JANE DE ROUSSAN

JANE DE ROUSSAN - Editor

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I have 32 years of editing and publishing children's books in Montreal. As a retired publisher, I would love to help craft your next book.

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Overview

As a former children's book publisher I chose, helped develop and edited stories by Canadian and American authors. The stories we published ranged from pre-k to Young Adult. YA authors were especially fun to work with, perhaps because they gave me a glimpse into the sensibilities of a generation about to come of age. Their teenage characters' personas were jagged yet filled with innocent hope, dark yet touched with a lightness of being. As a mother of two sons, I found the child-raising experience essential to understanding why kids love a certain kind of story while rejecting others; and what boys like to read!

I have a lengthy experience editing ESL texts. I am sensitive to the specific challenges a writer may have when writing in English as their second language. Sometimes syntax, sometimes vocabulary or grammar might need a slight correction. More importantly, I am attuned to cultural nuances and always maintain that important <je ne sais quoi> quality that endows the writing with a distinct and <sympathtique> flavor. I consider myself an international editor, having resided in cities like Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Berlin, and Montreal. I have Iived for a lengthy period of time in Madison, WI, and studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I am comfortable editing fiction for all ages. I have always been an avid reader of world literature and earned degrees in English Literature and Sociology. I am a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, where I was born, with a pied-a-terre in France. My years as an outsider have given me a unique perspective. I may unintentionally bring this ineffable quality to my craft as an editor. I consider a certain world-weariness an asset! Authors have told me I am easy to work with, calm, and accessible. I am a discerning reader so I expect writers to push beyond their boundaries. When the epiphany or the magic of writing takes wing, the story propels itself forward. I cannot wait to work with you!


“I found Jane to be an insightful and sensitive editor in dealing with my non-fiction work. As I’m a neophyte in fiction, I especially appreciate the fact that she catches issues in characterization, in story structure, in continuity, and in emotional content.”
Richard Boileau, Author

'I have really been blessed to have you as an editor, Jane. I have recommended you and Reedsy to a group of children’s book authors I zoom with regularly. You are DYNAMITE!"
Mary Jane Overall, Author


Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Fiction
African American Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Reader

Self-employed
January, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

I mainly read manuscripts for the quality of ideas and writing style. I make suggestions on how to improve a story or text for eventual submission.

Owner, editor and translator

Roussan Editeur Inc.
September, 1983 – May, 2017 (over 33 years)

Together with my late husband Jacques de Roussan—author, art critic, and historian—we founded a publishing company. In the first few years, we concentrated on coffee table art albums featuring Quebec artists. I translated the majority of them from French to English so they each had a side-by-side bilingual text. In addition, I worked on the layout and color reproduction of the albums.
Later, in 1989, I formed a children’s book division that emphasized and published first-time authors. We gained recognition early on for our willingness to take a risk at publishing unknown writers. Many of the books we published also were partially illustrated stories for the pre-kindergarten through YA readership. My principal role was to choose the manuscripts to be published and do substantive and developmental editing. The excellent storylines and quality of production were recognized by the wider publishing industry and the Arts Council of Canada in the form of annual grants. Our books often received excellent reviews in Quill & Quire and the press.
After my publishing partner and husband passed away, I closed the doors to the children's books division in 2005. The majority of our author list was picked up by other established children's book publishers in Canada and the US. The French art division continued to publish until 2019.

Editor

C.D. Howe Institute
August, 1982 – August, 1983 (about 1 year)

C.D Howe is a highly regarded think tank for which I edited policy papers and books targeted for the Canadian and provincial government political influencers. I left the company when it moved from Montreal, where I lived, to Toronto.

Editor

Optimum Publishing
May, 1980 – June, 1983 (about 3 years)

I edited and/or proofread non-fiction books that included tourist and parenting guides. I also read the manuscripts and publishing proposals that were submitted for consideration.

Book Reviewer

The Montreal Gazette
January, 1975 – January, 1976 (about 1 year)

I was one of the reviewers for The Montreal Gazette that publishes a daily and still exists today. My specialty was adult fiction. I left the newspaper when I started working for a publisher due to potential conflicts of interest.

Senior Editor

Tundra Books/Les livres Toundra
March, 1974 – January, 1980 (almost 6 years)

Tundra Books is the oldest publisher of children's books in Canada. To this day it relies on beautiful art and illustrations to identify itself. It is currently the children's book imprint of Penguin Random House of Toronto.

The first to introduce board books for babies and toddlers, owner May Cutler in the early 1970s believed that by creating a baby-resistant format of "tiny books for tiny hands", children would gain a sensibility both for books and an artist's bright colors to carry them into their adult years. Tundra cultivated a long list of Quebec and Canadian painters who created unique stories for pre-schoolers through the middle grades accompanied by their art. I edited and worked with designers on many books, including adult non-fiction, during my tenure there.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Lumberjack

Kurelek, William

A Prairie Boy's Summer

Kurelek, William

Necky the Fix-it Kid

Frances Vellutini

What happens when an imaginative, confident young dinosaur is faced with a messy room? To the delight of his parents, he remembers his own skills and uses his knack for innovation to put his problem solving to the test. With a clean room, and strong self-confidence, Necky the dinosaur is ready to take on whatever problems may come his way.

What happens when an imaginative, confident young dinosaur is faced with a messy room? To the delight of his parents, he remembers his own skills and uses his knack for innovation to put his problem solving to the test. With a clean room, and strong self-confidence, Necky the dinosaur is ready to take on whatever problems may come his way.

The Great Escape- book 1 of serial Good Boy, Ingo

Lani Gavin

In the World of the imaginary Eastern Block Morania, in the old communist regime years, Ingo—the whimsical protagonist—brings to light with innocence, charm, and humor the socio-political reality and inevitable conflicts. His mother told him, his goal in life should be to have the companionship, friendship, and love of a good master. Blessed with The Gift of understanding human speech—a touch ... read more

In the World of the imaginary Eastern Block Morania, in the old communist regime years, Ingo—the whimsical protagonist—brings to light with innocence, charm, and humor the socio-political reality and inevitable conflicts. His mother told him, his goal in life should be to have the companionship, friendship, and love of a good master. Blessed with The Gift of understanding human speech—a touch ... read more

I Forgot to Love Her

Collins, Kenesha

Long Hard Road to Eden

Ezegbunam, Leonard

The Purple Mouse

Drotts, Melonie, Perevalova, Anna

Adventures in Big Bend National Park

Stuart, Dana, Turu, Denise

Fox Mykyta / Lys Mykyta (Ivan Franko's Ukrainian Classic)

Bohdan Melnyk, Ivan Franko, William Kurelek

Helen Gougeon's Original Canadian Cookbook

Gougeon, Helen, Italiano, Carlo

Grandma Salt

Soubhie, Nadia

JANE has 40 reviews

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Alexandra Leach
Jane was an absolute delight to work with (I think she’d approve of my adverb here 😊). The collaboration process was both painless and instructive. As writers, I know how attached we can get to characters and even simple words and phrases. I typically prioritize story-line over conciseness and lean a bit on the wordy side. Jane was able to help me with the shortcomings that I was aware of as we...
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Alexandra Leach, June 2022


Joel Stetler
Her input was so helpful and prompt. I would definitely recommend!

Joel Stetler, June 2022


Heather Pond
Jane was terrific! Her guidance for a newbie like myself has been invaluable. Looking forward to continuing our relationship in the fall!

Heather Pond, June 2022


Charlotte Philtjens
Jane was easy to work with and flexible. She kept my story personal which was the most important part for my project.

Charlotte Philtjens, May 2022


Linda Gruenberg
Jane was wonderful as always. She gave me insight into my story and brought it up a level or two from where it had been. She's easy to work with. I highly recommend her.

Linda Gruenberg, May 2022

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