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Jill Saginario

Jill Saginario - Editor

Brookline, MA, United States

An enthusiastic editor specializing in children's and YA books formerly of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, now an indie kidlit editor. #wndb

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Reviews (5)

Hi. I'm an independent editor focusing on books for young readers from picture books through young adult literature. Having been a bookseller continuously since age 1999, I have deep knowledge of the children's and YA marketplace and what drives people to pick up a book. (I still can't seem to stop working at bookstores. Help!)
I have experience in-house editing with two medium-sized traditional publishers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Candlewick Press. I've also worked with one of the premiere children's/YA-specific literary agencies, Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

I created Pickle Ink Editorial around the time of the #weneeddiversebooks movement to help authors of all backgrounds get published. I am highly passionate about guiding authors writing for the picture book through young adult/new adult age groups, especially those with traditionally under-published voices such as people of color or LGBTQIA authors so our culture may be enriched with books that reflect the amazingly diverse world we live in.

My personal reading tastes:
*cutting-edge contemporary YA
*funny and/or silly MG & YA
*super dark, knife-in-the-heart realism
*off-the-wall bizarro sci-fi
*sweet early reader stories
*anything boy-centric
*LGBTQIA books in any form
*casual racial diversity
*talking animals
*will this make me cry? > YES
*books entirely written in texts. Please write this for me.

My editorial style is direct and no-nonsense: I will not dance around what I mean. I have also been described as polite and compassionate. To find out more about me and my rates, please ask. Transparency in pricing is important to me because I know it's important to you . A solid professional edit isn't going to be bargain-basement, but it will make all the difference to your work.

"When I hired Jill, I thought I was getting an editor but what I got was a partner. Someone who not only excelled at her craft but wanted to work with me to make the best possible book. From here on out there is no way I can work with anyone else. Not after witnessing what it is like to work with Jill and bring my book to the next level."
-E.V. Fairfall, author of the Sleeping Tom series

"I’ve found Jill to be an invaluable reader...her work at HMH and as a bookseller has given her a true sense of what makes a book stand out and sparkle as well as what makes for literary – and commercial – legs. I can depend on her to consider all of the important micro to macro elements of a manuscript: from character development and pacing to tension, voice, and beyond."
- Kate O'Sullivan, Executive Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

"Jill is a smart, thoughtful reader with real insights into plot and character. Efficient, effective, and highly recommended!"
- Ammi-Joan Paquette, Senior Agent, Erin Murphy Literary Agency


Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Work experience

Freelance Developmental Editor

Self-employed
December, 2015 – Present (over 1 year)

Offering developmental editing and manuscript evaluation services to those writing for young readers. I am actively taking on picture books, early readers, middle grade fiction, and young adult fiction projects.

Manuscript evaluator

Erin Murphy Literary Agency
April, 2014 – January, 2016 (almost 2 years)

As an agent assistant, I read and provided manuscript evaluations. During my tenure, I was lucky enough to work with the humorist Jacob Sager Weinstein on a manuscript that sold at auction in a three-book deal to Random House. Book one will publish Summer 2017.

Production Editor

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
March, 2012 – Present (over 5 years)

I work on the production and manufacturing side at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where I proofread reprints and color-correct picture book art. HMH is most well-known for their commercial properties like Curious George to more literary successes like The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Editorial Intern

Candlewick Press
September, 2011 – January, 2012 (4 months)

Evaluated manuscripts, both agented and unagented, and made recommendations to senior editors. Provided developmental edits for current authors such as Pete Hautman and Wendy Delsol.

Bookseller and Children's Merchandiser

Powell's City of Books
August, 2005 – July, 2011 (almost 6 years)

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

Evan Roskos

* “Self-deprecating humor abounds in this debut novel that pulls no punches about the experience of depression and anxiety for its teen protagonist. . . . Captivating introspection from a winning character.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping (à la Whitman) at his abusive father ever since he kicked his older sister out of the house. James’s painful ... read more

* “Self-deprecating humor abounds in this debut novel that pulls no punches about the experience of depression and anxiety for its teen protagonist. . . . Captivating introspection from a winning character.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping (à la Whitman) at his abusive father ever since he kicked his older sister out of the house. James’s painful ... read more

The Cydonian Pyramid (Klaatu Diskos)

Pete Hautman

The much-anticipated sequel to The Obsidian Blade transports readers to the terrifying and thrilling world of Lah Lia, the enigmatic girl who changed Tucker Feye’s life.More than half a millennium in the future, in the shadow of the looming Cydonian Pyramid, a pampered girl named Lah Lia has been raised for one purpose: to be sacrificed through one of the mysterious diskos that hover over the ... read more

The much-anticipated sequel to The Obsidian Blade transports readers to the terrifying and thrilling world of Lah Lia, the enigmatic girl who changed Tucker Feye’s life.More than half a millennium in the future, in the shadow of the looming Cydonian Pyramid, a pampered girl named Lah Lia has been raised for one purpose: to be sacrificed through one of the mysterious diskos that hover over the ... read more

Frost (Stork Trilogy (Paperback))

Wendy Delsol

In this sequel to STORK, Katla Leblanc has to employ her grit, spirit, and special gifts to rescue the boy she loves.After the drama of finding out that she's a Stork, a member of an ancient and mystical order of women, and that her boyfriend, Jack, is a descendent of the Winter People able to control the weather, Katla Leblanc is delighted when all signs point to a busy and peaceful Christmas... read more

In this sequel to STORK, Katla Leblanc has to employ her grit, spirit, and special gifts to rescue the boy she loves.After the drama of finding out that she's a Stork, a member of an ancient and mystical order of women, and that her boyfriend, Jack, is a descendent of the Winter People able to control the weather, Katla Leblanc is delighted when all signs point to a busy and peaceful Christmas... read more

The Odyssey

Gillian Cross

A bold re-envisioning of The Odyssey, told with simplicity and style — perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.Odysseus faces storm and shipwreck, a terrifying man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the fury of the sea-god Poseidon as he makes his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War. While Odysseus struggles to make it home, his wife, Penel... read more

A bold re-envisioning of The Odyssey, told with simplicity and style — perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.Odysseus faces storm and shipwreck, a terrifying man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the fury of the sea-god Poseidon as he makes his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War. While Odysseus struggles to make it home, his wife, Penel... read more

Waking Gabriel (Sleeping Tom) (Volume 2)

E.V. Fairfall

Caden thought it was over; she thought Gabriel was gone for good. It only took a letter with a single plane ticket for reality to come crashing back. Gabriel’s awake and he needs her. Caden decides to sacrifice her family’s trust for the possibility of seeing him again. But her reunion with Gabriel is short lived. Gabriel isn’t in control anymore, Tom is. Tom, the boy who only appeared at nigh... read more

Caden thought it was over; she thought Gabriel was gone for good. It only took a letter with a single plane ticket for reality to come crashing back. Gabriel’s awake and he needs her. Caden decides to sacrifice her family’s trust for the possibility of seeing him again. But her reunion with Gabriel is short lived. Gabriel isn’t in control anymore, Tom is. Tom, the boy who only appeared at nigh... read more

Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath

Jacob Sager Weinstein

For fans of the Mapmakers trilogy and anyone who likes a little history along with their fantasy, here’s a quirky new series! Magic is real. History is a big, fat lie. Before Hyacinth Hayward moves from Illinois to London, she reads up on the city’s history. Too bad for her. Because the books are wrong. The truth is, London was built on magical rivers, and all the major events in its past have... read more

For fans of the Mapmakers trilogy and anyone who likes a little history along with their fantasy, here’s a quirky new series! Magic is real. History is a big, fat lie. Before Hyacinth Hayward moves from Illinois to London, she reads up on the city’s history. Too bad for her. Because the books are wrong. The truth is, London was built on magical rivers, and all the major events in its past have... read more

Jill has 5 reviews

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Ingo Blum

Jill is an absolute expert. She gave me a full report of suggestions on plot, emotional plot, characters, development and structure of my story and even about the book market segments for children`s literature in terms of focus group and marketing. She really knows the market very well. I will use her general suggestions for all my other work in the future. Thanks, Jill, hope we work togethe...

, June 2017


John Nichol

I found it incredibly easy to work with Jill. She's thoroughly familiar with the children's book marketplace and was able to identify right away where my work would fit in. Her appraisal of my manuscript was detailed and insightful, and identified the strengths and weaknesses of what I'd written, both in terms of my writing generally, and in terms of the requirements and expectations of the gen...

, April 2017


TL Sellers

Jill's feedback was thorough and professional, complete with market comparisons and solid advice to get my manuscript in good shape.

, March 2017


John Pegoraro

Working with Jill could not have been any better or more positive an experience. She went above and beyond my expectations. This wasn't a "services for hire" relationship - it was a true collaboration. Her insights and feedback helped make me a better writer and gave me the confidence to more forward with writing professionally. I intend on working with Jill on all future projects.

, December 2016


Elizabeth Iman

I really liked working with Jill. She has lots of great insights and is knowledgeable in the industry.

, October 2016

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