Diane Telgen is a writer for young people and a former editor and freelance writer of reference books and articles. She currently serves as Managing Editor for FORESHADOW: A YA Serial Anthology, and published the short story “Hellmuffin” in the 2017 anthology 13 CANDLES
Her own works-in-progress include middle-grade and YA novels, nonfiction, and picture books. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Preferred age level & genre of expertise:
Diane is open to all genres and all age groups. She is very comfortable working on speculative fiction, having explored world-building in science fiction and fantasy in her critical thesis and graduate lecture. For those writing picture books in poem form, Diane brings her musician’s ear to critiquing not just rhyme but rhythm.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Any of the biographies/histories in verse by Margarita Engle
That Is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
Boats for Papa by Jessica Bagley
Favorite TV Shows /movies:
Diane was a comic-book fiend as a child and believes Marvel makes the best movies and DC the best TV shows (Wonder Woman being the exception that proves the rule). Otherwise, she loves to consume a wide variety of stories in whatever medium she finds them.
"She's Discerning--pinpoints strengths and weaknesses
Imaginative--offers up helpful what if's
Affable--at ease with her editorial technique and her client
Nimble--navigates all waters irrespective of the picture book subject
Encouraging--but tempers her enthusiasm with thought-provoking advice
She's Diane--Diane Telgen. And I urge you to hire her!"
--Lynda Graham-Barber, author of Cookie's Fortune, Say Boo!
"Diane Telgen is a talented and knowledgeable editor who has given me excellent feedback when it comes to story. Diane is not only the best editor I have worked with, she is a person I wholeheartedly trust to edit my work. Whether it is a MG or YA novel, picture book or poetry, her insight is thoughtful and exact. Because of Diane's suggestions and observations, my writing is more focused, polished, and stronger.
I am a member of SCBWI and have submitted work to editors and agents who were guest speakers. I've received excellent feedback from most, but Diane's feedback regarding story-line, character development, scene, conflict, language, and arc is always constructive (both positive and negative), well-thought-out, useful, and intelligent. In addition to all of her talents, Diane is an excellent copy/line editor. I never send anything out without Diane checking copy.
Diane's critiques guide me as I make the needed revisions. Diane doesn't just tell me this works/that doesn't work, she shows me why it doesn't work and makes suggestions, i.e., "plants the seeds" so I am able to further grow and develop my story. Diane is the best. I am forever grateful for her encouragement and support.”