Michelle R. McCann Resumé

EDUCATION

Brown University  BA 

Vermont College  MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

 

EXPERIENCE    

2001-present Editor & Art Director

I edit and art direct children’s books on a freelance basis for regional and national book publishers. I have worked on hundreds of books in all genres, from board books to young adult novels. Recent clients include: Sasquatch Books, Graphic Arts Center Publishing, Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words Publishing, Trackers Earth Books

       

2001-present Acquisitions Editor/Editor-at-Large         

I scout for children's book projects, recruit authors and illustrators, evaluate and acquire manuscripts, negotiate contracts with authors and agents, and do developmental editing. Recent clients include: Sasquatch Books, Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words Publishing, Trackers Earth Books

 

2014-present Editor-in-Chief, Trackers Earth Books

I helped create and run the publishing house, which focuses on middle grade fiction, non-fiction outdoor skills, and comics for children and families.

 

2015-2016 Editor/Art & Design Consultant, Oregon Reads Aloud

In 2015, national non-profit reading program Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) created a picture book to celebrate their 25th anniversary. It's a compilation of stories written by 25 of Oregon's best authors and 25 of its best illustrators. I edited each story and consulted on art direction and design. The book is an amazing tribute to Oregon's vibrant children's lit community, and collaborating with 50 of my favorite artists was a total blast.

 

2002-2015 Instructor, Portland State University

I taught Children’s Book Publishing and Publishing for Young Adults, graduate-level courses in the PSU Publishing Program. I also helped supervise the student-run publishing house, Ooligan Press, which publishes young adult books.

 

1991-2001 Director, Children's Division, Beyond Words Publishing

I created and ran the company's Children’s Book Division, leading acquisitions, editing, publicity and marketing. We produced picture books and middle grade non-fiction, including dozens of award-winners. 

 

authored Books

More Girls Who Rocked the World (Simon & Schuster, 2017)

Boys Who Rocked the World (Simon & Schuster, 2012)

Girls Who Rocked the World (Simon & Schuster, 2012)

Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen (Random House, 2003)

Going Places: Real-Life Teen Adventures (Beyond Words Publishing, 2003)

Finding Fairies (Beyond Words Publishing, 2001)

Boys Know It All (Beyond Words Publishing, 1998)

Girls Know Best (Beyond Words Publishing, 1997)

 

AWARDS

Once Upon A World Award, Simon Wiesenthal Center, 2003

Honor Award, Jane Addams Peace Association, 2003 

Book Sense Children’s 76 Pick, Independent Booksellers, 2003

Best Illustrated Book Award, Jewish Book Council, 2003

Oregon Book Award, Literary Arts, 2003 

Notable Book for A Global Society, International Reading Association, 2003

Notable Book of Jewish Content, Association of Jewish Libraries, 2003

Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award, New York Libraries, 2004

Oregon Spirit Award, Oregon Council of Teachers of English, 2006, 2017

Scholastic Book Club/Fair selection, 1998, 1999, 2003

Troll Book Club selection, 1999

Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club selection, 1999

Take Our Children to Work Day selection, 2000, 2002

 

public speaking

I speak and lead seminars about writing and publishing children's books. I've spoken at elementary, middle and high schools, at colleges and literary conferences, and at publishing companies. Past appearances include: WordStock, SCBWI Conferences (western WA and OR), Literary Arts, Willamette Writers’ Conference, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, Dark Horse Comics, Trackers Earth Books

 

Interviews

Time Magazine for Kids, “Do Girls Know Best?” 1997

Publishers Weekly, 1995, 1997, 1998                      

3-2-1 Contact, “Boys Vs. Girls: Kids Talk About Each Other,” 2000

Troll Author Connection, “Michelle Roehm Rocks the World,” 2001

AM Northwest (regional TV show), 1997, 1998, 2003

Great Day America (national TV show), 1998

Afternoon Live (regional TV show), 2017

 

REFERENCES

Available by request.