Erin Black

Erin Black – Editor

A former Scholastic editor with over a decade of experience, who loves kidlit and delights in text.


Former Scholastic Press and Scholastic Paperbacks editor with over twelve years' experience acquiring and editing YA and Middle-Grade titles. Also has twelve years of experience freelance copyediting and proofreading manuscripts for various publishers.
Action & Adventure Fantasy Horror Middle Grade Science Fiction Young Adult
English (US)
  • NYU SCPS Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading Books, Dec. 2007

Work experience


Sep, 2007 — Present

I am a former Scholastic editor and a proofreader/copyeditor with over a decade of experience in kidlit, so send me your middle grade, young adult, and chapter books. Whether you need a friendly, capable partner to help you polish your story to be the best it can be, or an eagle eye on your manuscript to make sure it's free of errors, I have years of experience as a professional in the field and am excited to talk about how I can help.

Scholastic Inc.

Feb, 2007 — Oct, 2018 (over 11 years)

As an editor with Scholastic Press and Scholastic Paperbacks, I have worked on readers, middle grade, and YA from the creepy multiplatform project, Shadow House, by Dan Poblocki and the sweet and awkward From You to Me by K. A. Holt, to the adorable upcoming Once Upon a Fairy Tale series by Anna Staniszewski and the delightfully twisted Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales by New York Times bestseller Kiersten White.

Viable Paradise

Oct, 2017 — Oct, 2017 (less than a minute)

Teaching faculty at the Viable Paradise Workshop for science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers (one week program on Martha's Vineyard).

Scholastic Inc.

Jan, 2008 — Present

As a proofreader for Scholastic, I've worked on everything from chapter books to middle grade and YA, and have reviewed files for print and ebooks across a variety of genres in kidlit. Successful proofreaders have to be passionate about details, schedules, and words, and I've refined my proofreading skills for more than a decade and continue to work with Scholastic.


Secondhand Wishes

Anna Staniszewski

Lexi has to keep the universe in balance. If she does enough good things, like being on time, then the bad things, like her little brother needing more surgery, won't happen. It doesn't always work, but she has to keep trying. Just in case. On an extra bad day... read more
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia C. Wrede, the fantastic conclusion to her tale of magic on the western frontier.Eff is an unlucky thirteenth child...but also the seventh daughter in her family. Her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful double sev... read more
From New York Times #1 bestselling author Patricia C. Wrede, the second in the series of magic on the western frontier.Eff is riding west, away from the safety of the frontier city she's always known.... Eff could be a powerful magician if she wanted to. Excep... read more
#1 NYT bestselling author Pat Wrede returns to Scholastic with an amazing new trilogy about the use of magic in the wild, wild west.Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess... read more
In the third installment of A Dog and His Girl Mysteries, things are going to the cats!Dodge and Cassie can't visit the senior center or take a walk without landing in a mystery or two. Something's up with the vitamins some people in town are taking--and somet... read more
The second exciting installment of A Dog and His Girl Mysteries!Cassie's mom, an exemplary officer and model of integrity, is suspended from the force pending an investigation--and won't say why. It's an awkward situation for the police, for the town, for the ... read more
A dog and his girl show how six legs are better than two in this brand new mystery series!When Dodge, a German shepherd police dog, finds himself retired after an accident leaves him deaf in one ear, he's lucky to be adopted by the perfect family. Twelve-year-... read more
Don't touch anything in The Haunted Museum!Taylor has always felt a little like she belonged in ancient Egypt more than she does in the modern day. But when she helps stop a robbery at a branch of The Haunted Museum, the scarab she picks up doesn't seem to wan... read more
Don't touch anything in the Haunted Museum!When Lily accidentally touches a painting at The Haunted Museum, she's pulled into a dangerous fight for her life!The more she learns about the history of the portraits she'd been mesmerized by, the more she finds abo... read more
Don't touch anything in The Haunted Museum!Emma would rather be at her ballet class than at the Haunted Museum, but she can't miss her best friend's birthday party. In a spooky exhibit of music boxes, she's drawn to one in particular, in which a pair of dancer... read more
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Salt & Stone

Victoria Scott

How far would you go to survive?In FIRE & FLOOD, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and a terrifying march across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't s... read more
Fire & Flood

Victoria Scott

What would you do to save someone you love?Time is slipping away. . . .Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She's lost he... read more
Spencer Plain is ready to help build a new Bearhaven--a place where bears live in community and help rescue other bears around the world. But the city itself is in trouble now--the evil Pam wants to capture the bears and sell them, and it's up to the Council t... read more
Ever since Spencer Plain's parents disappeared, he's been staying in Bearhaven--a secret city where bears talk, go to school, develop secret technology, and plan missions to rescue others who need help.Spencer's been planning, too. He's in training as an opera... read more
A few weeks ago, Spencer Plain had never been to Bearhaven. He was rebuilding a computer and eating peanut butter toast and going to school. Normal, human things.But now his parents are missing, he's living with a family of bears and learning how to speak Raga... read more
It starts with a chase. When Spencer Plain is pulled out of school in the middle of the day, he never expects to be speeding down the highway with his uncle, trying to outpace the car that's tailing them. And he certainly never thought he'd find himself fleein... read more

Suzanne Weyn

Mira has always almost had it all... until it all crashes and burns. She's hurt in a horrible car accident, and the only way the doctors can help is to try experimental prosthetics and chips that are implanted directly into her brain. It's a huge risk, but aft... read more

Victoria Scott

Ever since the Titans appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan's world has revolved around the mechanical horses. It's not just the thrill of the race. It's the engineering of the horses themselves and the way they're programmed to seem so lifelik... read more
Ainsley never wanted to spend her summer on a fairy tale cruise--especially since, instead of lounging by the pool, she's running around the ship doing favor after favor for her cruise director mom.Things aren't all bad--it's good to see her mom acting confide... read more
Hear the Wolves

Victoria Scott

Sloan is a hunter. So she shouldn't be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it's been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister w... read more
Once upon a time, a girl skipped into the forest and became a zombie.Wait, no, that's not how this story is supposed to go. Let's try again.Once upon a time, a boy did a horrible job as a sheep-sitter and burned his tongue on stolen pie.No, children in these s... read more
Isabella is shocked when her parents book her passage on the incredible Titanic and inform her that she'll be sailing by herself. She is given an envelope and told the contents will explain everything, but she is forbidden from opening it until the boat reache... read more
Shadow House never sleeps . . .Five children have been lured into Shadow House, all for different reasons. None of them knows the others. And none of them knows what to do when they can't find a way back out.But something is different inside the house. Someone... read more
Shadow House always wins . . .Poppy, Dash, Azumi, and Dylan may have made it out of Shadow House--but the grounds are a whole new nightmare. Someone they thought was a friend is hunting them, and there's no place that's safe now that they've woken the shadow c... read more
Shadow House will find you . . . Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger the... read more
Some houses are more than just haunted... they're hungry.Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House. Something with... read more
The Brewster triplets have this whole school year figured out. They'll share notes and books and help plan their big sister's wedding, and they're all going to be on color guard. Smooth sailing through the seventh grade.Only nothing goes right. They're acciden... read more
The Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, would usually be thrilled to spend a week with their beloved Aunt Jane. She's fun and fearless and fascinating, and she loves to hang out with them. But Aunt Jane is taking the girls somewhere they've never been... read more
The Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, usually love Christmas. Decorations, singing carols, seeing Aunt Jane and their favorite neighbors, hot cocoa, and presents -- what could be better? But this year nothing is going right, starting with their loca... read more
One bride. Two boys. Three flower girls who won't hold their peace. What could go wrong with this wedding? Everything!The Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, would usually spend their summer eating ice cream, playing wtih their dog, and reading about ... read more
Hester Greene loves making movies. With her camera in hand, she can focus, make decisions, and have the control she lacks in life, where her executive function disorder (think extreme ADHD plus anxiety) sabotages her every move. But middle school is not a movi... read more
Amelia Peabody lives in a small town where nothing changes. And that's just fine by her. After losing her big sister, Clara, a few years ago, Amelia can't handle any more change. But when she starts eighth grade, she accidentally receives a letter that Clara h... read more

Erin has 4 reviews





Riya A.

Riya A.

Jul, 2019

Erin did an amazing job proofreading my manuscript. During the proofreading process, she made several corrections that significantly improved the readability of my book. All queries were highlighted and accompanied by thorough explanations and recommendations. Erin completed the proofread on time and was generously flexible with my scheduling, which helped a lot! Her communications were timel...
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Dylan P.

Dylan P.

May, 2019

Having someone tell you what's wrong with your writing can be scary, but Erin brought a positivity and professionalism to the process that was energizing. She somehow managed to build my confidence in my work, while also pushing me to a better overall manuscript. Her insights were invaluable! I would absolutely recommend Erin for anyone in need of a great editor, and she will be my first stop f...
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Sass S.

Sass S.

Feb, 2019

Erin is professional and gives good pointers when making a review of my novel. Her experience in the business is what I needed in order to see the loopholes in my novel. Being a noob in the business, she was patient and kind towards all my inquiries and took her time to ensure I understood that aspect. Though we may have our creative differences towards envisioning a story, she is respectful a...
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John M.

John M.

Dec, 2018

Erin did an excellent job with the edits she did to my stories. I couldn't be happier. I would love to work with her again in the future because she went above and beyond to make my stories that much better. Thank you, Erin!
Erin B.
Thanks, John - it was so nice to work with you, and best of luck as you move forward with these stories!

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