“I love encouraging my clients with editorial solutions that elevate their content. Writing is hard. My happy place is wherever I can help writers feel safe, recapture their creative energy and increase their writing productivity and potency.” Karen Aroian began her career in the editorial offices of Houghton Mifflin, Boston, working with America’s finest editors and authors. She has led teams of editors and copy writers at major publishing and marketing firms. Today she is a developmental editor of historical novels, multigenerational memoirs and topical how-tos. She enjoys working with subject-matter experts and is the content editor for the PACT Institute. In 2023, she edited the bestseller IN EACH OTHER’S CARE by PACT founder and couples therapist Stan Tatkin. Karen graduated with her B.A. in English from Connecticut College, having received the college’s top prize in poetry. Growing up as the granddaughter of genocide survivors, working through high school at the American Antiquarian Society, studying abroad in York, England, and interning at art book publisher Harry Abrams all set the foundation for her career as an editor and writing coach. Karen begins every weekday on a three-mile walk and travels every year to places with great architecture, music, food and backroads.
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Best Mentee Fit:
- facing uncertainty, confusion, multiple choices, challenging coworkers, stumbling blocks, perceived failures — the tough intangibles that, once unpacked, can actually guide them forward;
- needing to expand their network and beloved community; deciding how best to extend their reach;
- transitioning from a corporation to a solopreneurship;
- working through work-life balance;
- tackling resume and LinkedIn updates; deciding what’s most important to share and why