James Killeen

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NY, USA

Children's editor and author since 2003. Extensive experience working with most children's book formats and related products.

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Since 2003, I’ve been editing and writing children’s content ranging from marketing materials to published books. I am very familiar with the many moving parts of a children’s book project and have developed effective communication skills navigating that landscape. I’m also silly enough to enjoy children’s stories as much as (or more than) my two children, ages 3 and 5. If I don’t make them laugh every day, I’ve failed as a goofball. While children’s stories are (hopefully) be fun and whimsical, the business of creating them properly is a serious one. I aim to never lose my focus on the ultimate goal of children’s books–families spending time reading together with their young children, hopefully laying the foundation for a lifelong reading adventure.

The bulk of my career, thus far, was spent at Nickelodeon, where I edited and approved dozens of licensed books per year (fiction and non-fiction). I grew skilled in writing in the style of Nickelodeon brands, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol, Bubble Guppies, and many more. I’ve written books for Random House and Wiley, as well as countless amounts of marketing copy, book descriptions, and brand presentations. I’ve also worked in concert with consumer products teams on the development and approvals of non-book related products, such as video games, toys, and household items.

As Associate Editor of Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club and Kids’ Book Planet, I became well versed in hundreds of classic children’s books, while also reviewing and buying new titles for our book clubs. I wrote reviews, marketing copy, and “letters from the editor,” which were featured in our monthly catalogs. A former supervisor of mine referred to that job as a “graduate degree in publishing.” I couldn’t agree more, and am lucky to have been part of that team.

I’m happy to say I now work from home in order to focus on writing and freelance creative projects. I am comfortable creating original story ideas and/or working within the guidelines of specific brands/properties. Get in touch and we can chat about what I can help you create.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books

Work experience

Senior Editor

Nickelodeon
September, 2003 – March, 2015 (over 11 years)

Associate Editor

Bookspan/ Children's Book-of-the-Month Club
October, 2003 – September, 2006 (almost 3 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Top of the Class (SpongeBob SquarePants)

Nickelodeon Publishing

Higher education is it a gateway to excellence, or an evil plot to warp your mind? Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants will find out as he completes an advanced fry cook class with a teacher who looks suspiciously like Plankton.

Higher education is it a gateway to excellence, or an evil plot to warp your mind? Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants will find out as he completes an advanced fry cook class with a teacher who looks suspiciously like Plankton.

Dyno Dinosaur Family Christmas Adventures

Sharida McKenzie

Let your child’s imagination run wild in this immersive and delightful collection of Christmas short story picture books starring the Dyno Dinosaur Family! Experience the Christmas spirit with the Dyno family as they laugh, play and celebrate together all while helping Santa and Mrs. Claus prepare presents for all the little girls and boys. The stories and illustrations magnificently capture t... read more

Let your child’s imagination run wild in this immersive and delightful collection of Christmas short story picture books starring the Dyno Dinosaur Family! Experience the Christmas spirit with the Dyno family as they laugh, play and celebrate together all while helping Santa and Mrs. Claus prepare presents for all the little girls and boys. The stories and illustrations magnificently capture t... read more

SpongeBob's Kitchen Mission Cookbook: The Battle for the Best Bites in Bikini Bottom

Nickelodeon

Are you ready, kids? SpongeBob and friends teach you to make awesome (and healthy!) recipes!SpongeBob has been a beloved character on commercial television for more than 10 years. Now, little ones ages 7 to 9 can learn to cook with SpongeBob and friends through their wacky adventures as they battle for the supreme dish in Bikini Bottom. Which recipe will win? Packed with more than 50 clever an... read more

Are you ready, kids? SpongeBob and friends teach you to make awesome (and healthy!) recipes!SpongeBob has been a beloved character on commercial television for more than 10 years. Now, little ones ages 7 to 9 can learn to cook with SpongeBob and friends through their wacky adventures as they battle for the supreme dish in Bikini Bottom. Which recipe will win? Packed with more than 50 clever an... read more

The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience: A Deep Dive into the World of Bikini Bottom

Jerry Beck

This lavish coffee table book delivers an eye-opening behind-the-scenes look at the creation of SpongeBob and all the hard work and creativity that have gone into making him one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time. Featuring in-depth interviews with the cast and crew who bring Bikini Bottom to life, The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience will also include a treasure trove of Spong... read more

This lavish coffee table book delivers an eye-opening behind-the-scenes look at the creation of SpongeBob and all the hard work and creativity that have gone into making him one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time. Featuring in-depth interviews with the cast and crew who bring Bikini Bottom to life, The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience will also include a treasure trove of Spong... read more

Don't Be A Jerk - It's Christmas! (SpongeBob SquarePants)

Nickelodeon Publishing

Christmas -- it's a time for giving, spending time with loved ones, and spreading holiday cheer… but NOT for being a jerk! Sing along as SpongeBob SquarePants and friends take a festive romp through Bikini Bottom set to the lyrics of the hit song, "Don't Be a Jerk — It's Christmas" from the stop-motion sensation, "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"

Christmas -- it's a time for giving, spending time with loved ones, and spreading holiday cheer… but NOT for being a jerk! Sing along as SpongeBob SquarePants and friends take a festive romp through Bikini Bottom set to the lyrics of the hit song, "Don't Be a Jerk — It's Christmas" from the stop-motion sensation, "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"

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Guy Brown

James is one of the best editors on reedsy. He has a lot of great input, and is flexible. Thanks for your help

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Guy Brown, March 2019

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