Alexandra McKenzie

Alexandra McKenzie – Editor

Children’s book editor; experience with picture books, early readers, middle grade, and NF

Overview

I am a former children’s book editor and elementary school teacher with a passion for diverse, inclusive, and unique stories. In my editing days, I evaluated submissions for acquisition, wrote selling and marketing copy, performed developmental and line editing, and shepherded books through the art process.
As a former editor, I am quite familiar with what makes a query letter successful and can help you make yours stand out. I specialize in looking at picture books through the lens of finding a successful structure for your story and satisfying emotional arc for your characters through developmental editing. Let me help you find the perfect inroad for children reading your story. When line editing, I help writers find the best way to express their ideas and comb the manuscript for any grammar issues. Let me help you polish your words until they shine. Together we can get your book submission-ready!
Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books Young Adult
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Apr, 2022 — Present

Charlesbridge Publishing

Feb, 2022 — Sep, 2022 (7 months)

Charlesbridge Publishing

Apr, 2020 — Jan, 2022 (almost 2 years)

HMH

Nov, 2019 — Mar, 2020 (4 months)

Boston Renaissance Charter Public School

May, 2017 — Jun, 2018 (about 1 year)

Boston Renaissance Charter Public School

Aug, 2016 — Jun, 2019 (almost 3 years)

Portfolio

Monster vs. Boy

Krossing, Karen

Hands-On Science: Matter

Schaefer, Lola M.

Not A Monster

Martínez, Claudia Guadalupe

The Unknown Soldier

Brallier, Jess M.

Yossel's Journey

Lasky, Kathryn

Brand-New Bubbe

Aronson, Sarah

Smitten With Kittens

Minor, Florence

Alexandra has 20 reviews

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Fred G.

Fred G.

Feb, 2024

It was a real pleasure to work with Alexandra. She was very professional, thorough, kind, and prompt. I would definitely work with her again.
Elizabeth G.

Elizabeth G.

Jun, 2023

This was my second critique with Alex and she is tremendous and extremely gracious! She provides a thoughtful and applicable critique with savvy attention to detail that only an editor's eye would see. She not only provides a thorough written critique but a story map to see how your story might be paginated. I HIGHLY recommend her!
Margot P.

Margot P.

May, 2023

Alexandra returned my project ahead of schedule, which I greatly appreciated. I hired her for copywriting but she kindly offered some structural edits which helped me rethink the flow of my story. I would definitely work with Alexandra again.
Ed B.

Ed B.

Apr, 2023

Great editor. Already have her working on my next book! Highly recommend!
Elizabeth G.

Elizabeth G.

Oct, 2022

Alex was such a thoughtful and thorough reviewer. She was communicative and punctual, and the quality of her review was one of the best critiques I have received. Not only did she provide detailed notes as to where my manuscript could be improved, she noted ways to make the parts that were working - even better. I would highly recommend her!

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