Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 17, 2011

Publishing Industry News

Many of you already know Lindsay Schlegel from meeting her at an SCBWI Event, so I figured you would like to know what she is up to since she left her editorial position at Simon & Schuster last November to be at home with her brand new baby boy. 

At the start of this year, she began offering a series of freelance editorial services.

Here is a little information about what she is doing.

Lindsay’s expertise is primarily in the field of children’s literature, although she has worked with adult fiction and non-fiction as well.  Her knowledge and experience are coupled with a passion for quality literature and a driving respect for a story well told. 

She likes to edit picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction (including historical fiction, mystery, romance, etc.) and adult fiction and non-fiction (same genres). Science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal are not the best match for Lindsay.

After graduating magna cum laude, her work focused on children’s books, both in a position at the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, and later in the editorial departments of Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing Division. 

Manuscript review
Reach for the next level with professional broad-stroke and line-by-line editing, or get a fresh eye to achieve the final polish that will make your work stand out.  To propose a project, please send a cover letter detailing the status of your manuscript, as well as a one-page synopsis and the first ten pages as an attachment to  Within two business days, you may expect a response outlining a plan of action.

Query letter review
Get your work noticed with a carefully composed query letter–your gateway to a shot at landing your dream agent.  Please send your letter as an attachment to

To submit a project for a preliminary reading, writers of novels should send a cover letter, one-page synopsis, and the first 10 pages of the manuscript.  Picture book authors should send a cover letter and the full manuscript.  I will respond with an outline of what I’d supply (usually a combination of a broad-stroke editorial letter and in-text commentary), as well as pricing information. 

Picture books usually are billed a flat fee, $300 per book. 

Novels usually are billed on an hourly basis, $60/hour, and you can estimate 10 pages/hour.

Query letter reviews are $45 per letter; please send letters as attachments. 

Any manuscript or query letter review includes a follow-up read and brief email commentary.

Anyone who contacts Lindsay and mentions my blog will get 5% off a manuscript review, or a query letter review for $30.


Beach Ball Books, a new children’s book publishing company spearheaded by former Shoreline Publishing Group editorial director Jim Buckley, will launch this fall with six preschool and middle-grade titles focusing on “sports books, board books and plans for a raft of colorful, entertaining books that kids and families will love.” Beach Ball’s list will be sold and distributed by Dave Weiner & Associates and The BookMasters Group.


See if your Borders’ store is going to close in the corporations bankruptcy reorganization. Click this link for a complete list of stores reported in the The Wall Street Journal:

I love to hear success stories and things you have heard about changes in the Publishing Industry.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. For some reason this came to my inbox again. No problem. It fits well with this week’s class on getting published. your blog has been a great resource, Kathy. I’ve referred to lots of posts. thanks. carol


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