Hiring Sarah




Experience—Malden, MA
Founder. Freelance Editor and Publishing Consultant
  • Edited and consulted on manuscripts for novels and picture books, both fiction and nonfiction.
  • Assisted authors with writing and revising.
  • Advised authors on contracts and publishing industry.
HarperCollins Publishers—New York, NY
Assistant Editor
  • Acquired, edited, and promoted novels and picture books, both fiction and nonfiction.
  • Negotiated contracts with agents.
  • Managed and guided interns.
  • Initiated production estimates and contract requests, and created profit and loss statements.
  • Collaborated with marketing, publicity, and sales departments on key projects.
  • Served on the faculty at writers' conferences as a representative of HarperCollins Publishers and as a scout for new talent.
  • Implemented the plan for a book on youth voting and wrote book's comprehensive backmatter.

Editorial Assistant
  • Evaluated manuscript submissions and wrote reader's reports and rejection/revision letters.
  • Wrote jacket flaps, catalog copy, and promotional materials.
  • Prepared manuscripts and art for production through copyediting, proofreading, fact-checking, research, and art checks.
  • Provided administrative support for the imprint.

Bloomsbury Children's Books—New York, NY
Editorial, Marketing, and Publicity Intern
  • Evaluated manuscript submissions and wrote reader's reports and rejection/revision letters.
  • Strategized and implemented marketing and publicity campaigns for best-selling titles.

The Kingwood Observer—Kingwood, TX
Contributing Writer
  • Conducted on-location research and personal interviews.
  • Wrote news reports and features.
  • Lampson, Poe compete to represent District 2: The Kingwood Observer, October 28, 2004 (pdf)
  • Education dominates state rep race: The Kingwood Observer, October 14, 2004 (pdf)
  • Local author's book set for release at end of month: The Kingwood Observer, September 15, 2004 (pdf)
  • Local residents spread awareness of rare disease: The Kingwood Observer, September 23, 2004
  • Kingwood High grad gains success in the film industry: The Kingwood Observer, June 3, 2004
  • Medical experiments and mosquitoes the hot topics at Public Safety Committee meeting: The Kingwood Observer, May 20, 2004
  • Fox network televises legalized prostitution: The Rice Thresher, February 25, 2000 (pdf)

Houston Read Commission—Houston, TX
Legislative Advocacy Intern
  • Conducted research on adult literacy statistics and compiled a comprehensive report.
  • Presented findings to legislators and literacy advocates at state literacy conference.


  • Article "Hungry for More: Exploring Middle-Grade and Young-Adult Series Fiction" in Book Markets for Children's Writers 2010. (Writer's Institute Publications, 2010.)
  • Researched and wrote comprehensive backmatter for Declare Yourself: Speak. Act. Connect. Vote. 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why. (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2008.)
  • One of ten second-place finishers in the "Be the Next Downtown Press Author Search" of 2005, held by Downtown Press/Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster.


Education Rice University—Houston, TX
B.A. Political Science and B.A. Sociology,
magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Continuing Education:
  • Columbia Publishing Course—Columbia University
    New York, NY
  • Fundamentals of Copyediting—New York University
    New York, NY
  • Writing for Children—New York University
    New York, NY
  • MBA Fundamentals—New York University
    New York, NY
  • Young Adult Novel Writing—MediaBistro
    New York, NY


Technical Skills
  • Fluent in French. Proficient in Spanish.
  • Experience with database searching and analysis (using SPSS), database development, and web technologies, including search engine optimization; HTML basics; online publishing tools.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite, FileMaker Pro, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, Bookscan, PIX, and Titlenet.


Professional Associations & Outreach
  • Everybody Wins "Power Lunch"
  • The Carolyn Lelyveld Internship
  • Children's Book Council
  • The Association of American Publishers' Young to Publishing Group
  • Century Institute's Sagner Fellow, 2002

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