Melanie Figueroa

Melanie Figueroa - Editor Tick

Anaheim, CA, United States

I help authors and publishers (Macmillan Learning, Disney, Walter Foster Jr.) improve their writing and deliver their best work.

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Overview

I provide professional editorial services for authors and businesses. My current clients include indie authors and publishers, such as Macmillan Learning.

Before becoming a full-time freelancer, I worked as an in-house editor for the Southern California art and educational publisher Walter Foster Jr. There I worked on everything from children's books about furry and feathery creatures to licensed titles about how to draw a certain forgetful blue tang fish.

I love working with nonfiction and fiction (both adult and children's). Especially genres such as YA, magical realism, science fiction, fantasy, women's fiction, literary fiction, and anything educational.

I am a personable and professional editor who takes the time to understand each client's unique needs and voice, delivering work on time and with accuracy.

I will help you polish your work so it is submission-ready. I can also point you in the direction of literary agents who might be a good fit for your manuscript. I am not currently accepting developmental editing work. But in addition to copyediting and proofreading, I can review your manuscript in its early stages and provide feedback about structure, pace, tone, character development, and more in the form of an editorial assessment.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Education & Reference

Certifications

  • M.S. Writing and Book Publishing
  • B.A. English Rhetoric and Composition
  • Technical Writing Certificate

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
March, 2015 – Present (over 3 years)

Provide freelance editorial services for authors, publishers, and other organizations.

Editorial Project Manager

Quarto Publishing Group USA
September, 2015 – July, 2016 (10 months)

Managed over 15 licensed and children’s titles annually. Duties included research, contracting authors and artists, developmental and copyediting, and supervising freelancers.

Project Manager

Ooligan Press
March, 2014 – March, 2015 (about 1 year)

Managed the press’s annual publishing conference, Write to Publish. Duties included supervising over thirty volunteers, planning the event program and booking speakers, marketing and publicity, and fundraising.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up: The must-read book list for kids (101 series for Kids)

Bianca Schulze

An Amazon Best Book of the Month Selection for October 2016!101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up provides a comprehensive list of kid-friendly books for children to read before they grow up. This must-read review list acts as an interactive journal where kids can document the books they read, why they like them, and how they rate them. Divided into sections by subject, from fairy tales and fan... read more

An Amazon Best Book of the Month Selection for October 2016!101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up provides a comprehensive list of kid-friendly books for children to read before they grow up. This must-read review list acts as an interactive journal where kids can document the books they read, why they like them, and how they rate them. Divided into sections by subject, from fairy tales and fan... read more

Jurassic Classics: The Prehistoric Masters of Literature: Discover literary history with a prehistoric twist!

Saskia Lacey

Discover literary history with a prehistoric twist! Deep underground, a mysterious cave of stone tablets has been discovered, and researchers are working frantically to translate a treasury of prehistoric literature. In this collection, you'll learn what made the greatest dinosaur writers so very great, uncover the real story behind our modern classics, and be introduced to masterpieces includ... read more

Discover literary history with a prehistoric twist! Deep underground, a mysterious cave of stone tablets has been discovered, and researchers are working frantically to translate a treasury of prehistoric literature. In this collection, you'll learn what made the greatest dinosaur writers so very great, uncover the real story behind our modern classics, and be introduced to masterpieces includ... read more

Learn to Draw Disney Pixar's Finding Dory: Including Dory, Nemo, Marlin, and all your favorite characters! (Licensed Learn to Draw)

Disney Storybook Artists

Learn to draw all of your favorite characters from Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory step by step!Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory reunites everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Learn to Draw Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory features all of the p... read more

Learn to draw all of your favorite characters from Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory step by step!Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory reunites everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Learn to Draw Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory features all of the p... read more

Learn to Draw Disney's Moana: Learn to draw Moana, Maui, and other favorite characters step by step! (Licensed Learn to Draw)

Disney Storybook Artists

Learn to Draw Disney's Moana teaches young artists how to draw favorite characters from Disney’s animated feature film, Moana. Featured step-by-step drawing subjects include Moana, Maui, and more. Each lesson begins with a simple shape before progressing to a finished color piece of artwork, making it easy for beginning artists to follow along. Throughout the book, young artists and Moana fans... read more

Learn to Draw Disney's Moana teaches young artists how to draw favorite characters from Disney’s animated feature film, Moana. Featured step-by-step drawing subjects include Moana, Maui, and more. Each lesson begins with a simple shape before progressing to a finished color piece of artwork, making it easy for beginning artists to follow along. Throughout the book, young artists and Moana fans... read more

Learn to Draw Disney's Classic Animated Movies: Featuring favorite characters from Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, Peter Pan, and more! (Licensed Learn to Draw)

Disney Storybook Artists

Learn to draw all of your favorite characters from classic Disney movies!Learn to Draw Disney's Classic Animated Movies joins a long list of beloved learn-to-draw titles that span the most popular animated films of Disney history. Disney's Classic Animated Movies digs even deeper into the Disney archives to include favorite classic characters from Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Fantasia... read more

Learn to draw all of your favorite characters from classic Disney movies!Learn to Draw Disney's Classic Animated Movies joins a long list of beloved learn-to-draw titles that span the most popular animated films of Disney history. Disney's Classic Animated Movies digs even deeper into the Disney archives to include favorite classic characters from Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Fantasia... read more

Ancient Earth Journal: The Late Jurassic: Notes, drawings, and observations from prehistory

Juan Carlos Alonso, Gregory S. Paul

A 2017 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 (National Science Teachers Association-Children's Book Council) and Prehistoric Book of the Year by the readers of Prehistoric Times magazine. Through detailed illustrations and descriptive narrative, readers will experience a thrilling, thoroughly enjoyable ride through the most popular time period of prehistory.What would it be like to ... read more

A 2017 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 (National Science Teachers Association-Children's Book Council) and Prehistoric Book of the Year by the readers of Prehistoric Times magazine. Through detailed illustrations and descriptive narrative, readers will experience a thrilling, thoroughly enjoyable ride through the most popular time period of prehistory.What would it be like to ... read more

DIY Box Creations: Fun and creative projects to make out of REALLY BIG BOXES!

Courtney Sanchez

Let your imagination be your guide as you discover 12 clever cardboard craft projects for the entire family!DIY Box Creations includes a variety of out-of-the-box cardboard creations for families to build together, transforming leftover boxes into an assortment of step-by-step projects. From planes, trains, forts, lemonade stands, and puppet theaters, have fun building memories and creativity ... read more

Let your imagination be your guide as you discover 12 clever cardboard craft projects for the entire family!DIY Box Creations includes a variety of out-of-the-box cardboard creations for families to build together, transforming leftover boxes into an assortment of step-by-step projects. From planes, trains, forts, lemonade stands, and puppet theaters, have fun building memories and creativity ... read more

Reptiles & Amphibians: A close-up photographic look inside your world (Up Close)

Heidi Fiedler

Discover your amazing world through curious and fascinating up-close photography!Transform the ordinary into something extraordinary with exciting micro and macro photography! Reptiles & Amphibiansexplores all things cold-blooded, pairing extreme, hyper-detailed images of scaly skin, snake eyes, and webbed feet with fun facts, activities, and brainteasers. So let’s turn up the ZOOM and discove... read more

Discover your amazing world through curious and fascinating up-close photography!Transform the ordinary into something extraordinary with exciting micro and macro photography! Reptiles & Amphibiansexplores all things cold-blooded, pairing extreme, hyper-detailed images of scaly skin, snake eyes, and webbed feet with fun facts, activities, and brainteasers. So let’s turn up the ZOOM and discove... read more

How to Build a Motorcycle: A racing adventure of mechanics, teamwork, and friendship (Technical Tales)

Saskia Lacey

Eli, Phoebe, and Hank once again join forces to build another miniature vehicle--a motorcycle! How to Build a Motorcycle continues the Technical Tales series, where a group of three unlikely friends--a rat, a sparrow, and a frog--come together to build another vehicle--a motorcycle! As they start working, they encounter many unexpected obstacles, teaching them (and the reader) about the differ... read more

Eli, Phoebe, and Hank once again join forces to build another miniature vehicle--a motorcycle! How to Build a Motorcycle continues the Technical Tales series, where a group of three unlikely friends--a rat, a sparrow, and a frog--come together to build another vehicle--a motorcycle! As they start working, they encounter many unexpected obstacles, teaching them (and the reader) about the differ... read more

Words to Live By: Creative hand-lettering, coloring, and inspirations

Dawn Nicole Warnaar

With step-by-step, hand-lettering lessons and spectacularly illustrated coloring pages, artists of any age can create beautiful works of letter art. Words to Live By is a unique combination of inspirational quotes, hand-lettering tips and techniques, and fun coloring pages. With easy step-by-step lessons in the art of hand lettering and illustration, artists of any age can learn to create beau... read more

With step-by-step, hand-lettering lessons and spectacularly illustrated coloring pages, artists of any age can create beautiful works of letter art. Words to Live By is a unique combination of inspirational quotes, hand-lettering tips and techniques, and fun coloring pages. With easy step-by-step lessons in the art of hand lettering and illustration, artists of any age can learn to create beau... read more

How to Build a House: A colossal adventure of construction, teamwork, and friendship (Technical Tales)

Saskia Lacey

Learn about home construction and teamwork as three unlikely friend work together to build a miniature house!How to Build a House continues to follow the adventures of the three unlikely friends--Eli, Phoebe, and Hank, as they take on their latest engineering adventure, building a house! Follow the trio as they learn about how a house is constructed, from the foundation to the rafters. Detaile... read more

Learn about home construction and teamwork as three unlikely friend work together to build a miniature house!How to Build a House continues to follow the adventures of the three unlikely friends--Eli, Phoebe, and Hank, as they take on their latest engineering adventure, building a house! Follow the trio as they learn about how a house is constructed, from the foundation to the rafters. Detaile... read more

Fur & Feathers: A close-up photographic look inside your world (Up Close)

Heidi Fiedler

Discover your amazing world through curious and fascinating up-close photography!Transform the ordinary into something extraordinary with exciting micro and macro photography! Fur & Feathers explores the fascinating textures of birds and animals, pairing extreme, hyper-detailed images of unique and colorful feathers and patterned fur coats with fun facts, activities, and brainteasers. So let's... read more

Discover your amazing world through curious and fascinating up-close photography!Transform the ordinary into something extraordinary with exciting micro and macro photography! Fur & Feathers explores the fascinating textures of birds and animals, pairing extreme, hyper-detailed images of unique and colorful feathers and patterned fur coats with fun facts, activities, and brainteasers. So let's... read more

The Big Book of Cartooning: An adventurous journey into the amazing & awesome world of cartooning! (Big Book Series)

Dave Garbot

Get started cartooning, and create a wide range of fun, wacky, and unique characters!The Big Book of Cartooning provides a comprehensive, colorful, and creative guide for young artists-in-training to creating a wide range of cartoon characters. Learn the basics of cartooning, including how to exaggerate features, draw silly expressions, and create over-the-top gestures, as well as how to draw ... read more

Get started cartooning, and create a wide range of fun, wacky, and unique characters!The Big Book of Cartooning provides a comprehensive, colorful, and creative guide for young artists-in-training to creating a wide range of cartoon characters. Learn the basics of cartooning, including how to exaggerate features, draw silly expressions, and create over-the-top gestures, as well as how to draw ... read more

My Sunflower: Watch me bloom, from seed to sunflower, a pop-up book (Grow with Me!)

Learn how a seed turns into a sunflower through amazing 3-D pop-ups! My Sunflower explores the metamorphosis of the sunflower--from a tiny seed to a gigantic, beautiful flower--through colorful, pop-up illustrations and spreads. Children learn about the stages of a sunflower's life and the biology of plant growth, from planting the seed and watering the sprout to watching the bud bloom into be... read more

Learn how a seed turns into a sunflower through amazing 3-D pop-ups! My Sunflower explores the metamorphosis of the sunflower--from a tiny seed to a gigantic, beautiful flower--through colorful, pop-up illustrations and spreads. Children learn about the stages of a sunflower's life and the biology of plant growth, from planting the seed and watering the sprout to watching the bud bloom into be... read more

How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn how to create your own blog, vlog, or podcast and get it out in the blogosphere! (Super Skills)

Shane Birley

In this new addition to the Super Skills series, children can master a new digital talent--creating blogs, vlogs, and podcasts--in 10 easy lessons! Each stage is fully illustrated with step-by-step illustrations and photographs, so children can learn 10 key skills to develop and promote an exciting new online blog or vlog. Along with professional tips and practical techniques, this book will h... read more

In this new addition to the Super Skills series, children can master a new digital talent--creating blogs, vlogs, and podcasts--in 10 easy lessons! Each stage is fully illustrated with step-by-step illustrations and photographs, so children can learn 10 key skills to develop and promote an exciting new online blog or vlog. Along with professional tips and practical techniques, this book will h... read more

Be Happy & Color!: Mindful activities & coloring pages for kids

Hannah Klaus Hunter

Coloring is a great method to promote child development and learning through artistic self-expression. Coloring is a great method to promote child development and learning through artistic self-expression. Be Happy & Color pairs this essential part of growing up with tools and techniques that can help children learn to express themselves and support their emotional well-being. Alongside beauti... read more

Coloring is a great method to promote child development and learning through artistic self-expression. Coloring is a great method to promote child development and learning through artistic self-expression. Be Happy & Color pairs this essential part of growing up with tools and techniques that can help children learn to express themselves and support their emotional well-being. Alongside beauti... read more

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