Meet The Editor…

Deborah Halverson was an editor at Harcourt Children’s Books before becoming the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies, Writing New Adult Fiction, two teen novels (Honk If You Hate Me and Big Mouth with 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 DearEditor.com, Deborah is now a freelance editor, author, and writing instructor. She speaks extensively at workshops and conferences for writers and edits adult fiction and nonfiction while specializing in teen fiction and picture books. For more about Deborah, visit www.DeborahHalverson.com.

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


About DearEditor.com…

DearEditor.com is the place for writers—published or not—to ask questions about the craft of writing and/or the publishing industry… and get direct answers and actionable suggestions.

  • Are editors telling you that your characters are flat?
  • Are you losing readers by page 2?
  • Don’t know what a hook is or why it’s so darned important?
  • Trying to navigate all the do’s and don’ts of submitting your manuscripts to publishers and agents?

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, for children or adults, this is the place to get guidance regarding issues like these. Look through the archives, respond with your own comments or tips, or email your own questions. (Alas, due to time and volume constraints, not all emails can be answered.)

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