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Resume of Harold D. Underdown

Harold Underdown
E-mail: business(at)

Children's Trade Publishing

Editorial Consultant  July 2002–present: project editing of novels, historical fiction, nonfiction, picture books, textbooks; manuscript revision, all genres; writing guides and how-to; critiques; program and strategic planning with authors and publishers
Vice President and Editorial Director  ipicturebooks  December 2000 to June 2002: acquired for print and electronic formats, managed editorial staff
Editorial Director  Charlesbridge  January 2000–November 2000: acquired, oversaw editorial staff and trade program consisting of 25+ fiction and nonfiction titles; Senior Editor September 1997–December 1999
Editorial Consultant   January 1995–August 1997
Editor  Orchard Books  February 1993–December 1994


Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books (Pearson): more than 80,000 copies sold since publication in February 2001. Third edition released May 2008.
The Purple Crayon  Founder and proprietor, informational Web site on children's book publishing
Articles: SCBWI Bulletin, Quire, The Writer, Booklove;   Reviews: Publishers Weekly
Speaker and workshop leader at SCBWI and other conferences, including National SCBWI conference, August 2005
Listserv owner and committee member of Kindling Words

Educational Publishing

Senior Developmental Editor Grow/McGraw-Hill Education
Supervising Editor/ Senior Project Editor
  McGraw-Hill Education 
Editor  Scholastic Literacy Place


NYU School of Continuing Ed. Courses in Copyediting and Book Design, Spring 1991
Richmond Fellowship College  London, UK  Program in group dynamics, management, psychology, 1985–1987
Temple University  Philadelphia, PA  M.Ed., English Secondary Education, June 1985
Haverford College  Haverford, PA  B.A., English literature, allied with Spanish, May 1981