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 (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).
From your perspective, you want an editor who can analyze your work, identify its strengths, and show you where it needs improvement. I see my role as serving you and your manuscript, helping you convey to the reader what you envision. You also want an editor who can help polish your prose and prepare a well-crafted manuscript for submission or independent publication. I can do that and more. It’s what I love to do.
I’ve evaluated hundreds of manuscripts for publication and provided critiques at SBWI conferences nationwide, as a keynote speaker and workshop leader. I also served on the faculty of the Highlight Foundation for many years, working with both seasoned and aspiring writers. I’m ready to share the benefit of my experience with you.
Over the course of my career, I’ve had the privilege of working with many outstanding authors, some of whom had this to say: “Larry Rolser 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.
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
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
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
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
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Experienced copy editor and proofreader of trade books in a wide variety of genres, for readers of all ages.
I'd love to help you get your picture book, middle grade or YA novel publication-ready. I also edit memoir, new adult, and non-fiction.