Hillary Godwin

Hillary Godwin - Editor

Northampton, MA, USA

M.A. in Children’s and YA Literature. Experienced, friendly editor with a critical eye and an open mind. Let’s make magic together!

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Overview

I’m an experienced editor with an M.A. in Children’s Literature and a diverse portfolio. While earning my graduate degree I spent a year working at Charlesbridge Publishing, where I helped edit book manuscripts under the personal mentorship of the Associate Publisher. Before that I worked at Possibilities Publishing Company (now Eaton Press), where I first realized I had a knack for this whole editing thing. One of the first books I edited won the 2017 Nautilus Book Award for YA Fiction, and from then on I was hooked. I’ve been editing books for 5+ years now, and recently graduated from my master’s program with a 4.0 GPA. I’ve spent the last three years embroiled in studying children’s literature, which has given me a sharp, fresh, and contemporary perspective. Simply put, I understand the trends, the expectations, and the flow of the publishing industry today, which makes my editing services top-notch in the field.


I’m a friendly, down to earth person with a sense of humor and a critical eye. I specialize in line editing, copyediting, developmental editing, and editorial assessments. Character arcs, plot development, and language crafting are all in my wheelhouse of expertise. I read carefully to make sure the manuscript maintains a sense of cohesive unity, with a strong beginning, middle, and end. From my feedback you can expect small mistakes fixed, along with detailed comments offering suggestions and clarification questions. Preserving your vision is always my primary goal when offering suggestions. Editorial assessments will be thorough and concise. Writing is both an art and a craft, and I want to help make your manuscript something you’ll be proud to publish. I'm keen to work on projects that fall into the categories of young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, and picture books. I also specialize in LGBTQ fiction and adult literary fiction, and am open to working with other genres as well.


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Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from Simmons University (GPA: 4.0)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from Bryn Mawr College (cum laude)

Work experience

Editorial Intern

Charlesbridge Publishing
February, 2019 – February, 2020 (about 1 year)

At Charlesbridge I specialized in editing picture book manuscripts and middle grade manuscripts. At this small publisher I composed developmental edits, line edits, and copy edits for dozens of authors.

Picture Book Editor

Hagley Museum & Library
February, 2020 – November, 2020 (9 months)

Partnered with the museum to edit a historical fiction picture book about a powder mill explosion that led to the creation of the museum. The second half of the book is filled with comprehensive nonfiction back matter about the powder mill. This project required extensive developmental editing, research, fact checking, and line editing.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2018 – Present (almost 4 years)

While working on my master's degree in children's literature, I spent three years freelance editing for colleagues, professors, and published authors. Since earning my graduate degree in May 2021, I have enthusiastically continued my freelance work.

Editor

Possibilities Publishing Company/Eaton Press
October, 2016 – December, 2017 (about 1 year)

Line edited two adult contemporary fiction novels and one young adult fantasy novel. The YA novel (Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters) won the 2017 Nautilus Book Award for YA Fiction.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters

Avampato, Christa, Avampato, Christa

Ten Beautiful Things

Griffin, Molly, Lechuga, Maribel

Rise Up! The Art of Protest

Rippon, Jo, Copeny, Mari

Lola Loves Stories with Daddy (Lola Reads)

McQuinn, Anna, Beardshaw, Rosalind

Valentine's Day Jitters (The Jitters Series)

Danneberg, Julie, Love, Judy

Leo Loves Mommy

McQuinn, Anna, Hearson, Ruth

Leo Loves Daddy

McQuinn, Anna, Hearson, Ruth

A Hundred Weddings

Cruise, Cathy

Plymouth Rocks!: The Stone-Cold Truth

Yolen, Jane, Streed, Sam

The Froggies Do NOT Want to Sleep

Gustavson, Adam, Gustavson, Adam

Dear Diary, It's Me!: Thoughts, Memories, Secrets & Dreams

Petit, Cristina, Fagnani, Francesco, Cimmino, Mirta

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