Posted on December 10, 2017
Karen has a multi-faceted background in publishing — as a book and magazine editor, reviewer, translator, bookseller, and literary agent. But first and foremost she is a developmental editor, working closely with authors to help them focus and organize their work, while holding on to their voice and vision. Karen is especially interested in nonfiction, from concept books for the youngest children to narrative nonfiction for young adults. She was the editor of Devra Lehman’s Spinoza, which won the 2014 National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Over the years, Karen has edited numerous award-winning books, working with such authors and artists as Cris Peterson, Ann Grifalconi, Jennifer Owings Dewey, Sarah Brannen, Laura Purdie Salas, Margaret Hodges, Trina Schart Hyman, Clare Beaton, Karen Lynn Williams, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
Karen has a master’s degree in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts/NYU and a master’s in English from Simmons College. She began her career at The Horn Book Magazine and then moved to Little, Brown & Company, where she rose to senior editor. She later held the same position at Orchard Books. During the years she spent raising a family, Karen ran her own freelance business — developing, editing, and packaging children’s books for several major publishers. She finds working with namelos the perfect culmination of many years in the business.