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Deborah Brodie RÉsumÉ


June 2007–present

Freelance editor, book doctor, and writing coach

  • Do intensive editorial work on fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for children, teens, and adult audiences
  • Coach individual writers
  • Conduct writing workshops for groups
  • Consult on writing and publishing
  • Clients include publishers, literary agents, organizations, and individuals. Please see Client List

January 2001–May 2007

Executive Editor, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan, NY

  • Cofounded the Roaring Brook Press imprint for the Millbrook Press, Brookfield, CT; since 2004 expanded and developed the imprint for Holtzbrinck USA (now Macmillan)
  • Worked with acclaimed authors and illustrators, including Margaret Bechard, Don Brown, Peter Catalanotto, Seymour Chwast, Gail Giles, Betty Hicks, Ann Jaramillo, Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson, Tony Johnston, Adam McCauley, Jean Marzollo, Susanna Natti, Mary Pope Osborne, Robert Andrew Parker, Charlie Price, S. D. Schindler, Leda Schubert, Howard Schwartz, and Jacqueline Wilson
  • Worked intensively with experienced authors exploring a new genre, new age group, or new approach—including 4 best-selling authors of books for adults starting to write for a younger audience
  • Launched the careers of 21 debut authors and illustrators

1979 – 2001

Executive Editor (since 1985), Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, NY

  • Worked with noted authors and illustrators, including David A. Adler, Sarah Dessen, Patricia Reilly Giff, Dan Greenburg, Esther Hautzig, James Marshall, Milton Meltzer, Susanna Natti, Zibby Oneal, James Stevenson, and Jane Yolen
  • Conceived and edited early chapter-book series: Cam Jansen Adventures (titles still in print after 30 years), Once Upon America, and Women of Our Time
  • Acquired and edited books for adults, including international best-seller The Eyes of the Dragon, by Stephen King

Summer 2009

Academic Director, Writing for Children and Teens, Stanford Publishing Courses Writers Workshop, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

  • Created and led workshops on writing for children and young adults
  • Led conference-wide session on overcoming writer’s block
  • Conducted group writing exercises
  • Organized and moderated editor and agent panels
  • Facilitated informal conversation about The Writer’s Juggling Act: Balancing Work, Life, and Play

Spring 2008

Instructor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, New York, NY

  • Created and facilitated 3-session seminar for editorial staff
  • Taught basics of line editing and writing selling copy
  • Discussed and reinforced the mind-set of an editor

Fall 2007–present

MFA Mentor, Simmons College, Boston, MA

  • Work with students to revise fiction
  • Advise students on writing and publishing

June 2007–present

Instructor, Summer Writers Colony, The New School, New York, NY

  • Conduct seminar for writers of adult fiction on writing for young readers
  • Teach, advise and mentor students
  • Conduct Literary Salons featuring award-winning authors
  • Created intensive 3-week, 6-credit course


Visiting Faculty and Thesis Advisor, MFA in Creative Writing, Writing for Children, The New School, New York, NY


Instructor, MFA in Creative Writing, Writing for Children, The New School, New York, NY

  • Designed and taught full-term courses
  • Advised thesis writers


Moderator, Forum on Writing for Children, The New School, New York, NY

  • Create programs with authors and publishing professionals
  • Conduct and publicize 8 programs per year

August 2007

Instructor, Charlesbridge Publishing, Watertown, MA

  • Developed and facilitated 2-day staff-development workshop for editorial, design, sales, and marketing staff
  • Strategized with management and staff about growing the list

November 2006 – May 2007

Instructor, Holtzbrinck Children’s Book Publishing Master Class, Holtzbrinck (now Macmillan), New York, NY

  • Created and taught professional-development course for staff with less than 3 years’ experience in publishing
  • Developed collegiality and teamwork across imprints

Edited 2 collections of quotations, both published by St. Martins’ Press:

  • Untying the Knot: Ex-Husbands, Ex-Wives, and Other Experts on the Passage of Divorce (1999)
  • Writing Changes Everything: The 627 Best Things Anyone Ever Said About Writing (1997)

And narrated one book-and-tape package of a picture book by Eric A. Kimmel that she edited. This Live Oak Readalong is now available as a CD:

  • I Took My Frog to the Library (1990)

Client List


Clients have included

  • Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Bloomsbury Children's Books
  • Boxer Books {London}
  • Capstone Publishers
  • Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Dutton Children’s Books
  • Feiwel & Friends
  • Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  • Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Nextbook, Inc.
  • Phoebe W. Yeh, HarperCollins Children’s Books
  • Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Thames & Hudson, Inc.
  • Tricycle Press (an imprint of Random House)

Clients have included

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