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 (about 10 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 8 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Riya A
I received a developmental edit packed with insights. I found the high-quality editorial feedback to be very helpful in improving and further developing my manuscript! Thank you!

Riya A, October 2021

Alan Jordan
This is the third time that I have used Kelly's services. I find her insights useful. I also appreciate the positive attitude that she conveys and her use of comparables in her analysis.

Alan Jordan, August 2021

Cheryl Olsten
Kiley has been wonderful to work with, we were completely on the same "page" with what my picture book story needed. She offered advise that helped me think some things through, and get my words flowing. In addition, Kiley had the perfect suggestions and thoughts, that added wonderful imagery and color to the script. A story I am now proud to send out to agents and publishers.

Cheryl Olsten, July 2021

Steven Friedman
I'd recommend Kiley over and over and over again! Her vision and ideas for developing stories are flawless and she'll be able to help bring your story to the next level!

Steven Friedman, July 2021

Cheryl Olsten
Kiley has been wonderful to work with. Taking the time to give imaginative suggestions, which greatly enhanced and improved both my query letter and manuscript beyond expectations. Polished the final versions to be agent and publisher ready. Above all super easy to work with. Kiley showed dedication to both projects and was quick to reply. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND KILEY!

Cheryl Olsten, July 2021

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