide to newborn care has been fully revised and updated. Written by two pediatricians and focusing on the first few months of an infant’s life, Heading Home With Your Newborn, 3rd Edition, includes new information on breastfeeding and the involvement of allergies, formula options, vitamins and supplements (vitamins, iron, fluoride, probiotics), sleep, exten... read more

The new edition of this bestselling guide to newborn care has been fully revised and updated. Written by two pediatricians and focusing on the first few months of an infant’s life, Heading Home With Your Newborn, 3rd Edition, includes new information on breastfeeding and the involvement of allergies, formula options, vitamins and supplements (vitamins, iron, fluoride, probiotics), sleep, exten... read more

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 6th Edition: Birth to Age 5

American Academy Of Pediatrics

From the American Academy of Pediatrics, the most up-to-date, expert advice for mothers, fathers, and care providers All parents want to provide the very best care for their children. This essential resource from the most respected organization on child health is the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust, covering everything from preparing for childbirth to t... read more

From the American Academy of Pediatrics, the most up-to-date, expert advice for mothers, fathers, and care providers All parents want to provide the very best care for their children. This essential resource from the most respected organization on child health is the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust, covering everything from preparing for childbirth to t... read more

Your Baby's First Year: Fourth Edition

American Academy Of Pediatrics

The one guide pediatricians most recommend—now completely revised and updated! Over 4 million copies sold. From the American Academy of Pediatrics, the nation’s most trusted name in child care, comes Your Baby’s First Year, the definitive all-in-one resource that provides authoritative advice on every aspect of infant care. Featuring new and expanded content, including the latest reports on cu... read more

The one guide pediatricians most recommend—now completely revised and updated! Over 4 million copies sold. From the American Academy of Pediatrics, the nation’s most trusted name in child care, comes Your Baby’s First Year, the definitive all-in-one resource that provides authoritative advice on every aspect of infant care. Featuring new and expanded content, including the latest reports on cu... read more

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Caleb Page

I reached out to Kathryn randomly because of her Reedsy profile and I'm glad I did! Kathryn's developmental edit helped me to significantly improve the structure and content of my nonfiction ebook. She asked questions that forced me decide which route I wanted to take about the target audience, delivery, and relationship to my web site. She gave relevant examples of existing books to help the m...

, July 2017


Tim Haag

Comments to Kathryn: Many thanks for your openness, honesty, and watchful eye. There were other points you made that are very valid and I will certainly take them into account. My attempt at a second version of my story didn’t work. Finding that out from Kathryn was very valuable.

, May 2017

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