Meet the Editor

Deborah Halverson
was an editor at Harcourt Children’s Books for 10 years before becoming the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies, the forthcoming Writing New Adult Fiction, two teen novels (Honk If You Hate Me and Big Mouth with Delacorte/ Random House), the picture book Letters to Santa, and three books in Remix series for struggling readers. She has been working with authors—bestsellers, veterans, debut, and aspiring—for over twenty years. The books she’s edited have garnered awards and rave reviews, and many of the aspiring writers she’s coached have landed agent representation and lucrative book deals.

In addition to founding, Deborah is now a freelance editor, author, and writing instructor. She speaks extensively at workshops and conferences for writers, and edits picture books and middle grade, young adult, and new adult fiction and nonfiction. For more about Deborah, visit
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What writers say about Deborah:

“Deborah’s feedback is smart and focused. She makes the kind of comments you can really do something with. My manuscript was sold at auction for a 2-book deal.”–Jeff Hirsch, author

“Deborah’s perceptive editorial remarks helped me look at my manuscript in a whole new way and gently pushed me and my book to a higher level. After implementing Deborah’s suggestions, I received a 2-book publication deal. Her concise, discerning suggestions taught me many skills I have carried over in the crafting of other novels.”–Kristen Landon, author

“My manuscript received two offers and both publishers agreed to have a two-book offer…. Your touch brought the book to a higher level. I couldn’t thank you enough for that.”–Ji-li Jiang, author

“Deborah is an insightful editor who goes above and beyond what I expected. She has a way of communicating her thoughts in a gently constructive way that makes sense. I incorporated her comments into the revision of my manuscript, DANCE WITH BORZOIS, and landed a contract with Knopf.”–Annemarie O’Brien, author

“Deborah is not only an excellent, discerning, and responsive editor, she is also a great pleasure to work with. She has a fine command of language and a great sense of story.”–Jean Ferris, author

“Deborah is a crackerjack editor–creative, caring, and clever–and those are just the C’s.”–Kathleen Krull, author

“In addition to being a keen editor with discerning tastes and inspired vision, Deborah is also an enormously talented writer who is tuned in to the interests and issues that engage young readers. Her energy, experience, enthusiasm, and knowledge make her an extraordinary teacher. She is a clear and engaging communicator, and her sly sense of humor sparkles.”–Robin Cruise, publisher, author

For more about Deborah and her books, visit her author site





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