Katie Arnold-Ratliff

Katie Arnold-Ratliff – Editor

Published novelist, magazine editor and journalist, experienced ghostwriter--and encouraging, nurturing mentor.


I’m an award-winning writer and magazine editor, a published novelist and ghostwriter, and an experienced refiner of book-length manuscripts. I'm also very nice (I know how hard it is to write!), and perhaps annoyingly thorough. (But that's a good thing, I swear.) I served as an editor at O, The Oprah Magazine for eleven years, and am now the Senior Features Editor at Parents. My novel, Bright Before Us, was published in 2011 (I just finished a second). I’ve also ghostwritten four books, and written extensively for O and Parents as well as Slate, Salon, Time, Tin House, Runner's World, The Believer, Wired, New York, and the New York Times Book Review, and was anthologized in Best American Food Writing 2013. (The essay was about a cookbook based on the TV show Friends. No, really.) I’ve helped countless fellow writers refine and perfect their short stories and novel drafts prior to publication, and I look forward to doing the same for you. Let's get to work.

Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing Inspirational
Literary Fiction Short Story
English (US)

Work experience

Parents Magazine

Jul, 2019 — Present

O, The Oprah Magazine

Jun, 2008 — Jul, 2019 (about 11 years)

Katie has 3 reviews





Babak S.

Babak S.

Jan, 2022

I hired this editor to review a book including chapter by chapter comments. Around chapter 10 she asked where the story was taking place and she said it seemed like it was in a Southern state. However, in chapter three the story had stated it was in Texas. I can understand forgetting something stated several chapters prior, but sometimes she missed things stated in the same chapter. For ex...
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Latasha W.

Latasha W.

Sep, 2021

Katie did a fantastic job! I will definitely hire her again for my next project and recommend her to anyone who needs a through editor.
Natalia M.

Natalia M.

Aug, 2021

Katie was amazing to work with. I felt as if she took my work and transformed it into something beautiful. But also, it still sounded like ME! She was a good listener and attentive to all of my wants as an author/writer.

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