*AVAILABILITY NOTE: Due to a growing client list (hooray!) I will only be able to take on the following projects through JULY 31, 2021:
- Picture books (all services)
- Query letter reviews for any young adult, new adult, or middle grade novels
Hello! Jillian Manning here (she/her). I am a former YA and children's acquisitions editor now working as a freelancer. I have edited books for award-winning and bestselling authors, as well as renowned athletes and celebrities. But my favorite manuscripts are from talented, emerging writers ready to start an amazing career.
I have worked for Sourcebooks (imprints: Jabberwocky and Fire) and HarperCollins (imprints: Blink and Zonderkidz). I've had the honor to edit authors like Kwame Alexander, Zoraida Cordova, Rin Chupeco, Cory McCarthy, Miranda Kenneally, Allison Gervais, and many more.
I offer developmental (macro) editing, copyediting, and proofreading services for books geared toward readers under 18. I will occasionally take on a project for adults, especially if the book has crossover appeal for a YA audience.
When working with me on a developmental edit, you will receive two things: an edited MS and an edit letter. The manuscript will address smaller level edits in Track Changes, while the edit letter will provide context about bigger edits and suggestions for the work. I love my Chicago Manual of Style and will wield it, but I also defer to the importance of voice, especially when writing for young people.
Finally, I am also the author of five books with Sourcebooks and Sesame Workshop under the pen name Lillian Jaine, and I have also ghostwritten several other books. Being an author helps me know the publishing process inside and out to provide you with the best possible service.
Please note: I am NOT a fit for novels over 100,000 words, horror novels, or urban/paranormal fantasy.