Alli Brydon

Alli Brydon - Editor

Children's book editor and former lit agent who has worked with Top 5 publishing houses and on #1 New York Times Bestsellers.

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Overview

I'm a creative editorial professional with 15 years of experience writing, developing, selling, and editing children's books for U.S. publishing houses such as Scholastic, Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Abrams, Simon & Schuster, Lonely Planet, and Sterling Publishing, among many 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. My specialty is in developmental editing of illustrated children’s books.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Picture Books

Certifications

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

Work experience

Commissioning Editor

Upside Down Books/Trigger Publishing
February, 2019 – Present (over 2 years)

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.

Founder & Editor

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

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

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, Quarto, 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 (9 selected works)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Jill Twiss, Marlon Bundo

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 Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day... read more

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 Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day... read more

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

Myths and Legends of the World (Lonely Planet Kids)

Kids, Lonely Planet, Brydon, Alli, IREDALE, JULIA

Puppy in My Head: A Book About Mindfulness

Gravel, Elise, Gravel, Elise

The Biggest Thing of All

Thurman, Kathryn, Galotta, Romina

Alli has 3 reviews

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Kim Linette
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 Linette, 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.

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.

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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