Kiffin Steurer

Kiffin Steurer - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I'm a thirteen-year-veteran in children's publishing as both an editor and production editor. My work is inspired by my two children.

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Overview

I've been a production editor—proofreading and copyediting manuscripts and cover copy, creating schedules, among other things—for the last 13 years for some of the top publishers in the children's book industry (HarperCollins Children's Books, Scholastic Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers/Clarion Books), as well as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader for Random House Children's Books, Penguin Young Readers' Group, and Macmillan Children's Books.

I copyedit manuscripts for spelling and grammar errors, consistency, and overall story development. I also proofread typeset first passes against the manuscript to make sure all changes were made correctly and that errors weren't introduced.

Just to be clear, I'm not a ghostwriter or a copywriter. I'm merely ensuring that your manuscript is error free and ready for submission/publication.
If your manuscript if science fiction or fantasy, I’m probably not the best fit for your project. Middle-grade fiction and reality-based young adult novels are more my forte.

Some of the projects I've worked on are GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead, FUZZY MUD by Louis Sachar, and PAY ATTENTION, CARTER JONES by Gary D. Schmidt.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Mashups
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

Production Editor

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers/Clarion Books
April, 2017 – June, 2019 (about 2 years)

Production Editor

HarperCollins Children's Books
May, 2013 – September, 2016 (over 3 years)

Copyedited and proofread for young readers, middle grade, and picture books, as well as adhered to schedules in order to get the books to the printer on time and ensure the books were error free and ready for children to enjoy.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Goodbye Stranger

Rebecca Stead

This brilliant, New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship. Long ago, best friends Bridge, Emily, and Tab made a pact: no fighting. But it’s the start of seventh grade, and everything is changing. Emily’s new curves are attracting attention, and Tab is suddenly a member of t... read more

This brilliant, New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship. Long ago, best friends Bridge, Emily, and Tab made a pact: no fighting. But it’s the start of seventh grade, and everything is changing. Emily’s new curves are attracting attention, and Tab is suddenly a member of t... read more

Fuzzy Mud

Louis Sachar

From the author of the acclaimed bestseller Holes, winner of the Newbery Award and the National Book Award, comes Fuzzy Mud, a New York Times bestseller. "Sachar blends elements of mystery, suspense, and school-day life into a taut environmental cautionary tale."--Publishers Weekly Be careful. Your next step may be your last.Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have ... read more

From the author of the acclaimed bestseller Holes, winner of the Newbery Award and the National Book Award, comes Fuzzy Mud, a New York Times bestseller. "Sachar blends elements of mystery, suspense, and school-day life into a taut environmental cautionary tale."--Publishers Weekly Be careful. Your next step may be your last.Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have ... read more

Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Gary D. Schmidt

Bestselling author Gary D. Schmidt tells a coming-of-age story with the light touch of The Wednesday Wars, the heart of Okay for Now, and the unique presence of a wise and witty butler. Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep—one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. In addition to figurin... read more

Bestselling author Gary D. Schmidt tells a coming-of-age story with the light touch of The Wednesday Wars, the heart of Okay for Now, and the unique presence of a wise and witty butler. Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep—one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. In addition to figurin... read more

Spark

Sarah Beth Durst

When a shy girl and her dragon-like companion discover their country’s idyllic weather comes at a steep—and secret—cost, they recruit fellow students to defy authority and attempt to spread the truth.Storm beasts and their guardians create perfect weather every day, and Mina longs for a storm beast of her own. But when the gentle girl bonds with a lightning beast—a creature of fire and chaos—e... read more

When a shy girl and her dragon-like companion discover their country’s idyllic weather comes at a steep—and secret—cost, they recruit fellow students to defy authority and attempt to spread the truth.Storm beasts and their guardians create perfect weather every day, and Mina longs for a storm beast of her own. But when the gentle girl bonds with a lightning beast—a creature of fire and chaos—e... read more

Jurassic Carp: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

Mo O'Hara

Fish-tory comes to life with two more fin-tastic stories featuring our favorite zombie goldfish Frankie from New York Times-bestselling author Mo O'Hara. When Tom and his best friend rescued Frankie the goldfish from his evil-scientist big brother’s toxic gunge their new pet came back as a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH. Frankie is good at saving the day, but can he become a real knight in shining ar... read more

Fish-tory comes to life with two more fin-tastic stories featuring our favorite zombie goldfish Frankie from New York Times-bestselling author Mo O'Hara. When Tom and his best friend rescued Frankie the goldfish from his evil-scientist big brother’s toxic gunge their new pet came back as a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH. Frankie is good at saving the day, but can he become a real knight in shining ar... read more

My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet

Mo O'Hara

My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet, the epic spin-off of Mo O'Hara's New York Times bestselling My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series features an aspiring evil scientist, paranormal pets, and plenty of hilarious summer camp shenanigans. Welcome to Camp Mwhaaa-haa-ha-a-watha!This summer is going to be epic. Epically evil, that is. ‘Cause I’m going to Evil Scientist Summer Camp! No annoying little b... read more

My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet, the epic spin-off of Mo O'Hara's New York Times bestselling My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series features an aspiring evil scientist, paranormal pets, and plenty of hilarious summer camp shenanigans. Welcome to Camp Mwhaaa-haa-ha-a-watha!This summer is going to be epic. Epically evil, that is. ‘Cause I’m going to Evil Scientist Summer Camp! No annoying little b... read more

Song for a Whale

Lynne Kelly

In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she's the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she's not ver... read more

In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she's the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she's not ver... read more

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