Children's Developmental Editing Services

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Kate

Kate

Baltimore, United States

Former S&S editor w/15+ yrs experience editing NYT bestselling & award-winning authors such as Nova Ren Suma & Kekla Magoon.


Work experience:

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

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Book Coaching

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

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
  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment 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

Julia

Julia

Charleston, SC, United States

Line and copy editor, with content capabilities. I have the most experience in nonfiction, but my favorite edits are middle grade and YA.


Work experience:

  • The History Press
  • Newgen KnowledgeWorks
  • Amnet

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, Health & Wellbeing, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Children's

Julie

Julie

New York, United States

I'm an editor with nearly two decades of experience in publishing, most recently at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Work experience:

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Story, Middle Grade, Children's, Mystery & Crime, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Dystopian

Jenn

Jenn

Leawood, KS, United States

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


Work experience:

  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading Query Letter Review

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

Gene

Gene

Houston, United States

Creative, experienced editor of novels, children's books, and poetry. Let's prepare your manuscript for publication together.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Uptown Stories
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Scholastic
  • HarperEntertainment
  • Daniel Weiss Associates/17th Street Productions
  • Denver Quarterly
  • San Jacinto College South

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, LGBTQ Fiction, Middle Grade, Children's, Comics & Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Poetry, Literary Fiction

Sean

Sean

Denton, TX, United States

Editor of bestselling, award-winning middle grade, YA, and adult books, specializing in fantasy and sci-fi. Let's make your book stand out!


Work experience:

  • Andrea Hurst and Associates, LLC
  • Self-employed
  • Andrea Hurst and Associates
  • Relay Publishing, LLC
  • The Editorial Department

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Middle Grade, Children's, Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade Fantasy

Maxine

Maxine

Austin, TX, USA

Empathetic editor specializing in children's picture books. Industry expertise beyond editorial, formerly in publicity and literary agency.


Work experience:

  • Callisto Media
  • HarperOne

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, Children’s Non-Fiction, Health & Wellbeing, Picture Books, Children's, Fiction

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Hire the best children's book developmental editors


Congratulations! You’ve finished writing your children’s book, and wrapped it up by typing “THE END”! Now the real challenge starts: editing everything that you’ve written.


The editing process always begins with the developmental edit, which is a thorough review of your story’s “big picture,” from its structure to its characters to its pace. This is arguably the most important stage of editing — which is why you may want to consider hiring a children’s book developmental editor. These developmental editors have the experience and knowledge to make sure that your story is structurally sound and wonderfully readable by the time it hits the shelves.


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