Olivia Funderburg

Olivia Funderburg - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Champion of diverse, inclusive stories. Passionate, detail-oriented, and ready to help you captivate readers of all ages.

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I'm a children's book editor based in New York whose work focuses on diverse stories and equity in education. My academic background is in English Literature and Education Studies, with my undergraduate projects including endeavors like an observation-based analysis of Boston-area children’s libraries; a picture book social emotional learning curriculum; and a collection of young adult literature to empower Black teens. My current role as an Editorial Assistant at Scholastic Education has taught me the ins and outs of book publishing and developed my skills as a project manager and book editor.

I believe that children's books should reflect the diversity of children, both in classrooms and outside of them. I want to help writers use the power of great stories to engage, educate, and empower children. I bring my organization, thorough editing skills, and detail-oriented approach to every project.
English (US)
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Cultural & Ethnic
Young Adult
Children’s Non-Fiction


  • Jacqueline Award for Literary Essay, 3rd place (Wellesley College Department of English)

Work experience

Managing Editorial Assistant

Penguin Random House
February, 2021 – Present (12 months)

Editorial Assistant, Education

Scholastic Inc.
September, 2018 – January, 2021 (over 2 years)

Developing literature-based education products, reporting to three Editorial Directors. Writing and editing picture books for grades K-2, selecting and evaluating novels for grades 3-6, and editing teaching materials for grades K-6 (reading comprehension, social and emotional learning, writing, and phonics).

Children's Editorial Intern

HarperCollins Publishers
June, 2017 – August, 2017 (2 months)

Intern with Greenwillow Books & the Early Childhood Group, reporting to one Assistant Editor and one Editorial Assistant. Evaluating submissions and preparing reader’s reports; reviewing acquired manuscripts and preparing editorial notes. Writing selling and jacket copy. Reviewing proofs, mechanicals, art. Attending Managing Editorial, Production, Design, and Marketing meetings.


Counterpoint Magazine, Wellesley College
October, 2016 – May, 2018 (over 1 year)

Editor-in-Chief of Wellesley College's student-run journal of campus life. Responsibilities included copyediting and proofreading the monthly magazine prior to printing and managing a team of up to thirty student editors and designers.

Research Assistant to Professor Selwyn R. Cudjoe

Department of Africana Studies, Wellesley College
May, 2016 – July, 2018 (about 2 years)

Research Assistant: The Slavemaster of Trinidad (University of Massachusetts Press, 2018). Teaching Assistant, Black Women Writers, Spring 2018: created lecture slides, kept records for 30 undergraduate students, taught course session on The Hate U Give (HarperCollins, 2018).

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Buzz The Premier Bee

Regina Bond, Dalia Awad

Olivia has 11 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Bruce Jassett
great work,

Bruce Jassett, April 2021

Mike L
Working with Olivia through an extensive copy edit of my book was a true joy. She is professional, thorough, skilled and talented, in addition to being very pleasant to work with. She met all her schedule milestones, and kept a kind, steady hand on the helm all the way through the process. I highly recommend Olivia, and look forward to working with her on my next book!

Mike L, March 2021

Chantelle Porter
Olivia was great. Very detailed. Quick turn around. Clear communication.

Chantelle Porter, February 2021

Debra Prout
Working with Olivia was a terrific experience. Her developmental editing notes were targeted and comprehensive. She pushed my thinking by asking thoughtful questions, while pointing out things that needed work as well as things that worked well. Without a doubt our collaboration has made my manuscript stronger. I will definitely like to work with her again.

Debra Prout, February 2021

Erica Sharifzadeh
I can't say enough great things about Olivia! She's thorough, thoughtful, encouraging, and patient!! Definitely recommend!

Erica Sharifzadeh, January 2021

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