Children's Developmental Editing Services

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Abby

Abby

Portland, United States

Dedicated editor of children's books specializing in middle grade and YA fiction. Worked at HarperCollins, Disney-Hyperion, and Scholastic.


Work experience:

  • HarperCollins
  • Disney-Hyperion
  • Scholastic
  • Abby Ranger Editorial, LLC

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Picture Books, Children's, Fiction, Middle Grade, Children’s Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction, Middle Grade Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult

Jenn

Jenn

Leawood, KS, United States

I am an award-winning author and experienced editor of books for children and young adults. I specialize in humor, fantasy, and scifi.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Proofreading proofreading Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Picture Books, Children's, Action & Adventure, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Children’s Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction

Georgette

Georgette

Carmel, IN, United States

I'm a freelance editor and proofreader who's committed to helping authors produce the best work possible for their audiences.


Work experience:

  • Freelance
  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Scholastic Reading Counts!

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Picture Books, Children's, Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, Health & Wellbeing, Middle Grade, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Education & Reference, Children’s Non-Fiction

Erin

Erin

Los Angeles, United States

Experienced writer, editor and agent with an MFA in Creative Writing. I have experience editing New York Times bestselling authors.


Work experience:

  • The Industry
  • tNY Press
  • Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC
  • EY EDITS

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Proofreading proofreading Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Women's Fiction, Middle Grade, Children's, Fantasy, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade Fantasy, Romance

Kate

Kate

Baltimore, United States

Editor of bestselling and award-winning fiction. Former Big 5 editor. 15 years experience. Specializing in YA, MG, WF & Romance.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Simon & Schuster Children's Books

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment

Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Children's, Magical Realism, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Chick Lit, Women's Fiction

Lindsay

Lindsay

New Jersey, United States

I'm an enthusiastic freelance editor with experience across the industry--bookselling, marketing, publicity, agency, editorial, and writing.


Work experience:

  • Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Margaret K. McElderry Books at Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing Division
  • Abrams Books for Young Readers/Amulet Books
  • Candlewick Press
  • Borders Books and Music
  • Verily Magazine

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult, Picture Books, Children's, Christian Fiction, Women's Fiction, Short Story, Middle Grade, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Neil

Neil

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Getting feedback doesn't have to be an overwhelming experience. I work to ensure your hand is held through every step of the process.


Work experience:

  • Penguin Random House
  • Neil G. Gordon Writing & Editing Services

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult, Humor & Comedy, Picture Books, Children's, Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Business & Management, Health & Wellbeing, Humanities & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Inspirational, Women's Fiction, New Age, Mystery & Crime, Fantasy, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Education & Reference, Science Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Economics

Nevin

Nevin

Portland, OR, United States

My goal is to guide writers to their best work, to coach them in eloquence and clarity, to lead them to their best stories and storytelling.


Work experience:

  • Scholastic
  • Penguin Random House
  • Government Technology magazine
  • Nevin Mays Editorial
  • Green Bean Books
  • Portland State University

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Proofreading proofreading Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Picture Books, Children's, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Children’s Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction

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