Jean Li Spencer

Jean Li Spencer – Editor

SHE/THEY▪ Former editorial assistant at Big Five children's imprint ▪ Sub reader ▪ Editorial development ▪ YA, MG, and PB ▪ Educator


Former editorial assistant to the publisher at Big Five children's imprint. We Need Diverse Books grant recipient '21. My background is in evaluating mss for senior editorial leadership, writing reader's reports, author care, and drafting editorial letters. I have worked with NYTimes bestselling, award-winning authors, and debut talent, on stories that range from silly underpants-wearing dogs to sparkling vampire covens. I have also been a sub reader for lit agents and continue to offer part-time services.

I am dedicated to helping first-time authors at the early to mid-stages of story development as they prepare to query! I am most adept at working on picture books, MG, and YA (fantasy, romance). My approach depends on your greatest needs. I am honest and strive to offer what I think will make your story stand out. Every experience is tailored to the project. I communicate best through written comments and phone calls. If that sounds like your cup of tea– brew a piping hot mug and let's chat!

Children’s Non-Fiction
Coming of Age Fantasy LGBTQ Fiction Young Adult
English (US)

Work experience

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Aug, 2021 — Jun, 2022 (10 months)

Managed projects and editorially assisted Publisher, Executive Editor, and Executive Editor of children's books. Key editorial contributor for bestselling authors and projects including Stephenie Meyer, Kwame Alexander, Mary Ann Hoberman, Todd Parr, Adalyn Grace, Christine L. Herman, Dan Santat, the Bush sisters, and more.

Random House Children's Books

Jun, 2021 — Aug, 2021 (2 months)

Ayesha Pande Literary Management

Mar, 2021 — Jun, 2021 (3 months)

Metamorphosis Literary Agency

Jan, 2021 — Jun, 2021 (5 months)

GenerAsians Magazine (Wellesley College)

Sep, 2019 — Jun, 2021 (over 1 year)

Jean Li has 1 review





Gretchen P.

Gretchen P.

Aug, 2022

Jean Li was exactly what I needed as I prepare for my first time entering the query stage. Jean Li provided helpful editing feedback and supplied me with a list to help me get started with my queries.

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