Anna B.

Anna B. - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

I am a passionate editor and detail-oriented proofreader, specializing in speculative fiction and children's fiction and nonfiction.

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Overview

I am a meticulous editor and detailed proofreader, with a knack for big-picture world building and an eye for good storytelling.

Over the years, I have worn many hats in the publishing industry. While working at a literary agency, I read countless query letters and manuscript submissions to help agents find promising emerging writers to add to their client lists. At Penguin Random House (Knopf) I wrote editorial letters reviewing slush pile submissions for an award-winning imprint and participated in editorial assessment meetings with senior editors.

I can help you navigate the vast void between an off-the-mark query letter and a query letter that gets noticed. For editorial assessments, I thoroughly review manuscripts and assess the plot, style, flow, and/or compatibility with your audience (for kidlit). I'll approach each project with sensitivity and careful attention, making suggestions for improvement without compromising your authorial voice and vision. I happily work with both seasoned writers and those new to publishing to help prepare your manuscript for submission or to help you assess how much editing is required for your self-publishing project!

If your novel or children's book is just about ready to go out into the world, but you need someone to check for all the typos, lingering errors, and layout issues, send me a note for a proofread. I am well-versed in Chicago Manual of Style. And I have experience proofreading anything from marketing materials to book with lots of visual elements (ex. illustrations, photos).

Editing is my greatest passion, and I would love to use it to help you with your next writing project. If you would like to work with me, get in touch.

Happy writing!
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Fantasy
Picture Books
Science Fiction
Short Story

Certifications

  • Certificate in Publishing, Ryerson University
  • Bachelor of Arts, History and English, University of Toronto

Work experience

Production Editor

Kids Can Press
March, 2018 – Present (about 3 years)

I started out as an editorial assistant, and have been providing support to the editorial and production teams ever since. I help review potential acquisitions (including the slush pile), edit custom book projects, copyedit and proofread. As one of the production editors, I work on a team that makes sure our 40+ titles get to the printer each year and in tip-top shape! I work on picture books, children's nonfiction, and the occasional YA novel.

Editor

Augur Magazine
July, 2017 – Present (almost 4 years)

Augur Magazine publishes speculative short stories, poetry, and graphic fiction two issues per year. I am part of the editorial team, which decides on the pieces we publish, and I help edit some of the short stories we publish. I complete substantive and stylistic edits, as well as proofread each issue from start to finish.

Publisher Relations Coordinator

Kobo
April, 2017 – April, 2018 (about 1 year)

Editorial Intern

Penguin Random House
December, 2015 – March, 2016 (3 months)

Agency Assistant

The Rights Factory
May, 2015 – December, 2015 (7 months)

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Nut That Fell from the Tree

Sangeeta Bhadra

A playful story about one acorn’s arduous journey to becoming a tree. In the style of “The House That Jack Built,” here’s a cumulative, rhyming tale about a nut that falls from an oak that holds the house where Jill plays. The acorn travels inside an old shoe, above the trees and under a stream, as one animal after another steals it, drops it or tosses it. But in the end, the acorn lands on a ... read more

A playful story about one acorn’s arduous journey to becoming a tree. In the style of “The House That Jack Built,” here’s a cumulative, rhyming tale about a nut that falls from an oak that holds the house where Jill plays. The acorn travels inside an old shoe, above the trees and under a stream, as one animal after another steals it, drops it or tosses it. But in the end, the acorn lands on a ... read more

Nature All Around: Birds

Pamela Hickman

The perfect resource for budding bird-watchers. Because birds can be found in every neighborhood, and in all seasons, they’re an excellent choice for piquing children’s interest in wildlife. Here’s a comprehensive guide to birds that makes the perfect starting point. Beautiful pages explore many different bird species and their fascinating and unique characteristics, from feathers to eggs and ... read more

The perfect resource for budding bird-watchers. Because birds can be found in every neighborhood, and in all seasons, they’re an excellent choice for piquing children’s interest in wildlife. Here’s a comprehensive guide to birds that makes the perfect starting point. Beautiful pages explore many different bird species and their fascinating and unique characteristics, from feathers to eggs and ... read more

Your House, My House

Marianne Dubuc

Welcome to an apartment building where the fun never ends! It’s a special day at 3 Maple Street. It’s Little Rabbit’s birthday, and he’s having a party! His friends are invited, and his mother is baking him a cake. But that’s not the only thing going on here. The Cat family is moving in upstairs. The Fox family is having a new baby. Mr. Owl is trying to sleep. There’s so much happening inside ... read more

Welcome to an apartment building where the fun never ends! It’s a special day at 3 Maple Street. It’s Little Rabbit’s birthday, and he’s having a party! His friends are invited, and his mother is baking him a cake. But that’s not the only thing going on here. The Cat family is moving in upstairs. The Fox family is having a new baby. Mr. Owl is trying to sleep. There’s so much happening inside ... read more

It's MY Tree

Olivier Tallec

Can a squirrel ever get what a squirrel wants most? The squirrel loves a particular tree (“MY tree”) and is happiest sitting in its shade eating pinecones (“MY pinecones”). But then the squirrel starts worrying. What if someone else wants to claim this tree, to call it THEIRs? So, the squirrel builds a massive wall around the tree. One that no one can get over. Perfect! Only, now the squirrel ... read more

Can a squirrel ever get what a squirrel wants most? The squirrel loves a particular tree (“MY tree”) and is happiest sitting in its shade eating pinecones (“MY pinecones”). But then the squirrel starts worrying. What if someone else wants to claim this tree, to call it THEIRs? So, the squirrel builds a massive wall around the tree. One that no one can get over. Perfect! Only, now the squirrel ... read more

It Started with a Big Bang

Floor Bal

An accessible and engaging primer on the history of the universe and life on Earth. In this delightful book, kids can follow the fascinating story of how we got from the beginning of the universe to life today on the “bright blue ball floating in space” called Earth. They’ll learn about the big bang theory, how our solar system and planet were formed, how life on Earth began in the oceans and ... read more

An accessible and engaging primer on the history of the universe and life on Earth. In this delightful book, kids can follow the fascinating story of how we got from the beginning of the universe to life today on the “bright blue ball floating in space” called Earth. They’ll learn about the big bang theory, how our solar system and planet were formed, how life on Earth began in the oceans and ... read more

In Good Hands

Stephanie MacKendrick

Tools, resources and real-life role models for young women eager to start their own political journeys. No matter where you live or who you hope to represent, the experience of running for office is different if you are a woman. This one-of-a-kind insider’s guide for young women interested in elected office covers what to expect, how to deal with the inevitable challenges, and why it’s worth i... read more

Tools, resources and real-life role models for young women eager to start their own political journeys. No matter where you live or who you hope to represent, the experience of running for office is different if you are a woman. This one-of-a-kind insider’s guide for young women interested in elected office covers what to expect, how to deal with the inevitable challenges, and why it’s worth i... read more

Always Smile

Alice Kuipers

A tribute to the life and legacy of extraordinary teen Carley Allison. Not long ago, seventeen-year-old Carley Allison had it all. She was on the edge of fame as a singer and composer. She was reaching for the highest levels as a competitive skater. She had a new boyfriend and a golden future waiting after graduation. Her world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with a rare kind of canc... read more

A tribute to the life and legacy of extraordinary teen Carley Allison. Not long ago, seventeen-year-old Carley Allison had it all. She was on the edge of fame as a singer and composer. She was reaching for the highest levels as a competitive skater. She had a new boyfriend and a golden future waiting after graduation. Her world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with a rare kind of canc... read more

Michigan vs. the Boys

Carrie S. Allen

Hockey meets the #MeToo movement in this powerful debut novel. Michigan Manning lives for hockey, and this is her year to shine. That is, until she gets some crushing news: budget cuts will keep the girls’ hockey team off the ice this year. If she wants colleges to notice her, Michigan has to find a way to play. Luckily, there’s still one team left in town … The boys’ team isn't exactly welcom... read more

Hockey meets the #MeToo movement in this powerful debut novel. Michigan Manning lives for hockey, and this is her year to shine. That is, until she gets some crushing news: budget cuts will keep the girls’ hockey team off the ice this year. If she wants colleges to notice her, Michigan has to find a way to play. Luckily, there’s still one team left in town … The boys’ team isn't exactly welcom... read more

The Hive

Barry Lyga, Morgan Baden

Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive. Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers — like Cassie’s dad — were powerless against it. But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many "condemns," and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. It... read more

Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive. Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers — like Cassie’s dad — were powerless against it. But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many "condemns," and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. It... read more

That's No Dino!: Or Is It? What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur

Becker, Helaine, Tremblay, Marie-Ève, Tremblay, Marie-Ève

1, 2, 3, Off to School!

Dubuc, Marianne, Dubuc, Marianne

Wingmaker

Cameron, Dave, Huyck, David

ROAR-chestra!: A Wild Story of Musical Words

Heidbreder, Robert, Petri?i?, Duýan, Petricic, Duýan

Anna has 4 reviews

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Karen Dawnn
Second time working with Anna. She is clear and concise and both times she has helped me to better the book. If you need someone to give you objective advise, direction and great edits, then do not hesitate to hire Anna. So worth it.

Karen Dawnn, May 2021


will robinson
Anna is an excellent editor! She offered many creative suggestions on my various children's picture books. She was a pleasure to work with.

will robinson, April 2021


Karen Dawnn
I'm so glad that I decided to work with Anna. She worked quickly and provided truly meaningful advice about my book and what exactly I could do about improving it. Now I know my next step and I'm positive after I implement all her suggestions I will have a far better book to shop around. Thank you Anna and thanks to Reedsy for making these editors more readily available. !!!!!:)

Karen Dawnn, April 2021


Jessie Six
I am very pleased with my experience working with Anna. Her feedback was supportive and encouraging, and her insights were extremely helpful. She exceeded my expectations and I will definitely work with her again on future projects.

Jessie Six, February 2021

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