Do you need help with your latest manuscript? I offer comprehensive edits/critiques for both fiction and nonfiction picture books. This includes proofreading, line-editing, and developmental editing.
I am a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), and I have been a book reviewer for trade publishers across the US for 10 years. I have been involved in critique groups for many years, and have won several writing awards, including:
a. Donald Scaif Conference Scholarship, 2018
b. State of Tennessee Professional Development Grant, 2017
c. 2014: East TN Historical Society Community History Award – http://tinyurl.com/nzze4gl
d. 2014: SCBWI Letter of Merit – Multicultural – http://www.scbwi.org/2014-wip-winners-announced/
e. 2012: Lee and Low Books New Voices Award Winner
f. The Haven Foundation Grant, 2009
g. 2009: First Place, Google Knol Competition
h. 2007: Innerlit Moon Best First Chapter Contest (unpublished Romance)
MOST RECENT CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Here is information about my two historical picture book biographies:
1. The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House, Jan 7, 2020).
*Debuted as the No. 1 Picture Book in Children’s Biographies
*Five “STARRED” Reviews from Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, BookList, Hornbook
*Pick-of-the-Day by A Mighty Girl (July 17, 2020)
*Amazon Best History Picture Book of the Year (So Far)
2. Hammering for Freedom: The Story of William Lewis (Lee and Low, September 25, 2018).
*”STARRED” Reviews from Kirkus, Booklist Hornbook
I’m the author of AFRICAN AMERICANS OF CHATTANOOGA: A HISTORY OF UNSUNG HEROES (The History Press, 2008). Salem Press published four of my nonfiction articles in its Great Lives from History: African American series (2010) and I contributed a historical article called DR. EMMA ROCHELLE WHEELER: A BEACON OF LIGHT for the book Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, sponsored by the American Association of University Women.
I am also the author of PLAYWRITING (Cavendish Square, 2017); GETTING A JOB IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY (Rosen Publishing, 2013); and GETTING THE MOST OUT OF MOOC and THE RIGHT DEGREE FOR ME IN HEALTH CARE (both published by Rosen Publishing, 2015).
Tell Me About Your Project
WHAT YOU GET
When I take on your project, I provide detailed comments within the manuscript (Microsoft Word Tracking) as well as a Running Editorial summary where I offer suggestions to help you strengthen your manuscript to bring it to the next level. I also make myself available to answer your questions via email.
PROJECTS I ACCEPT (Email for prices)
Nonfiction picture books up to 1500 words
Fiction Picture Books up to 2000 words
CB (chapter books), MG or YA up to 25,000 words
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