Allison Wortche Editorial Services
I am an independent editor with eighteen years of experience in children’s publishing. I offer editorial and creative guidance to authors of picture books through YA novels, from big-picture story development to detailed line edits. I love words, characters, and stories—and I love working with writers to help shape and polish their manuscripts.
As a senior editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books, I acquired and edited picture books, middle-grade, and YA novels. I worked with bestselling and award-winning authors including Jennifer Niven, Cath Crowley, Amy Timberlake, Jean Reagan, and Il Sung Na. The books I edited in my years at Knopf garnered over 50 starred reviews and included New York Times bestsellers, Caldecott and Newbery Honor Books, Edgar Award winners, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, ALA Notables, and YALSA BFYAs.
I am also the author of the picture books Ruby and the Itsy-Bitsy Icky Bug (illustrated by Sally Walker), Oliver’s Lollipop (illustrated by Andrés Landazábal), and Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine (illustrated by Patrice Barton), as well as the I Love Science board book series with illustrator Steve Mack.
I offer critiques, developmental/substantive editing, line editing, and query letter feedback. Please be in touch to learn more about my services!
Years in the field: 18
Years freelancing: 5