Edts: Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult
Kate Coursey has been editing professionally since 2010. She helped found Teen Eyes in 2011, working with clients from all over the world to perfect their manuscripts. As a YA author, her novel LIKE CLOCKWORK won Scholastic’s PUSH Novel Contest when she was 16 years old. In addition to having extensive experience as a freelance editor, Kate worked as an intern at Scholastic Press, where she read many agented and unagented submissions. She received the prestigious Sterling Scholar Grant in 2011 based on an extensive creative writing sample. Later that year, Kate underwent a comprehensive evaluation of her editorial skills, beating out dozens of post-grad students for an editorial internship at a mid-sized publisher. She is currently finishing up her ninth novel, which took first place in the LDS Storymakers First Chapter Contest. Kate is currently represented by John Cusick of Folio Literary Management. Kate spends far too much time messing around on the Internet and occasionally succumbs to caffeine-induced fits of hysteria at 2:00 a.m.
Kate loves all things fantasy, contemporary, historical, steampunk, dystopian, and magical realism. She particularly enjoys unique lead characters and morally ambiguous situations.
Edits: Middle Grade, Young Adult
Grace Smith is a 19-year-old from Tampa, Florida.
Since 2011, Grace has been a devoted member of the publishing community, with involvement ranging from running her review blog, interning for a small press, working for an independent bookseller, creating book clubs, and serving on literary boards. In those years, she’s edited for authors with book deals from Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, and others. She reads approximately 150-300 books per year.
As a writer, she studied at Interlochen Center for the Arts under professors from M.F.A. programs at Brown University, University of Michigan, and more. She has received awards from Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her essays, poetry, novel excerpts, and flash fiction. Her academic writing has been nominated for awards within Washington and Lee University’s English program. As a YA author, she’s currently working on her second manuscript, BLACK BEAR.
Grace’s reading preferences involve YA books with strong poetry backgrounds, magical realism, and/or focus on atmosphere, but she reads (and loves) just about everything.
When not reading, blogging, writing, or editing, Grace serves on student government, the hip hop team, and several marketing groups. She loves coffee, landscapes, the Modern Love column, rain, and breakfast sandwiches.
Edits: Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, Adult, and Women’s Fiction
Zoe Strickland is a 21-year-old California college student currently living in Oregon. She’s a senior studying English Literature, with minors in both Writing and Gender Studies. She has been working at Teen Eyes for four years, and has been Editorial Director for three years. Outside of Teen Eyes, she is Managing Editor of The Western Journal, Western Oregon University’s student-run newspaper and Assistant Editor at The Fem Literary Magazine.
After a brief and intense tryst with Harry Potter, Zoe went straight into reading Young Adult books. After reviewing books for 5 years, she decided to end her review website in 2014 in order to fully focus on editing. In addition to book blogging, Zoe’s past literary experience includes an internship with Creston Books and assisting Young Adult novelists Sarah Ockler and Daisy Whitney. Zoe particularly enjoys contemporary novels with characters that jump off of the page and demand to be heard. Though she loves to read anything and everything, some of her favorite writers are David Levithan, Rainbow Rowell, Hannah Moskowitz, and Stephanie Perkins.
When she isn’t editing, Zoe enjoys studying feminist theory, drinking too much caffeine, and baking.