Mabel Hsu

Mabel Hsu - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Senior editor at HarperCollins, specializing in picture books, chapter books, middle grade, YA, graphic novels, with 10+ yrs of experience!

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Overview

I am a Senior Editor at Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books. I edit picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels for all ages. I am particularly drawn to poignant or humorous picture books with surprising messages, as well as novels with voice-driven narratives that explore character drama, feature intersectional representation, or can transform genre tropes. I've been fortunate to work with many critically acclaimed authors, such as Corey Ann Haydu, Janae Marks, Jennifer Berne, Lyla Lee, and many more. I'm passionate about working with a diverse range of authors and ensuring that that the books we work on together have authentic and accurate representation.

As your editor, my first job is to understand what your vision for the book is. I'll help you understand how agencies, publishers, and the larger marketplace will respond to your project and if there are aspects of your book you can lean into to help better position it. I am here to help you develop or revise your manuscript, and we'll take a look at story, narrative tension, pacing, stakes, character motivations, dialogue, voice, and prose. I have over 10+ years of experience in the publishing industry, from literary agencies to publishing houses.

* Please note, while I provide a range of editorial services to writers at all stages of their careers, hiring my services does not mean my name can be used as a referral in query letters. Thank you!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Coming of Age
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

Senior Editor

HarperCollins Publisher
April, 2016 – Present (about 6 years)

Portfolio (17 selected works)

I'll Be the One

Lyla Lee

An Amazon Best Book of 2020 * One of B&N's 100 Books of Summer for Teens & YAThe world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity—perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy.Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themse... read more

An Amazon Best Book of 2020 * One of B&N's 100 Books of Summer for Teens & YAThe world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity—perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy.Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themse... read more

Not Here to Be Liked

Quach, Michelle

Oona

DiPucchio, Kelly, Figueroa, Raissa

When Lola Visits

Sterling, Michelle, Asis, Aaron

Boogie Boogie, Y’all

Esperanza, C. G., Esperanza, C. G.

Hand-Me-Down Magic #1: Stoop Sale Treasure

Corey Ann Haydu

Meet the best friends at 86 ½ Twenty-Third Avenue. DEL loves LOTS of things! The Curious Cousins Secondhand Shoppe. Ginormous family dinners. And of course, her best-friend-cousin, Alma. ALMA loves her abuelita’s tasty empanadas. Her old home by the lake. And soon, she’ll love living in the same place as her best-friend-cousin, Del. Yet despite having Del by her side, Alma isn’t quite sure she... read more

Meet the best friends at 86 ½ Twenty-Third Avenue. DEL loves LOTS of things! The Curious Cousins Secondhand Shoppe. Ginormous family dinners. And of course, her best-friend-cousin, Alma. ALMA loves her abuelita’s tasty empanadas. Her old home by the lake. And soon, she’ll love living in the same place as her best-friend-cousin, Del. Yet despite having Del by her side, Alma isn’t quite sure she... read more

Look Up with Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars

Berne, Jennifer, Nam, Lorraine, Tyson, Neil deGrasse

Thesaurus Has a Secret

Glazer, Anya, Glazer, Anya

One Hug

Moore, Katrina, Woolf, Julia

Hand-Me-Down Magic #2: Crystal Ball Fortunes

Haydu, Corey Ann, Uribe, Luisa

Does Earth Feel?: 14 Questions for Humans

Majewski, Marc, Majewski, Marc

One Jar of Magic

Corey Ann Haydu

From the critically acclaimed author of Eventown comes a hopeful and empowering tale set in an enchanting world of magic and mysterious family secrets—perfect for fans of Anne Ursu, Rebecca Stead, and Wendy Mass. Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal. Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and magical as the most r... read more

From the critically acclaimed author of Eventown comes a hopeful and empowering tale set in an enchanting world of magic and mysterious family secrets—perfect for fans of Anne Ursu, Rebecca Stead, and Wendy Mass. Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal. Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and magical as the most r... read more

Are You a Cheeseburger?

Arnaldo, Monica, Arnaldo, Monica

The (Un)Popular Vote

Sanchez, Jasper

Mabel has 8 reviews

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Ruth H
Mabel was great and a repeat hire. She is thorough in her reviews and great on communication and deliverables. Thanks!

Ruth H, March 2022


marielle atanacio
Mabel had amazing insight on my manuscript and gave me feedback that helps me tell my story the way I want it to be received. She also provided examples of other books that I can reference, which helped so much. Even in our call to review her edits, she used our time together to really workshop some things with me. I would definitely use her again!

marielle atanacio, February 2022


Ruth H
Mabel was fantastic with her communication and edits and even finished the project early! Highly recommend and I'd definitely use her again.

Ruth H, January 2022


Kate O’Mahony
Incredible advice and great direction - really goes into detail and gives multiple direction to help with your book

Kate O’Mahony, May 2021


Allix Cott
Working with Mabel was a pleasure from start to finish! She helped provide edits, critiques, and useful information to propel my children's book journey even further. She was very communicative and had a positive attitude throughout every conversation. I would definitely work with her again!

Allix Cott, November 2020

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