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Jenn Bailey

Jenn Bailey - Editor

Leawood, KS, United States

Experienced editor of picture books as well as MG/YA. Specializes in humor, fantasy, and science fiction.

Overview

Editors and agents always want to see your first 10 pages and you've polished them to a high shine. Now, how about the rest of your book?

I have been a professional editor and writer for the last nine years, and have my Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. I have edited and consulted on picture books, middle grade, and young adult in the sub genres of contemporary, sci-fi/fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction, and humor.

I offer a deep and thorough critique, targeting elements of plot, structure, pacing, characterization, and agency.
I have traveled the path from newbie writer to published author and understand that truly beneficial critique balances encouragement with straight-forward speaking. I know the struggles writers have--with time, perseverance, and confidence--and I feel sure, together, we can push through those, and any other, issues.

Not many freelance editors take on picture books, but I love them. I feel they are one of the most difficult things to write well.

Besides being a working author, I am also a reader for acquiring agents and a sensitivity reader specializing in Autism/Aspergers.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Fantasy Humor & Comedy Mashups Science Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Certifications

  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Fine Arts, (Master's Thesis on Making the Reader Your Accomplice)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Film, Boston University
  • Annual One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) contest and scholarship judge

Awards

  • Candlewick Picture Book Award
  • Beyond Words Scholarship
  • Alumni Gift Award
  • Ham Humor Award and Scholarship

Work experience

Editor

Olsson Associates
December, 2016 – Present (about 1 year)

Editor for a full-time engineering and design consulting firm.

Freelance Editor and Writer

JennBailey Editorial Services
January, 2010 – Present (almost 8 years)

Jenn Bailey has been a freelance writer since 2008 and a freelance editor since 2010. As a working author represented by The Stimola Literary Studio, Jenn understands the process, the pitfalls, and the promise of the writer's path. Jenn offers a deep and thorough critique, targeting elements of plot, structure, pacing, characterization, and agency.

President

Self-employed
May, 2008 – Present (over 9 years)

The Social Lites is a social media consulting firm specializing in teaching social media to authors. Jenn has been a workshop leader and conference speaker at such events as SCBWI- LA National Conference, SCBWI-NY National Conference, Regional SCBWI events and conferences, and Chicks-Who-Click. Jenn is a founding member and first advocacy chair for the Social Media Club of Kansas City.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Runt The Hunted

Daniel Schwabauer

This unique retelling of the ancient story of David & Saul picks upwhere the award-winning Runt the Brave left off. The undergroundmouse city of Tira-Nor is threatened by the cunning rat warrior Kreeg and his cutthroats. Only JaRed the `Runt’ recognizes the danger. But he’s been driven into exile, rejected by the very mice he once saved. Beset by enemies, JaRed is about to discover the truth a... read more

This unique retelling of the ancient story of David & Saul picks upwhere the award-winning Runt the Brave left off. The undergroundmouse city of Tira-Nor is threatened by the cunning rat warrior Kreeg and his cutthroats. Only JaRed the `Runt’ recognizes the danger. But he’s been driven into exile, rejected by the very mice he once saved. Beset by enemies, JaRed is about to discover the truth a... read more

Curse of the Seer (Legends of Tira-Nor)

Daniel Schwabauer

Everyone thinks Eli is afraid of the dark, and they’re right. But it’s not because he can’t see in the dark; it’s because he can. After his father is murdered by kingsguard mice, Eli is tortured and condemned to death. With the help of Tira-Nor’s old seer, AlBaer, Eli escapes his executioners and discovers that his mother, who was sold into slavery in Cadrid years before, may still be alive. F... read more

Everyone thinks Eli is afraid of the dark, and they’re right. But it’s not because he can’t see in the dark; it’s because he can. After his father is murdered by kingsguard mice, Eli is tortured and condemned to death. With the help of Tira-Nor’s old seer, AlBaer, Eli escapes his executioners and discovers that his mother, who was sold into slavery in Cadrid years before, may still be alive. F... read more

Whisper Island

Anola Pickett

It's 1913, and 12-year-old Primmy's greatest wish is to join the US Life Savers Service. But there's only one problem---girls aren't allowed. Receiving little encouragement from family and friends, Primmy does everything she can to change their minds and make her dream come true. You'll be rooting for Primmy every step of the way in this charming coming-of-age story!

It's 1913, and 12-year-old Primmy's greatest wish is to join the US Life Savers Service. But there's only one problem---girls aren't allowed. Receiving little encouragement from family and friends, Primmy does everything she can to change their minds and make her dream come true. You'll be rooting for Primmy every step of the way in this charming coming-of-age story!

Callahan Crossroads

Anola Pickett

It's the summer of 1918, and all twelve-year-old George Callahan wants to do is hunt for spies with his best friend. But with America at war, the Callahan family is facing new challenges on all fronts. Thoughtfully researched, beautifully written, and filled with historic detail, this heartwarming family drama is an instant classic both children and adults will enjoy.

It's the summer of 1918, and all twelve-year-old George Callahan wants to do is hunt for spies with his best friend. But with America at war, the Callahan family is facing new challenges on all fronts. Thoughtfully researched, beautifully written, and filled with historic detail, this heartwarming family drama is an instant classic both children and adults will enjoy.

Inherit the Stars

Tessa Elwood

LOVE AND LOYALTY. As the youngest daughter of the House of Fane, Asa lives every day of her life in honor of both, for herself and her people. But as her kingdom's food and energy crisis peaks, Asa must find more to fuel Fane's survival.Taking the place of her older sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the prosperous House of Westlet, seems like a straightforward solution. Fo... read more

LOVE AND LOYALTY. As the youngest daughter of the House of Fane, Asa lives every day of her life in honor of both, for herself and her people. But as her kingdom's food and energy crisis peaks, Asa must find more to fuel Fane's survival.Taking the place of her older sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the prosperous House of Westlet, seems like a straightforward solution. Fo... read more

No Tooting at Tea

Alastair Heim

Tea parties have certain rules. You must lay your napkin carefully in your lap, say "please" and "thank you," and sip, not slurp, your tea. But SOMEONE at this tea party keeps breaking a very important rule—NO TOOTING! Will this tea party be ruined? And WHO keeps tooting, anyway? A charming and hilarious take on sibling dynamics that plays against gender expectations and has huge kid appeal. A... read more

Tea parties have certain rules. You must lay your napkin carefully in your lap, say "please" and "thank you," and sip, not slurp, your tea. But SOMEONE at this tea party keeps breaking a very important rule—NO TOOTING! Will this tea party be ruined? And WHO keeps tooting, anyway? A charming and hilarious take on sibling dynamics that plays against gender expectations and has huge kid appeal. A... read more

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