Leila Boukarim

Leila Boukarim – Editor

Editor and published author (Chronicle, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster) with 10+ years of experience. Specialized in picture books.

Overview

I have been writing and editing picture books since 2013. In that time, I self-published 2 picture books and traditionally published 8 (with 7 more coming soon with Chronicle Books, Macmillan, S&S, Andrews McMeel, and Groundwood Books).


Over the years, I have worked with authors all around the world, at different stages in their writing careers, on fiction and non-fiction picture books written in styles ranging from prose to rhyming. I have seen manuscripts transform from rough drafts to beautiful, well-crafted stories, many of which have since found homes with publishers like Penguin Random House, Two Lions, HarperCollins, Marshall Cavendish, and more!


Depending on your needs, I can offer the following:

- Editorial overview

- In-depth editorial assessment

- Line edits

- Query and pitch critique

​- Rhyme critique


Regardless of what you choose, I will always be available to answer any industry and writing questions, like querying agents, comparable titles, Twitter pitch events, manuscript wishlists, and so on. Over the years, I have learned a lot, and I can't wait to share that knowledge with you.


I know how hard this business and writing good picture books can be. I know how self-doubt and fear can grab hold of you and convince you you are not a real author. I am here to tell you: you've got this, and I'm here to help.


*** Testimonials ***


"Leila was an absolute star to work with. She was responsive, attentive, and provided extremely valuable feedback. Her vast knowledge and experience enabled me to turn my work from good to great and I could not have done it without her. Highly recommend Lelia to anyone seriously looking to take their work to the next level. She's wonderful!" - Jennifer W.



"As a first-time author, I was completely unsure of what feedback I'd receive in my developmental edit. Leila was positive in her remarks and provided many helpful suggestions to improve the clarity, pitch, and structure of the story. Her patience was much appreciated as I worked through each section of the revision. Her advice enabled me to look carefully at my language, and word count. Following the updates, Leila expertly completed the copy edit for my story, She is resourceful, professional, and thoughtful. I will definitely use her again." - Rhea H.



"Leila's feedback was spot-on each time. She did not tell me what to do; she told me what to think about, and the result is that my book is still my own, yet exponentially better due to her guidance." - J. R. W.



"I couldn't have worked with a better editor! I am so thankful for Leila's time and expertise as I navigated writing my first children's book. She has helped me make countless changes to improve the story while retaining, and at times drawing out, my original vision. She does a great job of guiding and suggesting, but also encouraging the creativity and "the answers" to come from me." - Ryann K.


Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Picture Books
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Feb, 2013 — Present

I started my writing career with Sensitive and Extraordinary Kids, a blog about the joys and challenges of parenting a highly sensitive child, and two self-published picture books for highly sensitive children which have been recommended by Dr. Elaine Aron and Dr. Ted Zeff. I was later fortunate enough to publish with Marshall Cavendish and PRH SEA in Singapore and have more to come in the US and Canada with Chronicle Books, Macmillan, S&S, Groundwood, and Andrews McMeel.

I am a strong believer in the power children’s books have in shaping societies by nurturing empathy and kindness in young people, and I find the work book-creators and publishers do crucial in paving the way for a better tomorrow. There is nothing I enjoy more than playing with words to create a compelling and powerful story, and I am grateful I get to do that as an author and an editor.

Portfolio

The Light Within You

Moolani Mehra, Namita

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Girls on Wheels

Venkat, Srividhya

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Superfoods for Superheroes

Mehra, Namita Moolani

Copy Editing
Counting Sheep

Chorley, Pippa

Copy Editing
Stuffed!

Chorley, Pippa

Copy Editing
Out of the Box

Chorley, Pippa

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
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Anni Dreams of Biryani

Moolani Mehra, Namita

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing

Leila has 60 reviews

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Chris M.

Chris M.

Feb, 2024

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Leila and hope to do so again in the near future. She was honest and forthright in her reviews of my two pitches and query letters (including follow-up reviews of the changes that I made to each after her initial assessments), but was respectful and understanding each time. She also allowed follow-up questions for the sake of clarity and the avoidance of misu...
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Leila B.
Thank you so much, Chris! It’s been such a pleasure and I do hope we get to work together again soon!
Kayli A.

Kayli A.

Jan, 2024

Leila is amazing. I absolutely loved working with her and hope to keep working with her on more projects. She definitely knows her stuff! She is super thorough, so friendly, and I can tell she really cared about my story and making it the best that it could be. I would recommend her over and over.
Leila B.
Oh Kayli, I can't tell you how grateful I am I got to work with you, and nothing would make me happier than getting to do it again!
Lynsee F.

Lynsee F.

Jan, 2024

I am so grateful for Leila. Without her help I can honestly say my story wouldn’t have been a story at all. Her feedback felt above and beyond what I’d expect from an editing process. I am so thankful she said yes to working with me and for every single part a long the way.
Leila B.
I am so grateful our paths crossed, Lynsee. What a privilege it's been watching your work transform into the gorgeous piece it is. I can't wait to see it out in the world!
Elizabeth M.

Elizabeth M.

Jan, 2024

Leila was great to work with! Highly recommend Leila as a proofreader. I will definitely reach out again in the future.
Leila B.
Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I look forward to seeing your book out in the world!
Annie T.

Annie T.

Jan, 2024

Leila is an excellent editor, with sound feedback and encouraging revision suggestions. She clearly has experience recognizing what works and what doesn't in this field. Additionally, she is very easy to work with. I highly recommend her.
Leila B.
Thank you so much, Annie, for your kind words and for trusting me with your work. It’s been such a pleasure working with you!

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