Larry Rosler

Larry Rosler – Editor

Founding editor of Highlights for Children's Boyds Mills Press, now working independently with writers for young readers.


Working with writers is what I do and what I love to do. In addition to my experience as an editor, I offer a unique perspective from having been founding editor of Highlights for Children’s Boyds Mills Press. I've had the good fortune to work with critically acclaimed authors and illustrators and edit award-winning books. I want to share what I’ve learned with you. The books I’ve edited have been recognized with the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor & Theodor Geisel Honor; SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, Golden Kite Honor, & Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award; National Jewish Book Award; Jane Addams Children’s Book Honor; National Outdoor Book Award; Arab American Book Award Honor; Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature; Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature; and the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry, among others. For more than twenty years, I served on the faculty of the Highlights Foundation and served as speaker and workshop leader at SCBWI conferences nationwide. I know how much your manuscript means to you. It means a lot to me, too. I work in a supportive way, offering guidance, encouragement, and a critical eye. My sole purpose is to help you come closer to your writing goals.


“In more than four decades of writing, I’ve worked with dozens of editors—at book publishers, magazines, and newspapers—and among all these Larry is the best, hands down.”

—Karl Zimmermann, author & frequent contributor to The New York Times and The Washington Post

“A wonderful and meticulous editor who not only edits, but advises and nudges and transforms manuscripts into the best work possible.”

—Linda Oatman High, author & journalist

Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction History
Historical Fiction Middle Grade Picture Books Young Adult
English (US)
  • CBS Publishing Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence
  • Main Street Musicals Director's Choice Award
  • ASCAP Plus Award
  • Billboard World Song Honor
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

Work experience

Boyds Mills Press

Sep, 1990 — Apr, 2014 (over 23 years)

Founding editor of Highlights for Children's Boyds Mills Press, a 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

Highlights for Children

Sep, 1987 — Sep, 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

Henry Holt and Company

Mar, 1985 — Jul, 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

Henry Holt and Company

Apr, 1982 — Mar, 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


Developmental Editing
Becoming Billie Holiday

Weatherford, Carole Boston

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Nadia's Hands

English, Karen

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The Starry Night

Waldman, Neil

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Developmental Editing
The Secret Within, The

Golding, Theresa

Developmental Editing
Time to Pray

Addasi, Maha

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Fly Free

Thong, Roseanne

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Birmingham, 1963

Weatherford, Carole Boston

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Developmental Editing

Larry has 10 reviews





svevo B.

svevo B.

Sep, 2023

Mr. Rosler is the consummate professional. His editorial suggestions, simple and incisive, show the thoroughness with which he has read and understood the project. Working with him has been a pleasure.
Robin R.

Robin R.

Sep, 2023

I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Larry. He gives me insight and ideas to improve my work and doesn't mind a lot of back and forth messages and questions. He is excellent!
Vera S.

Vera S.

Jul, 2023

Every new project with Larry brings me a new understanding of writing, deep gratitude for having such a wonderful, thoughtful editor, and lots of new inspiration. Thank you so much, dear Larry!
Larry R.
Thank you for your very kind words. And thank you as always for the opportunity to spend time with your work!
Vera S.

Vera S.

May, 2023

Very happy to continue the wonderful journey, wonderful collaboration with Larry. He is the best editor and mentor. I am so grateful for his unique, deep artistic vision, support, and kindness. My plan/wish is to keep collaborating with Larry forever.
Robin R.

Robin R.

Mar, 2023

This has been a great experience. I have enjoyed it very much. Larry is very good. He gave me new ideas to try and lots of encouragement. I am primarily an illustrator and he took this into account while working with me. I'd love to work with him again!

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