Specializing in children’s literature and publishing
I started my publishing career as an editorial assistant at Viking Children’s Books, a division of what is now Penguin Random House, just two weeks out of college. I spent more than a decade at Viking, rising through the ranks to become Executive Editor. After eleven years working in Manhattan, the time was right to return home to New Orleans with my family. I established Catherine Frank Editorial Services in the spring of 2011 with the goal of continuing to do the work that I love.
As the editor of award-winning fiction and nonfiction children's books ranging in format from board books to novelties and picture books to young adult fiction, I have a broad editorial perspective. Books acquired and edited by me have received honors including: nomination for the National Book Award; The Boston Globe Horn Book Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Charlotte Zolotow Award, the New York Times Best Illustrated Award, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Through Catherine Frank Editorial Services I actively work with authors, agents, packagers, app developers, and publishers large and small. I edit picture book texts, chapter books, nonfiction books for older readers, and middle grade and YA novels. I’m a member of the SCBWI and the Women’s National Book Association.
In conjunction with my freelance editorial work, in the spring of 2020 I joined Peachtree Publishing as an editor at large, acquiring and editing a limited number of manuscripts. For more information, please visit www.peachtree-online.com.
My favorite part of the editorial process is diving into a manuscript, seeing where it takes me, and envisioning how that journey could be strengthened. I can help deepen characters, focus plots, and improve a story’s pacing, whether it’s a 100-word picture book text or a YA narrative nonfiction manuscript.