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Katie Salisbury

Katie Salisbury - Editor

New York, NY, United States

I'm a book editor who specializes in narrative nonfiction, memoir, business, travel, and food.

Overview

I'm an editor with nearly a decade worth of experience developing original content for books and the web. I have edited award-winning books for HarperCollins and Amazon Publishing, and I've worked with authors such as 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 cut my teeth at Bob Miller's experimental imprint HarperStudio, collaborated with Julia Cheiffetz on many of her NYT best-selling titles, and have a deep understanding of the publishing industry and how to successfully launch a book.

Currently, I work with a select number of clients on a freelance basis to shepherd their projects through the publishing process, soup to nuts. My services include:

- developmental editing
- proofreading
- book proposal assessment
- drafting jacket copy
- marketing and publicity strategy
- agent referrals
- advice on self-publishing platforms and distribution strategies.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Economics Entertainment History Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships Travel

Work experience

Product Manager

Book of the Month

October, 2014 – July, 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. Each month 5 books are selected by a panel of judges including respected literary voices such as Kim Hubbard (People), Patrik Henry Bass (Essence), Christopher Cox (Harper's), Liberty Hardy (Book Riot), Elisabeth Egan (Glamour), Nina Sankovitch (HuffPo), and Stephen Marche (Esquire).

Editor in Chief

William & Park

October, 2014 – December, 2015 (about 1 year)

William & Park is a New York City-based media company that focuses on a new breed of creative entrepreneurs and artists who are redefining what it means to make a living from the work that feeds their souls.

Our stories explore every facet of the creative life: candid interviews with makers, conversations on craft and enterprise, the design behind living and working spaces, city spaces that foster cultural exchange and collaboration, and the details of everyday life that provide endless fodder for inspiration.

Editor

Amazon Publishing

September, 2011 – July, 2014 (almost 3 years)

• Launched the New York publishing office: hired staff, built out imprint infrastructure, streamlined p&l template with finance, cultivated a stable of freelancers, managed cover design and copyediting services, and established standard operating procedures in a startup environment.
• 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.
• Actively scouted fresh book ideas and emerging writers.
• Pitched the Amazon Publishing program to new business.
• Formed strategic collaborations.
• 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.
• Responsible for weekly nonfiction imprint report to entire org, including key sales metrics, analysis, and observations from the business review.

Assistant Editor

HarperCollins Publishers

August, 2008 – July, 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.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Jeffrey Selingo

From 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 dollars of debt, today’s college students are graduating into an uncertain job market that is leaving them financially dependent on their parents for years to co... read more

From 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 dollars of debt, today’s college students are graduating into an uncertain job market that is leaving them financially dependent on their parents for years to co... read more

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century

Claire Prentice

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 nation.For the first time, The Lost Tribe of Coney Island unearths the incredible true story of the Igorrotes, a group of “headhunting, ... 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 nation.For the first time, The Lost Tribe of Coney Island unearths the incredible true story of the Igorrotes, a group of “headhunting, ... read more

The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation

Harold Schechter

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 discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the neighborhood yet again—and enthrall the nation. The young man who commi... 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 discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the neighborhood yet again—and enthrall the nation. The young man who commi... read more

College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students

Jeffrey J. Selingo

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 graduates at historic highs, people are beginning to question that value. In College (Un)bound, Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor at large of t... 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 graduates at historic highs, people are beginning to question that value. In College (Un)bound, Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor at large of t... read more

For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet's Journey Through a Chinese Prison

Liao Yiwu

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 voice in that moment. Like the solitary man who stood firmly in front of a line of tanks, Liao proclaimed his outrage—and his words would ... 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 voice in that moment. Like the solitary man who stood firmly in front of a line of tanks, Liao proclaimed his outrage—and his words would ... read more

Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet

Daniella Martin

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 insects, Martin takes us to the front lines of the next big trend in the global food movement and shows us how insects just might be the ... 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 insects, Martin takes us to the front lines of the next big trend in the global food movement and shows us how insects just might be the ... read more

The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women

Glynnis MacNicol, Rachel Sklar

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 dedicated to elevating professional women. Perhaps no group has experienced more upheaval in the last few decades than working women. In ... 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 dedicated to elevating professional women. Perhaps no group has experienced more upheaval in the last few decades than working women. In ... read more

To the Moon and Timbuktu: A Trek Through the Heart of Africa

Nina Sovich

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 with Paris rain, she no longer saw the fearless woman who spent her youth travelling in Cairo, Lahore, and the West Bank staring back at h... 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 with Paris rain, she no longer saw the fearless woman who spent her youth travelling in Cairo, Lahore, and the West Bank staring back at h... read more

Granny Is My Wingman

Kayli Stollak

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, and wearing matching glittery spandex to the disco. What more could a gal ask for? She envisioned their love burning well into their sixti... 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, and wearing matching glittery spandex to the disco. What more could a gal ask for? She envisioned their love burning well into their sixti... read more

Make Your Mark: The Creative's Guide to Building a Business with Impact (The 99U Book Series 3)

Jocelyn K. Glei, 99U

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? And what sets the businesses that succeed apart? To find out, we asked the bright minds behind companies like Google X, Warby Parker, F... 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? And what sets the businesses that succeed apart? To find out, we asked the bright minds behind companies like Google X, Warby Parker, F... read more

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