Katie Zaborsky

Katie Zaborsky - Editor

NYC, NY, USA

Former editor at Penguin Random House with broad experience across genres, including literary fiction, memoir, humor, and more.

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Overview

Reviews (4)
During my 5+ years in book publishing, I've had the opportunity to work on many titles across several genres, including literary fiction, short story collections, memoir, humor, narrative non-fiction, thrillers, and more. I also have extensive experience working with celebrities and high-profile authors, so I pride myself on being a thoughtful and trusted messenger of editorial feedback.

With editorial roles at both independent and corporate publishing houses (as well as a year at a literary agency), I can help you approach your manuscript from a variety of perspectives. Whether you're wondering what to include in your query letter or need a careful editorial eye for your manuscript, I'll offer a tailored assessment that will help you reach your goals - and your readers!
Languages
English (AUS)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Politics & Current Affairs
Fiction
Literature
Thriller

Work experience

Associate Editor

Penguin Random House
November, 2014 – December, 2018 (about 4 years)

• Acquired fiction and non-fiction titles for two PRH imprints
• Edited my own titles as well as titles for other editors, providing in-depth developmental edits and line edits
• Wrote all editorial copy for acquired titles, including jacket copy, catalog copy, title information copy, bookseller mailing letters, and blurb request letters
• Evaluated incoming book proposals and provided detailed rejection letters for unsuitable projects
• Collaborated with different departments during each step of the publication process
• Networked and negotiated with literary agents

Literary Assistant

Trident Media Group
December, 2013 – November, 2014 (11 months)

• Evaluated solicited and unsolicited book proposals; provided CEO with reader reports
• Prepared proposals for submission by creating tailored submission lists and writing pitch letters
• Researched potential clients for CEO's list

Editorial Assistant

Europa Editions
May, 2013 – November, 2013 (6 months)

• Requested and evaluated manuscript submissions; provided Editor-in-Chief with reader reports
• Wrote and edited copy for Europa’s website, weekly newsletters, news blasts, and catalogs
• Maintained correspondence with authors, foreign rights managers, publishers, and booksellers

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Shadowbahn

Steve Erickson

A LA TIMES' BEST BOOK OF 2017 (FICTION)"A beautiful, moving, strange examination of apocalypse and rebirth.” - Neil Gaiman"Erickson has mobilized so much of what feels pressing and urgent about the fractured state of the country in a way that feels fresh and not entirely hopeless, if only because the exercise of art in opposition to complacent thought can never be hopeless." - New York Times B... read more

A LA TIMES' BEST BOOK OF 2017 (FICTION)"A beautiful, moving, strange examination of apocalypse and rebirth.” - Neil Gaiman"Erickson has mobilized so much of what feels pressing and urgent about the fractured state of the country in a way that feels fresh and not entirely hopeless, if only because the exercise of art in opposition to complacent thought can never be hopeless." - New York Times B... read more

The Lost Chapters: Finding Recovery and Renewal One Book at a Time

Leslie Schwartz

Leslie Schwartz's powerful, skillfully woven memoir of redemption and reading, as told through the list of books she read as she served a 90 day jail sentence In 2014, novelist Leslie Schwartz was sentenced to 90 days in Los Angeles County Jail for a DUI and battery of an officer. It was the most harrowing and holy experience of her life.Following a 414-day relapse into alcohol and drug addict... read more

Leslie Schwartz's powerful, skillfully woven memoir of redemption and reading, as told through the list of books she read as she served a 90 day jail sentence In 2014, novelist Leslie Schwartz was sentenced to 90 days in Los Angeles County Jail for a DUI and battery of an officer. It was the most harrowing and holy experience of her life.Following a 414-day relapse into alcohol and drug addict... read more

Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals

Jesse Armstrong

The debut novel from the creator of HBO's Succession, premiering in Summer 2018. It’s 1994, and war rages on in Yugoslavia—Sarajevo is under siege, and Bosnia’s different ethnic groups are battling for control of the newly independent country.Hundreds of miles away, in a posh dining room in west London, Andrew is in a similarly precarious situation: the fine balancing act of breathing, blinkin... read more

The debut novel from the creator of HBO's Succession, premiering in Summer 2018. It’s 1994, and war rages on in Yugoslavia—Sarajevo is under siege, and Bosnia’s different ethnic groups are battling for control of the newly independent country.Hundreds of miles away, in a posh dining room in west London, Andrew is in a similarly precarious situation: the fine balancing act of breathing, blinkin... read more

My Year of Running Dangerously: A Dad, a Daughter, and a Ridiculous Plan

Tom Foreman

CNN correspondent Tom Foreman's remarkable journey from half-hearted couch potato to ultra-marathon runner, with four half-marathons, three marathons, and 2,000 miles of training in between; a poignant and warm-hearted tale of parenting, overcoming the challenges of age, and quiet triumph.As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the hear... read more

CNN correspondent Tom Foreman's remarkable journey from half-hearted couch potato to ultra-marathon runner, with four half-marathons, three marathons, and 2,000 miles of training in between; a poignant and warm-hearted tale of parenting, overcoming the challenges of age, and quiet triumph.As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the hear... read more

The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies

Dawn Raffel

“A mosaic mystery told in vignettes, cliffhangers, curious asides, and some surreal plot twists as Raffel investigates the secrets of the man who changed infant care in America.” —NPR, 2018's Great Reads What kind of doctor puts his patients on display? This is the spellbinding tale of a mysterious Coney Island doctor who revolutionized neonatal care more than one hundred years ago and saved s... read more

“A mosaic mystery told in vignettes, cliffhangers, curious asides, and some surreal plot twists as Raffel investigates the secrets of the man who changed infant care in America.” —NPR, 2018's Great Reads What kind of doctor puts his patients on display? This is the spellbinding tale of a mysterious Coney Island doctor who revolutionized neonatal care more than one hundred years ago and saved s... read more

New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay

Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, Carrie Wittmer

He calls me into his office and closes the door . . . to promote me. He promotes me again and again. I am wild with ecstasy. Imagine a world where all erotica was written by feminists: Their daydreams include equal pay, a gender-balanced Congress, and Tom Hardy arriving at their doorstep to deliver a fresh case of LaCroix every week. Both light-hearted and empowering, New Erotica for Feminists... read more

He calls me into his office and closes the door . . . to promote me. He promotes me again and again. I am wild with ecstasy. Imagine a world where all erotica was written by feminists: Their daydreams include equal pay, a gender-balanced Congress, and Tom Hardy arriving at their doorstep to deliver a fresh case of LaCroix every week. Both light-hearted and empowering, New Erotica for Feminists... read more

The Way of Sorrows: The Angelus Trilogy

Jon Steele

The highly anticipated final book in Jon Steele’s thrilling cosmic Angelus trilogy, The Way of Sorrows counts down the dwindling hours between humanity and the apocalypse. Steele again sets the stage for an epic battle, played out in Alaska, Russia, Switzerland, and ultimately Jerusalem, pitting the protectors of paradise—the eternal angels—against the “goons” of timeless evil. As the forces e... read more

The highly anticipated final book in Jon Steele’s thrilling cosmic Angelus trilogy, The Way of Sorrows counts down the dwindling hours between humanity and the apocalypse. Steele again sets the stage for an epic battle, played out in Alaska, Russia, Switzerland, and ultimately Jerusalem, pitting the protectors of paradise—the eternal angels—against the “goons” of timeless evil. As the forces e... read more

Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey

Sean Avery, Michael McKinley

**One of Sports Illustrated's Best Sports Books of 2017**Controversial hockey star Sean Avery's no-holds-barred memoir of high living and bad behavior in the NHL—coupled with the behind-the-scenes glitter of celebrity and media nightlife in New York and LA. As one of the NHL’s most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on its head. For thirteen seasons, Avery p... read more

**One of Sports Illustrated's Best Sports Books of 2017**Controversial hockey star Sean Avery's no-holds-barred memoir of high living and bad behavior in the NHL—coupled with the behind-the-scenes glitter of celebrity and media nightlife in New York and LA. As one of the NHL’s most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on its head. For thirteen seasons, Avery p... read more

K Street (A Kay Hamilton Novel)

M. A. Lawson

The latest installment in M.A. Lawson's thrilling Kay Hamilton series, K Street finds the ex-DEA agent working solo to uncover the motivations behind a gruesome shooting at a covert intelligence agency in Washington, D.C.It’s been almost a year since Kay Hamilton was fired from the DEA for going rogue. Since then, she’s been employed by the Callahan Group, a covert intelligence agency based in... read more

The latest installment in M.A. Lawson's thrilling Kay Hamilton series, K Street finds the ex-DEA agent working solo to uncover the motivations behind a gruesome shooting at a covert intelligence agency in Washington, D.C.It’s been almost a year since Kay Hamilton was fired from the DEA for going rogue. Since then, she’s been employed by the Callahan Group, a covert intelligence agency based in... read more

Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance

Bill McKibben

“We've got a long history of resistance in Vermont and this book is testimony to that fact.” –Bernie SandersA book that's also the beginning of a movement, Bill McKibben's debut novel Radio Free Vermont follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that their state might be better off as its own republic. As the host of Radio Free Vermont--"underground, underpowered, and underfoot"--seventy-tw... read more

“We've got a long history of resistance in Vermont and this book is testimony to that fact.” –Bernie SandersA book that's also the beginning of a movement, Bill McKibben's debut novel Radio Free Vermont follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that their state might be better off as its own republic. As the host of Radio Free Vermont--"underground, underpowered, and underfoot"--seventy-tw... read more

Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age

Dan Zak

**A Washington Post "Notable Nonfiction Book of 2016"**ON A TRANQUIL SUMMER NIGHT in July 2012, a trio of peace activists infiltrated the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Nicknamed the “Fort Knox of Uranium,” Y-12 was supposedly one of the most secure sites in the world, a bastion of warhead parts and hundreds of tons of highly enriched uranium—enough to power thousands ... read more

**A Washington Post "Notable Nonfiction Book of 2016"**ON A TRANQUIL SUMMER NIGHT in July 2012, a trio of peace activists infiltrated the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Nicknamed the “Fort Knox of Uranium,” Y-12 was supposedly one of the most secure sites in the world, a bastion of warhead parts and hundreds of tons of highly enriched uranium—enough to power thousands ... read more

Saratoga Payback (Charlie Bradshaw Mystery)

Stephen Dobyns

The latest installment in Stephen Dobyns's Charlie Bradshaw mysteries, Saratoga Payback follows the latest exploits of Saratoga Springs' most unusual and sardonic detective. Ever since the cops revoked his private investigator's license, Charlie Bradshaw has been adjusting to life as a regular senior citizen. But reading, sitting around the house, and making amateur home repairs is a far cry f... read more

The latest installment in Stephen Dobyns's Charlie Bradshaw mysteries, Saratoga Payback follows the latest exploits of Saratoga Springs' most unusual and sardonic detective. Ever since the cops revoked his private investigator's license, Charlie Bradshaw has been adjusting to life as a regular senior citizen. But reading, sitting around the house, and making amateur home repairs is a far cry f... read more

The Bodies in Person: An Account of Civilian Casualties in American Wars

Nick McDonell

Since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, uncounted thousands of civilians have died in the fighting, and as a result of the destruction. These are deaths for which no one assumes responsibility, and which have been presented, historically, as fallout. No one knows their true number. In The Bodies in Person, Nick McDonell introduces us to some of the civilians who died, along wi... read more

Since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, uncounted thousands of civilians have died in the fighting, and as a result of the destruction. These are deaths for which no one assumes responsibility, and which have been presented, historically, as fallout. No one knows their true number. In The Bodies in Person, Nick McDonell introduces us to some of the civilians who died, along wi... read more

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Matthew McReynolds
Katie is the ultimate professional. Brilliant insights and ideas, prompt responses and she delivered on-time while exceeding my expectations. I highly recommend her no matter what stage you are on your MS.

Matthew McReynolds, August 2019


Nora Hickey
Katie was a total professional and shared great insight on my novel in progress. Her reading was thorough and helpful, and our followup call was wonderful in clarifying further. She is a great resource! I would highly recommend her as a developmental editor!

Nora Hickey, July 2019


Matthew McReynolds
I used Katie for a developmental edit and I found her to be professional, prompt, and full of great insight and ideas. I know my novel is going to be better having worked with her.

Matthew McReynolds, June 2019


larry center
Great work!

larry center, May 2019

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