Deeba Zargarpur

Deeba Zargarpur – Editor

Senior editor with 10 years experience in publishing (Simon and Schuster, Disney). Specializes in picture books/MG/YA/graphic novels.

Overview

I am a senior editor at two imprints at Simon & Schuster, where I specialize in children's literature, specifically fiction (while occasionally dabbling in non-fiction) within picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels. I have edited multiple New York Times bestsellers and many of my books have garnered starred reviews, landed on Best of Lists, been JLG gold standard selections and Indie Next Picks!


In addition to being an editor, I am an author of MG and YA novels. This dual perspective provides nuanced feedback when evaluating query letters and book coaching. I tend to be honest with my notes and advice to best set you up for long term success, whether that be traditional or indie publishing. This goes beyond coaching a single book. Career planning is essential for your publishing goals!


While I specialize in children's literature, I have also developed and edited adult genre fiction as well. Regardless of age range, I tend to focus on speculative, fantasy-lite, epic fantasy, romantasy, science fiction, magical realism, thriller, psychological suspense, horror and mystery.


My editorial style spotlights the positive and offers feedback on areas of improvement. I deep dive on the big picture, plot structure/framework, and overall vision as well as smaller scale scene and character development.


Please note, if you're planning to pursue traditional publishing and would like me to consider your novel, it's best to not hire me on here.


Looking forward to aiding you on your publishing journey!

Services
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels Epic Fantasy Magical Realism Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books Science Fiction Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Simon & Schuster

Mar, 2020 — Present

An accomplished senior editor that acquires for two imprints, Books for Young Readers and Salaam Reads. Areas of acquisition: picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels.

Glasstown Entertainment

May, 2018 — Mar, 2020 (almost 2 years)

An associate editor that managed a list of children's and adult titles. Developed intellectual properties that sold to big 5 publishers.

Disney Publishing Group

Jan, 2017 — Jan, 2018 (about 1 year)

An editorial assistant that reported to three senior editors. Managed daily administrative tasks, as well as light editing for Disney Hyperion, Freeform, and Rick Riordan Presents.

The Bent Agency

Jan, 2015 — Dec, 2016 (almost 2 years)

An intern that assisted a senior literary agent by providing reader reports on promising submissions.

Portfolio

Developmental Editing
My Best Friend's Bangles

Ponweera, Thushanthi

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
Mall Goth

Leth, Kate

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
Summer's Edge

Mele, Dana

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
The Jump

Morris, Brittney

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
The Good Girls

Bartlett, Claire Eliza

Developmental Editing
The Deep

Katsu, Alma

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
The Masjid Kamal Loves

Franklin, Ashley

Developmental Editing
I Can Be All Three

Alikhan, Salima

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing

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Cameron U.

Cameron U.

Mar, 2024

Deeba was wonderful to work with. Her feedback and professional perspective on my query letter were invaluable. She carefully examined each sentence and offered actionable suggestions, giving specific examples of what was effective and what needed improvement. She brought me into the mindset of who would read my query and what they look for. Highly recommend her.

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