"Your line edits were above and beyond anything I expected. You fixed SO much and made the prose so much tighter. I will be forever grateful to you, honestly. It was obvious you did this with so much heart and gave it your full attention. I am so touched and am so glad that it was you that helped me with this." -- A.M.D.
I understand how much your stories mean to you. I know what it’s like to work for years on a manuscript, doing all you can think of to get it “right.” It’s true writing can be a lonely business, but the reassuring part is, you aren’t alone! I’m here to give your project—be it fiction or nonfiction, for teens or emerging readers—the personalized attention it needs to advance along the road toward publication.
My name is Christine Heppermann. I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and have spent parts of my life in Texas, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, and New York. You can visit my personal website here.
It’s no exaggeration to say that I’ve devoted my life to children’s literature. Some of my earliest and fondest memories are of sitting beside my grandmother on the couch while she read me picture books for hours. Since receiving a masters degree in 1992 from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, I’ve immersed myself in the field in a variety of roles:
I worked as a bookseller and backlist buyer at Wild Rumpus, an award-winning children’s bookstore in Minneapolis.
For the past ten years, I’ve advised writers and facilitated critique groups at the Highlights Foundation’s popular Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy and Science Fiction. Beginning this year I’ll be teaching a new workshop at Highlights called Pushing the Limits: Writing Experimental Fiction for YA and Middle Grade Readers.
When I decided it was time to get serious about writing books of my own, I enrolled in Hamline University’s prestigious MFA program in writing for children and young adults, and not long after graduating I was offered a contract from Houghton Mifflin for a manuscript I worked on at Hamline. City Chickens, a nonfiction picture book about a unique inner-city animal shelter, came out in 2012.
I’ve published three acclaimed books for teens: Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty; the novel-in-verse Ask Me How I Got Here; and my latest novel-in-verse, What Goes Up. I collaborated with my friend Ron Koertge on the “Backyard Witch” series of chapter books for young readers (all with Greenwillow/HarperCollins).
I will work with you to create a comprehensive revision plan that allows you to bring your book to its full potential. While no two projects are exactly the same, most include some common components:
We will have an introductory conversation via email or phone where we discuss your vision for the project and the desired outcome.
You will submit your manuscript to me in its current form. I will carefully read the manuscript and add marginal comments throughout. These comments will range from suggestions on alternate wording and sentence construction to broader questions about plot, character, theme, and point of view.
I will draft a detailed editorial letter where I will address issues of writing craft, the manuscript’s marketability, and suggestions for revisions that I think would make the manuscript stronger.
We will have a follow-up conversation via email or phone where you can ask any questions about the marginal comments and editorial letter. In this conversation I will recommend next steps to take in the journey towards publication.
Every project I take on is different and my fees vary based on factors such as genre, manuscript length, and project timeline. In general, projects will fall within these ranges:
Picture books: $500 to $1000
Chapter books (for newly fluent readers): $750 to $1500
Middle grade novels: $1000 to $2000
Young adult novels: $1500 and up
Let’s Get Started!
If you would like to discuss a project, please email me at email@example.com.
""I would absolutely recommend Christine to anyone looking for a professional edit. Her insights are in line with edits I've had from publishers and I'm sure they will save me and my editor time (and stress) when this book enters the editing process. I will most definitely send her my next manuscript and use her services again!" -- A.M.D.