Jessica Lee Anderson

Jessica Lee Anderson - Editor

Austin, TX, USA

I'm an award-winning author with over 40 publications (from early readers to young adult) with 15 years of editing experience.

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I studied education to become a teacher and had a chance to take a children's literature course that rocked my world. I re-read some of my favorite books from my youth, and I knew that's what I wanted to do: write books for young readers. I set out to learn more about storytelling and craft. When I wrote my first novel, I became brave enough to seek critiques and incorporated editorial feedback to strengthen my story. This book was eventually pulled from the slush pile for publication. I went on to study children's literature in graduate school, earning a Master of Arts from Hollins University. Studying there helped me to hone my writing and editorial skills which are things that I look forward to sharing with you. My list of writing credits includes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of children's magazines, anthologies, early readers, picture books, chapter books, and novels for middle graders and teens. My love of writing combined with my love of teaching led me to become an instructor at the Institute of Children's Literature where I went through extensive critique training. I also later taught a graduate level children's literature course at St. Edward's University and had the honor of working closely with my students editorially.

Over the years, I've critiqued manuscripts professionally for writing competitions, at SCBWI conferences, and also independently. It is a privilege and joy for me to work with writers of all ages and experience levels to reach those "aha" moments and get their manuscripts polished and ready for the market. I think it is important to discuss what your goal is overall and what you're looking forward to accomplishing with a critique. Each person has a unique story to tell, and I aim not to change an individual's voice, but rather to amplify it along with the overall story. I like to point out what's working and why as well as show areas of the story that can be strengthened. My feedback is truthful as I believe this is the best way to grow as a writer, though I aim to be as professional and supportive as always. I understand all too well how sharing your work with others can make you feel vulnerable, though I have experienced how editorial feedback has helped strengthen me as a writer and led to publishing contracts. Whatever your dream might be, I would be honored to share my expertise with you!


"Thank you so much for your guidance, and for believing in me. I would not have written it without you, your guidance and encouragement." --Kim Han, author of "The Canadian Inuit Dog: Icon of Canada's North"

"You helped me get unstuck! I just needed your fresh, talented eyes!!!" --Jennifer Coleman, author of "The Texas Nutcracker"

"God has blessed me and put people in my path that really know this business, otherwise I’d be lost. You have no idea how grateful I am!" --Claudia Villarreal, author "The Bully Who Learned to Love"

" Your notes, as always, are spot on and gave me a fresh look at my manuscript." --Lori Keckler, picture book author

"Thank you so much for all of your pointers and advice. I was feeling a bit lost and felt that some areas just weren't right. Having someone else read it and give me some of their thoughts is just what I needed. I really appreciate the time you put into reading and critiquing. I feel like I can go forward now with a better idea of what I need to fix and change." --Katie Klein , picture book author

English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult


  • Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature
  • YALSA’s Readers’ Choice Award Nomination
  • Spirit of Texas Nomination
  • Quick Picks Nomination
  • IRA Children’s Book Award Notables
  • Shirley Henn Memorial Award

Work experience

Children's Literature Adjunct Professor

St. Edward's University
July, 2012 – September, 2016 (about 4 years)

At St. Edward's University, I completed professional development training. I taught a graduate level writing course with a focus on children’s literature ranging from board books to young adult novels. I worked closely with students, providing much editorial feedback on each writing assignment and master thesis projects.

Editor and Instructor

Institute of Children's Literature
October, 2005 – December, 2010 (about 5 years)

At the Institute of Children's Literature, I received extensive critique training. I worked with hundreds of students ranging in age and experience levels. I worked with each individual to work on their personal goals and provided critiques throughout the course.


October, 2005 – Present (over 16 years)

I am an author of over 40 publications for young readers and teens with an extensive background in children's literature. I have been offering critiques since 2005 whether independently, part of professional organizations like SCBWI, or as a judge for writing contests. My feedback is honest as I believe this is the best way to grow as a writer, though I try to be as supportive and professional as possible.


March, 2002 – Present (about 20 years)

I've published over 40 fiction and nonfiction books and magazine pieces for young readers. My novel titles include UNCERTAIN SUMMER, BORDER CROSSING, TRUDY, CALLI, and BORDER CROSSING. I've published multiple chapter books and early readers for Rourke Educational Media to include such titles as BROWNIES WITH BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, TIME TO MOVE, PEACOCK, and RUNAWAY ROBOT. FANGS was recently released from Scholastic, and I've always worked with Capstone, Heinemann, Pearson, Seedling Publications, Six Red Marbles, and a variety of magazines including HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN. I graduated from Hollins University with a Master of Arts in Children's Literature, and previously instructed at the Institute of Children's Literature and St. Edward's University

Portfolio (17 selected works)


Hoover, P. J.

Once Upon a Princess

Marciniak, Christine

The Hidden Code

Hoover, P. J.

The Bully Who Learned To Love

Claudia Villarreal, Michael Koch

Odd Girl In (mix)

Whittemore, Jo

The Texas Nutcracker

Coleman, Jennifer, Dillon, Wade

Emily's Song

Marciniak, Christine

Jessica Lee has 30 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Raluca Sirbu
Thank you Jessica for your support, valuable comments, and insightful views. You went above and beyond to suggest additional documentation to help with the decisions and next steps. Very grateful!

Raluca Sirbu, April 2022

Jessica Lee Anderson
Thank you for this kind review, Raluca! It was an honor working with you.

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Amanda Mireles
I've worked with Jessica several times now- it is more of a joy each time. She constantly challenges and inspires me. I've grown so much as a writer just by working with her. I'd highly recommend anyone to work with her if you're looking for a fresh perspective or someone who's excited about what they do.

Amanda Mireles, January 2022

Jessica Lee Anderson
I love working with you, Amanda! Thank you for trusting me with your work and for taking the time to share this lovely review.

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Shari Borba
I had such a wonderful experience working with Jessica. Her knowledge and experience are clear in her edits and she is a treat to work with. She is prompt and thorough and exceeding my expectations on every level. I would work with her again on another project in a second. So grateful for her insight and professionalism.

Shari Borba, January 2022

Jessica Lee Anderson
Thank you for taking the time to leave this lovely review, Shari! I had such a wonderful experience working with you as well!

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Amanda Mireles
Jessica is always such a pleasure to work with- she's very thorough, responds very quickly, and helps with any issues/brainstorming that may arise. I'll be using her time and time again!

Amanda Mireles, January 2022

Jessica Lee Anderson
It is always such a pleasure working with you as well, Amanda! Thank you for kind words and for trusting me with your stories!

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Peter Serko
This is my second time working with Jessica. She was prompt and right on target with her feedback. Best of all, she was super supportive, always making sure to let me know she believed in me and my novel.

Peter Serko, January 2022

Jessica Lee Anderson
Thank you for hiring me again, Peter! It has been an honor working with you!

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