Please note - I am taking on very few new clients, as I am booked up as of June 2016, and primarily focusing on writing rather than editing. You can get in touch, but know that I am unlikely to be able to take you on at this time.
I am an independent children's book author and editor who has worked in the children's book field for over 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 and as a 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. I have an MA in Children's Literature from Roehampton University, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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 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.
"Laura absolutely knows her stuff and is committed not just to diverse high-quality children's literature, but to supporting the artists and writers working to create it."
Laura Atkins, Children's Book Author and Editor
—Kate Schatz, author, Rad American Women A-Z
Freelance Children's Book Editor