Pam Gruber

Pam Gruber – Editor

Literary agent and former editorial director with 10+ years of expertise. Dedicated to helping storytellers of all kinds find their voice.

Overview

I am a literary agent and former editorial director with expertise in all categories of children’s publishing, from picture books through YA crossover, including graphic novels. I am passionate about the creative process, and dedicated to helping storytellers of all kinds find their voice.


I began my career in publishing at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, where I worked for over a decade with acclaimed and bestselling authors and illustrators. From there, I went on to serve as Editorial Director at the children’s media startup Rebel Girls, helping to translate the company mission into books, podcasts, and digital mediums. I became a literary agent in 2020 when I realized my favorite part of the publishing business was working directly with creators, helping them to shape not only their stories, but also their careers.


I am excited to continue editing in my spare time, via Reedsy. I bring an inscrutable eye for detail to every text I get my hands on, and I will help ensure your work is gripping from the first line. My knowledge of both traditional and nontraditional publishing gives me insight into how editors and agents think, and what your reader is looking for. As an editor, I offer comments and suggestions based on my extensive experience with independent, mid-size, Big 5 publishers. These are not obligatory changes! It is your story to tell, and I only hope my guidance will help it become one that you’re truly proud of.


I knew I wanted to work in publishing from a young age and I’m thrilled with the career I have built on being an unabashed book lover. On those rare occasions when I don’t have my nose buried in the pages of a great story, I can be found playing DnD, daydreaming about future world travels, experimenting with baked goods, or exploring the nooks and crannies of Brooklyn.


[Please note that to avoid conflicts of interest as an agent, I cannot represent those projects I have edited via Reedsy.]

Services
Fiction
Chick Lit Comics & Graphic Novels Fantasy Middle Grade Science Fiction Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing (Yale School of Management)

Work experience

Irene Goodman Literary Agency

May, 2020 — Present

Self-employed

May, 2020 — Present

Rebel Girls

Aug, 2019 — May, 2020 (9 months)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette Book Group)

Jun, 2008 — Aug, 2019 (about 11 years)

Portfolio

While her friends and family may not believe in fairies, Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess. From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do: she dresses in her royal attire, practices her flying skills, and she... read more
The go-to book about growing up for teenage (or soon-to-be teenage) boys everywhere, updated with brand-new content for today's social media-driven world. Why do crushes make a person go crazy?Where is the best place to break up?What's up with bad teenage must... read more
The latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, featuring 100 immigrant women who have shaped, and will continue to shape, our world.Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the Wor... read more
Twelve-year-old Mackenzie "Mac" Lowell's dreams have come true. Thanks to her mom scoring the coolest job EVER, Mac is going from boy band fanatic to official tour member of her favorite group, Perfect Storm. Good thing she's brought along her journal so she c... read more
Spindlefish and Stars

Christiane M. Andrews

In which a story is spun.And unspun.Clothilde has lived her whole life in the shadows with her (sometimes) thieving and (always) ailing father. But when he fails to meet her one morning, sending her instead a mysterious ticket of half-paffage, Clo finds hersel... read more
The PLAIN Janes

Cecil Castellucci

Meet the Plain Janes--artist activists on a mission to wake up their sleepy suburban town. This cult classic graphic novel is perfect for fans of The LumberJanes and Awkward.When artsy misfit Jane Beckles is forced to leave her beloved city life behind for the... read more
The 100

Kass Morgan

The first book in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired the hit CW television showNo one has set foot on Earth in centuries--until now.Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. N... read more
Invictus

Ryan Graudin

A heart-stopping adventure that defies time and space--New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu calls it "an incredibly intricate, brilliantly paced, masterfully written journey."Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from... read more
Love and First Sight

Josh Sundquist

In his debut novel, YouTube personality and author of We Should Hang Out Sometime Josh Sundquist explores the nature of love, trust, and romantic attraction. On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the... read more
Defy the Stars

Claudia Gray

From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Lost Stars, Bloodline, and Leia, Princess of Alderaan comes a thrilling sci-fi adventure that Kass Morgan, bestselling author of The 100 series, calls "startlingly original and achingly romantic...nothin... read more
Grace and Fury

Tracy Banghart

Bold, brutal, and beautiful--a must-read fantasy full of fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue for fans of The Selection series, Caraval, and The Handmaid's TaleSerina Tessaro has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace--someone to stand by t... read more
A Kirkus 2018 Best Book of the Year!Shakespeare in Love meets Philippa Gregory in this witty and thrilling story of star-crossed assassins in Elizabeth England, perfect for fans of My Lady Jane and The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue!When Lady Katherine's... read more
Throw Like a Girl

Sarah Henning

Friday Night Lights meets Morgan Matson's The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story. When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she l... read more
The Bone Houses

Emily Lloyd-Jones

An instant IndieBound bestseller! Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Sky in the Deep in this bewitching, historical horror novel, perfect for fans of Holly Black and V.E. Schwab. Seventeen-year-old Aderyn ("Ryn") only cares about two things: her family and her fam... read more
Most Likely

Sarah Watson

From the creator of the hit TV series The Bold Type comes an empowering and heartfelt novel about a future female president's senior year of high school. Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha (listed in alphabetical order out of fairness) have been friends since kinderg... read more

Pam has 5 reviews

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Ben M.

Ben M.

May, 2022

I loved working with Pam! Her turnaround time was great, and she was always available for questions I had. She helped me get my query into shape with great feedback that could only come from an expert in the industry. Her instructions and critiques were easy to understand and to implement, which I really appreciated. I would definitely recommended working with her if you get the chance, a...
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Pam G.
Thank you, Ben! It was great working with you.
Dennis M.

Dennis M.

Jul, 2021

I'm new to reedsy and feel fortunate to have come upon this phenomenal website because it introduced me to Pam. Pam's feedback and insights have catapulted my query letter to another level. Her spot-on revisions and suggestions generated a renewed enthusiasm, and I can't wait to submit my manuscripts to literary agents. I highly recommend Pam for writers on the fence, wondering which collaborat...
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Du W.

Du W.

May, 2021

Pam was very thorough and professional. She's highly experienced in this field and was such a valuable asset in the next stage of my writing process. I'd recommend her to anyone seeking a thorough work through of their novel.
Pam G.
It was a pleasure working with you as well! Wishing you all the best with this project, and with your writing in the future.
Kerry L.

Kerry L.

Dec, 2020

Pam is an exceptional and insightful editor. Her feedback on my editorial assessment is invaluable and has given my book a more cohesive narrative. I thought my book was "done" when I sent it to her for the assessment, but her suggestions and comments pointed out areas that could be altered or elaborated on to improve the theme, character voice and development, world-building, etc. I am so grat...
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LR A.

LR A.

Jul, 2020

Pam really helped elevate my query beyond my wildest expectations. She took the time to understand my manuscript's specific qualities and challenges, and worked hard to make its strengths shine! I would definitely recommend her to other writers.

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