Celebrate National Poultry Day with I Got a Chicken for My Birthday

By Kayla Hechsel, Editor

I Got a Chicken for My Birthday: picture book for National Poultry DayWhat would you do if your grandma gave you a chicken for your birthday? Well, that’s exactly what the main character in Laura Gehl’s hilarious picture book, I Got a Chicken for My Birthday, has to figure out. She quickly learns that her chicken isn’t satisfied with eating chicken feed and laying eggs—this chicken has a plan, and a big personality! In a starred reviewKirkus called the book an “utterly seamless blend of story and art is an ingenious treat for all ages.”

As it turns out, having chickens as pets isn’t so strange—two of our staff members here at Lerner own chickens! In honor of National Poultry
Day, author Laura Gehl asked Nich on our production team and editor Shaina’s 11-year-old daughter Lene what it’s like to have chickens. Read More

The Art of Copyediting High-Low Fiction

copyediting high-low fiction

By Kayla Pawek, Editor

For most of the titles on our list, copyediting is the most straightforward part of the editing process. This is true because most of our books are leveled nonfiction. Our in-house copy editor knows that she’s responsible for fixing grammar spots, adjusting formatting, and ensuring text is appropriately leveled for the book’s target audience.

But fiction, especially high-low fiction (which we publish in our Darby Creek imprint), isn’t straightforward. It’s artistic, subjective, and varies in style from story to story. Read More

So You Want to Be an Editor? A New Editor’s Tips and Tricks for Breaking into the Publishing Industry

Hi there! Allow me to introduce myself (because let’s be honest, you’ve never heard of me). My name is Kayla Hechsel and I am the newest editor to join the Lerner Publishing Group editorial team.

I’m not new to Lerner or the publishing industry though. I was working as our Editorial Assistant for a year and half before being promoted to Assistant Editor. Working as an editor—primarily on picture books—has been, quite literally, a dream come true.

But it’s no secret that the publishing industry is notoriously difficult to break into.

For any hopeful editors out there, here are my tips and tricks for getting yourself into the publishing industry and working your way up to your dream job. Read More