Editorial Services

Making Jewish Children’s Literature the Very Best It Can Be

The Whole Megillah is pleased to list editorial and book doctor/coaching services to help you get your manuscript into its best possible shape.

Emma Dryden–Editorial services and career coach

With more than 25 years of experience editing and publishing children’s books, most recently as Vice President, Publisher of Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Emma has a deep understanding of the business of children’s books within an ever-changing publishing landscape. Her expertise is working with authors to help define, enrich, and craft their work to make it viable for the current marketplace. She is a skilled fiction, fantasy, and poetry editor and my interests range from picture books and graphic novels to humorous middle grade, high fantasy, and edgy teen fiction–and anything in between!

Contact Emma at drydenbks.

Catherine Frank Editorial Services, LLC

With more than a decade of experience in the trenches at Viking Children’s Books working on numerous award-winning books, Catherine knows the ins and outs of how to target a query letter, how to find the right agent, and—most importantly—how to help an author improve a manuscript so that it’s the best it can possibly be.

Free initial manuscript evaluation

• General editorial feedback
• In-depth manuscript line-editing
• Proposal/query/synopsis evaluations and critiques
• General career consultation

Catherine will conduct a free initial evaluation of your manuscript, and will send an email suggesting the action plan that she would like to take with your project. If your work is not a good fit with Catherine Frank Editorial Services, LLC for any reason, written declination will be sent via email within 10 business days of receipt.

Most typical projects will be charged at an hourly rate of $85/hour. Hourly rate projects will receive an initial meeting with me (in person when possible, by phone or email when not), a manuscript reading, and a written editorial letter with general comments and feedback.

For in-depth line-editing, detailed editorial feedback, or work on more complicated, long-term projects, a flat fee will be charged, beginning at $250 for picture books and $2,000 for longer fiction and nonfiction. All flat fee rates are subject to adjustment based on the size and scope of the project and will be agreed upon prior to any in-depth work.

For more information, see Catherine’s website.

Barbara Krasner–Copy editing and editing

Every manuscript deserves a pair of eyes other than the author’s to make sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed. Barbara has a discerning editorial eye and ear, honed during workshops at Vermont College of Fine Arts where she earned her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, and at Highlights Foundation workshops. Visit Barbara’s website.

Joyce Sweeney–Writing coach and manuscript critiques

Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen novels for young adults. Many of her books appear on the American Library Association’s Best Books List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. Based in Coral Springs, Florida, Joyce offers manuscript critiques and mentoring services to writers all across the country. Visit Joyce’s web site for more information about her services.

Let us know about your experiences!

10 Responses to Editorial Services

  1. Pingback: Making Jewish Children’s Literature the Best It Can Be | The Whole Megillah

  2. Ben Kigano says:

    I am looking for someone to critique my manuscript and other stuff

  3. Sharron Shipley says:

    How do I submit to Shofar Books. I see it is an imprint of Marshall Cavendish, but I cannot see where the submission guidline are located on your website.

    Thanks so much
    Sharron Shipley jsshipley2@frontier.com

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  5. I am trying to launch a group of potential products (i.e., comic web sites for a friend, using my art and writing styles, character or story licensing for comic enterprise based on unpublished issue text) relating to comic-book characters I created for the comic-book series, The Amazin Warriors, who in current issue “Collide Against the Genesis Goons in MUSIC in COMA” . . .
    http://www.comic-strip.org has links to product pages showing characters and some
    text from actual, unpublished issue, with 2004 Copyright. Can someone help me
    direct my queries? I don’t know what I need first. Miriam Bensimon aka M. I. Stone,

  6. karencodner says:

    Hi, I already published a novel in my country. How can I contact an agent which works with Spanish writers which want to be introduce in the American market? It is a Jewish novel. I´m from Chile.

    • Karen,
      That’s a pretty big question to answer here. Your best best is to attend conferences where agents invite attendees to submit and to buy or borrow the latest Writer’s Digest Guide to Agents. You’ll have to do your homework and figure out which agents represent your best opportunities. You’ll have to perfect your pitch, too, with a query letter and most likely a synopsis and sample chapters.

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