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Katie Benoit

Katie Benoit - Editor

New Haven, United States

I'm a versatile, seasoned editor who can edit in a variety of genres, from outdoor adventure to family-friendly topics and nature to DIY.

Overview

I’ve worked in the publishing industry for over a decade as a nonfiction book acquisitions editor. I have acquired and edited books across a variety of categories, including outdoor recreation, home improvement and design, cookbooks, adventure narratives, and family-focused titles. I have worked with first-timers and seasoned writers alike. My edited works include two National Outdoor Book Award winners and a New York Times e-book bestseller.

I became a freelance editor to have more hands-on time with my authors. I enjoy the back-and-forth collaboration that goes into the process of creating, and I take pride in helping the seed of an idea blossom into something beautiful and meaningful. Whether you need help brainstorming a concept, executing a clear on-brand message, or putting the finishing touches on a project, I can help you accomplish your goal.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits DIY & Crafts Health & wellbeing Home & Garden Nature Parenting & Families Sports & outdoor recreation

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science, magazine journalism

Work experience

Editorial Director

Globe Pequot Press (FalconGuides)
July, 2014 – June, 2017 (almost 3 years)

As editorial director of a book imprint that focused on outdoor adventure, I acquired and edited 35 titles per year, conceived homegrown ideas and saw them through to publication, and worked one-on-one with celebrated brands like National Geographic and Backpacker magazine.

Editor

Globe Pequot Press (FalconGuides)
September, 2009 – June, 2014 (over 4 years)

In addition to my acquisition and editing duties as editor for an imprint that celebrates outdoor adventure and recreation, I developed, managed, wrote, and edited web content for the imprint's website and e-newsletters.

Developmental Editor

Globe Pequot
October, 2007 – August, 2009 (almost 2 years)

Assistant Editor

Taunton Press
December, 2005 – September, 2007 (almost 2 years)

At Taunton Press, I acquired, developed, and edited titles in cooking, craft, and home design.

Editorial Assistant

Taunton Press
August, 2004 – November, 2005 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes

Backpacker Magazine, Ted Alvarez

Explore the crystal clear waters on the Summit Lakes Trail at Lassen Volcanic National Park, take in the expansive views at Shenandoah National Park’s Old Rag Mountain, or traverse the sandstone cliffs at Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park. Choose your adventure from any of the forty-four national parks profiled throughout the book. This book delivers jaw-dropping photos, detailed hike desc... read more

Explore the crystal clear waters on the Summit Lakes Trail at Lassen Volcanic National Park, take in the expansive views at Shenandoah National Park’s Old Rag Mountain, or traverse the sandstone cliffs at Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park. Choose your adventure from any of the forty-four national parks profiled throughout the book. This book delivers jaw-dropping photos, detailed hike desc... read more

Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up

Stacy Tornio, Ken Keffer

Honorable Mention of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards. Nature is a destination, but you don't have to travel anywhere to find it. Just open the door and step outside. A fun, hands on approach to getting involved in nature, The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book is a year-round how-to activity guidebook for getting kids outdoors and exploring nature, be it catching fireflies in the cool summer e... read more

Honorable Mention of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards. Nature is a destination, but you don't have to travel anywhere to find it. Just open the door and step outside. A fun, hands on approach to getting involved in nature, The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book is a year-round how-to activity guidebook for getting kids outdoors and exploring nature, be it catching fireflies in the cool summer e... read more

Camping Activity Book for Families: The Kid-Tested Guide to Fun in the Outdoors

Linda Hamilton

Winner of the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Children's Interactive category! Camping Activity Book for Families offers up a wide variety of activities, games, crafts, songs, and good old-fashioned fun for parents and children to share in the wonders of the outdoors. Whether it’s creating pinecone art and giant nests or going on nature-themed scavenger hunts, observing the night ... read more

Winner of the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Children's Interactive category! Camping Activity Book for Families offers up a wide variety of activities, games, crafts, songs, and good old-fashioned fun for parents and children to share in the wonders of the outdoors. Whether it’s creating pinecone art and giant nests or going on nature-themed scavenger hunts, observing the night ... read more

Flying Off Everest: A Journey From The Summit To The Sea

Dave Costello

Perched impossibly on a ridge overlooking a 10,000-foot drop into Tibet, Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa wait. Heel to toe, connected at the waist by a pair of carabineers that's connected to nothing else, they stare down the North Face of Mount Everest, a red and white nylon tandem paragliding wing fluttering behind them. They know that jumping off the top of the world marks only th... read more

Perched impossibly on a ridge overlooking a 10,000-foot drop into Tibet, Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa wait. Heel to toe, connected at the waist by a pair of carabineers that's connected to nothing else, they stare down the North Face of Mount Everest, a red and white nylon tandem paragliding wing fluttering behind them. They know that jumping off the top of the world marks only th... read more

The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life: How to Sew a Sampler Quilt & 49 Other Pioneer Projects for the Modern Girl

Jennifer Worick

Frontier fun meets a home-spun touch in this heart-warming mixture of pioneer projects and wistful nostalgia. Jennifer Worick teaches readers how to sew a quilt, master the art of bread-and-butter pickles, speak old-time slang, and much much more. This is for the legions of Laura Ingalls Wilder fans who have dreamed of what a pioneer life out on the prairie would be like. Combining step-by-ste... read more

Frontier fun meets a home-spun touch in this heart-warming mixture of pioneer projects and wistful nostalgia. Jennifer Worick teaches readers how to sew a quilt, master the art of bread-and-butter pickles, speak old-time slang, and much much more. This is for the legions of Laura Ingalls Wilder fans who have dreamed of what a pioneer life out on the prairie would be like. Combining step-by-ste... read more

Stories from the Dirt: Indiscretions of an Adventure Junkie

John Long

Riding tubes in Venezuela. BASE jumping in Europe. Climbing big walls in Yosemite. Riding bulls in Texas. These first-person stories from John Long, while vastly different in content, share an identifiable emotional texture, tone and delivery, and fundamentally are of one piece. This is storytelling at its best nonfiction that reads like fiction. In Stories from the Dirt the action leaves you ... read more

Riding tubes in Venezuela. BASE jumping in Europe. Climbing big walls in Yosemite. Riding bulls in Texas. These first-person stories from John Long, while vastly different in content, share an identifiable emotional texture, tone and delivery, and fundamentally are of one piece. This is storytelling at its best nonfiction that reads like fiction. In Stories from the Dirt the action leaves you ... read more

Spoonful of Promises: Stories & Recipes From A Well-Tempered Table

T. Susan Chang

A mouthwatering collection of intimate stories connecting food, family, and friends.

A mouthwatering collection of intimate stories connecting food, family, and friends.

Wineocology: Uncork The Power Of Your Palate With Sensory Secrets From Hollywood's Sommelier

Caitlin Stansbury, Heidi Shink, Viktor Budnik

Take the mystery out of Merlot and put the pleasure back into pairing and sharing wine with sensory secrets from Hollywood’s Sommelier! Caitlin Stansbury’s revolutionary book will teach you to understand what wines you like and why you like them so that you can evaluate and enjoy their sensual delights on your own terms, regardless of price tags or product reviews. The crown jewel of Wineocolo... read more

Take the mystery out of Merlot and put the pleasure back into pairing and sharing wine with sensory secrets from Hollywood’s Sommelier! Caitlin Stansbury’s revolutionary book will teach you to understand what wines you like and why you like them so that you can evaluate and enjoy their sensual delights on your own terms, regardless of price tags or product reviews. The crown jewel of Wineocolo... read more

The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding

Khris Cochran

From choosing a delicious menu to assembling the guest list, hundreds of details go into planning a successful wedding. The DIY Bride helps brides put their stamp on the big day without breaking the bank. Written by the creator of the number one Web site for wedding crafts, DIYBride.com, this fun, easy guide showcases unique, easy-to-do craft projects that range from beautiful handmade announc... read more

From choosing a delicious menu to assembling the guest list, hundreds of details go into planning a successful wedding. The DIY Bride helps brides put their stamp on the big day without breaking the bank. Written by the creator of the number one Web site for wedding crafts, DIYBride.com, this fun, easy guide showcases unique, easy-to-do craft projects that range from beautiful handmade announc... read more

How to Die in the Outdoors: 150 Wild Ways to Perish

Buck Tilton

The Book That Makes Dying by Heart Attack Seem Downright BoringSimply by living a normal life, you have an excellent chance of becoming yet another statistic on the list of leading causes of death. But Buck Tilton prefers to ponder the alternatives. In How to Die in the Outdoors, he presents 150 more interesting and unique ways to perish, from snake bite, elephant foot, rhino horn, and more! W... read more

The Book That Makes Dying by Heart Attack Seem Downright BoringSimply by living a normal life, you have an excellent chance of becoming yet another statistic on the list of leading causes of death. But Buck Tilton prefers to ponder the alternatives. In How to Die in the Outdoors, he presents 150 more interesting and unique ways to perish, from snake bite, elephant foot, rhino horn, and more! W... read more

Best Served Wild: Real Food for Real Adventures

Brendan Leonard, Anna Brones

An Outdoor Cookbook with a Distinctly Refined Palette“Roughing it” doesn’t have to include the food you eat when you’re in the backcountry. Even when you’re miles from a full spice rack and only have a single-burner backpacking stove to work with, you can—and should—eat well. Best Served Wild offers up good backcountry food meant to be shared with friends around an open campfire. In Best Serve... read more

An Outdoor Cookbook with a Distinctly Refined Palette“Roughing it” doesn’t have to include the food you eat when you’re in the backcountry. Even when you’re miles from a full spice rack and only have a single-burner backpacking stove to work with, you can—and should—eat well. Best Served Wild offers up good backcountry food meant to be shared with friends around an open campfire. In Best Serve... read more

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