The Writing Life: Kate Angelella ’17 Talks Shop
Meet the Angelella Editorial Team
Kate Angelella began her career working as an in-house editor for Simon & Schuster Children’s Books in New York City. There, she edited for the chapter book, middle-grade, tween, and YA book markets. During her time at S&S, Kate edited several series, including the renowned middle-grade series Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. She also acquired and edited over thirty additional novels, including the first novels published by Kekla Magoon, winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent and NAACP Image Award, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Nova Ren Suma. Other authors include Cecilia Galante, P.G. Kain, Taylor Morris, Shawn K. Stout, Amanda Marrone, Tricia Rayburn, Jessica Leader, and Lauren Barnholdt.
Now, Kate is a full-time freelance editor and owner of Angelella editorial. She loves that she gets to spend every day focusing on her favorite part of her experience editing for a Big 5—working directly with authors.
Kate believes that everyone has something important to say—everyone has a story to tell. She wants to help you make your story the very best that it can be with thorough, yet compassionate, critiques. She looks forward to working with you to develop your skill, hone your craft, and find your voice.
Ross Angelella is the author of the adult literary debut Zombie: A Novel (Soho Press, 2012) that Barnes & Noble described as “simultaneously a bildungsroman à la Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, an homage to zombies in pop culture and a twisted mystery all wrapped up into one utterly original—and darkly delightful—novel” and Matthew Quick (author of The Silver Linings Playbook) called “an irreverent and twisted coming-of-age story with one of the most shocking endings I’ve ever read.”
His journalism, essays and award-winning short fiction have appeared in various journals, including The Literary Review, Hunger Mountain, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester and Fiction Writers Review. His short story “Sauce” won The Coachella Review’s grand prize in 2012.
In addition, he has ghostwritten numerous novels, including both Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels.
He holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He has taught fiction writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches writing at the University of Maryland, College Park and screenwriting at Towson University.
Suma Subramaniam is the contributing author of HERO NEXT DOOR (Penguin Random House, Fall 2019). She contributes to From the Mixed-Up Files a site that brings awareness, enthusiasm, and celebration of books for 8-12-year-olds. Suma is also the Mentorship Program Coordinator of SCBWI Western Washington, and she’s part of the internship grants team of We Need Diverse Books. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Certificate in Popular Fiction from the University of Washington. She is the co-founder of Kinder Konnection, a nonprofit literacy and youth development organization. When she is not reading or writing, she conducts creative writing workshops for kids of all ages.
Jay Whistler has over 30 years of professional writing experience and over 16 years of college-level teaching experience, including curriculum development. She holds an MFA in Writing from VCFA, an MA in Technical Writing from Bowling Green State University, and a BA in Written Communications from Eastern Michigan University. She has extensive freelance experience editing middle-grade, young-adult, and adult novels, picture books (including rhyming and nonfiction), and short stories, as well as extensive freelance experience editing technical documents for a variety of corporate clients. Jay is the former Regional Advisor for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Switzerland chapter. She has experience presenting at conferences on the craft of writing and has been a submission judge for a number of high-profile writing contests and for literary journals.
Kyle V. Hiller
Kyle V. Hiller specializes in young adult and middle grade fiction. He favors magical realism and coming-of-age narratives and particularly seeks to amplify the voices of marginalized writers. Character development and nuance are the strengths of the Temple University alum who swears that if he ever grew up, he’d lose all his virtuosity as a purveyor of storytelling. Also, he loves his mom.
Kyle is gentle but truthful: he’ll keep it real with you, but will never step on your toes about it. He’ll take your hand, dance with you about it, and learn from each other.
Kyle is the self-published author of 2016 novel THE RECITAL and the upcoming PROJECT ANJOU slated for 2019. He sharpened his editorial skills as Kate Angelella’s assistant in 2017. He writes about theater and arts and culture for the Philadelphia Metro, and has appeared in Paste Magazine, Al-Jazeera, Twinfinite, The Urban Twist, and more.
Diane Telgen is a writer for young people and a former editor and freelance writer of reference books and articles. She currently serves as Editorial Coordinator for FORESHADOW: A YA Serial Anthology, and published the short story “Hellmuffin” in the 2017 anthology 13 Candles.
Her own works-in-progress include middle-grade and YA novels, nonfiction, and picture books. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Jenn Bailey has been a professional editor and writer for the last 10 years and has her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and her B.S. in Film/Screenwriting from Boston University. Jenn’s first picture book, A Friend for Henry, will debut in February 2019. She received the Candlewick Picture Book award for Plink! in 2016 and the Flying Pig Humor Award for her novel, Once, in 2017.
Jenn offers deep and thorough assessments, targeting elements of plot, structure, pacing, characterization, and agency. In picture books she also focuses on word choice, flow, and readability. She has traveled the path from newbie writer to published author and understands that truly beneficial critique balances encouragement with straight-forward speaking. She knows the struggles writers have—with time, perseverance, and confidence—and is sure that she can help authors push through those, and any other issues.
Besides being a working, published author and freelance editor, Jenn is a reader for an acquiring literary agency, an acquiring editor at a small educational press, and is a sensitivity reader specializing in Autism/Aspergers.
Denise Santomauro is a writer, performer, and teaching artist. She has contributed content to several blogs, been published in the Dear Sister anthology, developed plays and scenes for young people through her work with theatre programs, and written middle grade and young adult novels. In addition to acting in plays, she has been seen on stage in live lit shows around Chicago telling embarrassing stories from her life, including one about spying on her neighbors and another about her terrible first kiss. As an instructor and teaching artist, she has taught prose, poetry, and playwriting classes, and works with young people exploring various art forms and helping them tell their stories. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Marissa Graff has been a freelance editor and reader for literary agent Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary Agency for four years. She has her MFA in Writing for Children and YoungAdults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She also holds an M.S. in Elementary Literacy from Walden University and a B.S. in Childhood Education from Boston University.
Marissa strives to work with clients in a way that teaches them the whys and hows of revision. What excites her most is helping writers understand the reasoning behind what’s working and what may need attention so that they’re brave enough to delve into revision. She will be a champion of your story and your ability as a writer to make it shine. She offers approaches to revision but is never prescriptive, always respecting the writer’s creative genius and ability to employ changes. She feels if she’s done her job well, a client should probably never need her help again because she’s given them a crash-course MFA via deep editorial support and/or coaching.
Marissa lives in the DC area with her husband and two Greater Swiss Mountain dogs.