• Emma D. Dryden is the founder of the premier children’s editorial and publishing consultancy firm, drydenbks LLC. She edits children’s books; consults with authors, illustrators, agents, and foreign publishers; is a creative consultant with several children’s eBook and app publishers; is a collaborative writer; and does some of her own poetry and fiction writing, as well as keeps a blog called “our stories, ourselves.”  Emma’s publishing career started at Viking and Random House, followed by a position with Margaret K. McElderry Books, where she eventually became Vice President, Editorial Director, and then Vice President, Publisher of Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, a position she held until 2009.

    Emma has edited hundreds of books for young readers across all genres, including work by Ellen Hopkins, Karma Wilson, Susan Cooper, Alan Katz, David Catrow, Raul Colon, Marjorie Priceman, Lee Bennett Hopkins, David Diaz, and Paul Zelinsky. A highly sought-after speaker for regional and national conferences, where she often speaks about craft, best practices, and the digital landscape, Emma is also on the SCBWI Board of Advisors.