Aubrey Poole

Aubrey Poole - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Editor with 10+ years of experience working with NYT bestselling authors like James Patterson. I'd love to help with your YA and kids books!

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Overview

I'm a children's and young adult book editor with more than 10 years of experience in publishing, formerly at Hachette Book Group and Sourcebook Inc. I've worked with bestselling and award winning authors like James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Bill Cotter, Cori McCarthy, Natasha Preston, Zoraida Cordova, and Jen Calonita. Member of SCBWI. California native, NYC transplant. I love to travel, relax in the sun, cheat at Uno, play Kubb in the park, and list to Hamilton non-stop. Ambivalent about Oxford commas.

Editing manuscripts allows me to flex my analytical and creative muscles -- and I love being able to help an author by pointing out both strengths and weaknesses in a project. (I think it's just as important to highlight where a writer gets it right!) Typically, for a developmental edit, I read and add comments on a manuscript, then type up a more formal edit letter, followed up by a phone call to answer questions and brainstorm solutions. My favorite author-editor interaction is a freewheeling brainstorming session. Here is a quote from Catrine, a picture book author I worked with on several manuscripts:

"I really enjoyed working with Aubrey. She was able to point out to me to how I could bring my stories up several notches to where they have a consistent quality and connect in the best possible way with the reader. I felt that she “got” my stories. Her feedback was easy to understand, and she offered suggestions rather than just pointing out what wasn’t working – this helped make the process of revision exciting rather than disheartening. She encouraged me to dig deeper into my stories and come up with new ideas. Aubrey didn’t just edit some of my manuscripts – I think her feedback helped make me a better writer for future projects."
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Comics & Graphic Novels
Fantasy
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Romance
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction

Awards

  • 2015 RITA Best Young Adult Romance
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award 2015-2016 nominee
  • A Booklist 2015 Top 10 First Novels for Youth
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015
  • 2018 Children’s Book Council’s Best STEM Trade Book for Students K-12
  • 2017-2018 Indie Next Pick

Work experience

Editor

Hachette Book Group
February, 2016 – February, 2019 (about 3 years)

Editor at JIMMY Books imprint working with authors like James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Cori McCarthy, Amy Rose Capetta, and Grabrielle Charbonnet. Edited #1 New York Times bestseller Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment published in collaboration with Albert Einstein's estate.

Editor

Sourcebooks Inc
May, 2009 – January, 2016 (over 6 years)

Editor for Jabberwocky and Fire imprints working with authors like Natasha Preston, Jen Calonita, Bill Cotter, Jess Keating, Nancy Cavanaugh, and Julianna Stone. Edited New York Times bestseller The Cellar, Texas Bluebonnet nominee Always Abigail, and the Santa is Coming to picture book series.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Once & Future

Cori McCarthy, Amy Rose Capetta

King Arthur as you've never imagined! This bold, sizzling YA retells the popular legend with the Once and Future King as a teenage girl -- and she has a universe to save.I've been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I've always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.Now I'm done hiding.My name is Ari Helix. I have... read more

King Arthur as you've never imagined! This bold, sizzling YA retells the popular legend with the Once and Future King as a teenage girl -- and she has a universe to save.I've been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I've always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.Now I'm done hiding.My name is Ari Helix. I have... read more

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein

*#1 New York Times Bestseller*What Harry Potter did for magic, Max Einstein does for kids' imaginations! #1 bestselling author James Patterson has written the first and only children's adventure novel officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives. Max Einstein is not your typical genius. She...-Hacks the computer system at NYU to attend classes-Builds inventions to help the homeless-And ... read more

*#1 New York Times Bestseller*What Harry Potter did for magic, Max Einstein does for kids' imaginations! #1 bestselling author James Patterson has written the first and only children's adventure novel officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives. Max Einstein is not your typical genius. She...-Hacks the computer system at NYU to attend classes-Builds inventions to help the homeless-And ... read more

Dog Diaries: A Middle School Story

James Patterson

Here's MIDDLE SCHOOL for young readers--through the eyes of Rafe Khatchadorian's misbehaving mutt, Junior! When rule-breaking Rafe has to train his new dog in obedience school, you know things are about to get really ruff!Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I've been waiting for ages to tell my story, and now it's finally happening! Being Rafe's dog isn't always easy, but it is always EXCITING! I've got s... read more

Here's MIDDLE SCHOOL for young readers--through the eyes of Rafe Khatchadorian's misbehaving mutt, Junior! When rule-breaking Rafe has to train his new dog in obedience school, you know things are about to get really ruff!Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I've been waiting for ages to tell my story, and now it's finally happening! Being Rafe's dog isn't always easy, but it is always EXCITING! I've got s... read more

Pottymouth and Stoopid

James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein

In this "superwonderrific" New York Times bestseller (Jerry Spinelli), two bullied middle-school boys finally fight back with the power of funny.David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: "Pottymouth" and "Stoopid" are still stuck with the names -- and everyone in school, including the ... read more

In this "superwonderrific" New York Times bestseller (Jerry Spinelli), two bullied middle-school boys finally fight back with the power of funny.David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: "Pottymouth" and "Stoopid" are still stuck with the names -- and everyone in school, including the ... read more

Crazy House

James Patterson

Two twins face a world of Death Row and dystopia in James Patterson's gripping thriller-perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth . . . but Becca's never been very good at ... read more

Two twins face a world of Death Row and dystopia in James Patterson's gripping thriller-perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth . . . but Becca's never been very good at ... read more

The Cellar

Natasha Preston

A gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines, #1 New York Times bestselling thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cabin!Summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her-and three other girls: Rose, Poppy, and Violet. His perfect flowers. His family. But flowers can't survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out...Don't miss the next heart-pounding thriller from Natasha Pre... read more

A gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines, #1 New York Times bestselling thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cabin!Summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her-and three other girls: Rose, Poppy, and Violet. His perfect flowers. His family. But flowers can't survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out...Don't miss the next heart-pounding thriller from Natasha Pre... read more

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

Nancy J. Cavanaugh

Age Level: 9 and up | Grade Level: 3 to 6A Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts (American Library Association)A Florida Sunshine State Young Reader's Award short list titleIf only getting a new life were as easy as getting a new notebook.But it's not.It's the first day of school for all the kids in the neighborhood. But not for me. I'm homeschooled. That means nothing new. No new book... read more

Age Level: 9 and up | Grade Level: 3 to 6A Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts (American Library Association)A Florida Sunshine State Young Reader's Award short list titleIf only getting a new life were as easy as getting a new notebook.But it's not.It's the first day of school for all the kids in the neighborhood. But not for me. I'm homeschooled. That means nothing new. No new book... read more

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School)

Jen Calonita

Would you send a villain to do a hero's job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. "Charming fairy-tale fun." -Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series.Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly...but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have... read more

Would you send a villain to do a hero's job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. "Charming fairy-tale fun." -Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series.Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly...but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have... read more

Don't Push the Button!

Bill Cotter

A USA Today Bestseller!There's only one rule in Larry's book: don't push the button. (Seriously, don't even think about it!)Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen?Okay, quick. No one is looking... push the button.Uh, oh.

A USA Today Bestseller!There's only one rule in Larry's book: don't push the button. (Seriously, don't even think about it!)Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen?Okay, quick. No one is looking... push the button.Uh, oh.

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

Jess Keating

An Amazon Best Book of the Month―Named a Best Children's Book of 2017 by Parents magazine―One of New York Times's Twelve Books for Feminist Boys and Girls! Discover the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, and inspire. This is Shark Lady.Learning about sharks: Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn't imagine anything more exci... read more

An Amazon Best Book of the Month―Named a Best Children's Book of 2017 by Parents magazine―One of New York Times's Twelve Books for Feminist Boys and Girls! Discover the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, and inspire. This is Shark Lady.Learning about sharks: Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn't imagine anything more exci... read more

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Oli West
Aubrey edited my debut middle-grade fantasy adventure novel. She was a pleasure to work with and I'm very happy with the result. Aubrey showed enthusiasm throughout the project, and delivered clear and structured feedback. She was both encouraging and direct in equal measure, helping me understand where to improve. We spoke on a video call before and after the edit. I'm quite sure my novel will...
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Oli West, July 2020

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