Karen Yin

Conscious Style Guide / AP vs. Chicago / Editors of Color Database


Pasadena, CA



Work-for-hire picture books and board books


Winner of the 2017 ACES Robinson Prize for furthering the craft of professional editing, Karen Yin is the author of the upcoming nonfiction book CONSCIOUS LANGUAGE (Little, Brown Spark) and creator of Conscious Style Guide, the first website devoted to conscious language; Editors of Color, tools for diversifying your staff and sources; and AP vs. Chicago, a guide for anyone who gives “a dollar sign, ampersand, exclamation point, and pound sign about style.” Conscious Style Guide was named by Poynter as one of the top tools for journalists in 2018 and is recommended by NASA, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, BuzzFeed, CMOS Online, Poynter, SPJ, Forbes Communications Council, National Speech & Debate Association, Influencer Marketing Hub, Yoga International, MuseumsEtc, ACES, CIEP, EFA, Editors Canada, SCBWI, American Booksellers Association, SFWA, and Poets & Writers.

Karen's books for children include WHOLE WHALE (Barefoot Books, 2021), SO NOT GHOUL (Page Street Kids, 2022), and DOUG THE PUG AND THE KINDNESS CREW (Scholastic, 2022). Acclaim for her fiction includes a 2021 California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, 2020 SCBWI/Smithsonian Nonfiction Grant, Lambda Literary Fellowship, and selection of her flash fiction for the L.A. Public Library's permanent collection.


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