PJ Shaw

PJ Shaw - Editor

Atlanta, GA, United States

Nationally recognized author and editor helping writers get published.

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Overview

I've had the joy of writing and editing some 100 books for children and adults—a dream come true for me. Now, I work passionately to help other writers fulfill their dreams. As the Senior Editor for Dalmatian Press/Piggy Toes Press/Intervisual Books, I collaborated with writers, editorial directors and illustrators to produce Sesame Workshop books and Disney books, as well as original titles. I specialize in children's literature—from first draft to publication—but also enjoy editing novels and nonfiction books for adults and the YA audience.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
History
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Picture Books
Poetry

Certifications

  • Certified to teach English through Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and Human Development

Awards

  • Poynter Institute Fellowship
  • CASE Award of Excellence for writing
  • Spot news reporting awards for two daily papers
  • Outstanding Journalism Graduate Scholar, University of Florida

Work experience

Author and Editor

Self-employed
January, 2009 – Present (over 11 years)

I edit, help to develop, and proofread kidlit manuscripts for writers, as well as novels, history books, and nonfiction works . I also assist with proposals, query letters, and synopses, and provide public relations services after publication.

Senior Editor

Dalmatian Press/Intervisual Books/Piggy Toes Press/Spirit Press
February, 2004 – October, 2008 (over 4 years)

Wrote and edited children's books—including picture books, footnoted classics and board books—for Sesame Street, Disney, publishers of Strawberry Shortcake and Curious George coloring/ activity books, and other companies. Researched, wrote and edited original titles for adults, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr., book Voices: Reflections on an American Icon in Words and Song Helped launch Spirit Press and Sonrisas imprints. Was privilegedto have the CEO of Sesame Workshop recognize my rhyming book What Makes You Giggle? as the standard for what a Sesame Street book should be.

Portfolio (32 selected works)

Abby Cadabby's Rhyme Time (Sesame Street (Dalmatian Press))

P. J. Shaw

Abby Cadabby's Rhyme Time (Sesame Street (Dalmatian Press))

Abby Cadabby's Rhyme Time (Sesame Street (Dalmatian Press))

What Makes You Giggle?

Heaven on Earth

Dalmatian Press

The Baby Jesus

Dalmatian Press

The ABCs of Cookies

P. J. Shaw

The ABCs of Cookies

The ABCs of Cookies

Zoe's Day with Daddy

Sarah Albee, P.J. Shaw

Large Thin Paperback. Sesame Street Educational Series. Written by Sarah Albee and P.J. Shaw with Color Illustrations by Tom Brannon. Zoe spends the day with her dad on "Take Your Little Monster To Work Day!" What exciting things does Zoe learn at her father's office?

Large Thin Paperback. Sesame Street Educational Series. Written by Sarah Albee and P.J. Shaw with Color Illustrations by Tom Brannon. Zoe spends the day with her dad on "Take Your Little Monster To Work Day!" What exciting things does Zoe learn at her father's office?

S Is for School (Sesame Street)

P. J. Shaw

S Is for School (Sesame Street)

S Is for School (Sesame Street)

Book by Shaw, P. J.

My First The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (A Touch & Feel & Sparkle Book)

adapted by Meg McLaughlin

My First The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a child-friendly version of a beloved classic. Little readers will enjoy the sparkly accents and fun, touch-and-feel images. Also available in this series: My First Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1581178557).

My First The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a child-friendly version of a beloved classic. Little readers will enjoy the sparkly accents and fun, touch-and-feel images. Also available in this series: My First Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1581178557).

My First Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (A Touch & Feel & Sparkle Book)

Adapted by Meg McLaughlin

My First Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a child-friendly version of a beloved classic. Little readers will enjoy the sparkly accents and fun, touch-and-feel images. Also available in this series: My First The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1581178565).

My First Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a child-friendly version of a beloved classic. Little readers will enjoy the sparkly accents and fun, touch-and-feel images. Also available in this series: My First The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1581178565).

Storybook Abc's

Meg McLaughlin

The Sesame Street characters teaching ABC's through poetry and showing letters and talking about the alphabet.

The Sesame Street characters teaching ABC's through poetry and showing letters and talking about the alphabet.

Wolves

Robyn Hood Black

Warning: Now Entering Wolf Country!Welcome to the wild world of wolves. Here you ll encounter mysterious timber wolves, learn how to read a wolf s body language, and follow a pack through a typical year. Discover how desert wolves and Arctic wolves have adapted to extreme environments and uncover the ancestral links between wolves and modern day dogs. Inside these pages there s tons of importa... read more

Warning: Now Entering Wolf Country!Welcome to the wild world of wolves. Here you ll encounter mysterious timber wolves, learn how to read a wolf s body language, and follow a pack through a typical year. Discover how desert wolves and Arctic wolves have adapted to extreme environments and uncover the ancestral links between wolves and modern day dogs. Inside these pages there s tons of importa... read more

Big Cats

Donna H. Bowman

Warning: Big Cats are on the prowl! They're in the bushes...crouching...watching... waiting. Thrive on daring adventures? Move ahead--with caution! A journey through cat country reveals this secretive predator's history and habits:* Which fearless cats hunt crocodiles? * Which cat can hang by their back feet alone?* Which cat can jump as high as a basket ball hoop?Big Cats has the latest facts... read more

Warning: Big Cats are on the prowl! They're in the bushes...crouching...watching... waiting. Thrive on daring adventures? Move ahead--with caution! A journey through cat country reveals this secretive predator's history and habits:* Which fearless cats hunt crocodiles? * Which cat can hang by their back feet alone?* Which cat can jump as high as a basket ball hoop?Big Cats has the latest facts... read more

Sharks

Martin Kasso (writer), Matt Jeffirs (illus.)

Warning: Swim at Your Own Risk! You are now entering SHARK waters. . . With scalpel-sharp teeth, powerful jaws, and incredible speed, sharks are some of the world's most feared predators. Now, you can learn all about them in one super-cool, interactive book. Dive deep into the pages and find:*An amazing pop-up Great White*A pull-tab activated shark fin*Lots of fun lift-flaps*Tons of 'Shark Bit... read more

Warning: Swim at Your Own Risk! You are now entering SHARK waters. . . With scalpel-sharp teeth, powerful jaws, and incredible speed, sharks are some of the world's most feared predators. Now, you can learn all about them in one super-cool, interactive book. Dive deep into the pages and find:*An amazing pop-up Great White*A pull-tab activated shark fin*Lots of fun lift-flaps*Tons of 'Shark Bit... read more

It's Check-up Time, Elmo (Sesame Street)

Sarah Albee

It's time for Elmo to go to the doctor or a check-up - see how he handles the trip

It's time for Elmo to go to the doctor or a check-up - see how he handles the trip

Elmo Visits the Dentist

P. J. Shaw

Large Thin Paperback. Sesame Street Educational Series. Written by P.J. Shaw with Color Illustrations by Tom Brannon.

Large Thin Paperback. Sesame Street Educational Series. Written by P.J. Shaw with Color Illustrations by Tom Brannon.

Animals of South America (Nature (Dalmatian Press))

paperback book with animals of south america

paperback book with animals of south america

Friendly Frosty Monsters (Sesame Street (Dalmatian Press))

P. J. Shaw

Dalmatian Press. Book Condition: New. pp. 24. Bookseller Inventory # 44802918

Dalmatian Press. Book Condition: New. pp. 24. Bookseller Inventory # 44802918

Hardcover

Spooky Sleep-Out! (Sesame Street (Dalmatian Press))

Eric Suben, P. J. Shaw

Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird, and Grover are excited about their very first sleep-out. But when they hear a noise in the trees and see a large shadow on the tent wall, the sleep-out starts to get a little spooky. In the end, all of the strange noises and shadows can be explained, and the friends say good night after a midnight snack of cookies and milk from Grover’s mom — who is close by in the hou... read more

Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird, and Grover are excited about their very first sleep-out. But when they hear a noise in the trees and see a large shadow on the tent wall, the sleep-out starts to get a little spooky. In the end, all of the strange noises and shadows can be explained, and the friends say good night after a midnight snack of cookies and milk from Grover’s mom — who is close by in the hou... read more

Walt Disney's Bambi

Adapted By Melvin Shaw] Felix Salten

The adventures of a young deer growing up in a forest.

The adventures of a young deer growing up in a forest.

Big Box, Little Box: How One Little Box Finds His Way

Little Box is afraid of the heaviness he feels inside. Big Box explains that this is his potential, and then explains how he can develop it, as they travel together through the Potential Delivery Center. Using the metaphor of shipping boxes, Big Box shows Little Box all about labels, and how they can be used. If the wrong label is applied, potential can be diminished, so Little Box needs to re... read more

Little Box is afraid of the heaviness he feels inside. Big Box explains that this is his potential, and then explains how he can develop it, as they travel together through the Potential Delivery Center. Using the metaphor of shipping boxes, Big Box shows Little Box all about labels, and how they can be used. If the wrong label is applied, potential can be diminished, so Little Box needs to re... read more

Open Your Heart to Happiness

Sherri Graves Smith

A grateful heart makes a happy heart. From the author of Is My Cup Empty? comes another positive message for children and children at heart. In Open Your Heart to Happiness, Lil' Sherri, with some help from her friends, shares a message about gratitude. Lil' Sherri shows that by opening one's heart to what is good and positive, one's life can be full of joy.

A grateful heart makes a happy heart. From the author of Is My Cup Empty? comes another positive message for children and children at heart. In Open Your Heart to Happiness, Lil' Sherri, with some help from her friends, shares a message about gratitude. Lil' Sherri shows that by opening one's heart to what is good and positive, one's life can be full of joy.

Tim and Sally's Year in Poems

Grady Thrasher

Written in verse and perfect for early readers, Tim and Sally's Year in Poems highlights the order and rhythm of a year, focusing on a sense of place and the importance of tradition. Author Grady Thrasher showcases the details and events - from robins, bunnies, and daydreams to beginnings, endings, and holidays - that mark the passage of time and help give us our sense of who we are. This is a... read more

Written in verse and perfect for early readers, Tim and Sally's Year in Poems highlights the order and rhythm of a year, focusing on a sense of place and the importance of tradition. Author Grady Thrasher showcases the details and events - from robins, bunnies, and daydreams to beginnings, endings, and holidays - that mark the passage of time and help give us our sense of who we are. This is a... read more

Tim and Sally's Vegetable Garden

Grady Thrasher

Join Tim and Sally as they embark on a learning adventure about the joys of vegetable gardening. Written in verse and perfect for early readers, Tim and Sally's Vegetable Garden teaches the mechanics of planning and sowing a garden, seen through the eyes of children experiencing it for the first time. With their dog, Flip, by their side, the whole family plans, plants, and tends their garden, ... read more

Join Tim and Sally as they embark on a learning adventure about the joys of vegetable gardening. Written in verse and perfect for early readers, Tim and Sally's Vegetable Garden teaches the mechanics of planning and sowing a garden, seen through the eyes of children experiencing it for the first time. With their dog, Flip, by their side, the whole family plans, plants, and tends their garden, ... read more

Revolution from Within: The YMCA in Russia's Ascension to Freedom from Bolshevik Tyranny

Catherine Baird

**Regularly $9.99, special promotion price of just $1.99 in celebration of Independence Day and the American Revolution!**REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN is the story of determination, unlikely partnerships, and concepts that are increasingly relevant worldwide. Freedom, creativity and compassion sit at the heart of this book as the author ties the events from more than a century ago back to parallels ... read more

**Regularly $9.99, special promotion price of just $1.99 in celebration of Independence Day and the American Revolution!**REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN is the story of determination, unlikely partnerships, and concepts that are increasingly relevant worldwide. Freedom, creativity and compassion sit at the heart of this book as the author ties the events from more than a century ago back to parallels ... read more

The Christmas Vault [With Sticker(s) and Reproduced Victorian Christmas Cards and Ornaments and Magnet(s)]

Intervisual Books

From festive family gatherings to Grandma’s famous cookies, the holiday simmers with traditions that generations share – and season with their own refreshing spirit. Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of the most wonderful time of the year in The Christmas Vault, a delightful activity book brimming with ideas for crafts, cards, carols, and recipes – plus the stories behind the legends that ... read more

From festive family gatherings to Grandma’s famous cookies, the holiday simmers with traditions that generations share – and season with their own refreshing spirit. Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of the most wonderful time of the year in The Christmas Vault, a delightful activity book brimming with ideas for crafts, cards, carols, and recipes – plus the stories behind the legends that ... read more

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Ambra Paterno' Castello
PJ is a very experienced editor and I found her feedback and revisions on the manuscript extremely useful.

Ambra Paterno' Castello, May 2019

PJ Shaw
Thank you, Ambra! You were great to work with and your manuscript is very creative. I hope to work with you again. PJ Shaw

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