Hire Me

Lara Dotlich Anderson

I’ve been staring at my computer screen for about an hour now. You know when you’re trying to write something and you get a word down, or even a sentence, and then you delete it and start again only to repeat the process? Funny thing: I used to negotiate publishing contracts for a living and yet I’m having a difficult time trying to sell myself on my own blog.

First, the facts:

I used to work here where I negotiated children’s book, audio and permissions contracts and learned a lot about copyright law and the publishing process while doing so. On Fridays, I schlepped a chunk of the slush pile home on the train. Throughout the weekend, I would dig in with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, depending on the time of day, and start reading. (That slush pile you hear about isn’t proverbial — it actually exists as a living, breathing thing that will take over your office, home and life if you don’t keep it in check.) It didn’t take long before I fell completely in love with children’s literature. I also held the hands of both aspiring and established authors because, believe it or not, even award-winning, bestselling authors need a hand to hold once in a while.Lara Dotlich Anderson

We moved back to Indiana just a couple of months short of welcoming our daughter into the world, and what an adjustment that was (the move, the change of scenery, the struggle to find my new identity) but that’s another post for another time. (I’ll be sure to add a link when I write that post. Here it is.)

Lara Dotlich AndersonI launched my freelance career shortly after Mia was born. As a freelance writer and editor, I have authored a biography for Heinmann Raintree, leveled readers for Fountas & Pinnell, and mentor texts for Scholastic. I’ve been a contributing writer for Scholastic News Online, a project editor for FirstHand, and a proofreader for Scholastic Storyworks. I have ghost-written and edited works for two well-known children’s authors. I have given workshops and spoken on panels for the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (where I also served as a judge), the Indiana Writers Center and Lara Dotlich Andersonthe Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). My poems can be found in these anthologies: Falling Down the Page and The Arrow Finds Its Mark. I am also a children’s editor at NY Book Editors.

Once upon a time (in college), I also had the privilege of writing and editing for Boyds Mills Press, Sadlier-Oxford Publishing and Indianapolis Monthly.

For more information, you can find my LinkedIn page here:

I also do critiques for a fee.

My specialty is in children’s literature (picture books through YA) but I’ve also worked with adult novels, memoirs and non-fiction pieces. When critiquing your work, I will go over these key points (when applicable):

Narration and point-of-view

Character development


Scene specifics

Chapter transitions

Clarity and success of the overall story arc





Glaring grammar mistakes, including sentence structure, transitions, spelling, etc.

If you’re interested in learning more about the critique process, or if you’d like to discuss how I could contribute to a writing or editing project, please contact me at joylovelyjoyblog (at) gmail (dot) com.


9 thoughts on “Hire Me

  1. Lara says:

    Oh, I’m so glad I have your stamp of approval! It’s not quite where I want it to be but it’s getting there. Thanks for the inspiration! Now onto my About page…

  2. Stacia says:

    Loooove your blog, Lara! I’m curious…what are your favorite children’s books for the 4 year old set? I feel like we’re in a rut!

    • Lara says:

      Hi Stacia! Sorry for the late reply. Off the top of my head, Charlie & Lola books, anything by Mo Willems, Bedtime for Mommy (Amy Krouse Rosenthal), Cookies (also Rosenthal), Chrysanthemum (Kevin Henkes), Kiki & Coco in Paris, Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake (Michael Kaplan), The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, Extra Yarn (Mac Barnett), I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers’ books, Runaway Bunny (marketed to a younger set but Mia didn’t really get it or enjoy it until she was probably 4), Where the Wild Things Are, Samantha on a Roll (Linda Ashman), The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School (Laura Murray). I’ll keep thinking!

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