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Kate started Angelella Editorial in 2014. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Angelella Editorial?
I started out my editorial career working as an assistant editor at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books in New York City. The first book series I edited was Nancy Drew, and later the Hardy Boys series (the new series! Though like many people, I have a fondness for the old hardcover series). I was blessed to have been given an opportunity to skip the entry-level position in my career track, so I was a bit over my head when I began and tried to make up for it by working my butt off--which meant long hours and lots and lots of reading.
A lot of people think editors at publishing houses edit in the office, but the truth is, our days are so filled with meetings and paperwork and email, we do most of our editing in our free time (at night after work and on the weekends). At that time, I was working full time at S&S and also in the midst of pursuing my graduate degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts, so it was a very full plate, to say the least. It’s a time I remember as “baptism by fire.” I loved working with authors and other editors and reading middle-grade and YA fiction for a living--it was my dream job! But it was a lot of work, and I began the job during a transitional time in publishing. Which meant a year in a half in, my company had put a freeze on promotions and was no longer compensating for overtime, which was a sizeable portion of my paycheck.
S&S was the best career learning experience of my life. During my time there, I acquired and edited dozens of books by authors I’m extremely humbled to have worked with, such as #1 New York Times bestselling author Nova Ren Suma and NAACP Image Award- and Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe award-winning author Kekla Magoon.
But it definitely took a toll, and I realized that corporate publishing might not be the best fit for me. Years later, burned out and experiencing health problems, I took leave from grad school and left my job at S&S. When my husband got a job teaching writing at the University of Maryland, I was grateful for a fresh start in a new city. But once we got there, I realized I had no idea what I would do for work in Baltimore with little access to big publishing houses. I loved editing--I didn’t want to start over with a brand new career. But the idea of doing proofreading or copyediting at a financial office or academic press didn’t appeal to me either. So, with more than a healthy amount of skepticism, I decided to dip one toe in the freelance-editing waters.
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