Who Is Katy Koontz?
She is also the editor-in-chief of Unity Magazine and the author of Family Fun in the Smokies, The Smoky Mountain Travel Guide app, and the children’s picture book, The Banana Police.
… A Freelance Book Editor & Publishing Consultant
Some of her most notable clients include Christiane Northrup, M.D.; Anita Moorjani; Joe Dispenza, D.C..; Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D.; Gerald Jampolsky, M.D.; and Diane Cirincione-Jampolsky, Ph.D.
Katy works directly with authors as well as with their publishers as a book is written, edited, and produced—often from the initial concept and outline all the way through to reading final page proofs just before publication.
… A New Thought Magazine Editor
Unity, a nondenominational spiritual organization within the New Thought movement, was founded in 1889 by Charles Fillmore and Myrtle Page Fillmore. The magazine, which began publication in 1891, is based at the Unity headquarters just outside of Kansas City, Missouri.
… A Travel Writer
She is the author of Family Fun in the Smokies (Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2012) and The Smoky Mountain Travel Guide app (Sutro Media, 2012). Katy has also contributed to a variety of travel books published by Globe Pequot Press, Reader’s Digest Books, Travelers’ Tales, and Fodor’s.
Katy has won four nationally competitive Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism awards, and her Smokies book was a finalist in the 2013 Association of Partners for Public Lands Media competition. A travel story she wrote for Unity Magazine was a finalist in the 2015 Folio: Magazine Eddie awards.
… A Children’s Book Author
When Mayor McFroontz calls on the elephant police to devise a clever scheme to get the elephants to leave, the town ends up buried in all the extra bananas the beasts usually eat. The mayor then calls on the banana police to deal with the bananas, but it’s the townspeople themselves who (burp!) finally get rid of them.
Everyone ends up learning—immediately, if not sooner, as the mayor is known to say—just how vital those pesky pachyderms really are. The unspoken message involves learning to get along with those who are different (as well as working together on creative solutions to big problems).