Lisa L. Owens

Owens Editorial Ink

After a stint as a journalist, I embarked on a ten-year in-house editorial career in the children’s industry. During that time I learned publishing from the ground up, starting as proofreading coordinator/copy chief, working up to full editor, and eventually landing as senior editor in charge of a full editorial department. While still in-house, I occasionally took on freelance editing projects from children’s, magazine, and adult-market nonfiction publishers, and in 2002 I made the switch to full-time freelancing.

These days I specialize in the children’s and K–12 educational markets. Typical projects include editing fiction and nonfiction for ages PreK–YA and writing supplemental curricular materials. Additionally, I edit books for the adult market in such genres as contemporary fiction, historical fiction, psychological thriller, mystery, romance, business, how-to, and cookbook. And I teach professional-development workshops for writers and editors. Over the years I’ve had editorial input on thousands of published products.

As a children’s author, I’ve written 100+ works for young readers, including early readers, graphic novels, middle grade fiction, historical explorations, biographies, teen self-help, and STEM books. Visit my author site,, for more information or to inquire about booking a school author visit.

I’ve been an active member of EFA since 2000, serving the organization at the national level as education chair (8 years) and creator/admin of EFA’s Facebook page (4 years). I’ve also volunteered locally as chapter coordinator for Chicagoland (2 years) and Seattle (3 years). Other professional affiliations include Authors Guild, AWP, PNWA, and SCBWI. Currently, I serve as nonfiction coordinator and mentor in SCBWI’s Western Washington chapter.

Issaquah, WA


Years in the field: 28
Years freelancing: 28


Lisa Owens