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

Work experience

Freelance Editing

April, 2022 – Present (12 months)

Assistant Editor

Charlesbridge Publishing
February, 2022 – September, 2022 (7 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 (26 selected works)

Leo, Sleep Tight! (Leo Can!)

McQuinn, Anna, Hearson, Ruth

Leo, Rise and Shine! (Leo Can!)

McQuinn, Anna, Hearson, Ruth

Monster vs. Boy

Krossing, Karen

Whose Egg Is That? (Whose Is THAT?)

Lunde, Darrin, Oseid, Kelsey

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

Picture Day Jitters (The Jitters Series)

Danneberg, Julie, Love, Judy

Yossel's Journey

Lasky, Kathryn, Yazzie, Johnson

Leo at the Park (Leo Can!)

McQuinn, Anna, Hearson, Ruth

The Unknown Soldier

Brallier, Jess M., Peterson, Jamie

Not A Monster

Martínez, Claudia Guadalupe, GONZÁLEZ, LAURA

Lola's Nana-Bibi Comes to Visit (Lola Reads)

McQuinn, Anna, Beardshaw, Rosalind

Hands-On Science: Matter

Schaefer, Lola M., Santiago, Druscilla

Alexandra has 16 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia
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!

Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia, October 2022

Jessica Azenberg
Alex was great! I asked her to edit my Query Letter and she came back with great edits and helped me re shape the letter. She was professional and kind. Highly recommend!

Jessica Azenberg, October 2022

Jennifer Wurst
I am new to this world of writers and editors and this first experience with Alex was perfect! Supportive, encouraging, honest, flexible and affordable. Thank you Alex for making the editing process smooth. (:

Jennifer Wurst, September 2022

Maria Pinto
Alex was a fantastic editor to work with. The quality of my story improved immensely with Alex's edits and comments. I also learned a lot in the process. She was very responsive and professional. I'll definitely be working with Alex again.

Maria Pinto, September 2022

Reagan Oliver
Alexandra is so quick to answer any and all questions . She is very professional and gives great feedback. I will definitely be hiring her again.

Reagan Oliver, September 2022

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