I value curiosity, play, and hard work to bring out the best in every project. Telling your story can feel really scary, I know, and I'm here for you! In my professional life in children's book publishing, I've been an editor, writer, proofreader, copy editor, designer, and illustrator. If there's one thing I've learned it's that there are no magic formulas in publishing—there are magical people (or, at least, skilled and creative ones!). The best books are made in great collaborations and with great trust. Whether you have a picture book in need of art direction, or a middle grade or young adult novel calling out for a cover and/or interior design layout, let my skills lead the way to bring your book baby to life.
From June 2009 to February 2018, I worked independently and collaboratively utilizing my creative and varied skills on a part-time freelance basis—March 2018 marked the launch of my full-time creative business journey. I specialize in book publishing, but I always stay open to projects in different forms. On the editorial side, I develop, write, edit, copy edit, and proofread fiction and nonfiction projects in many shapes and sizes. While on the illustration and design side, I live in Adobe Creative Suite (but still love and utilize analog tools) and enjoy consulting with clients to help come up with creative solutions for any project.
After 4 years of life's great adventures, I entered my second life at Running Press, but this time as a Designer, specializing in kids' books (my passion!). I collaborated heavily with editorial and production, from book concept ideations all the way to finished product—designing and art directing not only interiors and covers, but sometimes new formats as well. A good day, for me, was any day that I got to make something on screen or in person, and work with great people to meet our goals. I worked as Designer for the RP Kids/Teen and Miniature Edition imprints from 2013 to 2015 and then was promoted to Senior Designer and held that title from 2015 to 2018.
I worked as Assistant to the Editorial Director from 2004 to 2005 and then was promoted to Assistant Editor and held that title from 2005 to 2007. Throughout my timespan, I acquired children’s, middle grade, and teen books, while also developing and acquiring for the Miniature Edition imprint. Additionally, I assisted with marketing efforts to position and support each book I project managed. The best part of my job was working collaboratively across in-house departments and outside of the company with authors, illustrators, licensors, and other industry professionals.
Every girl is unique, talented, and lovable. . . .Every girl is BEAUTIFUL.Much more than how one looks on the outside, true beauty is found in conquering challenges, showing kindness, and spreading contagious laughter. Beautiful girls are empowered and smart and strong!BEAUTIFUL breaks barriers by showing girls free to be themselves: splashing in mud, conducting science experiments, and readin... read more
An empowering picture book for all kids that demonstrates to children that they can be real-life superheroes and that all kids have what it takes to be brave. Superheroes seek adventure, never give up, and stay calm when others are afraid. Superheroes are brave. But they aren't the only ones.Kids are brave every day. When they are told they are too little, but accomplish something big. When th... read more
Every morning is beautiful when Noah visits his Grandparents. When Grandpa and Noah wake up, they take off singing and hardly stop: walking the dog, splashing through puddles, and eating French toast with cinnamon.But one summer Grandpa seems to have forgotten how to do the things they love. Does he even know who Noah is?Grandma steps in energetically, filling in as best she can. But it is Noa... read more
A little blue songbird longs to sing like her sisters. But whenever she tries, she cannot get the tune right. Her mother encourages her to leave home and find a song that only she can sing. With courage and tenacity, she travels the world, seeking advice from a crane, an owl, and a mean-looking crow, and other birds, hoping they will lead her to her special song. Told in gentle, lyrical prose ... read more
LEARN the ALPHABET and DECK the HALLS!Spread the joy of Christmas with this sparkly board book that features clever word associations and delightfully festive illustrations.
THIS AQUATIC ACTIVITY BOOK Includes: Four 18" x 24" fold-out posters for you to color and display, 24 pages of activities, games, and puzzles, Unbelievable facts you didn't know about the world down under so you can . . . See the ocean like adeep-sea diver! Solve offshore brainteasers like a puzzle master! Share your underwater knowledge like a marine expert!
It is summertime, and twelve-year-old Julia Richards cannot stand the anticipation. Everyone on Darcy Lane seems to be holding their breath waiting for the cicadas to emerge, but what Julia and her best friend, Taylor, want is some real excitement. Which arrives in the form of a new neighbor named Alyssa, who introduces a ball game called Russia . . . and an unwelcome level of BFF rivalry. Sud... read more
In this supernatural historical mystery, twelve-year-old Bone possesses a Gift that allows her to see the stories in everyday objects. When she receives a note that says her mother's Gift killed her, Bone seeks to unravel the mysteries of her mother's death, the schisms in her family, and the Gifts themselves.In a southern Virginia coal-mining town in 1942, Bone Phillips has just reached the a... read more
For every kid who's ever come in second place, this is a middle grade story about chasing your dreams.Eleven-year-old Annie Brown is used to being on the losing end of comparisons to her almost-always best friend Savannah. Savannah is MVP of the track team, has straight As, and, predictably, wins the most coveted school spirit award on the last day of 5th grade. Fortunately, Annie does have on... read more
"This book is filled with juicy young person wisdom." --Amy Poehler The definitive guide to being a teen in the modern age, with sage advice from a modern teenager and appealing to fans of Rookie.Earth Hates Me presents a look inside the mind of the modern teenager--from a modern teenager's perspective. Sixteen-year-old Ruby Karp addresses the issues facing every highschooler, from grades to p... read more
For fans of Rebecca Stead and Jennifer L. Holm, this is the perfect middle grade summer beach read. Twelve-year-old Shayne Whittaker has always spent summers on the Maine coast, visiting her grandmother Bea and playing with her BFF Poppy. Both Shayne and Bea are collectors, in their own ways: Shayne revels in golden memories of searching for sea glass and weaving friendship bracelets with Popp... read more
For fans of Julie Halpern and Morgan Matson comes a summer road trip story about adventure, sisters, and finding out who you truly want to be. Anna's always idolized her older sister, Storm. So when Storm dies in a tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation, Anna is completely lost and her family is torn apart. That is, until she finds Storm's summer bucket list and decides... read more
Someone brutally murdered Mary Mathison, daughter of a prominent and very conservative local pastor, and Avery, a transgender boy who loved Mary, is bent on finding her killer. He goes to the crime scene to do some investigating, but is quickly put in harm's way. Reluctantly, Avery must move to the sidelines to wait for the police to do their job.However, following Mary's funeral, Avery receiv... read more
Funny and smart with all the angst and sass of adolescence and a colorful cast of characters, this is a refreshing contemporary coming-of-age YA about one Greek-American girl's odyssey home. Sixteen-year-old Elektra Kamenides is well on her way to becoming a proper southern belle in the small Mississippi college town she calls home. That is, until her mother decides to uproot her and her kid s... read more
When Two Truths and One Lie Turn Deadly . . .A narrow escape from a bomb attack.A radical insurgent organization on the rise.A place and a people to call her own.K has a choice to make, and her answer is yes.Yes to spying.Yes to making right wrongs of the past.Yes to leading a double life.But when the two worlds lead to one trapdoor,will K be able to avoid falling through?
Indie Excellence Award WinnerJunior Library Guild SelectionSchool Library Journal Top 10 Latino Books of 2014As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.'s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But M.T. hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant.With senior year of h... read more
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