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Meet Our 2021 Conference Faculty: Karen Boss

Meet the faculty of the 2021 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We’ve asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.

Karen Boss, Editor

Karen Boss is an editor at Charlesbridge. She holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons University and is a mentor for their MFA program. Karen also has an MA in higher education administration and worked at colleges and in the nonprofit sector for 15 years. She edits fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle grade, and YA. Karen is really looking forward to travelling abroad again someday, and she misses planning “Auntie Karen adventures” for her four nieces (Sonia, 13; Sage, 10; Olive, 6; and Morgan, 3).

Karen Boss
Editor Karen Boss

What attracted you to children’s books?

I have always loved books for kids. I believe kids learn some of how to be a human from books.

What’s the best part of your job?

Getting to make books with authors and illustrators with my team of colleagues and then seeing them out in the world for sale.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Balancing so much happening at once. Acquiring books while editing others and finishing up artwork for others. It’s a never-ending cycle and sometimes hard to keep track of it all!

What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?

Touch everything only once, whenever possible. Take care of things right away and don’t let backlog build up. 🙂

Come see Karen Boss at the 2021 Austin SCBWI conference, May 1-2, 2021.