Sera Rivers

 

E-mail: writeloudly at me dot com

Work experience
 
Managing Editor, Avenue A Books

​2015-present

Center for Responsive Schools

 

Avenue A Books is a new imprint of children's graphic novels for ages 5-14. My responsibilities include actively acquiring children's book writers and illustrators on a work-for-hire basis for graphic novels and picture books, negotiating contracts, guiding authors and illustrators on story development from concept to publication, working with graphic designers and production team on book design, and working with marketing to package and position books. Our first set of books is scheduled for publication in Spring 2019.   

Senior Editor/Writer, Responsive Classroom

​2015-2017

Center for Responsive Schools

 

The nature of my work included research, writing, editing, and copyediting of a variety of print and online products, including retail books and workshop, promotional, and other organization materials. When serving as editor on a project, I worked with writers on content development, gave editorial feedback, and established and maintained schedules and deadlines.

 

Freelance Writer

​2007-2014

Online/Print

 

Freelance work included research, travel, and writing articles on a variety of topics in the arts industries and special education market (including expert interviews and event/book/conference reviews). Publishing credits include A&U Magazine, Demand Studios, Psychology Today, Southwoods Journal, thalo.com and guest posts on various creative writing and special education blogs/journals.

 
Writing Coach

​2007 - 2015

 

Adult coaching includes guidance on career direction, manuscript development/editing, marketing trends, platform building and the business of publishing. 

 

Children and teen tutoring focuses on expanding creativity, incorporating the arts into writing, and strengthening composition and creative writing skills based on assessment of individual skills.

 

 

Staff Writer

​2013-2014

Channing Bete Company

South Deerfield, MA

 

Using InDesign, I researched and wrote various products for educational, medical, military, and religious markets for all reading levels at an educational publishing company. I also critiqued and edited products by other writers.

 

 
Writing Instructor

​2007 - 2013

YMCA

 

Group workshops focused on the craft of creative/ technical writing via group writing exercises and peer feedback. I also coordinated and emceed annual readings of student work.

Education

 

Simmons College

2011 - 2013

Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children

 

 

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2010 - 2011

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing/Journalism Studies

 

 

Springfield Technical Community College

1997 - 1999

Associate of Science in Television Production/Journalism

Specialties

Young Adult Novels

Manuscript Critique

Creative Writing Instruction

Freelance Writing/Journalism

Special Education

Technical Skills

Mac and PC

Adobe InDesign

Microsoft Office

Scrivener

Affiliations

SCBWI

2017/2018 Co-chair of NESCBWI Annual Spring Conferences

 

2015-Present: Western MA Kidlit Meet Up coordinator for NESCBWI

2007–Present: Member & Volunteer, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)

 

NEPR Best of Valley Voices Story Slam

2016 finalist

2015 finalist

 

Book Expo America

2017: Press

2013-2015: Press 

Special Education
Advisory Committee

2006-2008: Co-Chair,
(Westfield, MA)

2010 - present

2010 - present