Blair Thornburgh

Blair Thornburgh - Editor

Downingtown, PA, USA

Former Senior Editor with 7+ years in publishing, YA/kids author with Harper, S&S, Abrams. Bring me your YA, PBs, romance, and more!

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Professional editor with over seven years' experience in trade publishing who loves YA, romance, sci-fi, historical fiction, fantasy, and children's books. I've worked on everything from NYT bestsellers to Goodreads Choice finalists to five-starred indie releases. I'm also the author of two YA novels from HarperTeen and a picture book from Simon & Schuster, and I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Basically, I'm a triple threat! Let's make your book shine together.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's - Picture Books
Fantasy
Romance
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • MFA in Creative Writing

Awards

  • Publishers Weekly Star Watch Nominee 2017

Work experience

Senior Editor

Quirk Books
January, 2013 – Present (over 6 years)

Lead Editor

The Author Studio
June, 2017 – Present (about 2 years)

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Who's That Girl

Blair Thornburgh

This laugh-out-loud debut is filled with hilarious awkward encounters, a supportive LGBTQ organization, and too many cheesy lyrics to count—all with the compulsive readability of Audrey, Wait! and Boy Meets Boy. Junior Nattie McCullough has always been that under-the-radar straight girl who hangs out in the cafeteria with her gay-straight alliance friends. She’s never been the girl that gets t... read more

This laugh-out-loud debut is filled with hilarious awkward encounters, a supportive LGBTQ organization, and too many cheesy lyrics to count—all with the compulsive readability of Audrey, Wait! and Boy Meets Boy. Junior Nattie McCullough has always been that under-the-radar straight girl who hangs out in the cafeteria with her gay-straight alliance friends. She’s never been the girl that gets t... read more

The Princess and the Fangirl: A Geekerella Fairytale (Once Upon A Con Book 2)

Ashley Poston

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston. Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actr... read more

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston. Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actr... read more

Ordinary Girls

Blair Thornburgh

Perfect for fans of Sarah Mlynowski and Jenny Han, this heartfelt and humorous contemporary take on Sense and Sensibility follows two sisters—complete opposites—who discover the secrets they’ve been keeping make them more alike than they’d realized. For siblings as different as Plum and Ginny, getting on each other’s nerves is par for the course. But when the family’s finances hit a snag, send... read more

Perfect for fans of Sarah Mlynowski and Jenny Han, this heartfelt and humorous contemporary take on Sense and Sensibility follows two sisters—complete opposites—who discover the secrets they’ve been keeping make them more alike than they’d realized. For siblings as different as Plum and Ginny, getting on each other’s nerves is par for the course. But when the family’s finances hit a snag, send... read more

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale (Once Upon A Con)

Ashley Poston

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest f... read more

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest f... read more

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge: A Novel

Paul Krueger

In this sharp and funny urban fantasy novel, booze is magic, demons are real, and millennial Bailey Chen joins a band of monster-fighting Chicago bartenders instead of finding a “real” post-college job. Bailey Chen is fresh out of college with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high... read more

In this sharp and funny urban fantasy novel, booze is magic, demons are real, and millennial Bailey Chen joins a band of monster-fighting Chicago bartenders instead of finding a “real” post-college job. Bailey Chen is fresh out of college with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high... read more

My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel

Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris

The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever afterYou are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-lovin... read more

The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever afterYou are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-lovin... read more

Sword of Peace

Louisa M Bauman

Will she betray her friends to save her own life?Anna thinks she has escaped the violence of the Reformation when she moves to Amsterdam. However, in November 1531, Charles V mandates all subjects to swear allegiance to the Holy Roman Empire, or be arrested and tried for heresy. Terror reigns in the city when Spanish officials arrive in this ‘nest of heretics’, determined to hunt down those wh... read more

Will she betray her friends to save her own life?Anna thinks she has escaped the violence of the Reformation when she moves to Amsterdam. However, in November 1531, Charles V mandates all subjects to swear allegiance to the Holy Roman Empire, or be arrested and tried for heresy. Terror reigns in the city when Spanish officials arrive in this ‘nest of heretics’, determined to hunt down those wh... read more

Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods: A Novel

Tania del Rio

Warren the 13th is back in another lushly illustrated middle grade adventure.In the spirit of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, this fast-paced and beautifully-designed sequel to Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is packed with nonstop action, adventure, and mystery for middle-grade readers. Twelve-year-old Warren has learned that his beloved hotel can walk, and now it’s ferrying guests around... read more

Warren the 13th is back in another lushly illustrated middle grade adventure.In the spirit of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, this fast-paced and beautifully-designed sequel to Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is packed with nonstop action, adventure, and mystery for middle-grade readers. Twelve-year-old Warren has learned that his beloved hotel can walk, and now it’s ferrying guests around... read more

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks

Sam Maggs

This ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life is a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. Fandom, feminism, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed ... read more

This ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life is a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. Fandom, feminism, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed ... read more

Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven

Jaya Saxena, Jess Zimmerman

A magical lifestyle guide for everything from powering up a stylish crystal to banishing terrible Tinder datesWant to feel terrifyingly beautiful? Wear the right color of eye shadow to project otherworldly glamour. Need to exorcise a toxic friendship? Repeat the proper incantation and make it disappear. Want to increase your energy? Whip up a tasty herbal “potion” to rev up your stamina. DIY p... read more

A magical lifestyle guide for everything from powering up a stylish crystal to banishing terrible Tinder datesWant to feel terrifyingly beautiful? Wear the right color of eye shadow to project otherworldly glamour. Need to exorcise a toxic friendship? Repeat the proper incantation and make it disappear. Want to increase your energy? Whip up a tasty herbal “potion” to rev up your stamina. DIY p... read more

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction

Gabrielle Moss

A hilarious and nostalgic trip through the history of paperback pre-teen series of the 80s and 90s.Every twenty- or thirty-something woman knows these books. The pink covers, the flimsy paper, the zillion volumes in the series that kept you reading for your entire adolescence. Spurred by the commercial success of Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club, these were not the serious-issue YA n... read more

A hilarious and nostalgic trip through the history of paperback pre-teen series of the 80s and 90s.Every twenty- or thirty-something woman knows these books. The pink covers, the flimsy paper, the zillion volumes in the series that kept you reading for your entire adolescence. Spurred by the commercial success of Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club, these were not the serious-issue YA n... read more

Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History

Sam Maggs

A fun and feisty tour of famous girl BFFs from history who stuck together and changed the world.A modern girl is nothing without her squad of besties. But don't let all the hashtags fool you: the #girlsquad goes back a long, long time. In this hilarious and heartfelt book, geek girl Sam Maggs takes you on a tour of some of history's most famous female BFFs, including: • Anne Bonny and Mary Rea... read more

A fun and feisty tour of famous girl BFFs from history who stuck together and changed the world.A modern girl is nothing without her squad of besties. But don't let all the hashtags fool you: the #girlsquad goes back a long, long time. In this hilarious and heartfelt book, geek girl Sam Maggs takes you on a tour of some of history's most famous female BFFs, including: • Anne Bonny and Mary Rea... read more

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

Sam Maggs

A fun and feminist look at forgotten women in science, technology, and beyond, from the bestselling author of THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . . · Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?· Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liqu... read more

A fun and feminist look at forgotten women in science, technology, and beyond, from the bestselling author of THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . . · Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?· Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liqu... read more

Stuff Every Graduate Should Know: A Handbook for the Real World (Stuff You Should Know)

Alyssa Favreau

The New York Times best seller makes the perfect graduation gift for young adults in the real world! This ultimate pocket-sized guide for life after school is filled with information for every step of the road to adulthood. Just because you’ve got a diploma in hand doesn’t mean you know everything—especially if it’s doing laundry, cleaning your house, or acing an interview. Topics include: · H... read more

The New York Times best seller makes the perfect graduation gift for young adults in the real world! This ultimate pocket-sized guide for life after school is filled with information for every step of the road to adulthood. Just because you’ve got a diploma in hand doesn’t mean you know everything—especially if it’s doing laundry, cleaning your house, or acing an interview. Topics include: · H... read more

Stuff Every Groom Should Know (Stuff You Should Know)

Eric San Juan

Perfect for engagement parties or a groomsman’s gift, this little black book has all the skills a guy needs to get from “yes!” to “I do.” Fun, easy, and stress-free chapters on wedding planning for dudes include: ·How to Budget for a Wedding ·How to Choose the Best Best Man ·How to Pick the Perfect Tux ·How to Write Your Own Vows ·How to Survive Your Bachelor Party

Perfect for engagement parties or a groomsman’s gift, this little black book has all the skills a guy needs to get from “yes!” to “I do.” Fun, easy, and stress-free chapters on wedding planning for dudes include: ·How to Budget for a Wedding ·How to Choose the Best Best Man ·How to Pick the Perfect Tux ·How to Write Your Own Vows ·How to Survive Your Bachelor Party

Stuff Every Wine Snob Should Know (Stuff You Should Know)

Melissa Monosoff

Full of tips, trivia, and useful how-tos, this pocket-sized handbook is the perfect gift for wine lovers.Wine is one of the world’s oldest beverages, and there’s never been a better time to fill a glass with the fruit of the vine. Whether you prefer robust reds, crisp whites, or subtle rosés, you’ll find lots to drink in on the pages of this pocket-sized guide, packed with information, how-tos... read more

Full of tips, trivia, and useful how-tos, this pocket-sized handbook is the perfect gift for wine lovers.Wine is one of the world’s oldest beverages, and there’s never been a better time to fill a glass with the fruit of the vine. Whether you prefer robust reds, crisp whites, or subtle rosés, you’ll find lots to drink in on the pages of this pocket-sized guide, packed with information, how-tos... read more

Stuff Every Beer Snob Should Know (Stuff You Should Know)

Ellen Goldstein

This pocket-sized handbook to all things beer is the perfect gift for the homebrewer, craft beer lover, or anyone who appreciates a good pint.From classic craft beers to trendy microbrews, beer is booming nationwide. Whether you prefer light lagers or hearty stouts, you’ll find lots to drink in on the pages of this pocket-sized guide, packed with information, how-tos, and trivia for beer enthu... read more

This pocket-sized handbook to all things beer is the perfect gift for the homebrewer, craft beer lover, or anyone who appreciates a good pint.From classic craft beers to trendy microbrews, beer is booming nationwide. Whether you prefer light lagers or hearty stouts, you’ll find lots to drink in on the pages of this pocket-sized guide, packed with information, how-tos, and trivia for beer enthu... read more

Betrayed Angel (Coastal Adventure Series Book 1)

Tom Haase

Chuck McGregor, adrenaline junkie, is done with combat and itching for something to do. He's got wealth on his side, but no direction to guide him. For now, he spends his days on the Georgia beach and his nights drinking too much. He has no job, no friends, no purpose.Until one day on the beach he hears a young woman scream, fighting to get away from two men. When he goes to help, one of them ... read more

Chuck McGregor, adrenaline junkie, is done with combat and itching for something to do. He's got wealth on his side, but no direction to guide him. For now, he spends his days on the Georgia beach and his nights drinking too much. He has no job, no friends, no purpose.Until one day on the beach he hears a young woman scream, fighting to get away from two men. When he goes to help, one of them ... read more

Soul Bound (Waterborn Series Book 4)

Kimberly James

Heartbroken after his break-up with Erin, Jamie Jacobs reluctantly acts as the poster boy when his kind is officially introduced to the world. But Jamie doesn’t relish the role of circus clown, and when an unexpected ally offers him the chance to change his course, Jamie must decide between the life he thought he wanted and one that will mean breaking all ties to those he loves.If Noah Jacobs ... read more

Heartbroken after his break-up with Erin, Jamie Jacobs reluctantly acts as the poster boy when his kind is officially introduced to the world. But Jamie doesn’t relish the role of circus clown, and when an unexpected ally offers him the chance to change his course, Jamie must decide between the life he thought he wanted and one that will mean breaking all ties to those he loves.If Noah Jacobs ... read more

Fire Bound (Waterborn Series Book 5)

Kimberly James

Sol Kelley believes in two things: himself and magic. He doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t have regrets. He see’s a problem, he deals with it. Convincingly. Some people think that makes him an asshole. Sol thinks it makes him expedient.When the magic goes perversely wrong, Sol has no choice but to resort to extreme measures. Blowing up his boat while he was still on it sounded like a good idea... read more

Sol Kelley believes in two things: himself and magic. He doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t have regrets. He see’s a problem, he deals with it. Convincingly. Some people think that makes him an asshole. Sol thinks it makes him expedient.When the magic goes perversely wrong, Sol has no choice but to resort to extreme measures. Blowing up his boat while he was still on it sounded like a good idea... read more

Blair has 17 reviews

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Shayla Faye
It has been a pleasure to work with Blair. I’m a young writer and I think she did an optimal job in preparing me to move forward with my manuscript. I couldn’t have asked for a better service.

Shayla Faye, July 2019

Blair Thornburgh
Thank you so much, Shayla! I am really happy to have worked with you and wish you every success with your book.

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Rachel R
Blair was a wonderful editor to work with! She was always very responsive to messages and worked within our deadline. Our book reads smoothly and fluidly thanks to her copy edits. She was also good about leaving helpful comments in the margins and flagging anything out of place or repetitive. We appreciate all her hard work and love the result!!

Rachel R, June 2019


Bridget Sackey-Aboagye
It was a great experience working with Blair. She thoroughly assessed my manuscript and provided guidance on how I could improve it. Additionally, she was happy to answer any questions I had. I enjoyed working with her and would do so again.

Bridget Sackey-Aboagye, May 2019

Blair Thornburgh
Thank you, Bridget! I so enjoyed reading your work.

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Rob Baddorf
In the middle of querying, my coauthor and I found ourselves in a dark wood. Then we found Blair. What was working in our story? What wasn't? Blair graciously brought her professional eyes to our story when we couldn't see it clearly anymore ourselves. We would definitely work with her again!

Rob Baddorf, April 2019

Blair Thornburgh
Thank you so much! I am happy to be the flashlight in the dark. Your story is such a delight and I wish you very well with it!

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Monica Eng
Blair crafted an insightful and careful assessment of my manuscript that gave me clear directions and options to improve the work. She balances encouragement with honest questions and criticisms that are certain to make my work better. She was also prompt and flexible to deal with in crafting the agreement.

Monica Eng, April 2019

Blair Thornburgh
Monica, thank you! I ate your project up (ha) and can't wait to hear where you take it.

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