Ron, all I can say is you are wonderful to work with and simply hilarious! NEVER change Howard Boward's name! It's who he is! :) May God bless you as you have blessed me!​​ -Kim

The Last Apprentice, by Brayden Probst
Hi, my name is Brayden. I'm Mrs. Moore's student. I have a book that I've finished and am looking for help with editing and trying to get it published. If you have any advice for me I'd be very grateful. 

Dear Brayden,​ Thank you, thank you, thank you! For reaching out, for following up, and for being such a blessing in my life! You have helped me immensely as an intern, and I am excited to help you with getting your book published. 

I love my job! -Kim November 1, 2015

Posing as Zeroes (left to right) Deborah Biancotti, Kim Childress, Margo Lanagan & Scott Westerfeld

Schulers Bookstore, Lansing, MI, October 8, 2015​

My client Barbara Younger is friends with your author Lisa Kline who can't say enough good things about working with you (I'm assuming your ears have been burning!).

"I am just one author that she has spoken inspired words to. She has carried at her breast countless tales, behind the scenes. You can find her name tucked into published works, sometimes in the acknowledgements, other times listed as editor. Now I hold a better understanding of the significance of that. Kim Childress has championed and polished many a worthy tale to its place upon the shelves of bookstores, but more importantly she champions and polishes worthy stories so that they will impact hearts to affect the future in a positive way. I am honored to be able to call her my editor, and more than that my true friend." -Author, Melissa Yeomans

From Ron Bates, author of the Howard Boward series:
How to Make Friends and Monsters and How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots

"I hope you know how lucky I feel to have gotten to work with you on the Howard books. Not many editors have your sense of humor (which is really similar to mine -- so I'm not sure that's a compliment!) and you did so much to help me develop the characters. It's like you made friends with Howard and Franklin before I did, and then got me to see them through your eyes. Thanks for all you've done. I'm going to miss you."

There are not a lot of times in life when we come across people that we instantly know have big hearts. I saw that in you from the moment we met. You are blessed to be an encourager and for that I humbly thank you. I just wanted to take the time once again to thank you for being the most beautiful woman, inside and out. You have been a blessing to me, and I do hope we will meet again soon. If I can ever be a reader for one of your authors, or if you ever need a review, please allow me to do so. It would be an honor! -Erzsi, Pen and Ink Literary Agent

-​Thank you for your kind, kind words! Back at ya! -Kim #NotCrying

Internship Evaluation

Mrs. Kim Childress,
The breadth of an editor’s job requirements surprised me when I first began my internship. I had naïvely assumed that editors sat behind desks with red pens and did nothing but mark up papers all day long. While this is part of the job, I now understand there’s a lot more involved. Editors must be excellent writers and need to exercise their writing skills often to stay sharp. Networking with other editors and authors is an additional responsibility and helps draw new clients. Maintaining a social media presence makes an editor’s services more widely known and available.

I have learned much about the social media aspect of the publishing world during my internship. Prior to this summer, I had no concept of the time required to create and maintain a website. My knowledge of website design and upkeep has grown dramatically over the past few months as I have become familiar with the website host Dealing with glitches and formatting a standard design allowed me to think in new ways and problem-solve.

More than that, I learned the importance of a social media presence and search engine optimization. It is vital for authors, editors, and any independent businessperson to participate in multiple social networks to reach as many people as possible. Just as important is a link between all the networks so that a viewer can easily access each site from any of the connected sites.

My increased knowledge of the website creation process has led me to consider creating my own website, a prospect I previously found daunting. Over the summer, I discovered that website design is much simpler – though more time-consuming, patience-trying, and detail focused – than I had assumed. I now have the knowledge, experience, and therefore confidence required to create a website of my own. I have also noted the ease with which one can create a blog, so I may attempt this in the future as well. Overall, I am less fearful of having an online presence, and my interest in editing has increased now that I have a better understanding of the various tasks the job entails.

I am grateful for the free reign I was given over the design for the featured authors pages and for how we worked together on the featured books page to finalize a standard design. Mrs. Childress, you were very approachable and I felt comfortable asking any questions I had. Thank you for the immense blessing this internship, your friendship, and your mentoring has been over the past four months.

Sincerely, Brianna Busscher

Thank you so much Brianna. Mentoring young authors and students has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my job. #NotCrying

Share a book: I wanted to recommend What She Knew, by Gilly Macmillan - I just started this. Just checking out your website. Pretty cool! -Beth

Dear Beth,  Thanks for checking out my website and sharing this book. Really good!

​#What She Knew #GillyMacmillan #AdultInterest #Mystery #Family #Media

When I speak to students (and adults) who still don't know what they want to be when they grow up, I am happy to recommend the best book I have seen on the subject in over 20 years. Students especially have added pressure  to "know what they want to do," to which I say, EXPLORE your interests, STRESS LESS, and take time to DISCOVER what makes you tick. And check out this fantastic new resource.   

This give-away had more entries than any book I've featured previously. Congratulations, winners! -Kim

Getting letters from readers makes my day and that of every single children's book author and illustrator out there. Letters from readers offer encouragement to remind us why we love our work. Write your favorite authors, and share their books on social media. Every time you share a book, you are helping that author/illustrator market and self-promote--at grass root & word-of-mouth! 


  • The need for quality children's books of excellence have always been needed, and quality children's books are needed now more then ever. 
  • Now more then ever, quality children's books are needed to inspire, encourage, lead, and help our children laugh.
  • Now more then ever, quality children's books are needed for homeschooling parents, especially those who have not homeschooled before.
  • Now more then ever our libraries and public schools need help. 
  • Now more then ever, every child needs a book. 
  • Now more than ever I am thankful to be a part of the children's book community.

And more then ever before, I have witnessed the children's publishing community rally to support each other, authors, illustrators, parents, educators, and more importantly, children of all ages. I pray for all of those suffering everywhere, especially those who suffer helplessly at the hands of man. My commitment and calling to create books for children has been reinstilled within me with a passion and fire in my belly More Then I Have Ever Experienced Before. Take heart! Recognize the history happening now around you. Journal. Garden. Reflect. And more than ever, read to your children, as much as possible.
​-Kim Childress, June 17, 2020

I told my husband you’re the energizer bunny.  I hope you take your batteries out today and sleep. :) Blessings!!! ​ -author Jean Wilund

Share a book: I wanted to recommend Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine . -Katy G. 

Thank you Katy! I LOVE this book, I have a copy in my library, and all my kids loved this book as well--even my boys! Keep reading and thanks again! -Kim #EllaEnchanted #GailCarsonLevine #ChildressInkAllTimeFavoriteBook 

Thank you Melissa!  #NotCrying -Kim

I will forever cherish the time Lisa and I shared while working on the Sisters in all Seasons series. I fell in love with Stephanie and Diana the moment I started reading, and I completely related with Diana. I loved the way you handled dealing with an "unspecified" mental disorder (bi-polar), and I connected with their stories on a deeper level. Keep writing! I pray our paths may cross again! (And I have a feeling they might...) Until then, God bless! 

Dear Kim,
January 14, 2015

Thank you for your interest and visit with 2/90 Sign Systems this morning!  It is my hope that we provided information pertinent to the topics you are exploring and studying with your students.  We appreciate the interest level of the students and the opportunity of sharing and understanding of a ‘real-life’ setting of our work, our place of work, and the scope of products and services we provide to our customers.

Please let us know if you have any follow-up questions with regard to sign products and sign services.

Henk de Wilde | Sr. Sales Associate
 2/90 Sign Systems

I was just visiting your website and saw you had The Book Thief listed in your top favorite books. I couldn't agree more! I love that book! I'm  recommending The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins. I read them this fall and thoroughly enjoyed them.  -Stephanie E.

​Thank you so much! Love love love these books! -Kim #BookThief #ChildressInkAllTimeFavorite #HungerGames #CatchingFire

Your site is AWESOME! Wanted to share my new favorite book, The Eternal Ones, by Kirstin Miller. 

-Hanna H., age 14
Thanks! Kirstin Miller also wrote Kiki Strike, reviewed in Girls' Life and it's one of my All-Time Faves.

I like your website, and my favorite book right now is 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Maas. -Abby H., age 11

I'm currently trying to read Bright Young Things—It’s getting disappointing, actually, as it could be much better. The curse of being an editor, I suppose. (Or it just isn’t as good as it should be.) I REALLY want to start The Ring of Solomon soon, but I feel like I should finish the ten other books I have going. For instance, I’ve been trying to finish Olive Kitteridge for over a year. It’s good, but I don’t have the concentrated free time to read it, and the short stories give me an excuse to read a little at a time. And various YA temptations keep sneaking in there … like the Wicked Lovely books and Delirium.  -Blink editor, Jacque Alberta

I'm the author of a middle grade book called Finding Danny. It deals with a girls journey to find her lost dog, but in her search she find herself and a passion to save animals from shelters. Thank you! -Linzi Glass

Love looking at your site! It's so fun to see what your  kids love to read.  -Ashley, age 17

I recommend Inconceivable, by Carolyn & Sean Savage. Awesome book! It's amazing the Grace that God gives us to work through inconceivable situations.  -Michelle K. Thank you so much for sharing!

I love this book too! #Inconceivable, #CarolynSavage #SeanSavage #Inspirational #Faith #ChristianFaith

What a lovely website you have--I just came across it. My name is Louise Bruzon, and I am an English, first-time, self-published writer. My children's novel, The Grimstone Galleries, for ages 10+, has just been published, available on Amazon,

-Thanks for sharing! Very Powerful Book! #BrimstoneFalleries #LouiseBruzon -Kim

I just read the book Scars, by Cheryl Rainfield, and it was super good! It is one of those, read-in-one-sitting kind of books! The descriptions Rainfield uses really bring reality to Kendra's pain and struggles, which makes the book so good and very touching! H.H. -Age 15 

-Thanks for sharing! Very Powerful Book! #Scars #CherylRainfield -Kim

Everything's Better with a Beard, by Si, Willie, Phil, Jase, Jep, and Alan Robinson, The Duck Brothers, Simon & Schuster BFYR, $14.99 Genre: Picture book, humor, Ages 4-8

​Mrs. Childress, 
The book Beards is hilarious! Thank you! We liked it... -Mackenzie M., age 10
Can't give a much better review than that! Thanks! -Kim #EverythingIsBetterWithABeard #DuckBrothers #Humor #PictureBooks #Simon&Schuster #KidLitHumor #PictureBookLove #Beards

Hi Kim! I wanted to share a recent book with you and your readers. ​From Start to Stardom: The Casting Director's Guide for Aspiring Actors...  -Ro Linker

Thanks for sharing! This is a great resource for teens who aspire to the big screen. -Kim #KidLitNonfiction #MiddleGrade #Ya #AdultInterest #FindYourFutureInArt #MovieMaking 

From Start to Stardom: The Casting Insider's Guide for Aspiring Actors, CreateSpace Independent Publisher, $19.95 PA, free on Kindle, by Lisa London and Rochelle Goodrich. Genre: Nonfiction, careers, acting, Ages 12+ 

Letters from Kim, Clients & Readers