Nivair Gabriel

Nivair Gabriel – Editor

I am a writer, editor, and aerospace engineer with eight years of professional experience and two master's degrees in children's literature.


My authors tell me I am nurturing, exacting, and an all-around hoot. As my client, you will get the benefit of my lifelong honed skills in developmental editing and critique, my varied editorial experience at independent and educationally focused children's book publishers (Albert Whitman, Charlesbridge, Barefoot Books), and my sensibility as a professional reviewer of trade children's books (Kirkus Reviews). You'll also receive my insight from my MA in children's literature and my MFA in writing for children from Simmons College. Maybe you'll even get some knowledge from my BS in aerospace engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—you'd be surprised how often that comes in handy.
Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books
English (US)
  • MA in Children's Literature
  • MFA in Writing for Children
  • BS in Aerospace Engineering
  • Graduate, Odyssey Writing Workshop

Work experience

Albert Whitman & Company

Jun, 2021 — Nov, 2022 (over 1 year)

Edited picture books, chapter books, and novels for children and teens

Kirkus Reviews

Oct, 2019 — Present

Reviews children's and teen books, both fiction and nonfiction

Barefoot Books

Feb, 2019 — Feb, 2020 (about 1 year)

Edited and art directed picture books and board books

Charlesbridge Publishing

Jun, 2018 — Oct, 2018 (4 months)

Prepared draft proposals and metadata, fact-checked illustrations, wrote flap copy, reviewed submissions

Barefoot Books

May, 2017 — Jan, 2019 (over 1 year)

Edited and collaborated on art direction for new titles and digital tie-in products
Performed market research, supported marketing campaigns, managed publicity database

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