Sarah Fabiny

Sarah Fabiny - Editor

Eau Claire, WI, USA

Children's book specialist with 30+ years experience and 50+ books published. Clients include Penguin Random House, Disney, and NickJr.

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Overview

Let me help you take your children's book idea or manuscript to the next level!

I worked in the children's book publishing industry for over 30 years, most recently as Associate Publisher & Editorial Director at Penguin Random House. I have overseen publishing programs that include everything from board books for babies and fiction for middle schoolers, to leveled readers for beginning readers and non-fiction for tweens and teens. I'm also the author of over 50 children's books, which include picture books (fiction and non-fiction), board books, beginning readers, activity books, and non-fiction. I've also worked as a consultant for several book publishers and book packagers, in the US and the UK.

I am experienced with and excel at both developmental and big picture editing, am happy to do close-up and thorough line editing, and have a keen eye for proofreading. I'm a true word nerd and love nothing more than getting a turn of phrase just right. I'm experienced, reliable, and I deliver on time.

I'd love to discuss your project with you, whether it's just an idea or a 40,000 word manuscript. Together we can take your project to the next level. So please do get in touch.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Work experience

Writer and editor

Self-employed
September, 2018 – Present (over 3 years)

Work with a variety of children’s publishers and book packager to create book concepts and revise text across fiction and non-fiction categories.

Associate publisher and Editorial director

Penguin Random House
October, 2011 – September, 2018 (almost 7 years)

Oversaw the publishing program across five children’s imprints within the Penguin Young Readers Group. Worked closely with Publisher to ensure that programs met creative and financial expectations. Liaised with Sales teams to create bespoke product for specific sales channels. Assisted Marketing and Publicity teams in development of plans for lead titles. Directly managed an editorial staff of 10 people.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Who Was Frida Kahlo?

Sarah Fabiny, Who HQ

You can always recognize a painting by Kahlo because she is in nearly all--with her black braided hair and colorful Mexican outfits. A brave woman who was an invalid most of her life, she transformed herself into a living work of art. As famous for her self-portraits and haunting imagery as she was for her marriage to another famous artist, Diego Rivera, this strong and courageous painter was ... read more

You can always recognize a painting by Kahlo because she is in nearly all--with her black braided hair and colorful Mexican outfits. A brave woman who was an invalid most of her life, she transformed herself into a living work of art. As famous for her self-portraits and haunting imagery as she was for her marriage to another famous artist, Diego Rivera, this strong and courageous painter was ... read more

Who Is Gloria Steinem? (Who Was?)

Sarah Fabiny, Who HQ

As a field reporter in the 1960s, Gloria Steinem worked hard to dig up important stories. She went undercover to expose the grim realities of gender inequality in America. As her message continued to grow, she became the spokeswoman of the women’s liberation movement and created the feminist publication, Ms. magazine. Steinem continues to speak and write about women and women’s roles in media ... read more

As a field reporter in the 1960s, Gloria Steinem worked hard to dig up important stories. She went undercover to expose the grim realities of gender inequality in America. As her message continued to grow, she became the spokeswoman of the women’s liberation movement and created the feminist publication, Ms. magazine. Steinem continues to speak and write about women and women’s roles in media ... read more

What Is NASA? (What Was?)

Sarah Fabiny, Who HQ

Find out all about NASA in this out-of-this-world addition to the What Was? series. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, began in 1958. With its creation, the United States hoped to ensure it won the space race against the Soviet Union. Author Sarah Fabiny describes the origins of NASA, the launching of the Apollo program that landed the first human on the m... read more

Find out all about NASA in this out-of-this-world addition to the What Was? series. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, began in 1958. With its creation, the United States hoped to ensure it won the space race against the Soviet Union. Author Sarah Fabiny describes the origins of NASA, the launching of the Apollo program that landed the first human on the m... read more

Where Is the Amazon?

Sarah Fabiny, Who HQ

Without risking life or limb, readers can explore the wonders and beauty of the Amazon in this Where Is...? title.Human beings have inhabited the banks of the Amazon River since 13,000 BC and yet they make up just a small percentage of the "population" of this geographic wonderland. The Amazon River basin teems with life—animal and plant alike. It's a rainforest that is home to an estimated 39... read more

Without risking life or limb, readers can explore the wonders and beauty of the Amazon in this Where Is...? title.Human beings have inhabited the banks of the Amazon River since 13,000 BC and yet they make up just a small percentage of the "population" of this geographic wonderland. The Amazon River basin teems with life—animal and plant alike. It's a rainforest that is home to an estimated 39... read more

PAW Patrol Mad Libs Junior

Sarah Fabiny

All paws on deck! The rescue pups of Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol are teaming up with Mad Libs Junior to bring you 21 ADJECTIVE new stories about their pawsome team!Anything is pawsible with Mad Libs Junior! This fun and interactive format is a take on traditional Mad Libs and perfect for beginning readers who aren't yet confident with the parts of speech. With easy-to-follow directions and word b... read more

All paws on deck! The rescue pups of Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol are teaming up with Mad Libs Junior to bring you 21 ADJECTIVE new stories about their pawsome team!Anything is pawsible with Mad Libs Junior! This fun and interactive format is a take on traditional Mad Libs and perfect for beginning readers who aren't yet confident with the parts of speech. With easy-to-follow directions and word b... read more

Disney Princess Mad Libs

Sarah Fabiny

The Disney Princesses sparkle and shine in this Mad Libs collection, complete with a pull-out sticker sheet.Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Merida, Moana, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Tiana star in an oversized book of fill-in-the-blank adventures. With 21 stories and a sticker sheet, there's no better way to get your "happily ever after."

The Disney Princesses sparkle and shine in this Mad Libs collection, complete with a pull-out sticker sheet.Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Merida, Moana, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Tiana star in an oversized book of fill-in-the-blank adventures. With 21 stories and a sticker sheet, there's no better way to get your "happily ever after."

Life Sucks: How to Deal with the Way Life Is, Was, and Always Will Be Unfair

Michael I. Bennett, Sarah Bennett

From New York Times best-selling authors Michael I. Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett--a book for teens that shows readers that we all deal with crap in our lives and how to laugh at some of the things we can't control.Being a teenager can suck. Your friends can become enemies, and your enemies can become friends. Your family can drive you crazy. School and teachers can be a drag. Your body is con... read more

From New York Times best-selling authors Michael I. Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett--a book for teens that shows readers that we all deal with crap in our lives and how to laugh at some of the things we can't control.Being a teenager can suck. Your friends can become enemies, and your enemies can become friends. Your family can drive you crazy. School and teachers can be a drag. Your body is con... read more

Naples! #1 (Recipe for Adventure)

Giada De Laurentiis

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Dontella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food can not o... read more

When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Dontella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food can not o... read more

Act 1 (Jack & Louisa)

Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Kate Wetherhead

A show-stopping series about life in the spotlight from Broadway actors and internet sensations Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead Twelve-year-old Jack Goodrich was a Broadway star, with two shows under his belt and a third in rehearsals. But when his voice suddenly changes, Jack and his parents leave the spotlight and move far from New York City to Shaker Heights, Ohio. While Jack hopes... read more

A show-stopping series about life in the spotlight from Broadway actors and internet sensations Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead Twelve-year-old Jack Goodrich was a Broadway star, with two shows under his belt and a third in rehearsals. But when his voice suddenly changes, Jack and his parents leave the spotlight and move far from New York City to Shaker Heights, Ohio. While Jack hopes... read more

The Crayons' Book of Colors

Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

The crayons are back and brighter than ever in this board book of colors from the creators of the #1 New York Times Best Sellers, The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.It's Duncan's birthday, and all the crayons want to make him a card! With their fun and quirky illustrations of firetrucks, dragons, and (dare we say?) wheat, these creative crayons each have something diffe... read more

The crayons are back and brighter than ever in this board book of colors from the creators of the #1 New York Times Best Sellers, The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.It's Duncan's birthday, and all the crayons want to make him a card! With their fun and quirky illustrations of firetrucks, dragons, and (dare we say?) wheat, these creative crayons each have something diffe... read more

ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky

Benedikt Gross, Joey Lee

Discover the alphabet from a bird's-eye view!Geographer and designer duo Benedikt Gross and Joey Lee have taken the alphabet to new heights—literally! Using satellite imagery and computer technology, the pair has discovered "accidental letters" all over the world: in roads, rivers, buildings, lakes, and more. Take a journey around the Earth in 26 letters with this special book.“A delightful an... read more

Discover the alphabet from a bird's-eye view!Geographer and designer duo Benedikt Gross and Joey Lee have taken the alphabet to new heights—literally! Using satellite imagery and computer technology, the pair has discovered "accidental letters" all over the world: in roads, rivers, buildings, lakes, and more. Take a journey around the Earth in 26 letters with this special book.“A delightful an... read more

Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar (The World of Eric Carle)

Eric Carle

Celebrate love with #1 New York Times Best-Selling Title! “You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special any d... read more

Celebrate love with #1 New York Times Best-Selling Title! “You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special any d... read more

Fun, Fun, Fun! (Croc and Ally)

Derek Anderson

For fans of Elephant & Piggie and Frog & Toad comes an easy-to-read series about another unlikely pair: Croc and Ally. These two best friends don't always see things the same way, but there's one thing they do agree on--their friendship comes first!Croc is grumpy. Ally is happy. Croc sees a problem. Ally finds a solution. In Fun, Fun, Fun, the best friends overcome their differences as they go... read more

For fans of Elephant & Piggie and Frog & Toad comes an easy-to-read series about another unlikely pair: Croc and Ally. These two best friends don't always see things the same way, but there's one thing they do agree on--their friendship comes first!Croc is grumpy. Ally is happy. Croc sees a problem. Ally finds a solution. In Fun, Fun, Fun, the best friends overcome their differences as they go... read more

Gustav Gloom and the Castle of Fear #6

Adam-Troy Castro

Gustav and Fernie continue their journey through Dark Country in this new title!In the final installment of Adam-Troy Castro's creepy Gustav Gloom series, the fate of the Dark Country rests on Gustav and Fernie's shoulders. After weeks of traveling on a quest to find their fathers, Fernie and Gustav finally come face-to-face with their nemesis—the evil Lord Obsidian. Filled with heroic action ... read more

Gustav and Fernie continue their journey through Dark Country in this new title!In the final installment of Adam-Troy Castro's creepy Gustav Gloom series, the fate of the Dark Country rests on Gustav and Fernie's shoulders. After weeks of traveling on a quest to find their fathers, Fernie and Gustav finally come face-to-face with their nemesis—the evil Lord Obsidian. Filled with heroic action ... read more

The Great Louweezie #1 (Arnold and Louise)

Erica S. Perl

Prepare to be amazed as Louise (AKA The Great Louweezie) predicts the future in the first book of this easy-to-read series!Arnold is a large black bear. His best friend, Louise, is a small chipmunk. But one day, Louise insists she is NOT Louise--she's the Great Louweezie, and she can predict the future! But when the Great Louweezie's demands begin to test Arnold's patience, the game feels much... read more

Prepare to be amazed as Louise (AKA The Great Louweezie) predicts the future in the first book of this easy-to-read series!Arnold is a large black bear. His best friend, Louise, is a small chipmunk. But one day, Louise insists she is NOT Louise--she's the Great Louweezie, and she can predict the future! But when the Great Louweezie's demands begin to test Arnold's patience, the game feels much... read more

Bookmarks Are People Too! #1 (Here's Hank)

Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver

Hank stars the same Hank as in the bestselling Hank Zipzer series, only this time he's in 2nd grade! Hank is a kid who doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. He's pretty bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject. (But so are math and reading!) In the first book in this new series, Hank's class is putting on a play, and Hank wants the ... read more

Hank stars the same Hank as in the bestselling Hank Zipzer series, only this time he's in 2nd grade! Hank is a kid who doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. He's pretty bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject. (But so are math and reading!) In the first book in this new series, Hank's class is putting on a play, and Hank wants the ... read more

Life with My Family

Renee Hooker, Karl Jones

"Cute and familiar." - KirkusFrom New York Times Best-Selling illustrator, Kathryn Durst and Penguin Workshop editors and authors, Renee Hooker and Karl Jones comes a tale of a young girl who imagines her family as a pandemonium of parrots, a swarm of bees, a smack of jellyfish, a wisdom of wombats, and more!When a young girl gets frustrated with her chaotic life at home, she imagines what thi... read more

"Cute and familiar." - KirkusFrom New York Times Best-Selling illustrator, Kathryn Durst and Penguin Workshop editors and authors, Renee Hooker and Karl Jones comes a tale of a young girl who imagines her family as a pandemonium of parrots, a swarm of bees, a smack of jellyfish, a wisdom of wombats, and more!When a young girl gets frustrated with her chaotic life at home, she imagines what thi... read more

Coat of Many Colors

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton lends the lyrics of her classic song "Coat of Many Colors" to this heartfelt picture book for young readers.Country music legend Dolly Parton's rural upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee provides the backdrop for this special picture book. Using lyrics from her classic song "Coat of Many Colors," the book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. Whe... read more

Dolly Parton lends the lyrics of her classic song "Coat of Many Colors" to this heartfelt picture book for young readers.Country music legend Dolly Parton's rural upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee provides the backdrop for this special picture book. Using lyrics from her classic song "Coat of Many Colors," the book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. Whe... read more

Rock Star #1 (Jada Jones)

Kelly Starling Lyons

Fans of Princess Posey and Ivy and Bean will enjoy engaging with science-loving Jada Jones in this easy-to-read chapter book.When Jada Jones's best friend moves away, school feels like the last place she wants to be. She'd much rather wander outside looking for cool rocks to add to her collection, since finding rocks is much easier than finding friends. So when Jada's teacher announces a class... read more

Fans of Princess Posey and Ivy and Bean will enjoy engaging with science-loving Jada Jones in this easy-to-read chapter book.When Jada Jones's best friend moves away, school feels like the last place she wants to be. She'd much rather wander outside looking for cool rocks to add to her collection, since finding rocks is much easier than finding friends. So when Jada's teacher announces a class... read more

Sarah has 45 reviews

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Katia/Bella Quintana Cruz
She is Simply Fantastic! I have worked with her before, and I intend to keep doing it!

Katia/Bella Quintana Cruz, November 2021


Megan Allen
Sarah is kind and knowledgeable.

Megan Allen, November 2021

Sarah Fabiny
Megan is a dedicated writer and her work has potential. I hope my suggestions were helpful and that she continues to work on her manuscript, as it is an important story.

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Michelle Snell
Sarah was a terrific partner in helping me with direction and editing of my children’s story. She provided honest, direct, and thoughtful feedback which really helped develop a stronger story than where it started. I would highly recommend working with her!

Michelle Snell, November 2021

Sarah Fabiny
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Michelle; it was a true collaboration. Michelle was open to my suggestions and was interested in discussing why I had made them; she was professional, communicated...
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Steve Kuzj
If I were to put a price on all of the help and expertise that Sarah gave to me, it would be much higher than what she actually charged me. Sarah is a true professional with wonderful ideas and impeccable style. She helped guide my creative process, rather than just tell me if something was bad or good. I have worked with a few editors on here already, but Sarah is by far my favorite. Book some...
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Steve Kuzj, October 2021

Sarah Fabiny
Thanks for your kind words, Steve. It was a pleasure working with you. You were professional, punctual, open to suggestion and guidance, and genuinely interested in learning about the children's bo...
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Jodi Adams
I have collaborated with Sarah on two rhyming picture books, and I have been VERY happy with the results. In both cases, she helped me with "big picture" developmental edits, copy-editing, and proofreading. She is easy to work with, very responsive and punctual, and provides exceptional value for the money. I highly recommend her services and will definitely re-hire her for future books in the ...
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Jodi Adams, August 2021

Sarah Fabiny
This is the second project Jodi and I have collaborated on, and it is such a pleasure working with her. She is professional, punctual, inquisitive, and thoughtful—and she has a great sense of humor...
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