Amy Sklansky

Amy Sklansky – Editor

Children's book specialist with 30 years of experience and 75+ books published. Clients include HarperCollins, Scholastic, and Disney.

Overview

Are you looking for someone to take your children's book to the next level?

Do you want editorial feedback on your idea or manuscript?

Maybe you want to polish your story before you self-publish or submit to agents?

​Are you writing in verse and want to make sure your words sing?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're reading the right page. I'd love to work with you!

CONFESSION: My favorite genre to edit is picture books and poetry for children. This is exclusively how I choose to spend my editing time. If you've written a novel or chapter book, I wish you well, but we're not a good editorial match. I'm a picture book specialist.

I excel at both developmental and big picture editing, as well as close-up line editing and proofreading. I have a knack for verse. I'm experienced and reliable, and I deliver on time.

My credentials:

More than 30 years of publishing experience both as an author and an editor

EDITING: I began my career as an editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, where I edited a variety of picture books through middle grade novels and where I oversaw series such as MathStart and Let's-Read-and-Find Out Science. I also worked for Studio Goodwin Sturges, a boutique agency representing children's book illustrators. I've edited dozens of published children's books ranging from board books to middle grade novels. I've coached hundreds of aspiring authors.

From 2013 - 2020, I worked as a Mentor in the Children's Literature Fellow program at Stony Brook University. This role allowed me to work with brand-new and developing picture book writers over the course of a semester. For me, helping writers learn and hone their craft is satisfying and inspiring work.

WRITING: I'm the author of 16 original children's books published by Scholastic, HarperCollins, Henry Holt, Clarion, Quarto, and Little, Brown. They include picture books (fiction and nonfiction), board books, beginning readers, and poetry collections. Additionally, I have published more than 50 children's books as a ghostwriter or under my pen name, Amy Edgar, for companies such as Disney, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Quarto, Little Brown, and a handful of educational publishers.

Don't be shy! I'd be happy to consider your request or discuss your project. All questions are worth asking. I look forward to helping you take your work to the next level.
Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Picture Books Poetry
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Radcliffe Publishing Course

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 1997 — Present

Worked for the following publishing clients as an author, ghostwriter, or freelance editor: Scholastic, HarperCollins, Clarion, Disney, Henry Holt, National Geographic, Quarto, and Little, Brown. (My pen name is Amy Edgar.) I've also edited picture books for self-published authors.

Stony Brook University

Aug, 2013 — Aug, 2020 (about 7 years)

Over the course of a semester, coach students in developing a picture book project in order to hone their writing skills.

Studio Goodwin Sturges

Oct, 1997 — Jul, 2002 (over 4 years)

Worked as an editor at this boutique illustrators' agency. Helped develop projects and support and promote illustrators.

HarperCollins Children's Books

Sep, 1993 — Sep, 1993 (less than a minute)

Launched the MathStart (picture book) series and edited 30 titles. Edited many titles in the Lets-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Edited a variety of picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels.

Portfolio

Jack o' lanternJack o' light.Jack o' darkness.Jack o' night.A spirited collection of Halloween poems guaranteed to tickle the funny boneThrillsome, shocking, bewitching-Halloween! It's the only night of the year where a being can truly be . . . itself! But Hal... read more
Read and find out all about eggs -- and how baby chicks grow inside of them. Learn how chicks develop,how they get the food they need to grow, and how a mother hen helps keep them safe in this simple introduction to the life cycle of a baby chick.
Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading
Twins Alexander and Sophia, along with the edition of their little brother, play at the park like any other day. Unexpectedly, a fluffy friend joins them for a day of fun and mirth. This story... read more
Copy Editing Proofreading
Amy Sklansky and Stacey Schuett give young explorers the moon and stars and beyond! The mysteries of the universe and the science of space exploration are perennialy popular subjects, and Out of This World is a wonderful introduction. Amy Sklansky has written ... read more
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My Vote Counts

Parker, Candace

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This book takes readers on a journey with a premature baby named Kylo. Born weighing just 1 pound 3 ounces, Kylo may be small but that doesn’t stop him from being super! He’ll have to stay in ... read more
Copy Editing
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How to Shrink the Doubt Monsters

Froh, Charly

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Pebbles and the Biggest Number

Joey Benun

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Named a Best Children's Science Book of the Year by Science Books & Films, this classic picture book follows a full year of growth and change for robins: how the birds develop inside their egg... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Elephants, rabbits, and birds shop in this funny grocery store. Can you guess what the little rabbit wants more of? Munchy, crunchy carrots, of course! And fewer of? Squirmy worms and chewy pe... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Perfect for tour planning and on-the-ground use, this guide will prove indispensable on any expedition to explore Civil War history in America. Packed with color photographs, more than 600 his... read more
Copy Editing
Featuring such special guests as a hot-air balloonist and an expert sand-castle builder, a wonderful activity book from the popular TV program shows kids how to make a pine-cone bird feeder, pack a picnic, create a post heap, and much more. Original. 35,000 fi... read more
Drawing on more than 350 photos from LIFE Magazine, a look back at the last century captures the most important events of this time and includes essays from nine notable children's authors. 250,000 first printing.
A Tab Book: seven spreads with characters on each tab so little hands can easily turn to their favorite rhyme or hummable.
Book by Amy Edgar
The complete retelling of favorite Disney movies in a true read-aloud style.
In this Level 2 reader series, Molly loves animals! In this first book, she helps an adorable puppy who gets stuck outside in a storm. Then the puppy gives her a magic charm bracelet! Now Molly can hear animals talking! She soon finds out that the muddy puppy ... read more
Your scent is so delightful, Like cinnamon and spice. Each time I kiss your tender cheekI have to kiss it twice.This oh-so-sweet tribute to adorable babies evokes the warmth and comfort of a delicious piece of yummy pumpkin pie. Amy Sklansky's delightful rhymi... read more
Sweet Hearts

Amy E. Sklansky

Each day is a chance to open our hearts.Let love lead the way -- that's how it all starts!!Celebrate your little sweet heart in this imaginative rhyming novelty book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a heart!Sweet Heart... read more

Amy has 66 reviews

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Amy P.

Amy P.

Feb, 2024

Amy is the consummate professional. With years and years of experience, she provided a wealth of knowledge and guidance for me as a new children's book author. She is timely in her feedback, provides clear expectations and is someone that knows her craft. I appreciated her patience respectful communication. I would hire her again without a doubt. She is top notch!
Lou S.

Lou S.

Apr, 2023

Amy has been BEYOND helpful as our editor for our book project. She wasn't afraid to tell us what we needed to hear, not what we wanted to hear. As a result of working with her, our story is now closer to publication than ever. Amy also worked with us on our timeline, and payments, when we had to do some MAJOR edits on our story to even make it worthy of publishing. She has been FANTASTIC t...
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Charlotte F.

Charlotte F.

Dec, 2021

Simply the best!
Donna B.

Donna B.

Nov, 2021

Amy was wonderful to work with, and very patient as I reworked and revised. Her communication was clear and her suggestions were good. I'd definitely work with her again and would recommend her for picture book developmental, copy editing and proofing.
Meditative S.

Meditative S.

Jun, 2021

Amy was more than delightful to work with. Her professionalism, brilliance, attention to detail, going the extra mile, thoughtfulness, and creativity were just a few of the many things about her that made me adore her. I will, without a doubt, be back to seek her services. Amy is a true gem, and I give her my highest recommendation, without any reservation.

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