Katherine Catmull


Katherine Catmull is a novelist, arts writer, playwright, and business and political writer and editor. Her first novel, Summer and Bird (Dutton Juvenile/Penguin), was named one of Booklist’s 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth and was both an IndieBound New Voices Pick and an Amazon Editors’ Pick. Her second book, The Radiant Road (Dutton Young Readers/Penguin), was published in January 2016 to starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. She is also a co-author of a collection of scary short stories, The Cabinet of Curiosities (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2014). Katherine has worked as an editor with a whole range of people, from novelists to college students to members of Congress. She spent twenty years in business and politics, working with politicians and CEOs to help them find just the right words to get their message across.


  • Literary fiction, historical fiction, memoir, YA and MG, urban fantasy, magic realism, comic novels, history and criticism, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, business, politics.


  • Manuscript critiques, developmental editing, content or line editing, writing coaching for adults, writing tutorials for kids, and first chapter critiques.

“Katherine‘s delivery of the copy edit of Charlotte Gnoll was as thoughtful and energetic as [her] First Chapter edit. Whatever Charlotte was before, she is so much better because of Katherine’s work. Katherine also went beyond the scope of the project and answered a very specific question whose answer greatly improved Charlotte’s story.”

-P.S.W. Gear, writer

“Katherine Catmull worked with me for over twenty years as a writer and editor. She excels at helping people find the beating heart of whatever they want to say. As an editor, she brings clarity, vividness, and a compelling quality to everything she works on. She’s meticulous, committed, and offers friendly, practical feedback aimed at making your writing the best it can be.”

-Jeff Montgomery, CEO, The Ampersand Agency

“I’ve had the great good fortune of having Katherine Catmull review and comment on a range of my writing over the years, from stage plays to short stories to newspaper features and, most recently, my debut novel. Her attention to the craft of writing–big-picture structural things like voice or point of view or exposition, or the finer details of language–comes from a unique perspective derived from years of honing her own writing, reviewing and editing prowess. Receiving Katherine’s editorial wisdom both complements the writer’s direction and nudges it gently along the most exciting route. She is a welcome colleague to have on your side and offers her advice firmly, gently and always with a sense of humor.”

-Robi Polgar, writer