Posted on May 15, 2012
Karen has acquired a broad range of experience in the publishing world through her work as a book and magazine editor, reviewer, translator, bookseller, and literary agent. Her great strength is being able to enter into an author’s vision and help nurture a concept to fulfillment. Among the award-winning authors and artists she has worked with are Trina Schart Hyman, Jennifer Owings Dewey, Ann Grifalconi, Ed Young, Cris Peterson, Sarah Brannen, Laura Purdie Salas, Margaret Hodges, Clare Beaton, Karen Lynn Williams, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
Karen graduated from Cornell University and has a Masters in English from Simmons College in Boston. She attended the first Summer Institute in Children’s Literature at Simmons, which led to a job at the Horn Book magazine and a fifteen-year career in Boston publishing. She rose to senior editor at Little, Brown, and later held the same position at Orchard in New York. During the years she spent raising a family, she ran her own freelance business—developing, editing, and packaging children’s books for several major publishers. She finds working at namelos to be the perfect culmination of many years in the business: sharing her wide knowledge of the field but focusing on her first love—creating books for children.