Laura Atkins, Children's Book Editor
Independent Children's Book Editorial Services
Freelance Children's Book Editor
—Selu Mdlalose, Publisher, Vezani Publishing
I am an independent children's book editor who has worked in the children's book field for twenty years. I spent seven years in editorial departments in the United States where I helped to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. I continued to work as a freelance editor in England, where I lived for twelve years until August 2013. I was also a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University in London. Now based in Berkeley, California, I work with clients all over the world.
The main services I offer are:
I currently edit children's books for Nigerian publisher Cassava Republic Press, and offer editorial services to Blood Orange Press and City Lights Publishing in the Bay Area. I offer manuscript critiques to a variety of clients - see the Portfolio selection for more. The best way to stay updated about upcoming events and services is to read my blog and follow me on my Facebook page. You can also find a full list of books I have edited and more about my background on my LinkedIn page. And if you'd like to see me in person, you can watch this video from a panel on diversity in children's books from April 2015, or this older video interview taken when I directed the Brighton Children's Book Festival.
'The best investment I made in writing and publishing my picture book was in asking Laura to edit the manuscript."