Erica Green

Erica Green - Editor

Washington, D.C., DC, USA

Experienced kid’s book editor specializing in middle grade fiction and non-fiction. Former Editorial Director at National Geographic Kids.

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Overview

I’ve worked in book publishing for over 25 years. Most recently, I was the Vice President, Editorial Director for Kids Books at National Geographic. Highlights of my career also include positions as a children’s book editor at Chronicle Books and the Director of Publishing at Discovery Channel (Discovery Communications). Today I run the Iceland Writers Retreat, which I co-founded, and work as a freelance editor and publishing consultant.

Over the course of my career, I’ve edited hundreds of books, working with NYT bestselling authors like Kwame Alexander, Jane Goodall, and Dr. Oz. And too, I’ve developed projects for famous licensed brands like Star Wars and Williams Sonoma. Along the way, I’ve also worked with dozens of aspiring writers to help them publish their first book. I’ve been lucky enough to edit books for both children’s publishing and the adult trade market. While I began my career focused on picture books, I quickly moved into middle grade and YA. My own creative writing has been for an adult audience and so it only made sense that at various points in my career, I would go on to edit adult books as well. Today, I specialize in children’s literature but certainly edit manuscripts for readers of all ages.

As a project manager, I like to organize. I help writers set and meet deadlines and articulate their goals. Working together, we shape your manuscript to ensure you are on the right path toward achieving your objectives. But project management is just a piece of what I offer. When it comes down to it, developmental editing is what I really love. Be it fiction or narrative nonfiction, for me it’s always about the story. Strong developmental editing ensures that your story will shine. We dig in and develop your characters, sharpen the dialog, articulate your themes, and of course, improve the conflict and narrative arc. I will always offer praise and let you know what is working and then help you figure out how to improve your manuscript, with the hopes that we can go on to polish it for publication.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

Vice President, Editorial Director

National Geographic Kids Books
December, 2013 – May, 2018 (over 4 years)

*Oversaw strategy development and market positioning for children’s book publisher.
*Directed the creation of a Children's Books list of approximately 100 titles per year.
*Supervised the editorial staff
*Managed the acquisition processes.
*Led the launch for a new middle grade fiction imprint.

As Senior Editor:
*Responsible for acquisition, project management and developmental editing for approximately 15 titles per year, including contract negotiation, author relations, liaison with sales, marketing, photo, design, and other departments.

Founder

Iceland Writers Retreat
December, 2012 – Present (almost 8 years)

*Conceived and developed first-ever writers’ retreat in Iceland. Produced business plan, raised sponsorship and secured endorsements.
*Developed scholarship and extension programs. Helped grow annual event to attract over 150 annual visitors from 20 countries.
*Worked with world-renown authors such as Barbara Kingsolver, Pamela Paul, Adam Gopnik, Ruth Reichl, Geraldine Brooks, Susan Orlean, Lauren Groff, and many more.
*Profiled in international media, named top literary retreat by the Singapore Times.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
December, 2009 – Present (almost 11 years)

International book publishing and literary consultant. Offer complete editorial services and business consulting for the publishing industry.

*Acquire: Assist publishers and authors with concept development, acquisition, book development, queries, and pitch.

*Edit: Developmental and line editor for fiction and nonfiction adult trade and children’s book publishing. Genres include but are not limited to: middle grade and picture books for the trade market, YA manuscripts, custom publishing, personalized books, and literary fiction.

*Consult: Offer strategy development for small publisher growth, including market reach, sales potential, and editorial vision. Help mid-sized to large publishers review acquisition strategy, identify new talent, shape mission, and grow list.

Clients have included Macmillan, National Geographic, US Department of State, Icelandair, Turkish Daily News, Shout Mouse Press, Paper Hat Press, Portland Press, Seal Press, Wanderlust and Lipstick, Avis-Rent-a-Car, and Iceland Tourist Board, among others.

Director of Publishing

Discovery Communications
August, 2002 – June, 2005 (almost 3 years)

Led the licensed publishing business unit responsible for editorial direction and development of list, including children’s and adult titles. Built strategic alliances, grew client list, and oversaw contract negotiations.

* Published over 50 new adult and children’s titles; 6 New York Times best-sellers

* Edited manuscripts, oversaw style, content, accuracy, quality.

*Managed book projects throughout all layout phases. Coordinated with author, illustrator, television networks, licensees, design, production, sales, and marketing teams to ensure schedule, quality, and budget. Reviewed books at all stages prior to printing.

Editor

Chronicle Books
October, 1994 – June, 1998 (over 3 years)

Editor, 1996-1998
• Acquisition, contract negotiation, budgets, art direction, and overall project management from manuscript to finished book for children’s book division
• New product developer—including card games, cookbooks, plush toys, board books, and specialty formats
• Head of YA editorial board; General development of children's list; Editor of 10-25 titles a year

Assistant Editor, 1995-1996
• Acting Managing Editor; Production scheduling for 35-50 titles per year
• Assistant to the Director of Children's Books in management of seasonal book lists
• Acquisition and Project Editor for 2-5 titles per season

Editorial Assistant, 1994-1995
• General duties, including copyediting, writing marketing and catalog copy.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret

Trudi Trueit

Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world's leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there's more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at t... read more

Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world's leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there's more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at t... read more

Shackles From the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy

Michael Cottman

A pile of lime-encrusted shackles discovered on the seafloor in the remains of a ship called the Henrietta Marie, lands Michael Cottman, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and avid scuba diver, in the middle of an amazing journey that stretches across three continents, from foundries and tombs in England, to slave ports on the shores of West Africa, to present-day Caribbean plantations. This ... read more

A pile of lime-encrusted shackles discovered on the seafloor in the remains of a ship called the Henrietta Marie, lands Michael Cottman, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and avid scuba diver, in the middle of an amazing journey that stretches across three continents, from foundries and tombs in England, to slave ports on the shores of West Africa, to present-day Caribbean plantations. This ... read more

StarTalk Young Readers Edition

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Charles Liu

Now abridged for YA audiences, this beautifully illustrated companion to celebrated scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson's popular podcast and National Geographic Channel TV show is an eye-opening journey for anyone curious about the complexities of our universe.For decades, beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has interpreted science with a combination of brainpower and charm that resonates wi... read more

Now abridged for YA audiences, this beautifully illustrated companion to celebrated scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson's popular podcast and National Geographic Channel TV show is an eye-opening journey for anyone curious about the complexities of our universe.For decades, beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has interpreted science with a combination of brainpower and charm that resonates wi... read more

Explorer Academy: The Falcon's Feather

Trudi Trueit

It's an adventure of a lifetime when Cruz Coronado sets sail for the shores of Iceland and Norway aboard the Explorer Academy ship to continue his studies at sea. But, things take a turn while exploring the icy north, when he embarks on a dangerous mission to uncover the first piece of an important puzzle his mother left behind.In the exciting follow-up to The Nebula Secret in the 7-book Explo... read more

It's an adventure of a lifetime when Cruz Coronado sets sail for the shores of Iceland and Norway aboard the Explorer Academy ship to continue his studies at sea. But, things take a turn while exploring the icy north, when he embarks on a dangerous mission to uncover the first piece of an important puzzle his mother left behind.In the exciting follow-up to The Nebula Secret in the 7-book Explo... read more

Extreme Planet: Carsten Peter's Adventures in Volcanoes, Caves, Canyons, Deserts, and Beyond! (National Geographic Kids)

Carsten Peter, Glen Phelan

The earth explodes in shoots of hot magma, glaciers crash into the ocean, grotesque creatures lurk in deep caves... follow noted National Geographic explorer and photographer Carsten Peter as he shows us that our precious planet Earth is one wild and extreme place! Tornadoes, ice caves, glaciers, lightning—no territory or phenomenon is too scary for daring explorer Carsten Peter, who is right ... read more

The earth explodes in shoots of hot magma, glaciers crash into the ocean, grotesque creatures lurk in deep caves... follow noted National Geographic explorer and photographer Carsten Peter as he shows us that our precious planet Earth is one wild and extreme place! Tornadoes, ice caves, glaciers, lightning—no territory or phenomenon is too scary for daring explorer Carsten Peter, who is right ... read more

Rise of the Lioness: Restoring a Habitat and its Pride on the Liuwa Plains

Bradley Hague

Poaching and war damaged an isolated wilderness in West Zambia, reducing its lion population to just one: Lady, the last lioness. Witness Lady's fight for survival in this evocative narrative on the decline, fall, and rebirth of the Liuwa Plains. Follow Lady as she grapples with a landscape altered by human hands and discover how both Lady and humankind restore balance to the environment. More... read more

Poaching and war damaged an isolated wilderness in West Zambia, reducing its lion population to just one: Lady, the last lioness. Witness Lady's fight for survival in this evocative narrative on the decline, fall, and rebirth of the Liuwa Plains. Follow Lady as she grapples with a landscape altered by human hands and discover how both Lady and humankind restore balance to the environment. More... read more

Odd Velvet

Mary Whitcomb

Velvet is odd. Instead of dolls that talk and cry, Velvet brings a milkweed pod for show and tell. She wins the class art contest using only an eight-pack of crayons. She likes to collect rocks. Even her name is strange-Velvet! But as the school year unfolds, the things Velvet does and the things that Velvet says slowly begin to make sense. And, in the end, Velvet's classmates discover that be... read more

Velvet is odd. Instead of dolls that talk and cry, Velvet brings a milkweed pod for show and tell. She wins the class art contest using only an eight-pack of crayons. She likes to collect rocks. Even her name is strange-Velvet! But as the school year unfolds, the things Velvet does and the things that Velvet says slowly begin to make sense. And, in the end, Velvet's classmates discover that be... read more

The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power

Ann Bausum

James Meredith's 1966 march in Mississippi began as one man's peaceful protest for voter registration and became one of the South's most important demonstrations of the civil rights movement. It brought together leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael, who formed an unlikely alliance that resulted in the Black Power movement, which ushered in a new era in the fight for equal... read more

James Meredith's 1966 march in Mississippi began as one man's peaceful protest for voter registration and became one of the South's most important demonstrations of the civil rights movement. It brought together leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael, who formed an unlikely alliance that resulted in the Black Power movement, which ushered in a new era in the fight for equal... read more

Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures (National Geographic Kids)

Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess, Deanna Nikaido

A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird – pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world. Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore... read more

A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird – pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world. Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore... read more

The Poetry of US: More than 200 poems that celebrate the people, places, and passions of the United States

It's all about us! Join former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis on a lyrical journey through the United States to experience the wonders of America's people and places through 200+ inspiring poems and stunning photographs.Celebrate the gift of language and the vibrant culture of the United States with this collection of classic and never-before-published poetry. Poems are arrange... read more

It's all about us! Join former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis on a lyrical journey through the United States to experience the wonders of America's people and places through 200+ inspiring poems and stunning photographs.Celebrate the gift of language and the vibrant culture of the United States with this collection of classic and never-before-published poetry. Poems are arrange... read more

The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes

Robin Davis

Boba Fett-Uccine and Princess Leia Danish Dos are just the beginning when the Force is with you in the kitchen. Wookiee Cookies is your invitation to fine culinary experiences in the Star Wars frame of mind. From C-3PO Pancakes to Jedi Juice Bars, this intergalactic Star Wars cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy main courses no Rebel can resist. With hilar... read more

Boba Fett-Uccine and Princess Leia Danish Dos are just the beginning when the Force is with you in the kitchen. Wookiee Cookies is your invitation to fine culinary experiences in the Star Wars frame of mind. From C-3PO Pancakes to Jedi Juice Bars, this intergalactic Star Wars cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy main courses no Rebel can resist. With hilar... read more

How to Pee: Potty Training for Boys

Dr. Todd Spector

Out with the old and in with the new! Family physician Dr. Todd Spector presents a fresh and outrageously fun way to encourage little boys to give up their diapers. They can try it freestyle (in the backyard!), or give the potty a try with the help of a few props and plenty of imagination. Peeing in the potty is a lot more fun if you do it rocket style, cowboy style, or superhero style! Inspir... read more

Out with the old and in with the new! Family physician Dr. Todd Spector presents a fresh and outrageously fun way to encourage little boys to give up their diapers. They can try it freestyle (in the backyard!), or give the potty a try with the help of a few props and plenty of imagination. Peeing in the potty is a lot more fun if you do it rocket style, cowboy style, or superhero style! Inspir... read more

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