Editor of bestselling children's books ready to help you polish and refine your storytelling in kids, romance, and spec-fic. Formerly LBYR.
Stewarded books from submission to publication, working with design, production, marketing, publicity, sales, and other departments, to bring books to market. Provided editorial guidance to authors on board books, picture books, and books for the middle grade and young adult audience. Created book descriptions, metadata, catalog copy, and other title information, and presented books at internal sales conferences.
Before joining the editorial department at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers at Hachette, I was fortunate to be an editorial intern at Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan), a freelance production editor copyediting and proofreading everything from books/ebooks to activity kits at Scholastic, and an editorial reader of romance at Entangled Publishing. I've also interned at literary agencies, including McIntosh & Otis.
I'm one of the founders of Narrate Conferences, a 501(c)3 volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to bringing together readers, writers, academics, and others to discuss topics of interest. Most recently, we've been producing Sirens, a conference that addresses gender and speculative fiction (for all ages). In this role, I manage the attendee-driven programming offerings, which are selected by an independent board, from initial submissions to the final conference schedule, and handle other issues as needed, which have ranged from audio-visual support to bookstore management (time to read a couple hundred books to see what we should stock this year!) to site and author guest speaker selection. I've occasionally presented at this conference on topics such as heteronormativity in young adult fantasy, depictions of princesses in picture books, mentors in middle grade fantasy, horror in children's books, book reviewing, and the acquisitions process for books, including profit and loss statements.
Some of the time, I edit and format the conference compendium for publication; this volunteer role is sometimes shared with others -- we all pitch in! -- and has given me insight into self-publishing processes and providers.
Dave Hansen, March 2023
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A NYT bestselling and award-winning editor of children's and YA/teen fiction with 16 years of experience at Top 5 publishing imprints.
New York City, NY, USA
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