Katie Van Ark


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Katie Van Ark lives in Michigan with two daughters, two cats, and one very patient husband who was also her high school sweetheart. She is a member of SCBWI and RWA and a student at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She enjoys reading, writing, and of course figure skating.

Favorite Books

Catching Jordan (Miranda Kenneally)
Perfect Chemistry (Simone Elkeles)
Forever (Judy Blume)
Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)
Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins) - team Peeta!
Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling)
Twilight series (Stephenie Meyer)

Favorite Genres

Katie Van Ark's Manuscripts

Most Recent Blog Posts

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Swoon Author Katie Van Ark Publishing Confessional: It’s a Lot Like Falling in Love

People call love a roller coaster, but trying to get your novel published can be like riding the Millenium Force at Cedar Point. The ups, the downs, the twists and turns. First there’s the exciting chug to the top. You wrote a novel. And it’s time for . . . The Meet-Cute: You look through an editor’s or agent’s submission … Read More


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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Swoon Author Katie Van Ark: Bookish Blogs That Make Me Swoon

When it comes to talking about marketing and publicity, I’ll admit to feeling a lot like Stephanie Perkins, who wrote this on her blog just before the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After: I get SO embarrassed having to talk about myself and my books and my events and my this and my that. It always feels . … Read More


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Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Swoon Author Katie Van Ark: Spice Up Your Writing With Sensory Detail

Sandy Hall and Jenny Elliott have both done a great job sharing what the Swoon editorial process looks like. So now that it’s my turn, I thought I’d share about the harder part. Because they’re right. Editing is fun with an editorial letter – it’s a road map that gives you directions about what to do and where to start. … Read More


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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Swoon Author Katie Van Ark: Say “Yes” to Your Own Writing

When Holly asked me months ago if I’d do a guest post on writing here on the blog, my first thought was, “Yay!” My second was, “But how will I choose a topic?” Because I love writing, and talking about writing, and writing about writing, and . . . you get the picture, right? As the deadline grew closer, though, … Read More


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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Swoon Author Katie Van Ark: Keep Calm and NaNo On!

For those of you doing NaNoWriMo, by this time you’ve probably found yourself in one of two groups. You’re either nicely synched with that little line on your bar graph…               … or you’re sliding all over the place with just a couple thousand words logged. (Unless you’re one of those people who’s already passed 50K, in which case please ignore … Read More


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