You don’t have to choose one or the other:
You know that good editors are hard to find, and you’ve been searching online for a while. You click and scroll through page after page as you wonder, “Is this the right editor for me and my book?”
Look no further. This is where I come in.
I’m Jennifer, and I work with authors of picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels. I help authors like you feel more confident and encouraged about their writing as they pursue self-publishing or begin to query agents.
Work with a kidlit editor with an eye for details, the heart of a teacher,
and the enthusiasm and anxiety of a fellow writer
Before I was a kidlit editor, I was a teacher. For more than a decade, I taught children from a variety of backgrounds and English language levels. I was an advocate for appropriate literacy instruction and read-alouds. Each year, my class counted how many books we read, and each year, that class wanted to beat the previous year’s total. We read a mix of picture books and chapter books, and there was nothing quite so satisfying as hearing that groan from my kids when we came to the (cliffhanger) end of the chapter. It meant they wanted to hear more. They were engaged in the story and needed to know what happened next—right.now.
I didn’t just teach my kids how to read. I taught them to love reading. To love stories. To always want to know what happened next.
Before I was a teacher, I was a reader. I jumped to chapter books by first grade and only discovered/remembered most picture books as a teacher. I stayed in chapter books (labeled “Intermediate” in Waldenbooks back in the day) for longer than I should have because of a lack of recommendations and access to books that we would now call middle grade.
Not only was I reading, I was noticing mistakes here and there too. The one that still sticks with me was reading one of my (many) Baby-Sitters Club books and reading a piece of dialogue that Mary Anne’s mother said. Except she had been dead for years, and this wasn’t a ghost story. For a long time, I thought about writing a letter to “the company” aka Scholastic, the publisher, to let them know because this error bothered me so much. (I eventually put the Baby-Sitters Club and other series like it away as I grew older—but guess what my Honors thesis was about in college?)
Besides teaching, I also worked for an educational publisher for two years while I earned my master’s degree. After leaving the classroom, I studied and earned a copyediting certificate and finally joined SCBWI after contemplating joining for a long time.
Today, I have combined all of these experiences and interests into a business that focuses on kidlit—and maybe, just maybe, will inspire some groans in the classroom.