Katie Hall

Katie Hall - Editor

St. Louis, MO, USA

Award-winning, book-loving developmental editor, with 25 years of experience, looking for projects in need of a firm hand and keen eye.

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Overview

I am a Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction editor, specializing in American History, Military History, Art, African American Studies, Politics, Health and Wellness, Science, Religion, and Current Events.

I learned the craft of writing and editing as a Senior Editor at such publishing houses as Bantam Books, Random House, and Doubleday – all part of Random House, Inc.

For my entire career I have endeavored to edit serious books of great merit while shepherding them through the entire publishing course. I have had great success. My books have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Award, and the Los Angeles Book Prize. They also have been Finalists for the National Book Award and the RFK Award at Harvard. I am perhaps most proud of their enormous range. I have edited – and published – bestselling books on WWII (copies sold approaching 2 million), award winning biographies (Pulitzer, NBCC, LA Times, and JFK Awards), poetry (an NBA Finalist of all things!) and one almost-coloring book (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) that was turned into a Hollywood movie grossing $177 million.

As an editor I have worked deeply with multiple writers in multiple disciplines and stretched my own writing credentials while working with full manuscripts to create bestselling books. As a writer and an editor, my greatest joy is nurturing and bringing out the best work in others, whether by championing an authentic voice, distilling a complex message, or scaling the natural hurdles of writing and the very real hurdles of dealing with a multi-dimensional ecosystem, one populated with myriad personalities. I am grateful to the scholars, writers, journalists, academics, publishers and agents who have both stretched my horizons and brought theirs near.


My editorial skills are not limited to my specialties; there is a world of editing out there to be done. Challenges welcome!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Economics
Health & Wellbeing
History
Political Science & Current Affairs
Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Historical Fiction

Awards

  • Pulitzer Prize
  • National Book Critics Circle Award
  • Los Angeles Book Prize
  • National Book Award (finalist)
  • RFK Award, Harvard (finalist)

Work experience

Senior Editor

Self-employed
September, 2005 – Present (almost 17 years)

I work as a consulting, developmental editor on both book proposals and full manuscripts. Issue areas include History, Current Events, Religion, Art History, and Business. Book formats include Memoir, Biography, Self Help, Narrative Non-fiction, and Academic Publishing.

Senior Editor

Random House, Inc (Bantam Books, Random House, and Doubleday)
May, 1993 – September, 2005 (over 12 years)

As a Senior Editor at Random House, Inc., I worked to acquire and developmentally edit such bestselling non-fiction titles as Flags of Our Fathers (#1 NYT bestseller); Willem DeKooning: An American Master (Pulitzer Prize winner); and Barbara Jordan: American Hero (RFK Award, Harvard -- finalist).

Senior Editor

Oklahoma University Press
February, 2021 – Present (over 1 year)

At Oklahoma University Press, I work to acquire and edit titles in American History, Military History, African American Studies, Politics, and Current Events.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Flags of Our Fathers

Bradley, James, Powers, Ron

de Kooning: An American Master

Stevens, Mark, Swan, Annalyn

Loon: A Marine Story

McLean, Jack

War of the Rats: A Novel

Robbins, David L.

Aesop's Mirror: A Love Story

Huggins, Maryalice

Sparrow: Poems

Muske-Dukes, Carol

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Sebastian Joe
Katie Hall met me where I was financially and worked to try and give me the best of everything. She breathed fresh new life into my book after I had edited it on my own many times, to the point I was a little sick of reading my own work. Reading the new edits is like reading a brand new book; I almost couldn't recognize the story. She gives it her all, almost to the level of a ghostwriter, addi...
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Sebastian Joe, May 2022

Katie Hall
It was such a pleasure to work with Sebastian -- his story was fabulous. The feedback I received from him was very helpful. He was willing to work closely with me, but also willing to give me tim...
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Lil Casselberry
When I first discussed my book with Katie Hall I had four different full versions of it. There were several different ideas and genres. I just needed someone with clarity to tell me what would sell the best. Katie understood the big picture and had a grasp of those "golden descriptive words that I lacked. I feel very confident that she will be there when I get to "The End" of my series.

Lil Casselberry, February 2022

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