Alex Messina-Schultheis

Alex Messina-Schultheis - Editor

Chicago, IL, USA

Children's book editor with experience in editing and content production of books ranging from board to YA novels.

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Overview

I'm an experienced children's book editor with fives years (and counting!) of experience working directly with children's books within the publishing industry. I have gained extensive knowledge of how the publishing world works and have developed and sustained relationships with industry professionals across the board from fellow editors, art directors, marketing professionals, freelancers, agents, etc., whom have all helped improve my knowledge of our industry.

I have an undergraduate degree in English with a concentration in creative writing and a master's degree in writing and publishing. I have worked a production editor as well as a traditional editor. Both roles have taught me the ins and outs of book production and manuscript development.

While my experience is in editing, my first love will always be writing. I believe to be a good writer, one must read well. And to be a good editor, one must write well in order to recognize quality writing in others. I am always working to hone my own skills for this reason.

I would be honored if to help a future client in anyway I can. My professional experience lies within children's (board books, picture, early reader, chapter, middle grade, and YA), but my interest and heart extend to many adult genres as well.

I'm available for manuscript critique, manuscript development, manuscript editing and/or proofreading, query writing help or critique, editing and/or proofreading of non-manuscript materials (academic papers, articles, shorter works of fiction, résumés, etc.,), and ghost writing. If you have a project you feel doesn't fall under one of these categories, please reach out and ask about it. I would love to talk to you about your next creative endeavor.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's - Picture Books
Holiday
LGBTQ
Romance
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Sex & Relationships

Certifications

  • Basic Manuscript Editing from University of Chicago
  • Project Management course from University of Chicago

Work experience

Associate Editor

Cottage Door Press
October, 2018 – Present (about 1 year)

Production Editor

Albert Whitman & Company
July, 2015 – September, 2018 (about 3 years)

Marketing Intern

Albert Whitman & Company
October, 2014 – July, 2015 (9 months)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Bedtime Stories: 40 Stories & Rhymes to Share

Bedtime Stories is a beautifully illustrated collection of thirty classic tales you and your children will treasure.

Bedtime Stories is a beautifully illustrated collection of thirty classic tales you and your children will treasure.

The Spy with the Red Balloon (The Balloonmakers Book 2)

Katherine Locke

Siblings Ilse and Wolf hide a deep secret in their blood: with it, they can work magic. And the government just found out.Blackmailed into service during World War II, Ilse lends her magic to America's newest weapon, the atom bomb, while Wolf goes behind enemy lines to sabotage Germany's nuclear program. It's a dangerous mission, but if Hitler were to create the bomb first, the results would b... read more

Siblings Ilse and Wolf hide a deep secret in their blood: with it, they can work magic. And the government just found out.Blackmailed into service during World War II, Ilse lends her magic to America's newest weapon, the atom bomb, while Wolf goes behind enemy lines to sabotage Germany's nuclear program. It's a dangerous mission, but if Hitler were to create the bomb first, the results would b... read more

Ignite the Stars

Maura Milan

Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cōcha is a seventeen-year-old girl. A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age ... read more

Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cōcha is a seventeen-year-old girl. A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age ... read more

I Used to Be Famous

Becky Cattie, Tara Luebbe

Kiely's been famous her entire life, but when a baby sister appears on the scene, she feels like a has-been. Now Kiely has to figure out how to gain back the attention of her adoring fans (her family), even if it means sharing the spotlight.

Kiely's been famous her entire life, but when a baby sister appears on the scene, she feels like a has-been. Now Kiely has to figure out how to gain back the attention of her adoring fans (her family), even if it means sharing the spotlight.

Lumber Jills: The Unsung Heroines of World War II

Alexandra Davis

In World War II, Great Britain needed lumber to make planes, ships, and even newspapers—but there weren’t enough men to cut down the trees. Enter the fearless Lumber Jills! These young women may not have had much woodcutting experience, but they each had two hands willing to work and one stout heart, and they came together to do their part. Discover this lyrical story of home front heroism and... read more

In World War II, Great Britain needed lumber to make planes, ships, and even newspapers—but there weren’t enough men to cut down the trees. Enter the fearless Lumber Jills! These young women may not have had much woodcutting experience, but they each had two hands willing to work and one stout heart, and they came together to do their part. Discover this lyrical story of home front heroism and... read more

Fearless Mary: Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver

Tami Charles

A little-known but fascinating and larger-than-life character, Mary Fields is one of the unsung, trailblazing African American women who helped settle the American West. A former slave, Fields became the first African American woman stagecoach driver in 1895, when, in her 60s, she beat out all the cowboys applying for the job by being the fastest to hitch a team of six horses. She won the dang... read more

A little-known but fascinating and larger-than-life character, Mary Fields is one of the unsung, trailblazing African American women who helped settle the American West. A former slave, Fields became the first African American woman stagecoach driver in 1895, when, in her 60s, she beat out all the cowboys applying for the job by being the fastest to hitch a team of six horses. She won the dang... read more

The Queen and the First Christmas Tree: Queen Charlotte's Gift to England

Nancy Churnin

Queen Charlotte brought her family's festive holiday yule bough from Germany to England. While planning a Christmas Day party in 1800 at Windsor Castle for over 100 children, she realized a single bough isn't enough. So she brought in the whole tree instead, making it the first known Christmas Tree in England. This story tells a little known fact about a favorite holiday tradition.

Queen Charlotte brought her family's festive holiday yule bough from Germany to England. While planning a Christmas Day party in 1800 at Windsor Castle for over 100 children, she realized a single bough isn't enough. So she brought in the whole tree instead, making it the first known Christmas Tree in England. This story tells a little known fact about a favorite holiday tradition.

The Case of Piggy's Bank (Detective Paw of the Law: Time to Read, Level 3)

Dosh Archer

There’s a new cop on the scene with a nose for justice, and his name is Detective Paw of the Law! He's an old dog, which is why he leaves all the new tricks up to his partner, Patrol Officer Prickles, a young officer with all the latest police gadgets! In The Case of the Piggy's Bank, Paw and Prickles are called to the scene of Piggy's Bank, where all the money has vanished! Can Paw and Prickl... read more

There’s a new cop on the scene with a nose for justice, and his name is Detective Paw of the Law! He's an old dog, which is why he leaves all the new tricks up to his partner, Patrol Officer Prickles, a young officer with all the latest police gadgets! In The Case of the Piggy's Bank, Paw and Prickles are called to the scene of Piggy's Bank, where all the money has vanished! Can Paw and Prickl... read more

Glow

Megan E. Bryant

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017 SelectionLydia is thrilled to join the working girls in the factory, where they paint luminous watch dials for the soldiers fighting in World War I. In the future, these girls will be known as the tragic Radium Girls: factory workers not only poisoned by the glowing paint, but who also had to fight against men who knew of the paint's deadly effect. One hundred... read more

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017 SelectionLydia is thrilled to join the working girls in the factory, where they paint luminous watch dials for the soldiers fighting in World War I. In the future, these girls will be known as the tragic Radium Girls: factory workers not only poisoned by the glowing paint, but who also had to fight against men who knew of the paint's deadly effect. One hundred... read more

A Treasury to Read With Grandma

Cottage Door Press

A Treasury to Read with Grandma is a beautifully illustrated treasury with over 80 stories to share. From traditional favorites like The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Ugly Duckling to new tales, this treasury is perfect for reading together or for children to read to themselves.

A Treasury to Read with Grandma is a beautifully illustrated treasury with over 80 stories to share. From traditional favorites like The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Ugly Duckling to new tales, this treasury is perfect for reading together or for children to read to themselves.

A Treasury to Read With Mommy

Cottage Door Press

A Treasury to Read with Mommy is a beautifully illustrated treasury with over 80 stories to share. From traditional favorites like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Jack and the Beanstalk to new tales, this treasury is perfect for reading together or for children to read to themselves.

A Treasury to Read with Mommy is a beautifully illustrated treasury with over 80 stories to share. From traditional favorites like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Jack and the Beanstalk to new tales, this treasury is perfect for reading together or for children to read to themselves.

Let's Go to Our Zoo (Smithsonian Kids)

Cottage Door Press, Thea Feldman

Preschoolers will learn fun facts in this Smithsonian Kids book about some of the animals in our zoo. This interactive board book is sturdy enough for the most enthusiastic little explorer, with interactive features such as sliding tabs, spinner wheels, and lift-a-flaps to build fine motor skills. Beautiful illustrations with real-life photos bring the animals to life. It's a perfect way to ge... read more

Preschoolers will learn fun facts in this Smithsonian Kids book about some of the animals in our zoo. This interactive board book is sturdy enough for the most enthusiastic little explorer, with interactive features such as sliding tabs, spinner wheels, and lift-a-flaps to build fine motor skills. Beautiful illustrations with real-life photos bring the animals to life. It's a perfect way to ge... read more

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