Jessie Haas

award-winning children's horse books


The Horse Lover's Encyclopedia
Bramble and Maggie books
Four early readers about a horse and her girl
Early Readers
Help beginners onto that tall horse called Reading. Easy chapter books including Bramble and Maggie
Picture Book
A picture book about the sweet science of maple sugar. Illustrations by Jos. A. Smith
History for children and adults
history for children and adults
Middle-grade novel
Horses from prehistory to today, our ecstatic and tangled relationship with them, and their powerful effect on history, explored in many kinds of poems. YA and As of all ages who love horses and histlry.
Middle-grade and YA novels
Saige, American Girl of the Year Chico's Challenge, Chase
My Stable
e-books and out-of-print editions

Editorial Services

Editorial Services

I offer the following editorial services:

a conference-style critique of the first 10-12 pages of a manuscript, plus synopsis

substantive edit of middle-grade and YA novels

line editing of middle-grade and YA novels

My goal with all editorial work is to empower you. I want you to feel excited about your next revision, with fresh insight and energy.
I edit chiefly for tension. Stories can feel slack for many reasons, including character development, lack of stakes, wordiness, lack of an ability to 'see,' information in the wrong order, telling when you could show, not telling when you really need to tell,(is there any end to the number of ways we can get it wrong?).
Luckily, all writing is rewriting. Getting those obstacles out of the way, tightening and making every detail count, can make your story sing, and can help an editor see it's potential.

Conference-style critique: 10-12 pages plus a synopsis, includes line and substantive edits on manuscript and an editorial letter, $75.00
Substantive & line editing:email me for an estimate., use the word critique in the subject line
My goal is to keep this affordable, which may mean it makes most sense for me to do an intensive amount of work on a smaller section of your manuscript, a chapter or three. This may be all you need to get yourself moving again.


40 books of my own to brought to publication readiness

20 years leading an SCBWI critique group

15 years critiquing 5th and 6th grade manuscripts for the Maple Leaf Writing Contest

critiquing for SCBWI conferences and workshops

Golden Kite Honor Book
American Horse Publications Award for Books
Parents' Choice Gold Award
Gryphon Honor Book
Teacher's Choice Award
HornBook Fanfare
Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
Bank Street Best Books
Junior Library Guild selections
State award lists including:
West Virginia


Author's Guild

Some sources of inspiration

Robin can be an alarming horse. I'm proud that I was able to train her.

Atherton, the Morgan horse I lost in 2009

My beautiful boy, River Echo Atherton

Irish Dexter cows on the home farm

Woodgate Martha V., my new Morgan mare, is learning to be a husband horse.

Two of the four knitting projects currently on the needles.

Best food ever--raspberry pie