Allison Moore

Allison Moore - Editor

New York, NY, USA

10+ years as an editor at Bloomsbury and Little Brown, passionate about making good stories star-worthy and positioning pitches for success

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I have spent the last decade as a Children’s and YA editor, working with authors and illustrators to create books that will help kids and teens fall in love with reading, see themselves in great stories, and find windows to new experiences and points of view. I also have a passion for strategy and positioning, and have spoken extensively at SCBWI conferences about publishing market topics. I have been to countless editorial and acquisitions meetings and can help you determine if you are on the right track — or how you can get there.

My sweet spots in middle grade and YA are realistic fiction and magical realism (I am not the best match for high fantasy); I also enjoy any kind of picture book. I’m open a wide range of topics, but I may have positioning notes for you!

I am also a voracious reader of general fiction, essays, domestic thrillers, and contemporary romance and happy to review anything in those genres. I may also be open to ghostwriting.

English (US)
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Contemporary Romance
LGBTQ Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance Editor

March, 2022 – Present (4 months)


Bloomsbury Children’s Books
May, 2017 – January, 2022 (over 4 years)

Board Member, Book Club Leader, Grant Editor (volunteer)

Atlas: DIY (aid and empowerment to immigrant youth)
October, 2012 – December, 2019 (about 7 years)

Editorial Assistant to Associate Editor

Little Brown Books for Young Readers
August, 2010 – May, 2017 (over 6 years)


August, 2009 – August, 2010 (about 1 year)

Library Assistant (page)

Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library
June, 2003 – August, 2005 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Spin Me Right Round

Valdes, David

Extraordinary Birds

Stark-Mcginnis, Sandy

Ghost Boys

Rhodes, Jewell Parker

Iguana Be a Dragon

Frost, Maddie

The Perfect Plan

Gilbert, Leah

My Second Impression of You

Mason, Michelle I.

The Best Worst Summer

Eulberg, Elizabeth

The Hollow Inside

Davis, Brooke Lauren

Be Who You Are

Parr, Todd

The Sweetest Sound

Winston, Sherri

The SheepOver (Sweet Pea & Friends, 1)

Churchman, Jennifer, Churchman, John

A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice

Stirling, Jasmine A., Stamper, Vesper

The Space Between Lost and Found

Stark-Mcginnis, Sandy

Bayou Magic

Rhodes, Jewell Parker

After Dark with Roxie Clark

Davis, Brooke Lauren

Your Life Has Been Delayed

Mason, Michelle I.

Allison has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Rachel Howe
Allison was great to work with. Very professional, thorough and constructive.

Rachel Howe, June 2022

Leslie Eva Tayloe
I thought Allison's critique was very thorough. She provided good suggestions. I would definitely submit my work to Allison again.

Leslie Eva Tayloe, June 2022

Carey Patrick Wertz
She was very prompt and helpful. She is very direct and seemed to do a lot with my query letter even though she had little information about the novel. She also researched me and gave me some suggestions about interesting information to share about myself as a person in my letter. Her work for her price is a great deal.

Carey Patrick Wertz, May 2022

Autumn Adams
Allison gave me super detailed feedback with a bunch of suggestions to make my query pop! She also answered all of my questions on her feedback. 10/10 would recommend!

Autumn Adams, April 2022

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