Natalie Maitre

Natalie Maitre - Editor

Washington D.C., USA

I'm an experienced editor with a certificate in publishing from Columbia and a professional specialty in children's books. Here to help!

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Overview

While I'm no longer working as an editor in a full-time capacity, I can't kick the habit. I'm a complete nerd for grammar and a total sucker for syntax, and there are few things I love more than helping an author to find his or her story and voice. Whether it's in taking a look at a children's book manuscript for a former colleague, proofreading a relative's graduate school application, or pioneering a content refresh to help my company better establish its brand identity, I'm constantly in search of my next editorial outlet.

My professional experience is focused primarily on children's books (leveled readers, middle grade fiction, and licensed titles), but I have also worked on several nonfiction projects and my editorial interests know no bounds. I'm open to and excited about any and all projects.

There's no detail to small and no concept too broad to warrant my attention, so let's put our heads together to produce your best work!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Health & Wellbeing
Sports & Outdoors
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Certifications

  • Book, Magazine, & Digital Publishing - Columbia Publishing Course
  • Bachelor of Arts, English - Georgetown University
  • Presenting Editor - Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self
April, 2012 – Present (over 10 years)

Director

MT Newswires
July, 2019 – Present (about 3 years)

Associate Editor, Books

Rodale
April, 2012 – August, 2012 (4 months)

Acquired and edited books for both Runner’s World and Bicycling magazine brands; wrote
back cover copy and sales/marketing materials for assorted projects; evaluated manuscripts
and collected market research to facilitate the acquisition process; developed and pursued
book ideas, including Rodale’s first published children’s book; contributed extensive
proofreading and copy editing for clarity, consistency, grammar, and usage

Editorial Assistant, Grosset & Dunlap, PSS!

Penguin Group (USA)
August, 2010 – April, 2012 (over 1 year)

Worked with the editor-in-chief to build and launch the Penguin Young Readers program, including ghostwriting several beginner-level titles; streamlined the branding of hundreds of leveled readers for school and library markets; acquired and edited easy-to-read manuscripts for publication; wrote cover and jacket copy;
drafted text for sales materials

Editorial Intern & Staff Writer

Northern Virginia Magazine
January, 2010 – June, 2010 (5 months)

Contributed “Front of Book” pieces about shopping, body, arts & entertainment; pursued
ideas for news and feature stories; transcribed interviews for lengthy profile spreads;
proofread and copy edited raw text for online and print publication in the AP Style

Staff Writer

Packet Publications (The Princeton Packet)
May, 2009 – August, 2009 (3 months)

Contributed over 70 news and feature pieces between 12 Mercer County weekly and bi-weekly newspapers; compiled and wrote the weekly police blotter; carried out phone and in-person interviews; gathered story information at weekly town council meetings

Portfolio (23 selected works)

Love Is in the Air (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2)

Jonathan Fenske

Mo Willems meets Dr. Seuss! This is the sweet story of a lonely balloon falling in love with a lively kite, and the adventures they share high in the air--flipping, dipping, spinning, and playing in the clouds. With bright and bold graphics, this accessible Level 2 reader, which is available in both hardcover and paperback, is one that parents and children will read over and over again!

Mo Willems meets Dr. Seuss! This is the sweet story of a lonely balloon falling in love with a lively kite, and the adventures they share high in the air--flipping, dipping, spinning, and playing in the clouds. With bright and bold graphics, this accessible Level 2 reader, which is available in both hardcover and paperback, is one that parents and children will read over and over again!

On a Farm (Penguin Young Readers, Level 1)

Alexa Andrews

Horses live on a farm. Apples grow on a farm. A tractor drives on a farm. What else might you find on a farm? Read along and look at the photographs to find out! This Level 1 reader is filled with photos that capture life on a farm!

Horses live on a farm. Apples grow on a farm. A tractor drives on a farm. What else might you find on a farm? Read along and look at the photographs to find out! This Level 1 reader is filled with photos that capture life on a farm!

Clara and Clem Take a Ride (Penguin Young Readers, Level 1)

Ethan Long

Embark on a reading adventure with the adorable and imaginative Clara and Clem! When Clara and Clem build a car out of blocks, they have no idea where it will take them. But with a little imagination, the two take the trip of a lifetime down winding roads, up tall mountains, and across the sky. This Level 1 reader is beautifully simple and sweet--and available in both hardcover and paperback!

Embark on a reading adventure with the adorable and imaginative Clara and Clem! When Clara and Clem build a car out of blocks, they have no idea where it will take them. But with a little imagination, the two take the trip of a lifetime down winding roads, up tall mountains, and across the sky. This Level 1 reader is beautifully simple and sweet--and available in both hardcover and paperback!

Dog on His Bus (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2)

Eric Seltzer

It's a busy day on Dog's downtown bus! Ride along with adorable animal passengers as Dog diligently drops everyone off at their silly stops. After a long day, and even a popped tire, Dog still loves his job. Dog on His Bus is a fast-paced Level 1 reader with rhyming text, memorable characters, and sweet illustrations!

It's a busy day on Dog's downtown bus! Ride along with adorable animal passengers as Dog diligently drops everyone off at their silly stops. After a long day, and even a popped tire, Dog still loves his job. Dog on His Bus is a fast-paced Level 1 reader with rhyming text, memorable characters, and sweet illustrations!

Bake, Mice, Bake! (Penguin Young Readers, Level 1)

Eric Seltzer

Level One It's a busy day at the "Cakes and More" bake shop! The mice get there first thing in the morning to open their shop. Then they chop, stir, ice, and bake their way to the end of the day. Fun characters pick up tasty treats and keep the mice on their feet. This is a fast-paced, easy-to-read book with memorable characters and sweet illustrations!

Level One It's a busy day at the "Cakes and More" bake shop! The mice get there first thing in the morning to open their shop. Then they chop, stir, ice, and bake their way to the end of the day. Fun characters pick up tasty treats and keep the mice on their feet. This is a fast-paced, easy-to-read book with memorable characters and sweet illustrations!

Max Has a Fish (Penguin Young Readers, Level 1)

Wiley Blevins

Max loves his pet fish--it can swim, eat, and even blow bubbles. But Max is incredibly disappointed to learn that his fish can't dance. Is there another animal that can dance with Max? Find out at the end of this fun and fast-paced Level 1 story!

Max loves his pet fish--it can swim, eat, and even blow bubbles. But Max is incredibly disappointed to learn that his fish can't dance. Is there another animal that can dance with Max? Find out at the end of this fun and fast-paced Level 1 story!

A Surprise for Mom! (Dinosaur Train)

Grosset & Dunlap

Buddy and his siblings want to plan something special for Mrs. Pteranodon on her special day. Read along as Team Pteranodon searches high and low for the best gifts ever!

Buddy and his siblings want to plan something special for Mrs. Pteranodon on her special day. Read along as Team Pteranodon searches high and low for the best gifts ever!

Dinosaur Campout (Dinosaur Train)

Grosset & Dunlap

A great summer 8 x 8! The Pteranodon family is going on a campout! This adorable 8 x 8 is perfect for a first camping trip or night away from home.

A great summer 8 x 8! The Pteranodon family is going on a campout! This adorable 8 x 8 is perfect for a first camping trip or night away from home.

My First Angels

Tomie (Author) on Oct-13-2011 Hardcover My First Angels MY FIRST ANGELS by DePaola

Get Fast!: A Complete Guide to Gaining Speed Wherever You Ride (Bicycling)

Selene Yeager

Every cyclist wants to get faster. Whether they're a weekend warrior, a crit specialist, or a charity cruiser, speed is the X factor that lets a rider ride strong, feel fresh, and thoroughly enjoy each ride.Get Fast! is the cyclist's go-to guide for gaining speed. In it, author Selene Yeager addresses speed from every possible angle, including not only the standard chapters on riding technique... read more

Every cyclist wants to get faster. Whether they're a weekend warrior, a crit specialist, or a charity cruiser, speed is the X factor that lets a rider ride strong, feel fresh, and thoroughly enjoy each ride.Get Fast! is the cyclist's go-to guide for gaining speed. In it, author Selene Yeager addresses speed from every possible angle, including not only the standard chapters on riding technique... read more

Ring Force

Brian Brown

Imagine Percy Jackson and the Olympians, except with a fresher cast of characters and an entirely sport-infused narrative, and you’ve got Ring Force. Just in time for the Olympics in London, Ring Force is poised to be the illustrated chapter book of the summer and an instant favorite for kids between 8 and 12 years old.In the book, which is complete with more than 50 full-color, eye-catching i... read more

Imagine Percy Jackson and the Olympians, except with a fresher cast of characters and an entirely sport-infused narrative, and you’ve got Ring Force. Just in time for the Olympics in London, Ring Force is poised to be the illustrated chapter book of the summer and an instant favorite for kids between 8 and 12 years old.In the book, which is complete with more than 50 full-color, eye-catching i... read more

Dinkin Dings and the Double From Dimension 9

Guy Bass

Imagine how frightened poor Dinkin is when he unwittingly brings Danger Dings, his bespectacled double to life. And when The Actually Frightened Things go after both boys, only one of them is able to take those terrifying creatures down. Betcha can't guess who!

Imagine how frightened poor Dinkin is when he unwittingly brings Danger Dings, his bespectacled double to life. And when The Actually Frightened Things go after both boys, only one of them is able to take those terrifying creatures down. Betcha can't guess who!

Wet and Wild! #5 (George Brown, Class Clown)

Nancy Krulik

When George Brown spends the day at a water park, he ends up making a huge splash, just not the kind he intended. That's because trouble follows him like a shadow. It's not his fault. Really! Poor George is at the mercy of magic burps, burps that make him do wild and crazy things. Perfect for reluctant readers, this funny chapter book series is illustrated with more than forty black-and-white ... read more

When George Brown spends the day at a water park, he ends up making a huge splash, just not the kind he intended. That's because trouble follows him like a shadow. It's not his fault. Really! Poor George is at the mercy of magic burps, burps that make him do wild and crazy things. Perfect for reluctant readers, this funny chapter book series is illustrated with more than forty black-and-white ... read more

Help! I'm Stuck in a Giant Nostril! #6 (George Brown, Class Clown)

Nancy Krulik

Despite George's best efforts to rid himself of the curse of the burps, those magical and pesky belches are still following him everywhere he goes - even on his class trip to the science museum. If circulating through a human heart or sliding down the nostril of a giant nose sound wild, just wait until the burps attack! The sixth book in the George Brown, Class Clown series promises young read... read more

Despite George's best efforts to rid himself of the curse of the burps, those magical and pesky belches are still following him everywhere he goes - even on his class trip to the science museum. If circulating through a human heart or sliding down the nostril of a giant nose sound wild, just wait until the burps attack! The sixth book in the George Brown, Class Clown series promises young read... read more

Guppy Up! (Penguin Young Readers, Level 1)

Jonathan Fenske

This guppy is not your average fish. This guppy shops, mops, drives, and plays the drums...just to name a few! With playful, rhyming text and bright, bold, guppy graphics, this Level 1 reader is an exceptionally fun choice for both children and educators.

This guppy is not your average fish. This guppy shops, mops, drives, and plays the drums...just to name a few! With playful, rhyming text and bright, bold, guppy graphics, this Level 1 reader is an exceptionally fun choice for both children and educators.

Cat Days (Penguin Young Readers, Level 1)

Alexa Andrews

Cat is adorable, fun, and a great teacher of reading! Meet cat. Cat sits, runs, and plays. But at the end of the day, cat can sure use a nap. This Level 1 reader is a compilation of three short and simple stories all about the same cute cat. With repetition, rhyme, and illustrations that perfectly match the text, this book is geared to the very earliest readers.

Cat is adorable, fun, and a great teacher of reading! Meet cat. Cat sits, runs, and plays. But at the end of the day, cat can sure use a nap. This Level 1 reader is a compilation of three short and simple stories all about the same cute cat. With repetition, rhyme, and illustrations that perfectly match the text, this book is geared to the very earliest readers.

Pouch Babies (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3)

Ginjer L. Clarke

What exactly is a marsupial? Why do the babies go into their mother's pouches? How long do they stay there? These are just a few of the questions that bestselling author Ginjer L. Clarke explains in her newest book that covers over twenty different kinds of marsupials, including kangaroos, koalas, and more!

What exactly is a marsupial? Why do the babies go into their mother's pouches? How long do they stay there? These are just a few of the questions that bestselling author Ginjer L. Clarke explains in her newest book that covers over twenty different kinds of marsupials, including kangaroos, koalas, and more!

Buddy and Friends (Dinosaur Train)

Grosset & Dunlap

Join Buddy as he travels aboard the Dinosaur Train to introduce us to some of his friends. Packed with full-color images from the show, this simple board book is a perfect introduction to Dinosaur Train's many species!

Join Buddy as he travels aboard the Dinosaur Train to introduce us to some of his friends. Packed with full-color images from the show, this simple board book is a perfect introduction to Dinosaur Train's many species!

Almost Identical #1

Lin Oliver

Identical twins Sammie and Charlie are starting out seventh grade at a brand-new school. As they make new friends, and join different clubs, the sisters (and once inseparable best friends) start to grow further and further apart. Told from Sammie's point of view, this moving yet funny story will be gobbled up by middle-school girls!

Identical twins Sammie and Charlie are starting out seventh grade at a brand-new school. As they make new friends, and join different clubs, the sisters (and once inseparable best friends) start to grow further and further apart. Told from Sammie's point of view, this moving yet funny story will be gobbled up by middle-school girls!

Two-Faced #2 (Almost Identical)

Lin Oliver

When Charlie compromises her values to help one of the popular girls cheat on a test, Sammie is inadvertantly pulled into the mess. Written from Charlie's point of view, this story will let readers experience the lengths that wanting to be popular in middle school can take you to, the conflict it can cause, and the tough moral stands a girl sometimes has to take.

When Charlie compromises her values to help one of the popular girls cheat on a test, Sammie is inadvertantly pulled into the mess. Written from Charlie's point of view, this story will let readers experience the lengths that wanting to be popular in middle school can take you to, the conflict it can cause, and the tough moral stands a girl sometimes has to take.

Earl The Pearl: My Story

Earl Monroe

Earl "The Pearl" Monroe is a basketball legend whose impact on the game transcends statistics, a player known as much for his unorthodox, "playground" style of play as his championship pedigree. Observers said that watching him play was like listening to jazz, his moves resembling freefloatingimprovisations. "I don't know what I'm going to do with the ball," Monroe once admitted, "and if I don... read more

Earl "The Pearl" Monroe is a basketball legend whose impact on the game transcends statistics, a player known as much for his unorthodox, "playground" style of play as his championship pedigree. Observers said that watching him play was like listening to jazz, his moves resembling freefloatingimprovisations. "I don't know what I'm going to do with the ball," Monroe once admitted, "and if I don... read more

The Runner's World Cookbook: 150 Ultimate Recipes for Fueling Up and Slimming Down--While Enjoying Every Bite

Runners need to eat well in order to perform, and what they eat can have a direct influence on how they run. The Runner's World Cookbook is the perfect combination of performance-boosting nutrients to maximize performance with easy, delicious, and quick recipes. This cookbook contains 150 recipes sourced primarily from the authoritative voice in running itself, Runner's World magazine, along w... read more

Runners need to eat well in order to perform, and what they eat can have a direct influence on how they run. The Runner's World Cookbook is the perfect combination of performance-boosting nutrients to maximize performance with easy, delicious, and quick recipes. This cookbook contains 150 recipes sourced primarily from the authoritative voice in running itself, Runner's World magazine, along w... read more

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