Christina Pulles

Christina Pulles – Editor

I'm a professional children's book editor with experience in trade, licensed, and educational publishing.

Overview

Hi, I'm Christina! I have more than 14 years of experience in the publishing industry, with a focus on children's editorial. I've worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, Sterling Children's Books (now Union Square & Co.), and Albert Whitman & Company.


Middle grade fiction is where I feel most at home, but I've edited dozens of picture books and several YA novels as well. My edited works include Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling, the Howard Wallace, P.I. series by Casey Lyall, Jayla Jumps In by Joy Jones, Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa Robeson, When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie LB Deenihan, and A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks by Alice Faye Duncan.


A literary agent once told me I write the nicest rejection letters she's ever received, so I hope that's an indication that I'll be as gentle as I am honest in my feedback.

Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Coming of Age Middle Grade Picture Books Young Adult
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Queen of Physics won the 2020 Asian Pacific American Library Association – Best Picture Book
  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus was named to the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best List," and named a best book by A Mighty Girl in 2017
Certifications
  • Certificate, Publishing, at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Work experience

Sterling Children's Books (now Union Square & Co.)

Jun, 2015 — Nov, 2018 (over 3 years)

At Sterling, I came to oversee the children's list of more than 85 titles per year, from board books to YA. I grew their middle grade list with acquisitions like Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling, Howard Wallace, P.I. by Casey Lyall, and The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson.

American Reading Company

Mar, 2021 — Sep, 2023 (over 2 years)

At American Reading Company, an EdTech curriculum company, I conceptualized, edited, and published nonfiction and fiction books to be sold to schools as part of the ARC curriculum, in accordance with current literacy guidelines. I learned how to adapt my editorial skills to focus on how children learn to read.

Albert Whitman & Company

Dec, 2018 — Mar, 2021 (over 2 years)

I worked on picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA at Albert Whitman. Some of my published books include Jayla Jumps In by Joy Jones, The Exceptional Maggie Chowder by Renee Beauregard Lute, and More than Just a Game by Madison Moore.

Simon Spotlight, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Sep, 2011 — Jun, 2015 (over 3 years)

In my time at S&S I wrote and edited licensed 8x8s, readers, novelty books, and chapter books for brands including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, OLIVIA, Peanuts, and How to Train Your Dragon. I also developed ideas for middle grade series concepts and worked with authors on plot and character development.

Independent Publishers Group

Nov, 2009 — Aug, 2011 (almost 2 years)

My time at IPG gave me insight into the sales side of the publishing business. I kept track of feedback my boss received from buyers and have used it throughout my career when thinking about how a book will sell.

Portfolio

“Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned.” —School Library Journal (Starred review) Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, o... read more
“High School. Two words that struck fear into the heart of every armless middle schooler I knew. Which was me. And like two people online.” The sequel to the critically acclaimed Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus follows Aven Green as she confronts ... read more
Ten years ago, Cat's volatile mother, Mary, left her at her grandmother’s house with nothing but a deck of tarot cards. Now seventeen, Cat is determined to make her life as different from Mary’s as possible. When Cat’s grandmother dies, she’s forced to move to... read more
2022 Minnesota Book Award WinnerA sex-positive all-in-one-night romp told from four different perspectives. It's the night of senior prom, and eighteen-year-old Julia has made a pact with her friends. (Yes, that kind of pact.) They have secured a secluded cabi... read more
“Reluctant readers and fans of the Wimpy Kid series and its ilk will appreciate the book’s dynamic type, graphics galore, cartoonish illustrations, and ironic footnotes.”—KirkusDon’t call him scaredy-cat Sam, because Sam Wu IS NOT AFRAID of ghosts!Except . . .... read more
Kirkus Best Informational Picture Books of 2021STARRED REVIEW! "Moore's succinct and musical prose pairs well with Ollivierre's dynamic, movement-focused illustrations to outline a rich history of the sport's growth in popularity due to the unique circumstance... read more
In the third adventure of the Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast series, our delectable rhyming friends race against time to save their fridge—perfect for fans of The Food Group series. There’s a frost in the fridge—and it’s hardened Pudding Pond and frozen Yog... read more
The Exceptional Maggie Chowder

Renee Beauregard Lute

It's Maggie Chowder to the rescue! But who will rescue Maggie?Twelve-year-old aspiring forest ranger Maggie Chowder wants to be just like her favorite comic superhero, the Exceptional Eagirl. So when her dad loses his job and her family moves from a house to a... read more
Black Caucus of the American Library Association BCALA, 2020 Best of the Best BooklistA heartwarming story about finding your place, in the ropes and out.When eleven-year-old Jayla finds out that her mother used to be a Double Dutch champion, she's stunned. He... read more
“A stirring, accessible introduction to Gwendolyn Brooks and a must-have for all elementary collections.” —School Library Journal (Starred review)“The combination of biography and Brooks' own poems makes for a strong, useful, and beautiful text . . . A solid i... read more
When Grandma gives you a lemon tree, definitely don’t make a face! Care for the tree, and you might be surprised at how new things, and new ideas, bloom. “Charms from cover to cover.” —Kirkus (Starred review) “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In thi... read more
Queen of Physics

Teresa Robeson

Meet Wu Chien Shiung, famous physicist who overcame prejudice to prove that she could be anything she wanted.“Wu Chien Shiung's story is remarkable—and so is the way this book does it justice.” —Booklist (Starred review) When Wu Chien Shiung was born in China ... read more
“…Lyall’s debut is a winner.” —Publishers Weekly“What’s with the get-up? Is that the company uniform or something?” “This? All P.I.s wear a trench coat.” “Dude, that’s a brown bathrobe.” I shrugged and straightened out my sleeves. “First rule of private invest... read more

Christina has 4 reviews

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Kim T.

Kim T.

Jun, 2024

I really enjoyed working with Christina. She was prompt, professional and encouraging. Most importantly I found her feedback helpful. I believe my revised draft is substantially better because of her suggestions. I would definitely consider working with her in the future.
Kim C.

Kim C.

May, 2024

Christina offered specific suggestions to help make my children's stories more readable and up to date. I didn't have to guess how to make certain passages sound better because she provided specific examples of how phrases or paragraphs can be changed or enhanced. This allowed me to quickly generate changes to my text. I think she did a fantastic job!
Kim L.

Kim L.

Feb, 2024

Christina was great! She provided timely response and insight into progress. Her suggestions were in alignment with what was requested and added tremendous value to our final product. I would definitely use her again.
Sarah D.

Sarah D.

Dec, 2023

Christina was wonderful. She provided a thoughtful and extremely helpful editorial assessment with actionable feedback and example references with links. Additionally, she provided concise and understandable answers to my questions which have been really helpful as a first-time author and novice writer. I am incorporating her suggestions into my dummy book and am hoping she's available for cont...
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