Amanda Shih, Former Editor at Scholastic and Penguin, Current Freelance Editor

Amanda Shih, Editor at Scholastic

I’m looking for middle grade and YA nonfiction that seeks to tell interesting new stories, tells old stories in new ways or from new perspectives, educates and entertains, captures reluctant readers, and helps young readers see the world around them in a new light.

I am currently looking for:

  • Narrative: Inspiring stories that grapple with identity, current events, and young readers’ place in the world; Historical (adventure tales, unsolved mysteries, cultural histories, little-known history, etc.–and feminist/minority-focused history a plus), inspirational memoir
  • Science and other reference: Books that make science fun and accessible for young readers and non-narrative history that brings to life the world around us in exciting ways
  • YA/MG adaptations: With such a wealth of backlist and frontlist adult titles out there, I’m eager to find vital nonfiction stories that can be adapted for younger readers
  • Diverse creators: Key to publishing new perspectives and new stories is being mindful about choosing who gets to tell those stories–I’d love to bring a diversity of voices, artists, and experiences to my list in every way.

Meet With Amanda

Meet face-to-face, from home. Choose Skype, Google Hangouts, or phone, and speak for the appointed time about your query, first page, and/or first ten pages (for longer meetings). Does not include written notes, but is a chance to have an honest discussion about your work, and to ask follow-up questions. International meetings welcomed.

Book A Written Critique

Receive insightful notes on your pages–direct to your email. No need to schedule a time to be at a computer, or even deal with technology–all you have to do is keep yourself from hitting refresh. Your critique will arrive within 24 hours of the date selected on the calendar.

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