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!
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 GoDaddy.com. 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.
I’m a crafty-girl-turned-crafty-mama, and I love all things Klutz! Everyone has an inner need to create. The act of creating (not work related!) has been proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress. The creative process can become a form of meditation, as in, your breathing becomes deep and relaxed, and the mind is able to rest. Find your inner artist! And parents, if your kids show interest in art, especially at early ages, encourage those talents! Klutz books and kits make it easy! -Kim December 28, 2015
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 recommend Inconceivable, by Carolyn & Sean Savage. Awesome book! It's amazing the Grace that God gives us to work through inconceivable situations. -Michelle K.
Everything's Better with a Beard, by Si, Willie, Phil, Jase, Jep, and Alan Robinson
The Duck Brothers
Simon & Schuster BFYR, $14.99
Picture book, humor, Ages 4-8
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.
Letters & Testimonials
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
Welcome to ChildressInk.com! It's been a long-time coming, and this launch would not have been possible without my new team, MEET MY STAFF. My updates also wouldn't be possible without all of you who have trusted me with your work, enough that I have been able to hire an assistant, the remarkable Melissa Yeomans, and producer, Robert Carter. What else is new? An upcoming YouTube channel with author interviews, book reviews, and music; the Kids' Corner Book Club; and resources for writers and readers of all ages! -Kim October 11, 2015
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.
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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.
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'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
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, thegrimstonegalleries.weebly.com.
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
The book Beards is hilarious! Thank you! We liked it... -Mackenzie M., age 10
Can't give a much better review than that! Thanks!
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.
Nonfiction, careers, acting, Ages 12+
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
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!
I told my husband you’re the energizer bunny. I hope you take your batteries out today and sleep. :) Blessings!!!
-author Jean Wilund
Thank you Melissa!
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!
I like your website, and my favorite book right now is 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Maas. -Abby H., age 11
Love looking at your site! It's so fun to see what your kids love to read. -Ashley, age 17
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!
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."
Those who know me understand that I believe God brings people into my life. Thank you, all, for your kind words. I am honored to have worked with each and every one of you!