Susan Korman

Susan Korman – Editor

I'm a highly experienced editor and writer specializing in books for children and teens.


With 25+ years in the publishing industry, I use my expertise to help writers turn their manuscripts into polished books for children and teens. I've worked in editorial departments at three major book publishers--New American Library, Simon & Schuster, and Bantam Doubleday Dell--and edited dozens of bestselling series (Encyclopedia Brown, Choose Your Own Adventure, The Saddle Club, Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, and more). In my editing, I strive to help writers improve their craft to produce stories that are entertaining, enlightening, and targeted to a young audience.

My editorial experience has also included working for book packagers and educational publishers such as Highlights for Children and Little Fox, Inc., a website of animated content for teaching English to children. I've published over one hundred animated e-stories as well as over forty books, many of them adaptations of movies and TV shows.
Children’s Non-Fiction Parenting & Families
Middle Grade Picture Books Short Story Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (US)
  • Master of Education
  • School Library Certification

Work experience


May, 2016 — Present

I am a freelance editor and writer, specializing in books and media for children and teenagers. My clients include book and website publishers as well as individual writers seeking to improve and/or publish their work. Having published over forty books for teens and children, I bring a writer's eye and sensitivity to editing projects.

Editorial Services boutique

Feb, 2016 — Present

Little Fox, Inc

Sep, 2009 — Present

I edit and write animated stories for teaching English to children. I'm also responsible for generating new ideas for the company's publishing program, hiring writers and illustrators, and developing talent.

Bantam Doubleday Dell

Sep, 1985 — Apr, 1995 (over 9 years)

I acquired and edited middle grade and YA fiction. Edited several bestselling series such as Choose Your Own
Adventure, The Saddle Club, Encyclopedia Brown and more.

Simon & Schuster

Sep, 1984 — Sep, 1985 (about 1 year)

New American Library

Aug, 1983 — Sep, 1984 (about 1 year)


"Send me a pic?" Daisy Garcia's not afraid of putting on a show. So when her boyfriend Simon asks Daisy for some sexy pictures, she sends him a couple. After all, he wouldn't show them to anyone, right? But when Daisy and Simon have a bad breakup, Simon forwar... read more
Brooke Burke-Charvet tweet: "My daughter loved it!""Perfect for young girls who are starting to read chapter books," (Kids Books Central).Who should a bride turn to when her wedding starts to fall apart? Her flower girls, of course! In this fast paced adventur... read more
Heidi Klum loves this book! "A great bedtime read for the little ones!" —Heidi KlumCamellia discovers friendship and fun when she learns to share the spotlight with two other fabulous flower girls.Camellia Azalea Gardenia Bloom thinks she knows everything abou... read more
Penny knows nothing of Ellandria, an enchanted world of talking animals, until the morning her sister Gigi vanishes in a puff of smoke. With the help of Madame Howe and her talking cat Qiao Miao, Penny begins to unravel the secrets her family has kept from her... read more
These seventeen tales give readers a glimpse into Ellandria--a land where the brave wolves Begen and Ansah gather warriors to push back ruthless invaders. Meet the creatures of Ellandria . . .•The ferret Farr Duran with his whistling blade and his fetcher, Fal... read more
Will the operation permit of the shabby circus of Mr Cannelloni be cancelled after a special inspection by the scrupulous government official Maximillian Knapp?Rosita, the wife of the circus director, discovers new powers within herself and masterminds the aud... read more
Stella’s cheerful summer fun and anticipation of becoming a first grader are disturbed by a surprising turn of events. Grandpa falls over on his bicycle and is confined to a hospital bed for days. Their shared days at the quarry would have to wait.Stella is no... read more
The Horse Who Loves Hats

Nancy Lind Corradini

A quirky racehorse named Stardust, who never wins a race, stumbles upon a second chance in life as a therapy horse. The horse’s equal acceptance of all people sets the example for them to follow. Two children working with Stardust, one on the autism spectrum a... read more
Because of Bentley

Loren C Spiotta-DiMare

A nonfiction children's book about a very special Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Therapy Dog.
Adventure in Morocco

Christine Mapondera-Talley

This story takes children on an adventure to Morocco. The main character Makanaka, is invited to a soccer game by her friend Nadia in Morocco. Fari the parrot, and Makanaka quickly take off for Casablanca. But when they arrive, they discover that Nadia has a p... read more
Meg & Greg: A Duck in a Sock includes four short-chapter, hi-lo, phonics stories written for children ages 6-9 who are struggling to learn how to read because of dyslexia or another language-based learning difficulty. The stories are written for shared reading... read more

Tessa Fang

In the dystopian world of Madina City, officials are determined to enforce all rules and punish all offenders. So they've built Ranum Correctional Institute, where people, including kids, are incarcerated for even the most minor offenses. And no one knows Ranu... read more
Can the secret weapon in Idaville’s war on crime really be a ten-year-old boy in sneakers? It can if it’s Encyclopedia Brown! Encyclopedia is back with ten all-new mysteries to solve, along with the help of his partner, Sally Kimball, the prettiest and toughes... read more
**Winner of the 2013-2014 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature****2015 Sakura Medal Nominee****Shortlisted for the 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award****Nominated for the Cybils Young Adult Bloggers Literary Award**Seventeen-year-old Jet Black is... read more
Optimus Prime and the Autobots are searching for Decepticons all around the world. Together with their human friends, the Autobots have formed a top secret team bent on keeping the Earth safe. But they had better watch out—a Decepticon could be lurking where t... read more
When Sid discovers that the ice pop he left out overnight has melted, he starts to wonder: Why don't ice pops stay frozen all the time? And why does water turn into ice in the freezer? With a little help from his family, friends, and teacher, Sid the Science K... read more
Children follow Box Turtle as she stirs from her cozy bed of leaves and soil to find the perfect spot to lay her eggs. Reviewed by the Smithsonian Institution for accuracy, Box Turtle at Silver Pond Lane is a fun and informative story with beautifully detailed... read more
It's not going to hurt anyone.Fish hates having to take ADHD medication. It helps him concentrate, but it also makes him feel weird. So when his crush, Ella, needs a boost to study for tests, Fish offers her one of his pills. Soon more kids want pills, and Fis... read more
Noah: Ila's Story

Susan Korman

The ancient world. A young girl, Ila, is found, injured after a violent raid. She is taken in by Noah and his family and grows up strong and happy – she even finds love with her soulmate, Shem, Noah’s son. But when devastation comes to the world in the form of... read more
Blu is happy living in Minnesota with his best friend, Linda. But when he finds himself lost in the Brazilian jungle, will he have what it takes to survive?
P Is for Philadelphia is a unique, alphabetic tour of the city and the region, illustrated by the area's public school children, who participated in a city-wide drawing contest. From A is for Athlete to Z is for Zoo, all of the city's rich history is explored.... read more

Susan has 3 reviews





Janet S.

Janet S.

Feb, 2019

Susan's edits and feedback were very helpful. With her feedback I can make this children's book the best it can be. She provided details in an editorial letter and in the manuscript. She was detailed and provided a lot of expertise that I certainly don't have. I learned a lot from her. I also received the information a day early. Thank you Susan for your expertise. It will help me be a better ...
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Susan K.
Such a pleasure to work with you, Janet! I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress with the revisions!
Liz B.

Liz B.

Oct, 2018

Professional and timely would love to work with Susan again!
Susan K.
I thoroughly enjoyed editing Liz's picture book and working with her!
Michelle O.

Michelle O.

Aug, 2018

This was my first time working with a professional editor and Susan proved to me the value of having someone experienced in the industry give you comprehensive and thoughtful feedback. There is no substitute. I have a lot of work to do, now at least I know how to. I highly recommend Susan if you are ready for honest, thorough feedback.

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