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Amy Betz | Elance
 
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Amy Betz

Children's book editor, 20+ years of experience
   United States
  |   Bethel, CT

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Overview

As a Senior Editor at Scholastic and Disney, I've worked with award-winning and best-selling authors and illustrators. Whether you are looking for editorial feedback on a manuscript or need help to further develop an idea, collaborating with authors is my passion. I will provide an honest, constructive, and detailed assessment. Once we have completed our work together, you will have a manuscript that is ready for the next step in the publishing process.

I have worked on both stand-alone books and series, from the fact-based Magic School...

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Portfolio

Worked with author and illustrator of the highly-acclaimed series.
Having worked with Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen on the Magic School Bus, I also had the...
During my time as a children's book editor in New York, I worked at Simon &...
Prior to a conference I was speaking at, I reviewed about twenty manuscripts. Sara...
At Disney, we had access to the concept illustrations Mary Blair had done for Disney's...
I saw this project by the author/illustrator Lorena Eliasen at a Parson School of...
Worked with successful textile designer Kim Parker on concept and creation of her first...
Acquired and edited two middle-grade novels by Alison Pollet
Acquired and edited Antarctica by Walter Dean Myers. This is one of several books I...
Acquired and edited several books in Scholastic's First Person Fiction series. The...
Edited this middle-grade illustrated nonfiction book, which received many awards and...
Acquired the text of this book by Carolyn Crimi and selected Janie Bynum to illustrate.
Conceived and edited original novels based on Disney Channel's High School Musical...
I pulled this manuscript from the pile of unsolicited manuscripts at Macmillan during...
I wrote reading guides for Summer of My German Soldier and The Watsons Go to...
Edited the sequel to the very successful The Quiltmaker's Gift.
Edited Robert Burleigh's text and selected Leonard Jenkins as illustrator.
Acquired and edited historical fiction, both standalone novels and for Scholastic's...

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Children's Books

Service Description

As a professional children's book editor for twenty years, I have a wealth of experience in pinpointing each manuscript's strengths and weaknesses. From picture books to young adult novels, fiction and nonfiction, I can help you craft a book that will engage your readers. I will line edit your manuscript and provide a letter detailing my suggestions large and small.

I also have experience editing ebooks and apps, and have worked as an author for select clients.


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Employment

Red Zebra Project
Editorial Project Manager
2013 - Present
This non-profit publisher produces books in English and several African languages, connecting rural communities with global resources.
Tiny Tales Editing
Writer, Editor, & Publishing Consultant
2008 - Present
Since March 2013, I have completed 50+ children's book projects and have a five-star review average.
Blue Dream Studios
Editor
2008 - 2013
Developmental editor for middle-grade novels; reviewed page layouts and provided editorial comments for this publisher of graphic novels.
Hattie Mae & Pals Foundation
Writer, Editor & Publishing Consultant
2010 - 2012
This non-profit organization raises awareness of childhood obesity and encourages families to live a healthy lifestyle; I worked on a book with the foundations head, and advised the team on the...
Disney Press
Senior Editor
2005 - 2007
Managed, acquired, and edited all Disney Channel-based publishing; liasoned with Disney Channel Brand Management team to ensure brand consistency Acquired retellings of Walt Disneys Cinderella...
Simon & Schuster
Freelance Editor
2005 - 2005
Edited young adult novels on a freelance basis
Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins
Freelance Editor
2005 - 2005
Managed projects for Editorial Director and Senior Editor during extended absences
Orchard Books/Scholastic
Senior Editor
2001 - 2004
Acquired and edited picture books, novels, and nonfiction Tapped by Scholastics publisher to manage integration of the Orchard Books list when Grolier (Orchards parent company) was acquired...
Scholastic
Editor
1998 - 2001
Managed Dear America and launched two series under the Dear America umbrella; edited the majority of the books in the three lines and worked closely with marketing and Scholastic Book Clubs and...

Education

Miami University
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Dean's List
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New York University Summer Publishing Institute
Certificate
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Keywords

Picture books
novels
chapter books
children's books
line editing
developmental editing
publishing advice
series development
ebooks
apps.
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