Larry Rosler

Larry Rosler - Editor

Honesdale, PA, USA

Founding editor of Highlights for Children's Boyds Mills Press, with many years' experience in the world of books for young readers

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Working with writers is what I do and what I love to do.

Hi, I'm Larry, and I offer more than thirty years of publishing experience, plus a unique perspective as founding editor of Highlights for Children’s Boyds Mills Press.

At BMP I edited picture books, fiction, and nonfiction, including Sheldon Oberman’s The Always Prayer Shawl and Solomon and the Ant, both winners of the National Jewish Book Award; Suzanne Bloom’s A Splendid Friend, Indeed (Theodor Geisel Award Honor); and Carole Boston Weatherford’s Becoming Billie Holiday (Coretta Scott King Award Honor) and Birmingham, 1963 (Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and Jefferson Cup Award); and Maha Addasi's Time to Pray (Arab American Book Award Honor).

From your perspective, you want an editor who can analyze your work, identify its strengths, and show you where it needs improvement. You also want an editor who can help polish your prose and prepare a well-crafted manuscript for submission to publishers or for independent publication. And an editor who appreciates how much your work means to you.

I’ve evaluated hundreds of manuscripts for publication and provided critiques at SCBWI conferences nationwide, while also serving as a keynote speaker and workshop leader. I served on the faculty of the Highlights Foundation for many years, working with both seasoned and aspiring writers. One SCBWI Regional Advisor wrote, “Larry Rosler is an incredible editor. Many said his manuscript critiques were the best critiques they'd ever had.”

Over the course of my career, I’ve had the privilege and great fun to work with a number of notable authors, some of whom had this to say: “Larry Rosler is one of those dream editors every author wants to work with;” “In more than four decades of writing, working with dozens of editors, Larry is the best;” “A wonderful and meticulous editor who not only edits, but advises and nudges and transforms manuscripts into the best work possible.”

Here’s my promise: I’ll work with you in a supportive way, with one purpose in mind—to help you achieve your writing goals.

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


  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers


  • CBS Publishing Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence
  • Main Street Musicals Director's Choice Award
  • ASCAP Plus Award

Work experience

Senior Editor

Boyds Mills Press
September, 1990 – April, 2014 (over 23 years)

Founding editor of national children's book publishing company; member of three-person team that built business from ground up; served as editorial director (1990-2011) and editor-at-large (2011-2014); acquired and edited picture books, fiction, and nonfiction; supervised writers and illustrators in North America and Europe; created and supervised marketing materials, such as catalogues, flyers, brochures, ads, and press releases; represented company at professional conferences, trade conventions, and foreign rights fairs in Bologna, Italy, and Frankfurt, Germany

Associate Editor

Highlights for Children
September, 1987 – September, 1990 (about 3 years)

Supervised and edited projects with book packagers in England and France; managed copyrights, permissions, contracts and photo research for periodical with a circulation of two million; managed editorial content of the magaine's Singapore edtion

Assistant to Editor-in-Chief

Henry Holt and Company
March, 1985 – July, 1987 (over 2 years)

Assisted the editor-in-chief with the publication of fiction and nonfiction by authors such as Edward Abbey, Bella Akhmadulina, Bill Granger, George V. Higgins, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lech Walesa, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko; coordinated US and UK publications; evaluated manuscripts

Assistant to the Director of School & Library Marketing

Henry Holt and Company
April, 1982 – March, 1985 (almost 3 years)

Assisted director of school and library marketing with the promption of adult and juvenile titles to the school and library market; assisted with the creation of seasonal and backlist catalogues, as well as direct mail marketing pieces; booked author appearances; represented company at conferences and conventions

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Becoming Billie Holiday

Weatherford, Carole Boston, Cooper, Floyd

Always Prayer Shawl, The

Oberman, Sheldon

Birmingham, 1963

Weatherford, Carole Boston

Fly Free

Thong, Roseanne, Neilan, Eujin Kim

Solomon and the Ant: And Other Jewish Folktales

Oberman, Sheldon, Schram, Peninnah

Time to Pray

Addasi, Maha, Gannon, Ned

The Secret Within, The

Golding, Theresa, Golding, Theresa Martin

Turtle Tide: The Ways of Sea Turtles

swinburne, stephen r., Hiscock, Bruce

The Starry Night

Waldman, Neil

Nadia's Hands

English, Karen, Weiner, Jonathan

Larry has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Leah Pileggi
Larry's feedback--from large story problems to small word choices--has helped me give my manuscript a life that I didn't know it could have. I am so grateful that we connected for this project.

Leah Pileggi, September 2022

Raluca Sirbu
Larry brings tremendous insight and vision in his editorial review. Gentle, not imposing his point of view, just clear and valuable suggestions. He generated big improvements to my manuscript. And I felt that he cared; this manuscript, this work was not just another job, but it had value and had a future, and he could help it along. And for all of that, I am grateful and hope to work together i...
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Raluca Sirbu, July 2021

Larry Rosler
Thank you for your kind words, Raluca. It was a pleasure spending time with your lovely prose. I hope to work with you in the future as well!

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Rosalie Turner
It was a pleasure working with Larry. His developmental editing was exactly what I needed to improve my middle-grade historical fiction. He was easy to communicate with and his comments/suggestions were so helpful. Thanks, Larry!

Rosalie Turner, May 2021

Larry Rosler
Thank you for your kind words, Rosalie. It was a pleasure working with you as well. I'm happy you found the comments helpful. I hope I have the opportunity to work you with again and wish all good ...
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