Emily Klopfer

Emily Klopfer - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I already love your story, let's edit it together. | Developmental editor who's smoothed tricky plot bits of #1 NYT bestselling YA authors.

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Overview

I was born and raised in Alaska, and as you may know, in the winter time it gets dark...and cold. And since I was an only child, I read voraciously for entertainment. That love of books followed me to Yale University where I graduated with a B.A. in English and specialized in Children's Literature; I was even allowed to write the first fifty pages of a Young Adult novel for my thesis! I then went on to the Columbia Publishing Course in New York (again, working with Children's Literature), and began working at Bloomsbury Publishing a month after the course ended. I worked as an Editorial Assistant in the Children's Books department and had an incredible experience arguing with co-workers which powers magical unicorns should have, and how much cleavage on a Young Adult novel cover was too much cleavage. Those stories aside, I did gain great experience with the publishing world, and had the wonderful opportunity to work with New York Times bestselling authors and helping shape their books from the ground up. I took this experience to my freelance editing business, where I was offered an opportunity to edit a series of picture books being published by Starry Forest. This has since grown to where I have a client base myself and have now worked on everything from memoirs to plays to novels to essays, spanning everything from the children's to the adult genre.

I still read everything that comes across my desk with the same tenacity as those books I read as a child, and I want to bring that level of excitement and dedication to your story. I know how hard it is to write a book, both because I've written one, and because I've seen the publishing industry from the inside, and I want to do all I can to help make the process just a little less stressful for you. Thanks so much for checking out my profile, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Children's
Fantasy
Romance
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Columbia Publishing Course
  • Yale University B.A. English

Awards

  • 5th Place - Writer's Digest Annual Competition - Children's/Young Adult Category

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (over 3 years)

In this position I have worked on a dozen picture book adaptations of classic stories for Starry Forest Books, where I both suggested developmental edits, and provided copy editing services. As for my own clients, I have served as a sounding board for the structure of two memoirs and a novel, along with a collection of essays. With these clients, I have received both bare bones manuscripts and together we have fleshed out the overall content of the story, and I have also received first drafts where I edited for plot development and character consistency, and provided suggestions for where changes and/or clarification could be made.

Editorial Assistant

Bloomsbury Publishing
September, 2015 – December, 2016 (about 1 year)

In this position I worked with New York Times bestselling children's book authors to provide feedback on the construction of their stories, design their book jacket content, and create the first Young Adult coloring book adaptation. Additionally, I reviewed numerous queries and selected stories to recommend for publication. My proudest moments are working directly with Sarah J. Maas on her Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series in an editorial capacity, along with stories from Elizabeth Eulberg and Kamilla Benko.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Swan Lake (Classic Stories)

Tchaikovsky's magnificent ballet is now accessible to a new, younger audience thanks to this classically elegant picture book adaptation. Painterly illustrations by Teresa Martinez are filled with colors as soft and gentle as swan’s wing, perfectly setting the stage for Prince Siegfried and Odette―the beautiful, enchanted swan princess! Young readers will transported to Swan Lake through this ... read more

Tchaikovsky's magnificent ballet is now accessible to a new, younger audience thanks to this classically elegant picture book adaptation. Painterly illustrations by Teresa Martinez are filled with colors as soft and gentle as swan’s wing, perfectly setting the stage for Prince Siegfried and Odette―the beautiful, enchanted swan princess! Young readers will transported to Swan Lake through this ... read more

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 3)

Sarah J. Maas

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre... read more

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre... read more

The Unicorn Quest

Kamilla Benko

An enchanting, exciting fantasy about a real-world girl searching for her sister in a land full of magic and strange creatures, blending the timeless feel of A Wrinkle in Time with Frozen's powerful themes of identity, enchantment, and sisterhood.Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move ... read more

An enchanting, exciting fantasy about a real-world girl searching for her sister in a land full of magic and strange creatures, blending the timeless feel of A Wrinkle in Time with Frozen's powerful themes of identity, enchantment, and sisterhood.Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move ... read more

Empire of Storms (Throne Of Glass Series Book 5)

Sarah J. Maas

Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas's epic fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become... read more

Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas's epic fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become... read more

The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Classic Stories)

Every Morning, twelve beautiful princesses wake up with tired feet and their dancing shoes worn to shreds. The king is mystified! Can a clever soldier discover their secret and win one of the princesses hand in marriage?

Every Morning, twelve beautiful princesses wake up with tired feet and their dancing shoes worn to shreds. The king is mystified! Can a clever soldier discover their secret and win one of the princesses hand in marriage?

The Great Shelby Holmes

Elizabeth Eulberg

Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She's nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen--always using logic and a bit of pl... read more

Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She's nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen--always using logic and a bit of pl... read more

Robin Hood (Classic Stories)

Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws steal from the rich and give to the poor. But wicked Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham are determined to trap him. Can Robin outwit these two scoundrels and win the heart of Maid Marian?

Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws steal from the rich and give to the poor. But wicked Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham are determined to trap him. Can Robin outwit these two scoundrels and win the heart of Maid Marian?

Rumpelstiltskin (Classic Stories)

Never has this classic fairy-tale been more stylishly spun for young readers than in this new, freshly illustrated picture book adaptation! Children will treasure this elegant, accessible edition of Rumplestiltskin, complete with a cover treated in glimmering gold foil and straw-colored endpapers. Fresh art from Robert Dunn illuminates this shimmering classic as it begs the question―is there a... read more

Never has this classic fairy-tale been more stylishly spun for young readers than in this new, freshly illustrated picture book adaptation! Children will treasure this elegant, accessible edition of Rumplestiltskin, complete with a cover treated in glimmering gold foil and straw-colored endpapers. Fresh art from Robert Dunn illuminates this shimmering classic as it begs the question―is there a... read more

Frog Prince, The (Classic Stories)

When the princess's golden ball splashes into a pond, she promises a friendly frog whatever he wants if he will get it back. But when the frog wants to share her dinner and sleep on her pillow in return, the princess finds out that keeping her promise is harder than she expected!

When the princess's golden ball splashes into a pond, she promises a friendly frog whatever he wants if he will get it back. But when the frog wants to share her dinner and sleep on her pillow in return, the princess finds out that keeping her promise is harder than she expected!

Romeo & Juliet (Classic Stories)

The stars have aligned for children to become fans of Shakespeare with this stunning picture book adaptation Romeo and Juliet. Young readers will be transported to fair Verona with all new illustrations washed in warm, romantic colors Italian tile borders. Retold with all of the drama and classic heart of the original, children will fall in love for the first time with this Shakespearean maste... read more

The stars have aligned for children to become fans of Shakespeare with this stunning picture book adaptation Romeo and Juliet. Young readers will be transported to fair Verona with all new illustrations washed in warm, romantic colors Italian tile borders. Retold with all of the drama and classic heart of the original, children will fall in love for the first time with this Shakespearean maste... read more

Captain Pug (The Adventures of Pug)

Laura James

On one very ordinary day Pug's nose knows that breakfast is on its way. And with breakfast, come crumbs – but not just any old crumbs, jam tart crumbs. Jam tarts are Pug's favorite food, and he loves nothing more than to share them with his best friend, Lady Miranda. But just before Pug can finish the last jam tart, Lady Miranda picks him up and whisks him away for a sea-faring adventure. Unfo... read more

On one very ordinary day Pug's nose knows that breakfast is on its way. And with breakfast, come crumbs – but not just any old crumbs, jam tart crumbs. Jam tarts are Pug's favorite food, and he loves nothing more than to share them with his best friend, Lady Miranda. But just before Pug can finish the last jam tart, Lady Miranda picks him up and whisks him away for a sea-faring adventure. Unfo... read more

Emily has 2 reviews

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Schrodin Sennachie Bailee
Really helpful and understanding. She takes her time to dive into the story, and ask meaningful questions. The comments and questions both pry into the mind of the Writer, so that she can grasp the full picture. And with that she really helps me to both understand and visualize the story. If you need someone to help clarify your work ( after it is written) Emily is the one for you. Reason why...
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Schrodin Sennachie Bailee, August 2020

Emily Klopfer
Omari, My goodness, thank you so much for your kind review! You were honestly such a wonderful author to work with, and I truly enjoyed the scope and breadth of your story. I’m looking forward to f...
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Katlyn Rose
My experience with Emily could not be any better than what it was! Not only was she super supportive and enthusiastic about my project, she was excellent at her job of editing my novel and giving me helpful feedback. As a first time Reedsy user, Emily represents this service perfectly, and I'm extremely satisfied with both the site and her work!

Katlyn Rose, May 2020

Emily Klopfer
Katlyn, thank you so much for your kind words! It was an absolute joy to work with you, and I hope to have the opportunity to do so again!

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