Laura Atkins, Children's Book Author and Editor
Freelance Children's Book Editor
—Kate Schatz, author, Rad American Women A-Z
Please note - I am taking on very few new clients, as I am booked up as of Fall 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 sign up for my mailing list here. 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."