Lisa Balthazar helps writers:

  • write a great story,
  • develop characters and scenes,
  • submit to publishers and agents,
  • self-publish print or e-books,
  • write a fabulous query letter,
  • social network and promote, and
  • stand out from the crowd (for all the right reasons)

 

 

Partial List of Titles Written by Lisa

• SURVIVING THE ANGEL OF DEATH: THE TRUE STORY OF A MENGELE TWIN IN AUSCHWITZ, written with Eva Mozes Kor (YA, Tanglewood Books, 2009; German edition 2011; paperback released in 2012)
• BABY POLAR BEARS' SNOW-DAY (Photo Adventure Book, edited, Treasure Bay, 2009)
• BABY ELEPHANT'S FUN IN THE SUN (Photo Adventure Book, edited, Treasure Bay, 2009)
• BABY PENGUIN SLIPS AND SLIDES (Photo Adventure Book, edited, Treasure Bay, 2009)
• A DOCTOR FOR THE ANIMALS (Half & Half Reader, Level 1, edited, Treasure Bay, 2008)
• PEOPLE OF THE CAVES (Half & Half Reader, Level 2, edited, Treasure Bay, 2008)
• FRIEND2FRIEND (10-book middle-grade series, edited, Scholastic, 2008)
• SANTA'S WORKSHOP (as Fatty MgGee, Piggy Toes Press, 2007)
• SAMMY'S SUITCASE (Robin Corey Books/Random House, 2008)
• RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: My Friends Tigger & Pooh Leveled Reader (DP, 2008)
• LITTLE TREE'S FALLING LEAVES: My Friends Tigger & Pooh Leveled Reader (DP, 2008)
• LET'S MAKE NOISE SERIES: Around the House, At the Ballpark, At the Airport (Silver Dolphin, AMS, Fall 2006)
• MAKE YOUR OWN VALENTINE CARDS (brand-new novelty format/wrote, Golden, 2000)
• LOVE POPS: I LOVE YOU BECAUSE . . . LOVE, BARBIE (Golden Books, 1999)
• SCHOOL PLANNER, High School (600,000-1,000,000 run, Reading's Fun, 1998)
• LEAVE IT TO BEAVER: THE NOVELIZATION (144 pages, MCA/Universal/PSS, 1997)
• BIG TRUCKS & BIGGER DIGGERS (Price Stern Sloan, 1996)
• GIANT GIANTS & MAGIC MERMAIDS (Price Stern Sloan, 1996)
• CODE BLUE: IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM (HarperCollins, 1996)
• CODE BLUE: MAKING THE GRADE (HarperCollins, 1996)
• DRAGONHEART: THE JR. NOVELIZATION as Adriana Gabriel (MCA/Universal/PSS, 1996)
• GOLD DIGGERS: THE NOVELIZATION (MCA/Universal/PSS, 1996)
• TELL ME ABOUT WHEN I WAS A BABY ( SS, 1996)
• OVER IN THE MEADOW: A CD-ROM for Children (Rose Studios, 1995)
• PANDORA'S BOX: A CD-ROM for Children (Rose Studios, 1995)
• THE MAGIC FEATHER (Troll, 1995)
• KANGAROO & COMPANY (PSS, 1995)
• HIPPO & PALS (PSS, 1995)
• CINDERELLA'S COACH, A Rolling Wheels Book (Mouse Works, 1995)
• DUMBO'S CIRCUS TRAIN, A Rolling Wheels Book (Mouse Works, 1995)
• CASPER: THE JR. NOVELIZATION (MCA/Universal/PSS, 1995)
• MELVIN MARTIAN, DENA DINOSAUR, MORTY MONSTER, WANDA WITCH (PSS, 1995)
• MAKE YOUR OWN VALENTINES (PSS, 1994)
• WINNIE THE POOH: THE SURPRISE PARTY (Mouse Works, 1994)
• MICKEY MOUSE: WHERE'S THE PICNIC? (Mouse Works, 1994)
• TOKEN OF LOVE and SPRING GARDENS (Philomel, 1994)
• ALICE IN WONDERLAND, A Lift-the-Flap Rebus (Disney Press, 1994)
• ANDREWS & MCMEEL MINI POP-UP QUOTE BOOKS, 6 titles (A&M, 1993)
• JAKE AND JENNY ON THE TOWN (Price Stern Sloan, 1993)
• SANTA'S NEW SUIT (Price Stern Sloan, 1993)
• WHERE'S THAT PIG? (Price Stern Sloan, 1993)
• THE STORY OF HANUKKAH: A Pop-Up Lift-the-Flap Rebus (Hyperion Books, 1993)
• KING ARTHUR'S CAMELOT, Pop-Up with 4 storybooks (Dutton Children's Books, 1993)
• EXPLORING THE HUMAN BODY (Barron's, 1992)
• THE HANDS-ON BOOK OF BIG MACHINES (Little, Brown & Co., 1992)

Finance 101 for KidsWanda WitchSurviving The Angel Of Death

The Magic FeatherCode Blue

EmergencyThings That Go ZoomWinnie the Pooh - The Surprise Party

Where's That PigFund Your FutureKing Arthur's Camelot

 

The Story of HanukkahLeave It To BeaverKangaroo & Company

Jake and Jenny On The TownGold Diggers

Articles by Lisa

Age Levels For Children’s Books

How To Handle Art When You’re Self-Publishing Your Children’s Book

How to Promote Your Children’s Book

Tips For Editing Your Children’s Book

Tips for Writing Books for Younger Children

What Not To Do When Writing Children’s Books

Feedback

"After doing a ton of research for an editor who could help me transform my ideas and manuscript into a real book, I was fortunate to find someone who is very professional, honest, and sharp. Lisa Balthazar has guided me every step along the way in my first self-publishing venture. She is very thorough with the editing process. No matter how busy Lisa is with her demanding work and clients, she always finds a way to provide me with the right help and direction. I feel truly privileged to have worked with Lisa. I absolutely recommend her to all aspiring and seasoned authors!" —Walter Andal – Author, Finance 101 for Kids, www.finance101forkids.com

"Lisa not only covers the bigger issues of any manuscript—structure, pacing, character development, and plot—but she also has fine eye and ear for the details that separate merely good from great books." —Peggy Tierney, Publisher, Tanglewood Books

"As a graphic designer and art director, I worked closely with her for many years in the publishing industry, and her drive and focus were phenomenal to experience. Her attention to editorial detail, combined with a fast turnaround, produced projects that were both uniquely innovative and unfailingly on time." —Allison Higa, book designer

"Lisa is the most competent editorial professional I have ever had the pleasure to work with on any project. She was a lifesaver and a pure joy to work with."  —Dr. Steven Carr Reuben, Author, THERE'S AN EASTER EGG ON YOUR SEDER PLATE! Surviving Your Child's Interfaith Marriage

"Lisa is by far the best editor I've had in five decades of writing. She deals with the nitty-gritty of grammar and syntax, but also addresses the larger picture: plot, character building, style, pacing, drama, dialogue, and the rest. She offers consistently invaluable suggestions for shaping a manuscript, with feedback that is always on target and candid, but with an emphasis on the positive. And she knows the market--a bonus for rookies and unpublished writers. Hire her if you can!" —Billy Edd Wheeler, Author, Playwright, Musician

"A very important process in publishing a children's book is the editing and continuity of the story and art. Lisa has been a treasure. She provides professional services and addresses everything from targeting language to the right age group to shaping the story for maximum impact. We also rely on her as a sounding board for reviewing potential new titles. We love working with her!"  —Alan Halpern

"I am consistently impressed that Lisa can provide both creative and technical insights into each of her client's individual needs, from concept through manufacturing. Working with Lisa is always easy, productive, and enjoyable." —Dorothea DePrisco Wang, Blue Elephant Books

"Lisa knows the publishing business. She's an outstanding editor and writer." —Sandra Martin, Former Senior Editor, Glencoe/Mc-Graw-Hill

"I've worked with Lisa over the last 13 years. She is an extremely bright, creative and conscientious person. She pays great attention to detail, to schedules, the bottom line, and is a problem solver. She is a gifted writer, editor, and manager."  —Laurie Sale, former V.P., Editor-In-Chief, Knowledge Kids Network

"Lisa is an excellent editor. She has edited several manuscripts for me that were sent to my agent who accepted them without change and sent them on to various publishing houses. They were published with a minimum of editing, thanks to Lisa's insightful and enlightened work. I highly recommend her." —Ellen Jones

"Lisa was editiorial director at Price/Stern/Sloan when I was publisher. Lisa is a terrific editor. She shapes a project to maximize the original intent. She respects the author's original work and subtly enhances it. Lisa is also a very good writer. Being a good editor and a good writer don't always go hand in hand. But Lisa is both. She works well under pressure, pays attention to the bottom line, and always meets her deadlines." —Tanni Tytel, V.P. & Publisher, Penguin