Alexandra McKenzie

Alexandra McKenzie - Editor

Boston, MA, USA

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

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I am a current children’s book editor and former elementary school teacher with a passion for diverse, inclusive, and unique stories. In my day-to-day, I evaluate submissions for acquisition, writing selling and marketing copy, perform developmental and line editing, and shepherd books through the art process.
As an 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!
English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

Assistant Editor

Charlesbridge Publishing
February, 2022 – Present (6 months)

Editorial Assistant

Charlesbridge Publishing
April, 2020 – January, 2022 (almost 2 years)

Franchise Editorial Intern

November, 2019 – March, 2020 (4 months)

Writing Specialist

Boston Renaissance Charter Public School
May, 2017 – June, 2018 (about 1 year)

First Grade Teacher

Boston Renaissance Charter Public School
August, 2016 – June, 2019 (almost 3 years)

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Leo, Sleep Tight! (Leo Can!)

McQuinn, Anna, Hearson, Ruth

Leo, Rise and Shine! (Leo Can!)

McQuinn, Anna, Hearson, Ruth

Incredible Shrinking Lunchroom

Babay, Michal, Cohen, Paula

Smitten With Kittens

Minor, Florence, Minor, Wendell

Valentine's Day Jitters (The Jitters Series)

Danneberg, Julie, Love, Judy

Lola Sleeps Over (Lola Reads)

McQuinn, Anna, Beardshaw, Rosalind

Brand-New Bubbe

Aronson, Sarah, Landy, Ariel

The Unknown Soldier

Brallier, Jess, Peterson, Jamie

Picture Day Jitters (The Jitters Series)

Danneberg, Julie, Love, Judy

Yossel's Journey

Lasky, Kathryn, Yazzie, Johnson

Whose Egg Is That? (Whose Is THAT?)

Lunde, Darrin, Oseid, Kelsey

Whose Egg Is That? (Whose Is THAT?)

Lunde, Darrin, Oseid, Kelsey

Alexandra has 10 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Gabriela Fitzgerald
I loved working with Alexandra. She did the proofreading on my children's book. She answered my request in a timely manner and was friendly and very helpful. She offered many helpful suggestions and was very professional during our time working together. I would definitely recommend her for any services you may need.

Gabriela Fitzgerald, August 2022

Eileen Groome
Alexandra was very professional. I truly appreciate that she accepted by my offer, even though I needed it completed quickly. Her suggestions were very helpful. I now have peace of mind going forward. Eileen Groome

Eileen Groome, August 2022

Elana Azose
Alexandra was great to work with! There was excellent communication during the whole process, and she even submitted the finished assessment early :) I received super helpful (and creative!) notes that have already helped me improve my picture book. She even made a (quite nifty) book map to help me see the flow of the story, and it’s something that will come in handy for other picture book p...
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Elana Azose, July 2022

Dory Schrader
I really enjoyed working with Alexandra! I definitely feel that she guided me to improve my manuscript. She also helped me think about how to develop a strong title for my book. Thank you Alexandra!

Dory Schrader, July 2022

Leslie Eva Tayloe
Alexandra provided some very good suggestions on how to make my story advance to the next level.

Leslie Eva Tayloe, July 2022

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