Margie Markarian

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Boston, MA, USA

Editor specializing in fiction & nonfiction for children 4-12, including easy readers, early chapter books, and picture books.

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Overview

Developmental editor specializing in Children's Books. Whether you’re a fiction or nonfiction author, I’m excited to help you bring new characters/stories to life or fine-tune informational content in ways that will delight young readers and resonate in the marketplace. I've been editing/writing content for kids, parents, and teachers for 20+ years. My extensive experience in children's book publishing, educational publishing, and magazine publishing combines to offer you the perspective and polish needed to move your manuscript to the next stage.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Certifications

  • BA, Communications, Simmons College (Boston, MA)
  • Member, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Work experience

Editor, Writer, Children's Book Author

Self-employed
May, 2017 – Present (about 2 years)

Editorial professional with flair for conceiving, developing and executing print and digital content projects that enlighten readers and enhance publishing goals. Recent and ongoing projects:
--Author, The Princess and the Cafe on the Moat picture book, Sleeping Bear Press
--Writer, Curriculum Associates, i-Ready Digital Reading Instruction Products
--Writer, Reading Connection newsletter, Resources for Educators (a Wolters Kluwer Company)
--Development Editor/Writer, National Geographic Kids

Children's Book Editor

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
February, 2011 – April, 2017 (about 6 years)

Responsible for expanding the Green Light Reader line for beginning readers through launch of 85+ titles in 16 series. This includes conceiving, proposing and developing original series; identifying and acquiring new titles; and revitalizing and reformatting numerous backlist titles. Thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with writers to create engaging books for budding and newly independent readers.

Freelance Editor, Writer

Self-employed
January, 2003 – February, 2011 (about 8 years)

Held numerous editorial management, development and writing roles for a variety of publishers, including :
--Consulting Editor, Scholastic’s Online New Teacher Survival Guide
--Contributing Writer, Weekly Reader's Career World, Weekly Reader's Current Health, Scholastic's Futures for High School Seniors (classroom magazines)
--Author, Enslow Elementary’s Hot Celebrity Biography Series
--Author, Capstone’s Wild Work/Read Me! Series
--Project Manager/Editor/Writer, Chrysalis Publishing Group, an educational development house for leading publishers of student texts and teacher's guides including, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw Hill. Oversaw the creation of reading/language arts, science, and social studies content for GK-6.

Also wrote frequently about parenting, children's health, and family travel for the following publications :
--Ladies Home Journal (LHJ.com)
--Parents
--Parenting
--Woman’s Day: Moms on Call
--New England Travel & Life
--Chrysler's Online Family Travel Guide

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The Princess and the Cafe on the Moat

Margie Markarian

Once upon a time there was a very busy castle. And in that castle lived a king, a queen, a young princess, and all their courtiers and attendants. Everyone was very busy. The king conferred with his knights. The queen was occupied with her ladies-in-waiting. And the rest of the palace staff was doing their daily chores. Everyone was working. Everyone but the princess, who wanted very much to b... read more

Once upon a time there was a very busy castle. And in that castle lived a king, a queen, a young princess, and all their courtiers and attendants. Everyone was very busy. The king conferred with his knights. The queen was occupied with her ladies-in-waiting. And the rest of the palace staff was doing their daily chores. Everyone was working. Everyone but the princess, who wanted very much to b... read more

Bradford Street Buddies: Springtime Blossoms (Green Light Readers Level 3)

Jerdine Nolen

CHIRP! CHIRP! CHIRP! It’s springtime on Bradford Street. Jada and Jamal are searching for signs of spring. So are their best friends, Carlita Garcia and Josh Cornell. But the most surprising sign of spring awaits them at school the next day . . . a surprise that blossoms into a colorful plan to beautify the schoolyard just in time for Earth Day. Get set to dig in and join the neighborhood fun ... read more

CHIRP! CHIRP! CHIRP! It’s springtime on Bradford Street. Jada and Jamal are searching for signs of spring. So are their best friends, Carlita Garcia and Josh Cornell. But the most surprising sign of spring awaits them at school the next day . . . a surprise that blossoms into a colorful plan to beautify the schoolyard just in time for Earth Day. Get set to dig in and join the neighborhood fun ... read more

Bradford Street Buddies: Block Party Surprise (Green Light Readers Level 3)

Jerdine Nolen

The neighborhood block party is today. Jada and Jamal Perkins are super excited. Their best friends, Carlita Garcia and Josh Cornell, are on their way over. Mr. Perkins promised them a BIG surprise. Thump! Thump! Thump! Bump! Bump! Bump! The surprise is thumping and bumping its way around the Perkinses’ backyard. What could it be? And how will the Bradford Street Buddies get a surprise that BI... read more

The neighborhood block party is today. Jada and Jamal Perkins are super excited. Their best friends, Carlita Garcia and Josh Cornell, are on their way over. Mr. Perkins promised them a BIG surprise. Thump! Thump! Thump! Bump! Bump! Bump! The surprise is thumping and bumping its way around the Perkinses’ backyard. What could it be? And how will the Bradford Street Buddies get a surprise that BI... read more

Lana's World: Let's Go Fishing! (Green Light Readers Level 2)

Erica Silverman

When little Lana pleads “Let's go fishing!” to Papa, Mama, Jay, and Ray, everyone declines, even Furry, the dog. They are all too busy doing other things. But that's not enough to stop the imaginative Lana from having her own adventure and reeling in the whole family. Welcome to Lana’s World!

When little Lana pleads “Let's go fishing!” to Papa, Mama, Jay, and Ray, everyone declines, even Furry, the dog. They are all too busy doing other things. But that's not enough to stop the imaginative Lana from having her own adventure and reeling in the whole family. Welcome to Lana’s World!

Lana's World: Let's Have a Parade! (Green Light Readers Level 2)

Erica Silverman

Rat-a-tat-tat! Dum-da-da-dum! Sis-boom-ba! Little Lana wants to have a parade with her family. But it's raining and Mama, Papa, Ray, and Jay don’t want to get wet. Of course, the pitter-pitter-pat of the rain isn’t enough to dampen Lana’s imaginative spirit or plans! She knows how to create a parade all by herself, a parade so fun that her family will soon be marching right along. Welcome to L... read more

Rat-a-tat-tat! Dum-da-da-dum! Sis-boom-ba! Little Lana wants to have a parade with her family. But it's raining and Mama, Papa, Ray, and Jay don’t want to get wet. Of course, the pitter-pitter-pat of the rain isn’t enough to dampen Lana’s imaginative spirit or plans! She knows how to create a parade all by herself, a parade so fun that her family will soon be marching right along. Welcome to L... read more

Meet Woof and Quack (reader) (Green Light Readers Level 1)

Jamie Swenson

Meet Woof and Quack, a fun pair of pals who defy dog and duck stereotypes. Woof absolutely does not like to fetch—not a ball, not a banana, not that lovely cake. Good thing Quack likes to fetch! The results are laugh-out-loud comical in the debut of this exuberant beginning reader series that’s perfect for fans of Elephant and Piggie and Ballet Cat. Story unfolds in speech bubbles on colorful ... read more

Meet Woof and Quack, a fun pair of pals who defy dog and duck stereotypes. Woof absolutely does not like to fetch—not a ball, not a banana, not that lovely cake. Good thing Quack likes to fetch! The results are laugh-out-loud comical in the debut of this exuberant beginning reader series that’s perfect for fans of Elephant and Piggie and Ballet Cat. Story unfolds in speech bubbles on colorful ... read more

Woof and Quack in Winter (reader) (Green Light Readers Level 1)

Jamie Swenson

Winter is coming! Quack has decided he is absolutely not flying south this winter. He wants to play in the snow, sled, skate, and build snow ducks. His pal Woof is skeptical but goes along with the scheme until—BRRR!—Woof insists he's flying south. But wait! Dogs do not fly south in winter! Or do they? Beginning readers will be tickled to find out in this colorful, easy-to-read story starring ... read more

Winter is coming! Quack has decided he is absolutely not flying south this winter. He wants to play in the snow, sled, skate, and build snow ducks. His pal Woof is skeptical but goes along with the scheme until—BRRR!—Woof insists he's flying south. But wait! Dogs do not fly south in winter! Or do they? Beginning readers will be tickled to find out in this colorful, easy-to-read story starring ... read more

Buster the Very Shy Dog Finds a Kitten (Green Light Readers Level 3)

Lisze Bechtold

Praise for Buster series: "A good choice for kids just past the easiest reader stage." —Booklist The adventures of Buster continue in two new easy-to-read stories. In the first, Buster is startled by noises and rustling in the dark space under the porch. Upon discovering a homeless kitten, Buster musters up the courage to help the kitty, despite loud objections and humorous antics from his can... read more

Praise for Buster series: "A good choice for kids just past the easiest reader stage." —Booklist The adventures of Buster continue in two new easy-to-read stories. In the first, Buster is startled by noises and rustling in the dark space under the porch. Upon discovering a homeless kitten, Buster musters up the courage to help the kitty, despite loud objections and humorous antics from his can... read more

I Can Help! (Green Light Readers Level 1)

Peggy Perry Anderson

Watch out! Rambunctious Joe is helping Mom run errands around town and Dad do chores around the house. But sometimes that leads to more mishaps and mischief than anyone in this loving frog family expects.. . and sometimes it can lead to a very bright idea. Simple words and dialogue create a perfect reading experience for Level 1 Green Light Readers.

Watch out! Rambunctious Joe is helping Mom run errands around town and Dad do chores around the house. But sometimes that leads to more mishaps and mischief than anyone in this loving frog family expects.. . and sometimes it can lead to a very bright idea. Simple words and dialogue create a perfect reading experience for Level 1 Green Light Readers.

Celebrating California: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3)

Marion Dane Bauer

Meet Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! He loves to explore new places. Today, he’s visiting California, the Golden State. His first stop is a TV studio for a front-row seat at his favorite television talent show! Then he will feed the sea lions at the San Diego Zoo. He’ll cheer for the Los Angeles Angels, ride a cable car in San Francisco, visit the Redwood Forest and even pan f... read more

Meet Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! He loves to explore new places. Today, he’s visiting California, the Golden State. His first stop is a TV studio for a front-row seat at his favorite television talent show! Then he will feed the sea lions at the San Diego Zoo. He’ll cheer for the Los Angeles Angels, ride a cable car in San Francisco, visit the Redwood Forest and even pan f... read more

Celebrating New York: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3)

Marion Dane Bauer

Meet Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! He loves to explore new places. Today, he’s visiting New York, the Empire State. His first stop is Times Square on New Year's Eve. He plans to climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty and watch a Broadway show, too. Then, he's heading north to visit many historic landmarks and scenic wonders, including Niagara Falls. Join Mr. Geo on his tr... read more

Meet Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! He loves to explore new places. Today, he’s visiting New York, the Empire State. His first stop is Times Square on New Year's Eve. He plans to climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty and watch a Broadway show, too. Then, he's heading north to visit many historic landmarks and scenic wonders, including Niagara Falls. Join Mr. Geo on his tr... read more

Celebrating Arizona: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3)

Marion Dane Bauer

Say hello to Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! He's on a mission to visit all fifty states. Today he is visiting Arizona, the Grand Canyon State. His first stop is the Grand Canyon for a mule ride to the bottom, where he'll board a raft and row the mighty rapids of the Colorado River. Then he will visit the Navajo Nation, a town from the Wild West, and the Painted Desert. Join M... read more

Say hello to Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! He's on a mission to visit all fifty states. Today he is visiting Arizona, the Grand Canyon State. His first stop is the Grand Canyon for a mule ride to the bottom, where he'll board a raft and row the mighty rapids of the Colorado River. Then he will visit the Navajo Nation, a town from the Wild West, and the Painted Desert. Join M... read more

Celebrating Colorado: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3)

Jane Kurtz

Say hello to Mr. Geo, everybody's favorite geography teacher! Today he's visiting Colorado, the Centennial State. He's going to explore four gorgeous national parks, participates in daring sports, visit a dude ranch, climb to the top of Pikes Peak, and much, much more. Together, you will discover what makes Colorado a state to celebrate. Includes maps and learning activities. Colorful, you-are... read more

Say hello to Mr. Geo, everybody's favorite geography teacher! Today he's visiting Colorado, the Centennial State. He's going to explore four gorgeous national parks, participates in daring sports, visit a dude ranch, climb to the top of Pikes Peak, and much, much more. Together, you will discover what makes Colorado a state to celebrate. Includes maps and learning activities. Colorful, you-are... read more

Celebrating Georgia: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3)

Jane Kurtz

"The titles in this series are perfect for reports on the fifty states." —Kiss the Book blog Say hello to Mr. Geo, everybody's favorite geography teacher! He loves to explore new places. Today he's visiting Georgia, the Peach State. His first stop is a peach festival to bake the world's biggest peach cobbler. Then he's headed to a farm to pick peanuts and pecans. He'll also explore the cities ... read more

"The titles in this series are perfect for reports on the fifty states." —Kiss the Book blog Say hello to Mr. Geo, everybody's favorite geography teacher! He loves to explore new places. Today he's visiting Georgia, the Peach State. His first stop is a peach festival to bake the world's biggest peach cobbler. Then he's headed to a farm to pick peanuts and pecans. He'll also explore the cities ... read more

Who Cleans Dinosaur Bones?: Working at a Museum (Wild Work)

Margie Markarian

Museums are filled with mysterious and fascinating objects that need to be handled and taken care of very carefully. Find out if a job in a museum would be right for you in this title that explores such jobs as curator, paleontologist, and researcher.

Museums are filled with mysterious and fascinating objects that need to be handled and taken care of very carefully. Find out if a job in a museum would be right for you in this title that explores such jobs as curator, paleontologist, and researcher.

Hilary Duff: Life in the Spotlight (Hot Celebrity Biographies)

Margie Markarian

Hilary Duff became an overnight sensation when Lizzie McGuire premiered in 2001. Ever since the mega-hit show ended in 2004, the spunky actress and singer has continued to shine with a string of popular movies and albums. This fun-to-read book offers juicy quotes, personal stories, and accessible features such as a timeline and glossary.

Hilary Duff became an overnight sensation when Lizzie McGuire premiered in 2001. Ever since the mega-hit show ended in 2004, the spunky actress and singer has continued to shine with a string of popular movies and albums. This fun-to-read book offers juicy quotes, personal stories, and accessible features such as a timeline and glossary.

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