Lynne Kelly

Lynne Kelly – Editor

I'm an award-winning author of children's books, and I love working with writers to make their manuscripts as strong as can be!


From working with editors on my revisions and critiquing manuscripts for other authors, I know that it's often hard to see what our own work needs. Because we're so close to the story, it's easy to overlook everything from typos to missing plot threads. A pair of fresh eyes and constructive feedback can help you get your manuscript in the best possible shape. After reading your manuscript, I'll give you notes on things like the plot, character development, the setting, and/or specific concerns you want to focus on. It will still be your story told in your authentic voice, only better and stronger.

A little about my own writing path: I started writing in 2006 when I got the idea for what became my first novel, Chained. Though it was a lot of work to write, revise, and research the novel, I discovered that I really liked creating a story and seeing it unfold. My 2019 novel Song For a Whale, about a deaf girl who forms an unlikely bond with the “loneliest whale in the world,” has been described as “finely crafted,” “important,” and “uplifting” by reviewers from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal. Song For a Whale received the 2020 Schneider Family Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by New York Public Library. Translated editions of Song For a Whale are being published (so far) in France, Italy, Russia, China, Korea, and Turkey.

Conference presentations I've given on the craft of writing include adding emotion to your story, plotting with character, and strengthening the midpoint.

I've critiqued manuscripts in a variety of genres from picture books through YA, but I'm most familiar with contemporary middle grade fiction.

Let's get your story ready for the next step on your publication journey!

Middle Grade
English (US)
  • Schneider Family Book Award
  • Odyssey Audiobook Award Honor
  • Surrey Schools (B.C) Book Of the Year
  • Spirit of Texas List
  • Georgia Children's Book Award
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan List
  • Vermont Middle-Grade Children's Book Award
  • Virginia Reader's Choice
  • Oklahoma Sequoyah List
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award
  • Sunshine State Young Readers Award
  • Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
  • Parents Choice Award

Work experience


May, 2012 — Present

Lynne has 9 reviews





xavier W.

xavier W.

Apr, 2022

great experience!!
Pamela R.

Pamela R.

Apr, 2022

Our relationship, (Lynne and I) did not last long enough, so my opinion of her work ethic is limited. However, I felt that she was exceptional in responding to my questions at an appropriate time.
Penelope P.

Penelope P.

Nov, 2021

The copyediting work was substandard and I am requesting a refund. Only about ten percent of what should have been, was addressed across the manuscript. I was required to seek a second copy editor. Missed were numerous incidents of all of the following: • Incorrect usage of the present tense • Incongruities, e.g., characters texting when the prose indicate they didn’t own cell phones, charact...
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Lynne K.
I do extensive work on the manuscripts I take on, with comments and corrections from beginning to end and additional notes with suggested revisions. I aim to exceed expectations, and a client who i...
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Dolores P.

Dolores P.

Sep, 2021

Lynne gave me sound, helpful advice. Her insighful suggestions on the first draft of my first children's story put me on a positive path. I would definitely recommend her.
Laura P.

Laura P.

Sep, 2021

Lynne provided excellent, constructive feed back on my query letter. Very clear, concise and professional. Thank you Lynne!

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