Secret spice from a lobster shack in NYC.

Secret spice from a lobster shack in NYC.

Here is a list of selected publisher clients and books I’ve edited. 

Helped edit the following titles for Readers to Eaters (a San Francisco-based children’s book publisher specializing in food literacy): Cynthia Lair’s Feeding the Young Athlete (2012); Rick Swann and Christy Hale’s Our School Garden (2012); Katherine Pryor and Anna Raff’s Sylvia’s Spinach (2014) and Zora’s Zucchini (2015); Eric-Shabazz Larkin’s A Moose Boosh: A Few Choice Words About Food, a 2015 ALA Notable Book; and Kim Binczewski and Bethany Econopouly's Bread Lab! (2018), illustrated by Hayelin Choi.

A Moose Boosh: A Few Choice Words About Food by Eric-Shabazz Larkin

A 2015 ALA Notable Children’s Book

“Very funny book.” –Michael Pollan

“In 40+ energetic poems, Larkin celebrates the good and decries the bad in the food world... A kid-friendly companion to Michael Pollan’s Food Rules.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Karin has been my go-to editorial advisor for years. She has a sixth sense for a good story, a keen eye for details, and is a creative problem solver. She makes every project better and is a great collaborator, in the most professional and encouraging way. She’s a great asset for every publisher or writer.” —Philip Lee, co-founder and publisher, Readers to Eaters


My Fluorescent God: A Memoir by Joe Guppy 

Finalist for the 2015 Pacific Northwest Book Award

A 2015 Nonfiction Winner of the Kirkus Prize

Beautifully written, honest, enlightening, hope-giving and valuable—essential for anyone interested in or struggling with mental health issues. –Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews


BEASTS! (Fantagraphics Books, 2007)
A classic mythological menagerie, comprised only of creatures that were thought at one time to actually exist, depicted by about a hundred  acclaimed artists and cartoonists.

“Really kick-ass, fun and well-done.” –The Comics Reporter

“Another stroke of genius from the folks at Fantagraphics.” –Boston Globe

“The Best Cryptozoo Art Book of 2007” –

“I am more than happy to suggest you as a meticulous, patient, and wonderful editor any chance I get to any audience I corner.” –Jacob Covey, Fantagraphics Books designer and curator of Beasts! 


Helped develop, edit and shepherd a series of illustrated chapter books (pre-graphic novels) about pint-sized superheroes for Harcourt Children’s Books.


“Karin Snelson is the consummate publishing professional. She is extraordinarily skilled as an editor, writer, and project manager. Karin’s professional talents are all the more formidable (and unusual) in that she has both big-picture focus and razor-sharp vision that takes in the nuts-and-bolts details. As deputy publisher/executive managing editor for Harcourt Children’s Books, I worked closely with Karin on a complicated project that required her to juggle several new titles at once on an impossibly tight deadline. The scope of the project also required her to task, motivate, and track an army of writers, designers, marketing colleagues, various executives, and others to move quickly and steadily forward. It’s testimony to Karin’s organizational skills that she managed to keep the project on track while shaping the content brilliantly—and it’s also to her credit that she did so with grace and good humor. Karin is both revered and beloved by those who have had the good fortune to work with her. I recommend her heartily.” –Robin Cruise (former deputy publisher of Harcourt Children’s Books)


Edited a series of 20 children's mystery novels for reluctant readers, which involved project management, series design and developmental editing. 

“Karin Snelson did an excellent job as the Wright Group’s editorial coordinator for our Woodland Mysteries.  This series of 20 children’s chapter books was revised and updated with new illustrations, requiring complex style guides and illustration specifications. Karin organized all the complicated layers of this project, working well with both our editorial and art departments. We also appreciated her skillful, mature approach in working with the author of this series. Karin was a pleasure to work with in all regards, with a pleasant, helpful, and always professional attitude as well as superb editing and writing abilities.  –Marcie Bovetz (former senior editor at the Wright Group—now owned by McGraw Hill Education)

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