Alli Brydon

Alli Brydon – Editor

Senior-level children's book publishing professional with nearly 20 years of experience in the US and UK publishing industries.


Since launching in 2017, I've worked as a freelance children's book editor and writer with traditional publishers, self-publishing authors, and writers & illustrators to develop amazing children's content and get it in front of of kiddos. Working with the Big 5, publishing #1 New York Times Bestsellers, helping emerging authors get traditional publishing's all in a days work! Having worked with many publishing houses in the US and UK, I am an industry insider who won't make you feel like an outsider.

Selected clients include: Amazon Publishing, Scholastic, Sourcebooks, I See Me!, Wonderbly, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Little Bee Books, Disney, Lonely Planet Kids, National Geographic Kids, Bloomsbury Children's Books, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Services include: Manuscript Critique, Self-Publishing Editorial and Project Management, Developmental and Substantive Editing, Publishing Industry Consultation
Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade Picture Books
English (UK) English (US)
  • MFA, Poetry
  • NYU, Fundamentals of Copy Editing and Proofreading

Work experience

Upside Down Books/Trigger Publishing

Feb, 2019 — Present

As Commissioning Editor of Upside Down Books, the children's book imprint of Trigger Publishing, I acquire and publish a range of fiction and nonfiction picture books, activity books, and chapter books on the topics of mental health, wellbeing, and emotional intelligence.


Sep, 2017 — Present

I run an independent children's book editorial and writing business, catering to book publishers and emerging children's book authors and illustrators. My specialties include: Developmental and Substantive Editing, Writing/Content Development, Publishing Market Consultation, Query Letter Critique, Illustrator Portfolio Review, Illustrator Web Site Review, Photo Research, Coaching in Picture Book Writing

Bright USA

Apr, 2015 — Aug, 2017 (over 2 years)

Managed a boutique list of trade children's book author-illustrators, helping them to develop stories which I then went on to pitch and sell to publishing houses in the US and UK. Brokered significant, one- and two-book deals with HarperCollins, Bloomsbury Children's, Little Brown BYR, Simon and Schuster, Random House, Penguin, HMH/Clarion, Quarto, among others.

Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

Nov, 2005 — Mar, 2015 (over 9 years)

Acquired and edited children's fiction and nonfiction for ages 0 - 12: board books, novelty, picture books, abridged classics, leveled easy readers, craft/activity books, and middle grade.


100% of Last Week Tonight's proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United. HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a children's picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.Meet Ma... read more
Go Wild! Lemurs

Brydon, Alli

A hug feels good. Let's hug again.We'll hug at nine.We'll hug at ten.When is it time for a hug? Anytime! This feel-good picture book assures kids there's plenty of love to go around-the-clock.From the moment Little Bunny wakes up in the morning until the moon ... read more

Alli has 3 reviews





Kim L.

Kim L.

May, 2018

Alli is an outstanding editor. I engaged Alli to provide developmental and copy editing for three books. Since I have a BA in English, I thought my manuscripts were pretty solid. I was surprised/impressed to learn right away that Alli provided invaluable insights and much needed developmental direction for my stories. (I had written for adults, but never for children, and Alli was able to gi...
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Ryan T.

Ryan T.

Nov, 2017

Working with Alli was great. She was professional, responsive, and most importantly, helpful. Her advice was thoughtful and considered, and she even pushed a deadline up to accommodate an earlier than expected submission request. Alli's work was invaluable.
Alli B.
Ryan, thank you for choosing me as your editor! I enjoyed reviewing your manuscripts and working with you. Best of luck with these, and I hope we have the chance to work together again in the future.
Elizabeth R.

Elizabeth R.

Nov, 2017

As an author/illustrator I have been consulting with Alli on a picture book manuscript and book dummy. She has been wonderful to work with, she responds in a timely manner with very helpful feedback. I appreciate all the experience she has in the children book industry as an editor, then agent and find her knowledge invaluable.
Alli B.
Thank you, Elizabeth! It's been a joy to help you develop your picture book.

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