Katie Salisbury

Katie Salisbury – Editor

I'm an author and nonfiction book editor with 15 years of experience, including in-house positions at HarperCollins and Amazon.


I'm an editor with 15 years of experience developing original content for books. I have edited award-winning books for HarperCollins, Amazon Publishing, Simon & Schuster, and Audible, and I've worked with authors such as Maria Hinojosa, Tim Ferriss, Erica Jong, Deepak Chopra, Mark Frauenfelder, Reshma Saujani, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Robert Greene, 50 Cent, Stanley Fish, Catherine McKenzie, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Mollie Katzen.

I'm also the author of NOT YOUR CHINA DOLL, a new biography of Anna May Wong, forthcoming from Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in March 2024.

Currently, I work with a select number of clients on a freelance basis to shepherd their projects through the publishing process. My services include: developmental editing, book proposal development, proofreading and light copyediting, jacket copy, and consultation on self-publishing platforms and distribution strategies.

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management History Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (US)

Work experience

Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House

Mar, 2020 — Present

Author of NOT YOUR CHINA DOLL, a new biography of Anna May Wong, forthcoming from Dutton in March 2024.


Sep, 2018 — Jun, 2021 (over 2 years)

Edited and managed several original audio projects remotely as part of a temporary assignment, including The Baddest Bitch in the Room by Sophia Chang, Why We Can't Sleep by Ada Calhoun, and Curse of Riches by Claire Prentice.

Book of the Month

Oct, 2014 — Jul, 2015 (9 months)

Relaunched Book of the Month, which has been serving readers since 1926 and is one of Bookspan's most well-known and historically important book clubs. Similar to other monthly box subscription services, Book of the Month delivers one new and noteworthy hardcover book to members each month in a premium package.

William & Park

Oct, 2014 — Dec, 2015 (about 1 year)

William & Park is a New York City-based media company and digital magazine for creatives.

Amazon Publishing

Sep, 2011 — Jul, 2014 (almost 3 years)

• Acquired and edited books, primarily memoir and narrative nonfiction, including the Kindle-bestselling titles College (Un)bound, Manage Your-Day-to-Day, and The Mad Sculptor.
• Projects covered a diverse range of nonfiction topics, including food, education, pop culture, business, DIY, and travel.
• Managed talent and forged contacts with writers, agents, and bloggers.
• Managed relationships with a diverse list of authors that included Deepak Chopra, Tim Ferriss, Behance, Mark Frauenfelder, Reshma Saujani, Jeffrey Selingo, Catherine McKenzie, and Harold Schechter.
• Developed the creative vision for each book, coordinated with marketing and publicity teams, and served as the driving force behind the entire publication campaign.

HarperCollins Publishers

Aug, 2008 — Jul, 2011 (almost 3 years)

• Acquired and managed nonfiction titles for the Harper, William Morrow, and Harper Perennial imprints, including In the Small Kitchen and Apologies to My Censor.
• Supported two Senior Editors and worked with authors such as Erica Jong, Stanley Fish, Robert Greene, Sam Wasson, Gary Vaynerchuk, Greg Graffin, Harold Bloom, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and Gilbert King.
• Wrote selling copy for book jackets and catalog pages, vetted press releases, and implemented social media marketing campaigns with partners like Etsy.


From an inspiring voice in the movement for gender equality, a practical guide to achieving success through a new kind of leadership--rooted in purpose and activism for social changeWe live in a time of unprecedented opportunity for women. Yet despite centurie... read more
At the height of his literary prowess, Xu Zhimo was the most famous living poet in all of China. With his round spectacles and aristocratic profile, Xu had a face that became as iconic as his poetry. During his short life, he claimed an illustrious place in th... read more
New York Times BestsellerFrom the bestselling author of College Unbound comes a hopeful, inspiring blueprint to help alleviate parents’ anxiety and prepare their college-educated child to successfully land a good job after graduation.Saddled with thousands of ... read more
Finally, a business book for makers, not managers. Are you ready to “make a dent in the universe”? As a creative, you no longer have to take a backseat. In fact, stepping up and embracing entrepreneurship is the fastest route to impact. But where do you start?... read more
At twenty-three, Kayli Stollak, like most starry-eyed twentysomethings, assumed that she and her boyfriend, Charlie, would be together forever. Besides a rockin’ sex life, they shared a passion for motorcycle adventures, hedonistic European music festivals, an... read more
Nina Sovich had always yearned for adventures in faraway places; she imagined herself leading the life of a solitary traveler. Yet at the age of thirty-four, she found herself married and contemplating motherhood. Catching her reflection in a window spotted wi... read more
The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women is a collection of essays revealing the secret career habits and hard-won wisdom of a diverse group of accomplished women, selected by Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol, co-founders of TheLi.st, the well-known network d... read more
Insects. They’re what’s for dinner. Can you imagine a world in which that simple statement is not only true but in fact an unremarkable part of daily life? Daniella Martin, entomophagist and blogger, can. In this rollicking excursion into the world of edible i... read more
WINNER OF THE 2012 GERMAN BOOK TRADE PEACE PRIZEIn June 1989, news of the Tiananmen Square protests and its bloody resolution reverberated throughout the world. A young poet named Liao Yiwu, who had until then led an apolitical bohemian existence, found his vo... read more
What is the value of a college degree?The four-year college experience is as American as apple pie. So is the belief that higher education offers a ticket to a better life. But with student-loan debt surpassing the $1 trillion mark and unemployment of college ... read more
2015 Edgar Award Nominee Beekman Place, once one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, had a curious way of making it into the tabloids in the 1930s: “SKYSCRAPER SLAYER,” “BEAUTY SLAIN IN BATHTUB” read the headlines. On Easter Sunday in 1937, the disco... read more
The Lost Tribe of Coney Island is an Amazon Best Book of the Month October 2014The Lost Tribe of Coney Island is a New York Post “must read”! October 2014Coney Island, summer 1905: a new attraction opened at Luna Park. Within weeks it would be the talk of the ... read more

Katie has 13 reviews





Kareem T.

Kareem T.

Dec, 2023

Katie's work is excellent and she was a pleasure to work with on this project! Looking forward to working together again soon.
Katie T.

Katie T.

Nov, 2023

Katie is an absolute star. Her input has been incredibly valuable in helping me to provide structure and shape to my work. She works very quickly and delivered on every milestone either on time or ahead of time. I highly recommend Katie!
Jamie Powell S.

Jamie Powell S.

Oct, 2023

Katie exceeded my expectations. She engaged deeply with my writing and provided constructive feedback, which will help me to turn my manuscript into the best version of itself. She also provided valuable insights into the publishing industry and how to get started as a writer. I highly recommend, Katie!
Brian M.

Brian M.

Oct, 2023

I worked with Katie on an Editorial Assessment of my first nonfiction book. She was extremely helpful on what I could cut down, build upon, and where my voice should be heard. Her feedback was very actionable, so I could immediately take the necessary steps to improve my manuscript for the next editing stage. She also gave me helpful considerations for publishing options, both traditional an...
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Jocelyn K.

Jocelyn K.

Oct, 2023

What a rare special find! Katie is absolutely the best editor I have worked with in all my years of writing! Simply put...Katie is incredibly professional, timely and has a vast amount of wisdom and knowledge as a seasoned editor in the world of literary. She certainly knows her stuff:) What a wonderful life changing experience working with Katie. Her keen intuitive connection to my book's con...
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Katie S.
Jocelyn was such a delight to work with! I loved learning about her world of energy work and we had many fruitful conversations about how to best position her book proposal for the market, to which...
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