Pam Gruber

Pam Gruber - Editor

New York, NY, USA

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

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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.]

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Science Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing (Yale School of Management)

Work experience

Literary Agent

Irene Goodman Literary Agency
May, 2020 – Present (2 months)

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
May, 2020 – Present (2 months)

Editorial Director

Rebel Girls
August, 2019 – May, 2020 (9 months)

Senior Editor

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette Book Group)
June, 2008 – August, 2019 (about 11 years)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

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 kindergarten. Now they're in their senior year, facing their biggest fears about growing up and growing apart. But there's more than just colle... read more

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 kindergarten. Now they're in their senior year, facing their biggest fears about growing up and growing apart. But there's more than just colle... 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 family's graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping toge... read more

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 family's graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping toge... 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 loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is ... read more

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 loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is ... read more

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

Virginia Boecker

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 father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn't the only secret he's been hiding -- he was al... 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 father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn't the only secret he's been hiding -- he was al... 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 the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. It's her chance to secure a better life for her family, and... read more

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 the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. It's her chance to secure a better life for her family, and... 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...nothing short of masterful."She's a soldier: Noemi Vidal will risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, including her own life. To their e... read more

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...nothing short of masterful."She's a soldier: Noemi Vidal will risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, including her own life. To their e... 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 stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right? A... read more

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 stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right? A... 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 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far's very existence defies the laws of nature. All he's ever wanted was to explore his... read more

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 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far's very existence defies the laws of nature. All he's ever wanted was to explore his... 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. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents--considered expendable by society--are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet.... read more

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. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents--considered expendable by society--are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet.... 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 boring suburb of Kent Waters, she thinks her life is over. But then she finds where she belongs: at the reject table in the cafeteria, ... read more

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 boring suburb of Kent Waters, she thinks her life is over. But then she finds where she belongs: at the reject table in the cafeteria, ... 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 herself journeying across the sea to reunite with him. The ticket, however, leaves her on a sunless island inhabited only by creaking fisherme... read more

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 herself journeying across the sea to reunite with him. The ticket, however, leaves her on a sunless island inhabited only by creaking fisherme... read more

VIP: I'm With the Band

Jen Calonita

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 can record every moment, every breath, and every one of lead singer Zander Welling's killer smiles in written detail and daydreamy doodle... 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 can record every moment, every breath, and every one of lead singer Zander Welling's killer smiles in written detail and daydreamy doodle... read more

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World

Elena Favilli

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 World is the third book in the New York Times bestselling series for children. Packed with 100 all-new bedtime stories about the lives of i... 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 World is the third book in the New York Times bestselling series for children. Packed with 100 all-new bedtime stories about the lives of i... read more

The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide

Jeremy Daldry

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 mustaches?With chapters covering everything from dating, kissing, and shaving, to moods, peer pressure, bullying, and drugs, The Teenage Guy... 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 mustaches?With chapters covering everything from dating, kissing, and shaving, to moods, peer pressure, bullying, and drugs, The Teenage Guy... read more

The Very Fairy Princess

Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton

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 is always on the lookout for problems to solve. But it isn't all twirls and tiaras - as every fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails a... read more

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 is always on the lookout for problems to solve. But it isn't all twirls and tiaras - as every fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails a... read more

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