Kim Childress

Kim Childress - Editor

Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Author; award-winning Zondervan middle grade editor; Girls’ Life Reviewer; Product Developer in Children’s Publishing

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Overview

Books! Books! Books! I love books! Especially children's books.

I also have a passion for helping other writers get published.

As writers, we are a team, and writers must help one another. I partner with authors to help conceptualize and create their best possible product, offering pre-book branding, social media planning and management, endorsement campaigns, all stages of editing, perfect proposals for traditional publishers, press releases, self-promotion long-term planning for maintained sales, direct outreach opportunities with industry professional, All based on client needs.

After thirty years publishing, I specialized in children's books 26 years ago, having been led down this path on my personal journey as a writer. I have found those working in children's publishing share a camaraderie. We understand that writing, editing, and reviewing books for children comes with added responsibility. Our words affect the lives of young readers.

Childress.ink.com began in 2008 as an author page and book review site where I could share great books I couldn't fit in Girls’ Life. Since then, Childress Ink LLC has evolved into a product development company specializing in children's book for all ages, all genres. As official reviewer for Multicultural Book Day since 2015, with new initiatives and partnerships such as with and MOMath,, now has a team of writers and editors of excellence, and has become a resource for writers, educators, librarians, homeschoolers, publishers and students, with internship opportunities for young authors.

I love sharing books and info on the publishing industry with the world! If you have a project you would like to discuss, or have questions, please contact me. For $150 quick review, I can look at your work and offer detailed overview of the project. Every project evaluated individually, none too big or small.


Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Certifications

  • Basic Editing
  • Karass Negotiations
  • BA English, Writing & Journalism, Ohio Wesleyan, 1990
  • Basic Editing, Graham School of Editing, University of Chicago, 2011

Awards

  • Christian Retailers Best, Middle Grade Nonfiction, 2017
  • EPCA Top-Ten Christian Retail Award, Game Changer, by Kirk Cousins
  • Purple Dragonfly Award, The Legend of the Fairy Stones, by Kelly White. Editor and product developer, traditionally published, Morgan James Kids, April 2019
  • Agatha Award, The Andi Unexpected Series, three-time finalist for best middle grade mystery, with book three the 2015 Agatha Award winner for best middle grade mystery, by Amanda Flower, Zondervan

Work experience

Owner and Founder

Self-employed
June, 2014 – Present (about 8 years)

AS A PRODUCT DEVELOPER:

SERVICES INCLUDE:

Able to assess projects in any stage of development ($150 Quick-Read Fee).

Editing, all stages, all ages, all genres.

Branding and social media campaigns from conceptualization, including pre-book buzz and early endorsement campaigns.

Website creation with author, also content creation and/or management.

Content marketing, with content creation and/or management.

Editing, all stages, all ages, all genres.

Social media campaigns and development of social media platforms with SEO throughout development process.

Professional press releases.

Media campaigns, including multi-media pre-release campaigns, ongoing direct outreach to media professionals, targeted direct outreach to librarians and educators, targeted local media campaigns.

MEMBER:
Society Of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), published and listed author, 29 years
American Booksellers Association
American Library Association

ACCREDITED:
Better Business Bureau

Acquisitions Editor, Middle Grade

HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Zondervan
April, 2008 – March, 2014 (almost 6 years)

Award-winning editor, where I acquired and developed books of quality including Jane Yolen's Plague of Unicorns, Body & Soul, by Bethany Hamilton, Game Changer by Kirk Cousins, and so many more authors of excellence.

Girls' Life Magazine

Senior Book Editor
August, 1994 – Present (almost 28 years)

Book reviewer and contributor to Girls' Life magazine since its 1994 debut, where have written articles of interest for girls and book reviews of some of the best middle grade and YA books I can find.

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