Who needs you?

Writers who: 1) have read their manuscript(s) over and over until they’re googly-eyed; 2) need a new, slightly less subjective audience than their friends and family; 3) hope to have work published as a trade children’s book.

Who are you?

I am Amy Lin (formerly Amy Hsu). I’m an eight-year veteran of Little, Brown and Company, where I reviewed, pitched, acquired, and edited all kinds of projects for ages 0 to 18. I’m well acquainted with the life of a book as it progresses from manuscript to bound book and passes through editorial, copyediting, design, production, marketing, and sales along the way. I’ve attended trade shows such as ALA, BEA, IRA, TLA, and NCTE, and I’ve spoken and critiqued at SCBWI conferences all over the country. I have taught and tutored writing at the university level. I also have library experience, as well as bookselling experience at three retail stores (chain and independent). Here are a couple of relevant lists.

Some authors, illustrators, and organizations with whom I’ve worked:

The Ansel Adams Trust J. Patrick Lewis
Mary Azarian Rose Lewis
Varsha Bajaj Tom Lichtenheld
Nora Raleigh Baskin Chris Lincoln
Len Berman MainBrain Productions
Berkeley Breathed Wendy Mass
Marc Brown Patrick McDonnell
David Christiana David McPhail
Nancy Coffelt Debbie Miller
Catherine Ann Cullen Lauren Mills
Jane Dyer Laurel Molk
The Exploratorium Penny Pollock
Beverly Gherman Mary Lyn Ray
Gail Gibbons Ruth Sanderson
Gary Goss Irene Smalls
Barry Gott Greg Leitich Smith
Mary GrandPré Kirsten Smith
Stephen Gulbis Phoebe Stone
Amiko Hirao 3CD
Holly Hobbie Tricia Tusa
Trina Schart Hyman Jon Van Zyle
Paul Janeczko Nancy Willard
Cathy Ann Johnson Jane Yolen

Some books I’ve edited, by category:

Picture books
Marc Brown, Arthur’s Nose: 25th Anniversary Edition
Nancy Coffelt/Tricia Tusa, Fred Stays with Me!
Paul Janeczko & J. Patrick Lewis/Tricia Tusa, Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku
J. Patrick Lewis/Amiko Hirao, Tulip at the Bat
Tom Lichtenheld, What Are You So Grumpy About?
Tom Lichtenheld, What’s with This Room?
Patrick McDonnell, The Gift of Nothing
Patrick McDonnell, Art
Patrick McDonnell, Just Like Heaven
Irene Smalls/Cathy Ann Johnson, My Nana and Me
Irene Smalls/Cathy Ann Johnson, My Pop Pop and Me
Tony Porto & 3CD, Get Red!

Leveled readers
Marc Brown, Postcards from Buster series

Len Berman/Kent Gamble, And Nobody Got Hurt!
Beverly Gherman, Ansel Adams: America’s Photographer
The Exploratorium, Exploratopia

Dan Danko & Tom Mason, Sidekicks series
Wendy Mass, Leap Day
Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Greg Leitich Smith, Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo
Greg Leitich Smith, Tofu and T. Rex
Kirsten Smith, The Geography of Girlhood