Mary Colgan

Mary Colgan - Editor Tick

Honesdale, PA, USA

Supportive editor with 10+ years' professional experience with developmental editing and copy editing of picture books and MG and YA novels

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Overview

I am a professional editor with more than 10 years' experience with US publishers, including Chronicle Books and Boyds Mills Press, the book-publishing division of Highlights for Children. I have worked on a wide range of projects, but have a particular passion for picture books and middle grade and young adult novels. I acquired and edited the NYT best-selling picture book Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, which I found among the unsolicited manuscripts submitted to Chronicle Books. In novels, I gravitate toward coming-of-age stories with plenty of heart and also smart genre books, especially reality-based paranormal, horror, magical realism, and light sci-fi. I love working with writers of all levels of experience and am known for having a supportive, collaborative working style that brings out the best in authors. I am also an exacting copy editor and proofreader, consistently maintaining the highest standards.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Dystopian
Historical Fiction
Horror
Literature
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Work experience

Senior Editor

Boyds Mills Press (Highlights for Children)
January, 2013 – February, 2018 (about 5 years)

* Acquired and edited 6-8 books per season, including fiction and nonfiction picture books, long nonfiction, and middle grade and young adult novels

* Worked closely with authors to shape and fine-tune novels, including extensive work on plot, pacing, and characterization

Senior Editor (contract position in New Zealand)

Learning Media (subcontractor of McGraw-Hill)
June, 2011 – March, 2012 (9 months)

* Edited fiction and nonfiction leveled readers for McGraw-Hill, totaling 4 books per week for a full school year

* Heavily edited fiction and nonfiction pieces to improve quality, clarity, and age-appropriateness and to meet McGraw-Hill’s guidelines and specifications

Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant

Chronicle Books
June, 2006 – April, 2011 (almost 5 years)

* Acquired and edited a wide range of projects, including board books, picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels

* Provided editorial support to executive and senior editors

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Sherri Duskey Rinker

The #1 New York Times bestsellerAs the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld ... read more

The #1 New York Times bestsellerAs the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld ... read more

A Bad Night for Bullies (The Goolz Next Door)

Gary Ghislain

For fans of Goosebumps and other young horror titles, here is the first book of The Goolz Next Door series. When horror novelist Frank Goolz and his daughters, Ilona and Suzie, move next door, twelve-year-old Harold is only hoping to make exciting new friends. But he soon learns that Frank's books are actually based on real-life paranormal adventures. Suddenly a gift from Ilona seems much more... read more

For fans of Goosebumps and other young horror titles, here is the first book of The Goolz Next Door series. When horror novelist Frank Goolz and his daughters, Ilona and Suzie, move next door, twelve-year-old Harold is only hoping to make exciting new friends. But he soon learns that Frank's books are actually based on real-life paranormal adventures. Suddenly a gift from Ilona seems much more... read more

When the Crickets Stopped Singing

Marilyn Cram Donahue

Set in the summer of 1939, this sensitive, coming-of-age historical novel explores the complex nature of justice as a young girl struggles to stand up for what she knows is right, even when her community wants to turn the other way. It’s the calm before the storm of World War II in small-town Messina, California. Angie Wallace and her friends have set out on a mission to “love thy neighbor”—ev... read more

Set in the summer of 1939, this sensitive, coming-of-age historical novel explores the complex nature of justice as a young girl struggles to stand up for what she knows is right, even when her community wants to turn the other way. It’s the calm before the storm of World War II in small-town Messina, California. Angie Wallace and her friends have set out on a mission to “love thy neighbor”—ev... read more

Stolen Secrets

L.B. Schulman

After an abrupt move across the country to San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Livvy is shocked to find that her mother has lied to her. Instead of looking for work at a bakery, her mom is taking care of Adelle, Livvy’s grandmother, who Livvy thought was long dead. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Adelle shouts out startling details, mistakes her own name, and seems to relive moments that may have take... read more

After an abrupt move across the country to San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Livvy is shocked to find that her mother has lied to her. Instead of looking for work at a bakery, her mom is taking care of Adelle, Livvy’s grandmother, who Livvy thought was long dead. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Adelle shouts out startling details, mistakes her own name, and seems to relive moments that may have take... read more

The Marvelwood Magicians

Diane Zahler

Eleven-year-old Mattie Marvelwood comes from a family of traveling performers. Her dad is an illusionist; her mom is a fortune-teller; her brother has a vanishing act; and she herself is a mind-reader. But the Marvelwoods have a deep secret. The acts they perform at carnivals, fairs, and circuses are not just acts. Their powers are real. In all their wanderings, the Marvelwoods have never met ... read more

Eleven-year-old Mattie Marvelwood comes from a family of traveling performers. Her dad is an illusionist; her mom is a fortune-teller; her brother has a vanishing act; and she herself is a mind-reader. But the Marvelwoods have a deep secret. The acts they perform at carnivals, fairs, and circuses are not just acts. Their powers are real. In all their wanderings, the Marvelwoods have never met ... read more

The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat

Laurence Pringle

Here is a stunningly illustrated nonfiction picture book for young readers ages 6-9 about a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis.This gorgeous and lyrical picture book continues the Secret Life series by renowned science author Laurence Pringle and illustrator Kate Garchinsky. It follows a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis as he learns to be a hunter, escape predat... read more

Here is a stunningly illustrated nonfiction picture book for young readers ages 6-9 about a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis.This gorgeous and lyrical picture book continues the Secret Life series by renowned science author Laurence Pringle and illustrator Kate Garchinsky. It follows a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis as he learns to be a hunter, escape predat... read more

How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend

Gary Ghislain

David Gershwin's summer is about to take a turn for the weird. When his dad's new patient Zelda tells him shes from outer space and on a quest to take Johnny Depp back to her planet, he knows he should run away screaming. But with one look from her mean, green eyes, David's hooked, and soon he's leaping across rooftops, running from police, and stealing cars just to stay by her side. He might ... read more

David Gershwin's summer is about to take a turn for the weird. When his dad's new patient Zelda tells him shes from outer space and on a quest to take Johnny Depp back to her planet, he knows he should run away screaming. But with one look from her mean, green eyes, David's hooked, and soon he's leaping across rooftops, running from police, and stealing cars just to stay by her side. He might ... read more

Dreaming of You

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

This lyrical and beautifully illustrated lullaby picture book prepares children ages 3-6 for bedtime by imagining what animals dream.This soothing bedtime story explores the question, When animals sleep, what do they see in their dreams? The lyrical text tells readers that chipmunks dream of digging deep burrows, puppies dream of long, waggy walks, and horses dream of wild, windy rides. But mo... read more

This lyrical and beautifully illustrated lullaby picture book prepares children ages 3-6 for bedtime by imagining what animals dream.This soothing bedtime story explores the question, When animals sleep, what do they see in their dreams? The lyrical text tells readers that chipmunks dream of digging deep burrows, puppies dream of long, waggy walks, and horses dream of wild, windy rides. But mo... read more

The Exo Project

Andrew DeYoung

This fast-paced, sharply written multiple-perspective YA science-fiction debut opens on a future Earth ravaged by solar radiation. Desperate for money to save his sick mother, seventeen-year-old Matthew agrees to participate in the Exo Project, a government plan to save the human race by flying across the galaxy in search of a habitable planet for resettlement. He thinks he’s been given a deat... read more

This fast-paced, sharply written multiple-perspective YA science-fiction debut opens on a future Earth ravaged by solar radiation. Desperate for money to save his sick mother, seventeen-year-old Matthew agrees to participate in the Exo Project, a government plan to save the human race by flying across the galaxy in search of a habitable planet for resettlement. He thinks he’s been given a deat... read more

I Just Like You

Suzanne Bloom

From the author-illustrator of the award-winning Goose and Bear series comes an endearing picture book about friendship and tolerance for children ages 3-7. A sweet group of young animals shows readers that even though others might look, talk, or walk differently, we can like each other just as we are.With a subtle message of tolerance and acceptance, this irresistibly sweet book features anim... read more

From the author-illustrator of the award-winning Goose and Bear series comes an endearing picture book about friendship and tolerance for children ages 3-7. A sweet group of young animals shows readers that even though others might look, talk, or walk differently, we can like each other just as we are.With a subtle message of tolerance and acceptance, this irresistibly sweet book features anim... read more

You Are Not a Cat!

Sharon Flake

This clever and hilarious story stars Cat, who starts out perfectly content and relaxed, and Duck, who infuriates him by meowing like a cat instead of quacking like Cat thinks he should. Written completely in dialogue, this minimalist text by award-winning novelist Sharon G. Flake (in her debut picture book) is fun to read aloud and easy enough for newly independent readers to enjoy on their o... read more

This clever and hilarious story stars Cat, who starts out perfectly content and relaxed, and Duck, who infuriates him by meowing like a cat instead of quacking like Cat thinks he should. Written completely in dialogue, this minimalist text by award-winning novelist Sharon G. Flake (in her debut picture book) is fun to read aloud and easy enough for newly independent readers to enjoy on their o... read more

Rewind (A Rewind Novel)

Carolyn O'Doherty

In this fast-paced time-travel thriller starring a compelling female character, Alex’s power as a spinner—a teen who can rewind time to help solve crimes—is suddenly in question. At sixteen, the dreaded time sickness that causes all spinners to die early strikes Alex. If she can’t be restabilized, she’ll live out the rest of her short life at the Center, where spinners are confined from birth,... read more

In this fast-paced time-travel thriller starring a compelling female character, Alex’s power as a spinner—a teen who can rewind time to help solve crimes—is suddenly in question. At sixteen, the dreaded time sickness that causes all spinners to die early strikes Alex. If she can’t be restabilized, she’ll live out the rest of her short life at the Center, where spinners are confined from birth,... read more

Percy, Dog of Destiny

Alison McGhee

Dog park? Let’s go! Percy may be a small dog, but he more than makes up for it in attitude and energy. Holding tight to his precious toy ball, he makes his way to the dog park, coming across three friends along the way—Molly, with her kerchief; Oatmeal Cookie, with his Frisbee; and lovable giant Fluffy, with his bone. At the park, the four friends have fun running, digging, and sniffing—until ... read more

Dog park? Let’s go! Percy may be a small dog, but he more than makes up for it in attitude and energy. Holding tight to his precious toy ball, he makes his way to the dog park, coming across three friends along the way—Molly, with her kerchief; Oatmeal Cookie, with his Frisbee; and lovable giant Fluffy, with his bone. At the park, the four friends have fun running, digging, and sniffing—until ... read more

Space Boy and the Space Pirate

Dian Curtis Regan

Niko and his crew embark on an intergalactic adventure to the Planet Zorg, where Niko’s cousin Sasha is being held captive by a space pirate (who is actually Niko’s sister, Posh!). But when Niko and his crew charge in to the rescue, the girls do the unthinkable by capturing his ship and leaving him stranded far from Planet Home. Using his characteristic ingenuity and wit, Niko manages to take ... read more

Niko and his crew embark on an intergalactic adventure to the Planet Zorg, where Niko’s cousin Sasha is being held captive by a space pirate (who is actually Niko’s sister, Posh!). But when Niko and his crew charge in to the rescue, the girls do the unthinkable by capturing his ship and leaving him stranded far from Planet Home. Using his characteristic ingenuity and wit, Niko manages to take ... read more

Rabbit Stew

Wendy Wahman

Fox brothers Rusty and Rojo toil and till in their vegetable garden all summer long until they're finally ready to make their splendid, scrumptious, marvelous rabbit stew. Then they begin to pick colorful ingredients one by one, from lean, green runner beans and crunchy orange carrots to fresh sprigs of parsley and roly-poly blueberries. Meanwhile, their pet rabbit watches with his bunny famil... read more

Fox brothers Rusty and Rojo toil and till in their vegetable garden all summer long until they're finally ready to make their splendid, scrumptious, marvelous rabbit stew. Then they begin to pick colorful ingredients one by one, from lean, green runner beans and crunchy orange carrots to fresh sprigs of parsley and roly-poly blueberries. Meanwhile, their pet rabbit watches with his bunny famil... read more

23 Minutes

Vivian Vande Velde

With a fascinating plot involving time travel, this fast-paced, emotional suspense novel will keep middle grade and young adult readers at the edges of their seats.By both society's measure and her own, fifteen-year-old Zoe Mahar is pretty much a loser. Then one day she ducks into Spencerport Savings and Loan simply to get out of the rain—and witnesses a bank robbery gone horrifyingly wrong. T... read more

With a fascinating plot involving time travel, this fast-paced, emotional suspense novel will keep middle grade and young adult readers at the edges of their seats.By both society's measure and her own, fifteen-year-old Zoe Mahar is pretty much a loser. Then one day she ducks into Spencerport Savings and Loan simply to get out of the rain—and witnesses a bank robbery gone horrifyingly wrong. T... read more

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