Christine Modafferi

Christine Modafferi – Editor

Children's editor with over a decade's experience at Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury and Scholastic. I can't wait to read your story!

Overview


My name is Chris and ten years ago I moved to London to make the dream of a lifetime come true: become an editor. You'll probably easily figure out the happy ending to that story!


Over the past ten years I have been lucky enough to work at three of the biggest and best publishers in the industry: Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury and Scholastic. I recently decided to leave in-house publishing to be a full-time freelance editor.


I've worked my way up from the bottom -- I started out by reading manuscripts in the slush pile as an intern and assisting the best editorial directors in the business. Today I am a full-time children's editor and I love what I do. I've learned so much since packing that suitcase years ago to embark on this wild journey and cannot wait to apply the skills I've developed as an editor to your manuscript.


My favourite part of the editorial process has to be cracking a developmental edit. I enjoy figuring out what makes each character special, what would strengthen the story and I will spot ANY plot hole. Having worked on picture books the majority of my career, I also think visually -- even if I'm working on a book with no illustrations! I'll always make sure your little readers can picture exactly what's happening on the page.


I work across all age ranges, from 0-5 picture book and 5-7 early reader, up to 7-9 middle grade, teen and YA. I pay close attention to the reading level of the books I edit, so apologies in advance for every time I say 'this word is too hard'.


I cannot wait to get started on your book, so please don't hesitate to get in touch and share your idea with me. Thank you so much for trusting me as your editor.


Chris x


Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books
Languages
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • MA in Publishing (Distinction) – Oxford Brookes University
  • BA in English Literature (Magna cum laude) - John Cabot University

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2021 — Present

Clients include:
Hachette UK
HarperCollins Ireland
Walker Books
Pikku Publishing
And many more

Scholastic

Mar, 2020 — Sep, 2021 (over 1 year)

• Has written and project managed four activity books based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler hit titles which will be publishing this year
• Writing, editing and project managing over 25 titles at once, including titles for brands such as Baby Shark, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and The Wonky Donkey
• Developing in-house concepts for the picture book list
• Collaborating with all departments to ensure the smooth-running of all my titles, from production and sales to design and publicity

Bloomsbury

Mar, 2019 — Mar, 2020 (about 1 year)

• Edited and project managed independently about ten titles per month, while also supporting the Children’s Non-Fiction team with any research, proofreading, copyediting, fact checking, minuting or creative writing
• Teamed up with design colleagues to meet agents and illustrators, as well as created new formats for our varied list
• Managed the entire Children’s Non-Fiction ebook list and worked collaboratively with the complex ebook controller to translate physical formats into equally brilliant and fun ebooks
• Collaborated with the Senior Editor, Head of Non-Fiction and Publishing Director to proactively contribute new ideas and commission new titles in a range of different formats (picture books, big format books, lift-the-flap books, and more) with an international audience in mind

Bloomsbury

Jul, 2017 — Feb, 2019 (over 1 year)

• Project managed the reissue edition of My First Book of London independently in first two months of work
• Achieved full responsibility of the Bloomsbury Activity Books list (including novelty titles) in first six months of work ensuring character inclusivity
• Wrote, planned and project managed Fantastically Great Women Who Made History Activity Book and Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders Activity Book
• Managed the Bloomsbury Activity Books list (including novelty titles) ensuring character diversity and inclusion
• Juggled independently multiple projects at once while supporting a team of four with copy-editing, checking permissions, fact checking and proof reading to time, cost and quality specifications
• Liaised with external packagers, authors, illustrators and publishing partners (RSPB,The Woodland Trust, Kew Gardens) from beginning of projects up until publication
• Wrote strong copy for and communicated with Marketing and Rights teams for catalogues
• Wrote creative copy to be used on back covers, Amazon, and other platforms and updating metadata on Biblio

Penguin Random House

Jan, 2017 — Jul, 2017 (6 months)

• Defined the coordinator’s role and duties for Penguin divisions and was a key asset to the team’s smooth transition to becoming a centralised department
• Absorbed double the workload by covering coordinator role for Michael Joseph and Penguin General
• Connected and organised meetings across departments to understand other teams’ expectations, needs & priorities
• Liaised with editorial, sales, marketing and contracts teams via email and in person to ensure data was accurate

Penguin Random House

Jun, 2016 — Jan, 2017 (7 months)

• Assisted the department with setting up print, audio, eBooks and POS items on the publishing database
• Enhanced SEO increase online discoverability of titles

Penguin Random House

Oct, 2015 — Jun, 2016 (8 months)

• Carried out this role whilst also studying for my masters degree
• Independently oversaw the publication of titles from start to finish, liaising with freelance and in-house team members
• Researched companies and brands in view to create new book collaborations and created proposals for acquisitions meetings
• Proofread page proofs, indexes, and bibliographies in their near-final versions

Christine has 16 reviews

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Adriana M.

Adriana M.

May, 2024

Chris has been a delight to work with (debut novel). She helped bring structure and help me understand better the rhyme and beat of my book (no easy task). She is a genuinely nice person and would definitely work with her again! Keep on smiling.
Donna G.

Donna G.

Apr, 2024

Working with Christine as my editor was a pure joy. Her comments are extensive and thoughtful. She is thorough and offers more than superficial suggestions. I knew I had a story but needed help telling it in a picture book structure and format. Working with Christine, I found that some of my information was better placed in the author's notes than in the story itself. Christine worked through ...
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Christine M.
Donna, you are simply too kind. Thank you for your openness, enthusiasm and creativity. Working on your manuscript has just been so special. Wishing you all the best on your author journey. :)
Jennifer S.

Jennifer S.

Apr, 2024

I loved Chris's edit! She's been clear, friendly, professional and SO helpful. All her advice is spot-on. Her suggestions are sensitive, and she's truly got to know my characters and story, and understands what I'm trying to achieve. I felt like my work was in safe hands from beginning to end. She delivered the edits on schedule (actually ahead of schedule!) and I felt she was available through...
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Christine M.
It was such a joy to work on your manuscript. Thank you again for trusting me with your work. :)
Alex P.

Alex P.

Feb, 2023

It had a great experience working with Christine. I would highly recommend her editing services.
Ladona H.

Ladona H.

Feb, 2023

I was new to this entire process and Christine was very patient and guided me through the steps. It has been wonderful to collaborate with her! She was friendly and professional and truly went above and beyond. I'm very pleased with the final product of the work she provided and would not hesitate to recommend her!
Christine M.
Thanks so much Ladona! It was an absolute pleasure to work on your manuscript. :)

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