Swoon Spotlight: Kate J. — Autobiographical Notes
As part of our ongoing effort to give you a glimpse behind the scenes of publishing, we have a new feature on our blog: Swoon Spotlight! Every week we’re going to introduce you to a Swoon Reads staff member, who has volunteered their time, energy, and enthusiasm to the imprint—while still being amazing at their regular jobs! This week we are featuring Kate J. Check back every day at noon to learn more about Kate, her job, and her thoughts on life in publishing.
What did you study in school?
English and Children’s Literature. In undergrad my professor was two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt. And I went to graduate school at the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College in Boston, MA. I always knew I wanted to do something with kids’ books.
Do you use your degree in your current job?
Yes and no. I think about books much differently that I did in school—I’m much more practical now and less theoretical—but I constantly refer to the body of literature that I read when getting my degrees.
I delivered mail for the United States Postal Service for a summer during college. I also worked as a Peace Corps volunteer and taught English in a town on the Black Sea Coast in Romania for two years.
How did you get into publishing?
While I was getting my masters in Children’s Literature in Boston I did some internships, and when I graduated I applied for a job. I got really lucky that the timing worked out just right.