Liz Kossnar

Liz Kossnar - Editor

I currently acquire and edit picture books, middle grade, and teen novels and non-fiction at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

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I joined the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers editorial team in November 2013. Prior to Simon & Schuster, I graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, focusing on mythology, folklore, and fairy tales; interned at Albert Whitman & Company; taught English abroad in France; completed the Columbia Publishing Course; and was the editorial manager for the teen and kids' review websites at The Book Report Network. I have had the privilege of working with authors and illustrators such as Jeff Mack, Stuart Gibbs, Whitney Gardner, Jessica Lawson, Michelle Hodkin, and many others. It is a true pleasure to help make manuscripts and pitches the best they can be for readers and the market!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
Comics (non fiction)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's - Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Columbia Publishing Course

Work experience

Editor

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
November, 2012 – Present (almost 7 years)

Liz Kossnar acquires and edits books picture books, middle grade, and teen novels and non-fiction. She most prefers stories that are weird and subversive, and those that play with structure. Anything feminist is a plus.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Karma Khullar's Mustache

Kristi Wientge

In the tradition of Judy Blume, debut author Kristi Wientge tackles the uncomfortable—but all too relatable—subject of female body hair and self-esteem with this “sparkling and triumphant tale of a middle school misfit” (Heather Vogel Frederick).Karma Khullar is about to start middle school, and she is super nervous. Not just because it seems like her best friend has found a newer, blonder bes... read more

In the tradition of Judy Blume, debut author Kristi Wientge tackles the uncomfortable—but all too relatable—subject of female body hair and self-esteem with this “sparkling and triumphant tale of a middle school misfit” (Heather Vogel Frederick).Karma Khullar is about to start middle school, and she is super nervous. Not just because it seems like her best friend has found a newer, blonder bes... read more

Fake Blood

Whitney Gardner

“LOL funny.” –Girls Life A Huffington Post Best Children’s Book of 2018 A middle schooler comes head-to-head with his vampire slayer crush in this laugh-out-loud funny graphic novel that’s a perfect coming-of-age story for anyone who’s ever felt too young, too small, or too average.It’s the beginning of the new school year and AJ feels like everyone is changing but him. He hasn’t grown or had ... read more

“LOL funny.” –Girls Life A Huffington Post Best Children’s Book of 2018 A middle schooler comes head-to-head with his vampire slayer crush in this laugh-out-loud funny graphic novel that’s a perfect coming-of-age story for anyone who’s ever felt too young, too small, or too average.It’s the beginning of the new school year and AJ feels like everyone is changing but him. He hasn’t grown or had ... read more

Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement

Nadya Okamoto

PERIOD founder and Harvard College student Nadya Okamoto offers a manifesto on menstruation and why we can no longer silence those who bleed—and how to engage in youth activism.Throughout history, periods have been hidden from the public. They’re taboo. They’re embarrassing. They’re gross. And due to a crumbling or nonexistent national sex ed program, they are misunderstood. Because of these s... read more

PERIOD founder and Harvard College student Nadya Okamoto offers a manifesto on menstruation and why we can no longer silence those who bleed—and how to engage in youth activism.Throughout history, periods have been hidden from the public. They’re taboo. They’re embarrassing. They’re gross. And due to a crumbling or nonexistent national sex ed program, they are misunderstood. Because of these s... read more

My Shot: Balancing It All and Standing Tall

Elena Delle Donne

“Elena is one of the brightest stars in our game today and an iconic role model.” —Lisa M. Borders, WNBA President “Inspiring in many ways.” —Kirkus Reviews Elena Delle Donne, 2015 WNBA MVP and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, shares her inspirational story of being a young basketball prodigy who gave up an impressive basketball scholarship for family and self-discovery.Elena Delle Donne has always... read more

“Elena is one of the brightest stars in our game today and an iconic role model.” —Lisa M. Borders, WNBA President “Inspiring in many ways.” —Kirkus Reviews Elena Delle Donne, 2015 WNBA MVP and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, shares her inspirational story of being a young basketball prodigy who gave up an impressive basketball scholarship for family and self-discovery.Elena Delle Donne has always... read more

The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson

Quinn Sosna-Spear

In this sweeping and inventive debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton, a prodigal inventor flees his home to find his destiny.In the humdrum town of Moormouth, Walter Mortinson’s unusual inventions cause nothing but trouble. After one of his contraptions throws the town into chaos, Walter’s mother demands he cut the nonsense and join the family mortuary ... read more

In this sweeping and inventive debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton, a prodigal inventor flees his home to find his destiny.In the humdrum town of Moormouth, Walter Mortinson’s unusual inventions cause nothing but trouble. After one of his contraptions throws the town into chaos, Walter’s mother demands he cut the nonsense and join the family mortuary ... read more

Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII

P. O'Connell Pearson

“A truly inspiring read.” —Booklist (starred review) “A solid account of women’s contributions as aviators during World War II.” —Kirkus Reviews In the tradition of Hidden Figures, debut author Patricia Pearson offers a beautifully written account of the remarkable but often forgotten group of female fighter pilots who answered their country’s call in its time of need during World War II.At th... read more

“A truly inspiring read.” —Booklist (starred review) “A solid account of women’s contributions as aviators during World War II.” —Kirkus Reviews In the tradition of Hidden Figures, debut author Patricia Pearson offers a beautifully written account of the remarkable but often forgotten group of female fighter pilots who answered their country’s call in its time of need during World War II.At th... read more

Spy School Goes South

Stuart Gibbs

Ben is taken to Mexico by his nemesis in the hopes that he’ll finally be able to take down SPYDER in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series.Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley has been caught in the snares of SPYDER more than once and knows well enough to be suspicious of anything that seems too good to be true—despite needing special tutoring in advanced survival te... read more

Ben is taken to Mexico by his nemesis in the hopes that he’ll finally be able to take down SPYDER in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series.Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley has been caught in the snares of SPYDER more than once and knows well enough to be suspicious of anything that seems too good to be true—despite needing special tutoring in advanced survival te... read more

Lion Down (FunJungle)

Stuart Gibbs

Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle's resident sleuth when a lion is falsely accused of killing a distinguished dog in the latest novel in New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs's FunJungle series.For once, operations at the enormous zoo/theme park appear to be running smoothly (except for the occasional herring-related mishap in the penguin exhibit) and Teddy Fitzroy is finally able to... read more

Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle's resident sleuth when a lion is falsely accused of killing a distinguished dog in the latest novel in New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs's FunJungle series.For once, operations at the enormous zoo/theme park appear to be running smoothly (except for the occasional herring-related mishap in the penguin exhibit) and Teddy Fitzroy is finally able to... read more

Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower

Christian McKay Heidicker

From the author of Cure for the Common Universe comes a monster-movie-like novel that bravely challenges perceived notions of beauty, identity, and modern voyeurism.Phoebe Lane is a lightning rod for monsters. She and her mom are forced to flee flesh-eating plants, blobs from outer space, and radioactive ants. They survive thanks to Phoebe’s dad—an invisible titan, whose giant eyes warn them w... read more

From the author of Cure for the Common Universe comes a monster-movie-like novel that bravely challenges perceived notions of beauty, identity, and modern voyeurism.Phoebe Lane is a lightning rod for monsters. She and her mom are forced to flee flesh-eating plants, blobs from outer space, and radioactive ants. They survive thanks to Phoebe’s dad—an invisible titan, whose giant eyes warn them w... read more

The Trouble with Shooting Stars

Meg Cannistra

Wonder meets Mary Poppins in this heartfelt debut novel about magic, healing, and the importance of family.Twelve-year-old Luna loves the nighttime more than anything else. It’s when no one gives her “that look” about the half mask she has to wear while healing from a disfiguring car accident. It’s also the perfect time to sit outside and draw what she sees. Like the boy and girl from the new ... read more

Wonder meets Mary Poppins in this heartfelt debut novel about magic, healing, and the importance of family.Twelve-year-old Luna loves the nighttime more than anything else. It’s when no one gives her “that look” about the half mask she has to wear while healing from a disfiguring car accident. It’s also the perfect time to sit outside and draw what she sees. Like the boy and girl from the new ... read more

Honeybees and Frenemies

Kristi Wientge

Twelve-year-old Flor faces a bittersweet summer with a pageant, a frenemy, and a hive full of honey.It’s the summer before eighth grade and Flor is stuck at home and working at her family’s mattress store, while her best friend goes off to band camp (probably to make new friends). It becomes even worse when she’s asked to compete in the local honey pageant. This means Flor has to spend the sum... read more

Twelve-year-old Flor faces a bittersweet summer with a pageant, a frenemy, and a hive full of honey.It’s the summer before eighth grade and Flor is stuck at home and working at her family’s mattress store, while her best friend goes off to band camp (probably to make new friends). It becomes even worse when she’s asked to compete in the local honey pageant. This means Flor has to spend the sum... read more

Liz has 1 review

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Kathryn J. Bain
Unlike most authors, I loved seeing all the remarks on my manuscript. The edits were helpful and let me know that I wasn't quite ready yet to try for an agent. That kept me from a lot of rejection slips. She is well worth the price paid. I would recommend her to anyone in need of an editor for children's books.

Kathryn J. Bain, June 2019

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