Kiley Frank

Kiley Frank - Editor

Canton, NY, USA

Experienced editor of middle grade, YA, and picture books. I specialize in stories that are candid, quirky, and full of compassion.

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I started my career in publishing as a college intern at a literary agency. After graduating, I worked at Atheneum Books for Young Readers for six years. I began as an Editorial Assistant and left having built a list of books that I continue to feel very proud of. There I edited picture books, middle grade novels, and YA. I worked directly with many amazing writers like Avi, Marion Dane Bauer, Elissa Brent Weissman, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Dia Calhoun, and many others. Accomplishments at Atheneum include editing a New York Times bestseller and working on books that received multiple starred reviews. I now live in Northern New York and have been doing freelance editorial and writing work for the past decade. Clients include Crown Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster Children’s Division, Egmont Group, literary agencies, and writers from all around the world. I’ve helped writers hone their skills and polish their manuscripts. Clients have gone on to earn multi-book publishing deals from major houses, contracts with agents, and admission to prestigious MFA programs. I am also a writer. My first picture book Tomorrow is Waiting, illustrated by Aaron Meshon (Dial Books for Young Readers) was an Amazon Editors' Best Book of the Month pick. I read regularly to my four children and coach a battle of the books team for middle schoolers. I love books, adore working with writers, and feel so very lucky to get to do this kind of work.

“During my fifty years of publishing, I have worked with many editors: Kiley Frank is exceptionally insightful, articulate, and personable. Put your text in her hands and she'll help you write a better book.” -Avi, Newbery Medalist

“Kiley Frank is the kind of editor who reads deeply and knows exactly the right questions to ask, questions that opened my manuscript to new possibilities.” -Marion Dane Bauer, Newbery Honor Winner

“As my editor for Nerd Camp, Kiley asked all the right questions, helped me develop the plot more fully, and cheered for my geeky characters from start to finish. To this day, I include her first editorial letter in my presentations for schools to show the importance of revision and the difference a good editor can make. Kids often gasp when I tell them how different the ending of the book was before I read Kiley’s notes, and with good reason! Nerd Camp is a notably better book thanks to her expert guidance and bottomless support.” -Elissa Brent Weissman, author of the popular Nerd Camp series

“I will never be able to thank Kiley enough! She was a developmental editor for my memoir, The Goodbye Diaries. From the moment we began working together, I could tell she really understood my book and what was special about it, and she knew just how to improve it. Her advice was specific, filled with helpful examples and resources, and -- the most valuable -- it really made me pause and think. It was as if a fairy godmother had swept through my pages and spread pixie dust all around. Kiley is just that, pure magic.” -Marisa Ramel, author of The Goodbye Diaries

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Coming of Age
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance Editor

August, 2011 – Present (over 11 years)

Assistant Editor

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
August, 2005 – July, 2011 (almost 6 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Tomorrow Is Waiting

Frank, Kiley, Meshon, Aaron

Nerd Camp

Weissman, Elissa Brent

Little Dog, Lost

Bauer, Marion Dane, Bell, Jennifer A.

City of Orphans

Avi, Ruth, Greg

Eva of the Farm

Calhoun, Dia, Slater, Kate

What Is Your Dog Doing?

Singer, Marilyn, Habbley, Kathleen

Three More Words

Rhodes-Courter, Ashley

The Goodbye Diaries: A Mother-Daughter Memoir

Ramel, Marisa Bardach, Bardach, Sally

Everything Must Go: A Novel

Davis, Jenny Fran

Three Little Words: A Memoir

Rhodes-Courter, Ashley

Kiley has 20 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Katie Swinford
Kiley was really wonderful to work with. She brought great, new ideas that helped transform my query. She understood my vision and while my concept was a bit unique, she added elements to help customize my query to be attractive to potential agents. My phone call with her was invaluable-she answered questions and provided great advice that all new authors should hear. I feel much more prepared ...
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Katie Swinford, November 2022

sarah scott
Working with Kiley Frank has been a great learning experience. She is a sensitive competent developmental editor. She raised my story to a higher level by giving me insight into developing theme, plot and character, making it come alive and more meaningful. She was also very helpful in helping me create my query. Sarah Scott

sarah scott, November 2022

Nancy Walker McConnell
Kiley was excellent to work with. Her insights were deep and specific to the project and far exceeded my expectations. I will definitely seek her out again for other projects. Highly recommend.

Nancy Walker McConnell, October 2022

B.A. Stewart
Thank you so much Kiley!

B.A. Stewart, June 2022

Meredith Holch
Kiley helped me with my query letter. She was really easy to work with, and a very good communicator. She gave me great feedback, and responded with revisions and her own versions of more than one draft. The one thing I would suggest is to have a one page synopsis ready. I had only given her a one or two sentence summary in one of our first e-mails. Later, I gave her a verbal summary over th...
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Meredith Holch, June 2022

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