Courtney Stevenson

Courtney Stevenson - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I am an Associate Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, with 8 years' experience of working with middle grade and young adult novels.

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I joined HarperCollins in 2016 as an assistant to Rosemary Brosnan; since then, I have been lucky to help on such amazing books as The Poet X by National Book Award-winning author Elizabeth Acevedo, Ogre Enchanted by Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine, I Can Make This Promise by debut author Christine Day, and many repackaged editions of titles on our team’s rich backlist.

In building my own list, I am focused on middle grade and YA books, with a particular interest in clever humor, family dynamics, historical stories and settings not seen enough, the occasional pop nonfiction, and writing that pulls me along to the next page. Some recent titles on my list include That’s What Friends Do by Cathleen Barnhart, Summer at Meadow Wood by Amy Rebecca Tan, All Kinds of Other by James Sie, and Gussy by Jimmy Cajoleas.

I always get excited about seeing new work from authors, and talking through their vision. My aim is to help you tell your story to others most effectively, focusing on plot, character, voice, and dialogue. I also can help to refine you query letter to grab a reader's attention and get them excited to dive into your manuscript.

English (US)
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Young Adult

Work experience

Associate Editor

HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books
April, 2016 – Present (over 6 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

That's What Friends Do

Barnhart, Cathleen

Summer at Meadow Wood

Tan, Amy Rebecca


Cajoleas, Jimmy

Ogre Enchanted

Levine, Gail Carson

Courtney has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Natasha De Silva
This was my second time working with Courtney. She gave me insightful feedback on my revised submission package to continue to tighten my story around the central theme and clarify the inciting incident. She is professional and personable to work with. Highly recommend!

Natasha De Silva, November 2022

Jana Dearden
I very much enjoyed working with Courtney. She met and even exceeded the deadlines. She gave me very detailed feedback, as well as big picture thoughts. Her suggestions made me see things that I could improve, and have made my manuscript stronger. She seemed sincerely interested in my story! I would definitely recommend her for a development edit! Thank you!

Jana Dearden, September 2022

Natasha De Silva
Courtney reviewed my submission package and provided detailed, thoughtful, and insightful notes. She helped me understand how to streamline my manuscript by focusing on a central question, while tying other threads to this question (or cutting them), and gave me clear examples of the parts of my novel that felt too "separate" in this way. Courtney also provided helpful feedback on character dev...
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Natasha De Silva, August 2022

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