Testimonials

“I owe my writing career to Karen Grove. She has been my editor for all nine of my books. I have stayed with her because she has always been willing to take risks on my behalf, and perhaps at her own expense, just to get a story she believes in out there. She demands the best from me, and I’m sure there are many times that her careful guidance has kept me from making a fool of myself. Karen is with me when I need her to be, helping me to shape my manuscript into a worthy story, but she also knows when to back off and give me the time and space I need to create. I trust Karen. I know she has the book’s best interest at heart, and my stories have always been made better, tighter, truer, and more interesting for my readers because I’ve used her suggestions. I can’t imagine having a better editor.”

—Han Nolan, National Book Award-winning author of Dancing on the Edge

 

“As an author of many young adult historical novels, I have worked on twenty-two of them under the editorship of Karen Grove. Yes, we had differences of opinion on occasion, but we always came together for the good of the book. Karen got right into the story, seemed to understand what I was trying to accomplish in terms of purpose, setting, relationships, tensions, and dialogue. But more than that she always honored my hopes to bring alive the history of the times, to keep it as genuine as possible, which was important to me. She also understood my need to demonstrate both the strengths and weaknesses of my characters and, in many places, reinforced this aspect of the manuscript. She was quick to pick up on details that were missing, or overwritten, chapters that needed shortening, characters that should have been introduced early on or, once introduced, were consigned to the back burner and not followed through on. Her advice was always sound, her editor’s eye keen, and her concern for the outcome of the project real. I rally miss working with her and would recommend her, gladly, as an editor.”

—Ann Rinaldi, award-winning author of Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons

 

“Karen Grove has been my editor for ten wonderful years. She never misses a trick, and my manuscripts have gone forth with a lot of confidence from all of us involved. I think her greatest gift (out of many) is her wisdom about when to fold up versus when to doggedly pursue and issue with a bit of text. She makes sure everything that needs to be done is done, but nobody is ever aggravated. She also is extremely organized and reliable. If I email her with a request, I get an answer that day. As well, any deadlines missed were my fault—never hers!”

—Carol Plum-Ucci, Michael L. Printz Honor-winning author of The Body of Christopher Creed

 

“Karen Grove has been my editor at Harcourt since 2001. We have labored together through 4000+ pages of my Bloody Jack Adventure Series for young adults, and during that time I always found her to be highly knowledgeable, professional, and a true mistress of her craft. In addition, I must say Karen was not in any way a pushover. There were times when I thought a particular draft of a novel was fine the way it was, but Karen gently but firmly demurred. Growling, I got back to work on the text till we both agreed the thing was done right, and, I must admit, much better for her advice and guidance. We always worked it out together to the benefit of the series. In short, Karen Grove is a fine literary editor, and I always look forward to continuing to work with her on the next book.”

—L.A. Meyer, award-winning author of Bloody Jack

 

“Karen Grove and I have worked together on many young adult manuscripts. I come to Karen when I believe in a writer, especially a very young writer who has a strong voice, knowing that Karen will guide and nourish this writer-client through the editorial process to make the manuscript the best it can be. Karen is particularly good at spotting the key weaknesses and building the writer’s confidence to address those weaknesses successfully. She does not shy away from the tough revision, the daunting page on rewrite, or the perplexing manuscript that is well written but hasn’t yet found an appropriate publishing home. I know from our successes that Karen’s deeply personal yet thoroughly professional approach brings out the best in writers and their manuscripts.”

—Susan Schulman, literary agent, Susan Schulman Literary Agency

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