Alli Brydon

Alli Brydon - Editor Tick

Bedford Hills, United States

Children's book editor and former lit agent who has worked with Top 5 publishing houses, bringing a unique blend of skills to all projects.

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I'm a creative editorial professional based in the New York City area with 13 years of experience developing, selling, and editing children's books for U.S. publishing houses such as Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Abrams, Bloomsbury Kids, Simon & Schuster, and Sterling Publishing, among a wide range of others. Having worked as both an acquiring editor and an agent for children's book authors and illustrators, I bring a unique blend of skills to all projects. While my specialty is in developmental editing of children’s books, I also have experience in copy editing and proofreading adult books.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books

Certifications

  • MFA, Poetry
  • NYU, Fundamentals of Copy Editing and Proofreading

Work experience

Founder & Editor

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (11 months)

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, Copy Editing, Proofreading, Photo Research, Publishing Market Consultation, Query Letter Critique, Illustrator Portfolio Review, Illustrator Web Site Review, Coaching in Picture Book Writing

Children's Book Agent

Bright USA
April, 2015 – August, 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, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, among others.

Associate Editor, Editor, and Senior Editor

Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
November, 2005 – March, 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.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Time for a Hug (Snuggle Time Stories)

Phillis Gershator, Mim Green

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 comes out and the stars shine, every hour includes a warm hug from Big Bunny. Whether they bake or build, bike or hike, a caring hug alw... read more

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 comes out and the stars shine, every hour includes a warm hug from Big Bunny. Whether they bake or build, bike or hike, a caring hug alw... read more

Calvin Can't Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie

Jennifer Berne

Calvin is one unusual starling! While his siblings and cousins learn to fly, this rare bird lets his imagination soar while reading about pirates, dinosaurs, and other fascinating things. The other birds call him "geeky beaky," but Calvin just ruffles his feathers and buries his beak in a book. Yet, when it comes time to migrate, poor Calvin suddenly realizes he can't fly! His sisters, brother... read more

Calvin is one unusual starling! While his siblings and cousins learn to fly, this rare bird lets his imagination soar while reading about pirates, dinosaurs, and other fascinating things. The other birds call him "geeky beaky," but Calvin just ruffles his feathers and buries his beak in a book. Yet, when it comes time to migrate, poor Calvin suddenly realizes he can't fly! His sisters, brother... read more

Teeny Tiny Toady

Jill Esbaum

When a giant hand scoops up her mama and puts her in a pail, a terrified tiny toad named Teeny hops faster than she ever did in her life. "Mama’s stuck inside a bucket! Help me get her out!” she begs her big, clumsy brothers. “Don’t you worry, kid. We’ll save her!” they promise, bumbling and stumbling and jumbling out the door. But as the boys rush headlong to the rescue, pushing their little ... read more

When a giant hand scoops up her mama and puts her in a pail, a terrified tiny toad named Teeny hops faster than she ever did in her life. "Mama’s stuck inside a bucket! Help me get her out!” she begs her big, clumsy brothers. “Don’t you worry, kid. We’ll save her!” they promise, bumbling and stumbling and jumbling out the door. But as the boys rush headlong to the rescue, pushing their little ... read more

Ally-saurus & the First Day of School

Richard Torrey

You can call her Ally-SAURUS! When Ally roars off to her first day at school, she hopes she'll meet lots of other dinosaur-mad kids in class. Instead, she's the only one chomping her food with fierce dino teeth and drawing dinosaurs on her nameplate. Even worse, a group of would-be "princesses" snubs her! Will Ally ever make new friends? With its humorous art, appealing heroine, and surprise e... read more

You can call her Ally-SAURUS! When Ally roars off to her first day at school, she hopes she'll meet lots of other dinosaur-mad kids in class. Instead, she's the only one chomping her food with fierce dino teeth and drawing dinosaurs on her nameplate. Even worse, a group of would-be "princesses" snubs her! Will Ally ever make new friends? With its humorous art, appealing heroine, and surprise e... read more

A Loud Winter's Nap

Katy Hudson

For Tortoise, winter is good for one thing: a nice long nap. Can friends open his eyes to a season full of surprises? Every year, Tortoise hibernates through winter. He assumes he isn’t missing much. However, his friends are determined to prove otherwise! Will Tortoise sleep through another winter, or will his friends convince him to stay awake and experience the frosty fun? In the follow-up t... read more

For Tortoise, winter is good for one thing: a nice long nap. Can friends open his eyes to a season full of surprises? Every year, Tortoise hibernates through winter. He assumes he isn’t missing much. However, his friends are determined to prove otherwise! Will Tortoise sleep through another winter, or will his friends convince him to stay awake and experience the frosty fun? In the follow-up t... read more

Runaway Baby Brother

Katy Hudson

Chick and his baby brother are back in this sequel to Katy Hudson's rollicking barnyard adventure, Runaway Egg!Now that Chick's baby brother is officially hatched (and no longer just a two-legged egg sprinting around the farm), Chick is discovering that the hassle of babysitting was just the tip of the iceberg -- the little guy just won't leave Chick alone! Try as he might, Chick just can't sh... read more

Chick and his baby brother are back in this sequel to Katy Hudson's rollicking barnyard adventure, Runaway Egg!Now that Chick's baby brother is officially hatched (and no longer just a two-legged egg sprinting around the farm), Chick is discovering that the hassle of babysitting was just the tip of the iceberg -- the little guy just won't leave Chick alone! Try as he might, Chick just can't sh... read more

Look

Fiona Woodcock

Look!It’s a book!About a brother and a sister and their trip to the zoo.What makes it special?Here’s the scoop: every word in this story contains the letter pair OO.Ooh! Cool! Woohoo!

Look!It’s a book!About a brother and a sister and their trip to the zoo.What makes it special?Here’s the scoop: every word in this story contains the letter pair OO.Ooh! Cool! Woohoo!

No Hugs for Porcupine

Zoe Waring

Embrace what makes you unique and encourage compassionate friendships with Porcupine and Armadillo in this delightful picture book that makes a great gift for Valentine's Day or for any day when a hug (or kiss) is needed. Poor Porcupine just cannot be hugged-his quills are too spikey! Each night, before settling down to sleep, all of Porcupine's forest friends hug each other goodnight. All exc... read more

Embrace what makes you unique and encourage compassionate friendships with Porcupine and Armadillo in this delightful picture book that makes a great gift for Valentine's Day or for any day when a hug (or kiss) is needed. Poor Porcupine just cannot be hugged-his quills are too spikey! Each night, before settling down to sleep, all of Porcupine's forest friends hug each other goodnight. All exc... read more

The Very Very Very Long Dog

Julia Patton

Bartelby, a very long sausage dog, causes chaos when walking with his friends until they find a way for him to keep track of his bottom.

Bartelby, a very long sausage dog, causes chaos when walking with his friends until they find a way for him to keep track of his bottom.

Once Upon a Zzzz

Maddie Frost

Once upon a time, an author took a snooze and an illustrator took the reins telling the story—exactly the way she wants! Featuring a llama princess, a scheming penguin, space travel, and maybe even a ninja—or, wait, a dragon!—this rambunctious, clever, no-holds-barred meta-story will have young readers giggling from start to finish.

Once upon a time, an author took a snooze and an illustrator took the reins telling the story—exactly the way she wants! Featuring a llama princess, a scheming penguin, space travel, and maybe even a ninja—or, wait, a dragon!—this rambunctious, clever, no-holds-barred meta-story will have young readers giggling from start to finish.

ReMake It!: Recycling Projects from the Stuff You Usually Scrap

Tiffany Threadgould

To the green and crafty kid, vintage LP covers, empty tissue boxes, and broken umbrellas are not trash--they're treasures!Written in a teen-friendly style, ReMake It! presents 95 cool eco-smart projects--like turning an oatmeal container into a super-cute tote or creating a picture frame from an old pair of eyeglasses. Step-by-step instructions, plus a Stitchionary and fantastic full-color pho... read more

To the green and crafty kid, vintage LP covers, empty tissue boxes, and broken umbrellas are not trash--they're treasures!Written in a teen-friendly style, ReMake It! presents 95 cool eco-smart projects--like turning an oatmeal container into a super-cute tote or creating a picture frame from an old pair of eyeglasses. Step-by-step instructions, plus a Stitchionary and fantastic full-color pho... read more

What It's Like to Climb Mount Everest, Blast Off into Space, Survive a Tornado, and Other Extraordinary Stories

Jeff Belanger

What is it like to reach the top of the world's tallest mountain? To survive a shark attack? To fly with the US Air Force Thunderbirds? To find out, Jeff Belanger conducted interviews with twelve ordinary people who just happened to do extraordinary things-and then turned the interviews into adrenaline-packed, thrilling stories told in the first-person voices of the interviewees. Includes WHAT... read more

What is it like to reach the top of the world's tallest mountain? To survive a shark attack? To fly with the US Air Force Thunderbirds? To find out, Jeff Belanger conducted interviews with twelve ordinary people who just happened to do extraordinary things-and then turned the interviews into adrenaline-packed, thrilling stories told in the first-person voices of the interviewees. Includes WHAT... read more

I Am NOT a Dinosaur!

American Museum of Natural History, Will Lach

Way back in time, astonishing creatures lived on our planet. But they weren’t all dinosaurs! In this fun, fascinating book, you’ll meet some of these amazing prehistoric creatures, from a very big fish with 7-inch teeth to a flying reptile. Based on specimens in the collections of the American Museum of Natural History, I Am NOT a Dinosaur! uses riddle-like rhymes and bright illustrations to r... read more

Way back in time, astonishing creatures lived on our planet. But they weren’t all dinosaurs! In this fun, fascinating book, you’ll meet some of these amazing prehistoric creatures, from a very big fish with 7-inch teeth to a flying reptile. Based on specimens in the collections of the American Museum of Natural History, I Am NOT a Dinosaur! uses riddle-like rhymes and bright illustrations to r... read more

ABC Universe (AMNH ABC Board Books)

American Museum of Natural History

From an astronaut in space to Voyager, yellow dwarf, and zenith, this ABC board book opens up the entire universe to children! Created in tandem with the American Museum of Natural History, it takes kids on a photographic journey through comets, flares, and planets like Jupiter, and introduces them to black holes, supernovas, telescopes, and more. Perfect for the youngest astronomers.

From an astronaut in space to Voyager, yellow dwarf, and zenith, this ABC board book opens up the entire universe to children! Created in tandem with the American Museum of Natural History, it takes kids on a photographic journey through comets, flares, and planets like Jupiter, and introduces them to black holes, supernovas, telescopes, and more. Perfect for the youngest astronomers.

Penguins Are Cool!: (Level 2) (Amer Museum of Nat History Easy Readers)

Connie Roop, Peter Roop, American Museum of Natural History

What birds have wings but can't fly? Penguins! Instead, these adorable animals use their flippers to swim in the deep, cold water. Meet the different species, from the Little Blue to the Emperor, and find out about their feathers, their coloring, and their habitat-as well as how they build their nests and raise their young. By the end, kids will all agree: penguins are really cool!A biography ... read more

What birds have wings but can't fly? Penguins! Instead, these adorable animals use their flippers to swim in the deep, cold water. Meet the different species, from the Little Blue to the Emperor, and find out about their feathers, their coloring, and their habitat-as well as how they build their nests and raise their young. By the end, kids will all agree: penguins are really cool!A biography ... read more

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Kim Sorensen

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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Kim Sorensen, May 2018


Ryan Topham

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.

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Ryan Topham, November 2017

Alli Brydon

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.

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Elizabeth Rawls

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.

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Elizabeth Rawls, November 2017

Alli Brydon

Thank you, Elizabeth! It's been a joy to help you develop your picture book.

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