Amy Dixon

Starry Forest Books

My Manuscript Wish List®


Hello! I am an acquiring editor at Starry Forest Books, focusing on children’s picture books, board books, and chapter books.

     My journey in the publishing world began as a writer. I’m the author of several picture books and a middle grade novel, and am now enjoying my time on the other side of the desk! Before finding my way to publishing, I spent countless hours as an instructional aide in elementary school classrooms, and adored getting to help instill a love of reading and writing in kids. Before that, l studied political science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and have spent the years since graduation trying to find my way back to California’s central coast.

What I’m Looking For:

  • Humor with heart – if you can make me laugh while also giving me warm fuzzies, you win!
  • Stories that inspire empathy and self-awareness
  • Creative non-fiction – teach me something without making me feel like you’re teaching me something
  • Clever endings – love the unexpected and surprising that still ties a bow on the story
  • Stories based on inspiring true events or people that haven’t been done before
  • Stories that share and celebrate cultures around the world

Fun facts about me:

  • I have four sisters and two brothers, which means I thrive in the midst of chaos and noise. 
  • I grew up as an athlete, and still love watching sports, especially soccer. I’m fairly obsessed with the British Premier League and my husband and I root for rival Manchester teams.
  • My kids are into choir and musical theater, so I frequently have songs from Broadway musicals running through my head.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Please include my name in the subject line of your submission, along with manuscript title.
If you are responding to a Twitter request, please also include the event hashtags in the subject.

Please include:

  1. A query (no more than 1 page)
  2. The manuscript text as a word document OR a pdf sketch dummy as an attachment in spread layouts.

Your query must contain:

  • The story pitch
  • A suggested age range
  • If you are represented by an agent (or plan to be)
  • For authors: a bio that describes your occupation, publishing history, and any other information relevant to your manuscript.
  • For illustrators: please also include a link to your website or portfolio

Guidelines & Details

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