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Writer's Room => Picture Books (PB) => Topic started by: brian-gonsar on June 17, 2016, 06:21 AM

Title: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: brian-gonsar on June 17, 2016, 06:21 AM
I was wondering if someone could recommend a good story editor who has experience with humorous picture books.  Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: HaroldU on June 18, 2016, 11:52 AM
Brian, in SCBWI's "The Book" there's a section listing freelance editors and "book doctors." I'm listed in it, but I'm not putting myself forward in particular. All the people there are vetted by SCBWI.
Title: Re: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on June 19, 2016, 09:34 PM
Welcome to the Blueboards. Story editors are great as a near last step in the process. First, if you haven't done so already, please consider a critique group. There are places on the board where you can find them and where SCBWI members can post manuscripts or sections for critique. Your region may also be able to help you locate a great critique group. That way you're as ready as you can be before you pay an editor. You don't want to ending up paying more than once.
Title: Re: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: brian-gonsar on June 20, 2016, 07:22 AM
Thanks @HaroldU - I took a look and found some good people.  I was just hoping I could get a personal recommendation.  Hi @Debbie - yes, I am i a critique group already, which has been super helpful!
Title: Re: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: Vijaya on June 20, 2016, 10:43 AM
Hi Brian, I can highly recommend Paula Morrow, former editor of Ladybug and Babybug and Cricket books.
http://paulamorrow.com/paulamorrow/Critiques.html
Title: Re: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: brian-gonsar on June 20, 2016, 10:44 AM
Thank you!
Title: Re: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: HaroldU on June 20, 2016, 07:51 PM
Thanks @HaroldU - I took a look and found some good people.  I was just hoping I could get a personal recommendation.

Well, I didn't feel comfortable recommending myself! I also know the people listed are ALL good, and sometimes it's good to be able to compare and contrast.

Title: Re: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: Christine B. on June 20, 2016, 09:44 PM
Hi Brian,

Welcome to the Blueboards!

Harold Underdown (above) is being modest but he is one of the best and I highly recommend him. Definitely take a look at his website if you haven't already. Good luck!
Title: Re: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: nicole_vanhove on June 29, 2016, 02:19 PM
Hi,

I am also looking for a freelance editor for a humorous picture book. I consulted SCBWI's "The Book" and am leaning towards Amy Betz of http://www.tinytalesediting.com/ or Eileen Robinson of f1rstpages.com . Does anyone have any experience with either?

All the best,
Nicole Van Hove
Title: Re: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: Vijaya on June 29, 2016, 02:59 PM
I've only heard wonderful things about Eileen Robinson.
Title: Re: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: HaroldU on June 29, 2016, 06:30 PM
I've only heard wonderful things about Eileen Robinson.
Me too, but then, we are working partners in Kid's Book Revisions!

(If it helps your decision, Eileen is very warm and nurturing, but she'll also zero right in on your issues.)
Title: Re: Picture Book Story Editor
Post by: pmccleery on June 30, 2016, 10:58 AM
I worked with Tamson Weston a few years ago. She is fantastic and has worked with some heavy hitters who do humorous PBs (Adam Rex, Mac Barnett) when she was an in-house editor.