Michael Joosten

Michael Joosten – Editor

Creative and dynamic children's book editor with 15 years experience at companies such as Scholastic Books and Random House Children's Books


With vast experience as an editor and best-selling author in children's publishing, I pull from my extensive background in theater. I utilize my experiences with musicality (rhythms, phrasing) and script analysis (story building) to help shape texts into dynamic, voice-driven books that range from the comedic to the matter-of-fact. Each project requires individual tailoring, and I draw on my unique perspective and experience to help create engaging board books, picture books, early readers, beginner chapter books, and branded content.

Over the course of my career, I have:

- Managed and edited iconic publishing programs that included The Berenstain Bears, Richard Scarry, and Little Critter

- Acquired award-winning picture books

- Developed board, early reader, and picture books projects

- Worked extensively with a broad range of illustrators

- Worked closely with sales, marketing, and publicity to assist in positioning books for optimal success

Children’s Non-Fiction LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Fiction Picture Books
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Apr, 2019 — Present

Random House Children's Books

Sep, 2010 — Mar, 2019 (over 8 years)

Scholastic Books

Sep, 2007 — Apr, 2010 (over 2 years)

Michael has 36 reviews





Sim N.

Sim N.

May, 2024

Michael was a pleasure to work with on my children's book. He is the kind of guy who invests time and efforts into a project to make sure he delivers the best results. From the time I initiated contact with Michael, he has always proved to be a serious professional editor and done what he said he would do. Last but not least, his professional fees fit very well within my budget. I will definite...
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Icylin T.

Icylin T.

May, 2024

Michael: I recently had the pleasure of working with Michael on my book project. From the outset, Michael demonstrated professionalism and a commitment to understanding my needs as an author. He provided timely feedback and was very responsive to my concerns and questions. During our collaboration, we discovered that my book required the expertise of a designer rather than an editor. Michael q...
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Judah B.

Judah B.

May, 2024

Michael was fantastic to work with and really helped me figure out how to bring my story to life. I absolutely recommend him and would use him again in a heartbeat.
Joumana L.

Joumana L.

May, 2024

I am so grateful to have worked alongside Michael. He performed such an outstanding job on my manuscript. I highly recommend this Professional to everyone looking for a proofreader. He was very courteous, friendly, caring, efficient and extremely professional. He completed my manuscript in a very timely fashion. Thank you Michael.
Jonathan M.

Jonathan M.

May, 2024

My interaction with Michael exceeded my wildest expectations. He gave detailed and specific feedback while being very professional and supportive. The book is already better for his contribution and he has given me the personal confidence - as a “first-timer” - to carry-on.

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