Heather Alexander

Heather Alexander - Editor

New York, United States

Children's book and kidlit editor specializing in picture books, middle grade, young adult and graphic novels.

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For ten years, I’ve worked as an editor and agent at Penguin Random House and Pippin Properties in children’s book publishing, shaping stories into the best books they can be. I have worked with many award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors and illustrators, and my tastes run the gamut from literary to commercial, including contemporary, non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and historical. I live in New York City, where I love to explore everything.

Testimonials:
"Editors are the unsung heroes who make books happen, and Heather made it happen for Nerve and Charisma. Her publishing savvy, craft expertise, and kind-but-firm feedback were instrumental in getting my stories onto shelves." —Jeanne Ryan, author of New York Times best seller Nerve

"Heather is a master of the big picture. Her ability to see what a book needs on a macro level—whether it's character development, an additional plotline, or a place you need to cut back—is beyond impressive. I thank my lucky stars for the day I met her." — Jilly Gagnon, author of #famous

"Heather was an incredibly calm coach. She kept me focused on big goals and helped shape my newest book into something fantastic. This is why I will be dedicating that book to her and my Scholastic team, both of whom guided and nurtured the concept along, making it stronger and stronger at each step. Her input, confidence and guidance was invaluable. And she has an amazing hairdo. I wish we could trade hair for one week." —Darren Farrell, author and illustrator of Thank You, Octopus and Stop Following Me, Moon!

"Heather was the editor for my debut picture book as author/illustrator, and we have worked together on many other projects. She is fun to work with, has a keen eye for plot flaws and makes precise remarks while allowing you to be yourself creatively. Her many years of experience as editor and agent, combined with her passion for editing and knowledge of the industry, make Heather one of the best allies a writer can ask for." —Vin Vogel, author and illustrator of The Thing About Yetis

"I had an amazing experience working with Heather. She let me be me; she trusted me with my ideas and writing style. She never imposed her ideas but helped me improve mine. Eventually Heather helped me get my very first book deal, a three book contract with Disney!" —A.N. Kang, author and illustrator of The Very Fluffy Kitty Papillon

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Executive Editor

Audible
March, 2017 – Present (over 1 year)

I work with authors and producers to create original audio content for kids. Think of it as the bridge between books and television. Some of it is single narrator, novel style, some of it is scripted, it's all a ton of fun! I am creating works with Jack Gantos, Julie Berry, Ally Carter, Chris Grabenstein, Jessica Khoury, Lee Bacon, DJ MacHale, and many middle-grade greats.

President | Editor

Self-employed
November, 2016 – Present (almost 2 years)

Literary Agent

Pippin Properties
May, 2014 – November, 2016 (over 2 years)

Literary agent representing authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels.

Associate Editor

Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House
December, 2007 – May, 2014 (over 6 years)

Editor working with authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels.

Portfolio (26 selected works)

Sanity & Tallulah

Molly Brooks

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long... read more

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long... read more

Letter Town: A Seek-and-Find Alphabet Adventure

Darren Farrell

Excuse me friend, have you yet seen the home of the alphabet?Come with me, I’ll show you aroundthis lovely place called Letter Town.Follow Bus Driver B through the jam-packed pages full of letters at work and play in a town unlike any other. From Avenue A to Zoo Z, there's always something to spot and see in Letter Town. Each bus stop reveals a new part of the town, while the bouncy rhyming na... read more

Excuse me friend, have you yet seen the home of the alphabet?Come with me, I’ll show you aroundthis lovely place called Letter Town.Follow Bus Driver B through the jam-packed pages full of letters at work and play in a town unlike any other. From Avenue A to Zoo Z, there's always something to spot and see in Letter Town. Each bus stop reveals a new part of the town, while the bouncy rhyming na... read more

Bob and Joss Get Lost!

Peter McCleery

Perfect for fans of I’m Bored, Bob and Joss Get Lost! is a hilarious story about two friends who get shipwrecked on what may or may not be a deserted island.“I’m bored,” Bob said, “Let’s do something.”“Let’s take a boat trip,” said Joss.“We will get lost,” said Bob.We won’t get lost,” said Joss.From debut author Peter McCleery and esteemed children’s book illustrator Vin Vogel comes a fun, com... read more

Perfect for fans of I’m Bored, Bob and Joss Get Lost! is a hilarious story about two friends who get shipwrecked on what may or may not be a deserted island.“I’m bored,” Bob said, “Let’s do something.”“Let’s take a boat trip,” said Joss.“We will get lost,” said Bob.We won’t get lost,” said Joss.From debut author Peter McCleery and esteemed children’s book illustrator Vin Vogel comes a fun, com... read more

#famous

Jilly Gagnon

Debut author Jilly Gagnon bursts onto the scene with a story equal parts bite and romance, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Jennifer E. Smith, about falling for someone in front of everyone. In this modern day love story: Girl likes boy. Girl snaps photo and posts it online. Boy becomes insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent photo turns into a whirlwind adventure that forces them bo... read more

Debut author Jilly Gagnon bursts onto the scene with a story equal parts bite and romance, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Jennifer E. Smith, about falling for someone in front of everyone. In this modern day love story: Girl likes boy. Girl snaps photo and posts it online. Boy becomes insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent photo turns into a whirlwind adventure that forces them bo... read more

Nerve

Jeanne Ryan

The New York Times bestseller is now a major motion picture starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, in theaters this July! A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy,... read more

The New York Times bestseller is now a major motion picture starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, in theaters this July! A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy,... read more

Charisma

Jeanne Ryan

A heartracing thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of NERVE, the book that launched the major motion picture! Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The med... read more

A heartracing thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of NERVE, the book that launched the major motion picture! Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The med... read more

CatStronauts: Mission Moon

Drew Brockington

CatStronauts, you are needed! When the world is thrust into darkness due to a global energy shortage, the Worlds Best Scientist comes up with a bold plan to set up a solar power plant on the moon. But someone has to go up there to set it up, and that adventure falls to the CatStronauts, the best space cats on the planet! Meet the fearless commander Major Meowser, brave-but-hungry pilot Waffles... read more

CatStronauts, you are needed! When the world is thrust into darkness due to a global energy shortage, the Worlds Best Scientist comes up with a bold plan to set up a solar power plant on the moon. But someone has to go up there to set it up, and that adventure falls to the CatStronauts, the best space cats on the planet! Meet the fearless commander Major Meowser, brave-but-hungry pilot Waffles... read more

CatStronauts: Race to Mars

Drew Brockington

In the sequel to CatStronauts: Mission Moon, your favorite elite group of cat astronauts are thrust into the space-race of the century! Fresh off of their heroic mission to save the world, the CatStronauts--Major Meowser, Pom Pom, Blanket and Waffles--are taking a well deserved victory lap. Parades and fancy awards dinners are the new norm! But around the world, other cat space programs are wa... read more

In the sequel to CatStronauts: Mission Moon, your favorite elite group of cat astronauts are thrust into the space-race of the century! Fresh off of their heroic mission to save the world, the CatStronauts--Major Meowser, Pom Pom, Blanket and Waffles--are taking a well deserved victory lap. Parades and fancy awards dinners are the new norm! But around the world, other cat space programs are wa... read more

My Family for the War

Anne C. Voorhoeve

Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder medal for most oustanding children's book in translation.Escaping Nazi Germany on the kindertransport changes one girl's life foreverAt the start of World War II, ten-year-old Franziska Mangold is torn from her family when she boards the kindertransport in Berlin, the train that secretly took nearly 10,000 children out of Nazi territory to safety in England.... read more

Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder medal for most oustanding children's book in translation.Escaping Nazi Germany on the kindertransport changes one girl's life foreverAt the start of World War II, ten-year-old Franziska Mangold is torn from her family when she boards the kindertransport in Berlin, the train that secretly took nearly 10,000 children out of Nazi territory to safety in England.... read more

Tracked

Jenny Martin

The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles ... read more

The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles ... read more

Papillon, Book 1 The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon

A. N. Kang

Papillon is a very fluffy kitty. So fluffy that he's lighter than air! His owner tries to weigh him down, but Papillon just wants to fly. One particularly sunny day, he floats right out the window! Exploring the wide world is exhilarating, but it's also a little scary. Will his new friend, a bird, be able to help him find his way home?Whimsical art and airy text come together seamlessly in thi... read more

Papillon is a very fluffy kitty. So fluffy that he's lighter than air! His owner tries to weigh him down, but Papillon just wants to fly. One particularly sunny day, he floats right out the window! Exploring the wide world is exhilarating, but it's also a little scary. Will his new friend, a bird, be able to help him find his way home?Whimsical art and airy text come together seamlessly in thi... read more

Pablo and Birdy

Alison McGhee

A boy who drifted into the seaside town of Isla as a baby searches for answers about where he and his parrot came from in this charmer of a tale laced with magical realism from New York Times bestselling author Alison McGhee.The seaside town of Isla has many stories, the most notable being the legend of the Seafaring Parrot. Locals claim that the Seafarer remembers every sound, every whisper, ... read more

A boy who drifted into the seaside town of Isla as a baby searches for answers about where he and his parrot came from in this charmer of a tale laced with magical realism from New York Times bestselling author Alison McGhee.The seaside town of Isla has many stories, the most notable being the legend of the Seafaring Parrot. Locals claim that the Seafarer remembers every sound, every whisper, ... read more

The Thing About Yetis

Vin Vogel

Introducing Yeti, a fuzzy and sweet new character whose story is perfect for summer, winter, and all the seasons in between! Everyone knows yetis love winter. They love snowball fights and hot chocolate and sledding and building snow castles. But even yetis get the shivers, and even yetis get crabby from all the cold. So here’s a secret about yetis: sometimes they miss summer. Sometimes, they ... read more

Introducing Yeti, a fuzzy and sweet new character whose story is perfect for summer, winter, and all the seasons in between! Everyone knows yetis love winter. They love snowball fights and hot chocolate and sledding and building snow castles. But even yetis get the shivers, and even yetis get crabby from all the cold. So here’s a secret about yetis: sometimes they miss summer. Sometimes, they ... read more

Bedtime for Yeti

Vin Vogel

Snuggle up with this sweet bedtime story about friendship and bravery that’s sure to give you the warm fuzzies. Yeti loves his stuffed toy Chunk. They play together all day and snuggle up under the covers each night. But when Chunk goes missing, Yeti has to go to bed alone in the shadowy dark. Unless, of course, he can summon all his courage to stage a dramatic rescue—Yeti-style! This is the s... read more

Snuggle up with this sweet bedtime story about friendship and bravery that’s sure to give you the warm fuzzies. Yeti loves his stuffed toy Chunk. They play together all day and snuggle up under the covers each night. But when Chunk goes missing, Yeti has to go to bed alone in the shadowy dark. Unless, of course, he can summon all his courage to stage a dramatic rescue—Yeti-style! This is the s... read more

Peace is an Offering

Annette LeBox

A warm, comforting poem about finding peace in a community of neighbors Peace is an offering.A muffin or a peach.A birthday invitation.A trip to the beach.Join this group of neighborhood children as they find love in everyday things—in sunlight shining through the leaves and cookies shared with friends—and learn that peace is all around, if you just look for it. With rhyming verse and soft ill... read more

A warm, comforting poem about finding peace in a community of neighbors Peace is an offering.A muffin or a peach.A birthday invitation.A trip to the beach.Join this group of neighborhood children as they find love in everyday things—in sunlight shining through the leaves and cookies shared with friends—and learn that peace is all around, if you just look for it. With rhyming verse and soft ill... read more

Circle of Cranes

Annette LeBox

A lyrical fantasy blending fairy tale elements with contemporary issues Thirteen-year-old Suyin is a poor orphan who has a strange gift with languages and a mysterious connection to the cranes in her small Chinese village. When a shady human trafficker arrives promising luxury and riches beyond belief in America, the villagers elect Suyin - whom they consider lucky - to go as their benefactres... read more

A lyrical fantasy blending fairy tale elements with contemporary issues Thirteen-year-old Suyin is a poor orphan who has a strange gift with languages and a mysterious connection to the cranes in her small Chinese village. When a shady human trafficker arrives promising luxury and riches beyond belief in America, the villagers elect Suyin - whom they consider lucky - to go as their benefactres... read more

Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!

Scott Mccormick

Fans of Bad Kitty, Wimpy Kid, and Fly Guy will love this brand new graphic novel chapter books series!Meet Mr. Pants! It’s the last day of summer, which means the last chance for fun, and he really, really wants to play laser tag. But his sisters have other ideas—the Fairy Princess Dream Factory? Gah! Good thing Mr. Pants knows how to get what he wants—and have a blast doing it.

Fans of Bad Kitty, Wimpy Kid, and Fly Guy will love this brand new graphic novel chapter books series!Meet Mr. Pants! It’s the last day of summer, which means the last chance for fun, and he really, really wants to play laser tag. But his sisters have other ideas—the Fairy Princess Dream Factory? Gah! Good thing Mr. Pants knows how to get what he wants—and have a blast doing it.

Mr. Pants: Slacks, Camera, Action!

Scott Mccormick

Mr. Pants is a hilarious comic book style chapter book series, perfect for fans of Bad Kitty and Fly Guy!Mr. Pants only has a few hours to make a movie with his sisters if they’re going to win the filmmaking contest and get a trip to Hawaii. Why do dumb things like chores and tea parties always get in the way? With a little creative thinking, and a big dose of goofball personality, the cats ge... read more

Mr. Pants is a hilarious comic book style chapter book series, perfect for fans of Bad Kitty and Fly Guy!Mr. Pants only has a few hours to make a movie with his sisters if they’re going to win the filmmaking contest and get a trip to Hawaii. Why do dumb things like chores and tea parties always get in the way? With a little creative thinking, and a big dose of goofball personality, the cats ge... read more

Mr. Pants: Trick or Feet!

Scott Mccormick

Trick-or-treat with some seriously clever cats in this Halloween installment of the series perfect for fans of Bad Kitty and Squish! When Mr. Pants and his sisters find themselves snowed in at the airport on Halloween night, it looks like their plans for the best Halloween ever are about to go belly-up. But Mr. Pants is not a cat that gives up easily. And so with a little creativity, a lot of ... read more

Trick-or-treat with some seriously clever cats in this Halloween installment of the series perfect for fans of Bad Kitty and Squish! When Mr. Pants and his sisters find themselves snowed in at the airport on Halloween night, it looks like their plans for the best Halloween ever are about to go belly-up. But Mr. Pants is not a cat that gives up easily. And so with a little creativity, a lot of ... read more

Mr. Pants: Camping Catastrophe!

Scott Mccormick

Three goofy cats explore the great outdoors in book four of this hilarious graphic chapter book series, perfect for fans of Squish and Bad Kitty! Mr. Pants really wants to be a Rugged Ranger—or so he thinks. Shooting bows and arrows sounds like tons of fun, but hiking and camping? Not so much. His sister Foot Foot, on the other hand, can’t wait to test out her wilderness skills. There’s just o... read more

Three goofy cats explore the great outdoors in book four of this hilarious graphic chapter book series, perfect for fans of Squish and Bad Kitty! Mr. Pants really wants to be a Rugged Ranger—or so he thinks. Shooting bows and arrows sounds like tons of fun, but hiking and camping? Not so much. His sister Foot Foot, on the other hand, can’t wait to test out her wilderness skills. There’s just o... read more

The Spider Ring

Andrew Harwell

A powerful ring. A dangerous web.When Maria inherits a strange, spider-shaped ring from her grandmother, she doesn't realize she's also inheriting a strange power -- the power to control spiders and have them do whatever she wants. This is a pretty cool thing when it comes to fetching objects from another room . . . or if Maria wants to use the spiders to get back at some mean kids in her clas... read more

A powerful ring. A dangerous web.When Maria inherits a strange, spider-shaped ring from her grandmother, she doesn't realize she's also inheriting a strange power -- the power to control spiders and have them do whatever she wants. This is a pretty cool thing when it comes to fetching objects from another room . . . or if Maria wants to use the spiders to get back at some mean kids in her clas... read more

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Laurel Long

The astounding talent of Laurel Long brings this beloved song to life with breathtaking style. Set against a lush countryside, each day brings a new gift elegantly rendered. And like in the verses of the song, the previous gifts are repeated in every illustration, giving this striking artwork a hidden aspect, culminating in a staggering spread featuring them all. Readers will pore over every p... read more

The astounding talent of Laurel Long brings this beloved song to life with breathtaking style. Set against a lush countryside, each day brings a new gift elegantly rendered. And like in the verses of the song, the previous gifts are repeated in every illustration, giving this striking artwork a hidden aspect, culminating in a staggering spread featuring them all. Readers will pore over every p... read more

Manners Mash-Up: A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior

To pick, or not to pick? This etiquette question and loads more are answered in fourteen hilarious spreads by fourteen talented, well-loved artists. Each spread illustrates a setting from kids' everyday lives (and the potential blunders they may commit there) and the text emphasizes the right behavior. From the dinner table to the doctor's office, from the playground to the pool, this irrevere... read more

To pick, or not to pick? This etiquette question and loads more are answered in fourteen hilarious spreads by fourteen talented, well-loved artists. Each spread illustrates a setting from kids' everyday lives (and the potential blunders they may commit there) and the text emphasizes the right behavior. From the dinner table to the doctor's office, from the playground to the pool, this irrevere... read more

Runaway Tomato

Kim Cooley Reeder

For fans of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs comes an action packed picture book with a sweet surprise. Call in the trucks! When a giant tomato breaks loose at the top of a hill, it takes every tractor, fire engine, and helicopter to stop it. Lincoln Agnew's cool, vintage cartoon style is a perfect match for the high-octane action told in catchy rhym... read more

For fans of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs comes an action packed picture book with a sweet surprise. Call in the trucks! When a giant tomato breaks loose at the top of a hill, it takes every tractor, fire engine, and helicopter to stop it. Lincoln Agnew's cool, vintage cartoon style is a perfect match for the high-octane action told in catchy rhym... read more

Stop Following Me, Moon!

Darren Farrell

A hungry bear’s big appetite leads to a lesson about sharing in this silly story perfect for fans of Mo Willems’ Pigeon books Bear is hungry. So hungry that when he spies a squirrel's berry snack, he can't help taking the whole berry bush. Then, when he wanders past a busy beehive, Bear knows he's hit the jackpot. But someone is on to him—the moon! Or so Bear thinks. Before he knows it, Bear i... read more

A hungry bear’s big appetite leads to a lesson about sharing in this silly story perfect for fans of Mo Willems’ Pigeon books Bear is hungry. So hungry that when he spies a squirrel's berry snack, he can't help taking the whole berry bush. Then, when he wanders past a busy beehive, Bear knows he's hit the jackpot. But someone is on to him—the moon! Or so Bear thinks. Before he knows it, Bear i... read more

Hello, My Name Is Tiger

Jennifer P. Goldfinger

A reassuring picture book for back-to-school jitters!Toby likes being a cat more than he likes being a boy. So when it’s time to go to school, he becomes a timid kitten. But when Toby finally gathers the courage to join in with the other kids, he finds out that everything is more fun with friends.From talented author and illustrator Jennifer P. Goldfinger comes this adorable picture book about... read more

A reassuring picture book for back-to-school jitters!Toby likes being a cat more than he likes being a boy. So when it’s time to go to school, he becomes a timid kitten. But when Toby finally gathers the courage to join in with the other kids, he finds out that everything is more fun with friends.From talented author and illustrator Jennifer P. Goldfinger comes this adorable picture book about... read more

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Scott Moore

Amazing. Thoughtful and intelligent notes. Made me dig deeper in a good way. Would definitely work with again. Five stars!

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Scott Moore, September 2017


Scott Vincent

Heather is extremely professional and responsive. Her edits are thoughtful, and she expertly helped streamline my narrative.

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Scott Vincent, August 2017

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