Nicole Tocco

  • New Rochelle US-NY
Nicole Tocco

Summary

Writer   Editor  Content Developer  Project Manager 

Creative, detail-oriented writer/editor with all-around expertise in mass-market publishing

WRITING 

*Written over 150 books and magazines, in a vast array of formats, based on hit TV shows, licensed characters and more

*Authored original award-winning picture storybooks

*Written concise, engaging copy for any need, including web, promotional and cover cop

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT 

*Devised new formats that became top sellers

*Reinvigorated existing works to create new material, generating revenue without investing in new assets

*Collaborated with top licensors in children’s entertainment industry to create best-selling books   

PROJECT MANAGEMENT 

*10+ years’ experience managing editorial projects from inception to completion

*Sourced and managed freelance writers, artists, designers

*Consistently maintained tightest deadlines and budgets without sacrificing quality

EDITING 

*Copyedited and proofread many projects simultaneously, while delivering top-notch results

*Reviewed, revised, rewritten manuscripts to ensure that all content was on model and of the highest quality

Work History

Work History
2005 - Present

Freelance Writer

*Write entertaining activity books, storybooks, interactive content for the children’s, tween and teen 

markets. 

*Clients Include: Disney Press, KidsBooks, Star Bright Books, Modern Publishing 

2008 - 2010

Editorial Director

Modern Publishing

*Defined and managed editorial and creative content strategy, from inception to completion, for over 75 titles per year, of various formats, for children of all ages; responsible for the editorial voice and content quality of Modern’s entire list.

*Oversaw all day-to-day editorial operations of new titles, reprints, print catalog, e-catalog, Facebook page.

*Brainstormed new titles, formats and product ideas.

*Collaborated with top licensors, including Disney, Lisa Frank, Fisher-Price, Mattel, Sanrio, Hasbro, Cartoon Network and more, to maintain brand integrity and fulfill editorial, artistic and legal requirements.

*Successfully managed a productive in-house team of 5 editors and 5 graphic designers and ensured that all product was delivered under-budget and within stringent deadlines.

*Sourced and managed freelance editorial, content, design resources and vendors, including writers, editors, proofreaders, design groups, illustrators.

*Provided basic art direction for all covers, interiors and collateral material.

*Slashed creative department budget by more than 35% within first 6 months as Editorial Director.

2005 - 2008

Executive Editor

Modern Publishing

*Wrote manuscripts and determined layout for over 100 titles, including original content, content 

based on licensed characters and/or repurposed content. 

*Managed the work of multiple editors.  

*Sourced and managed freelance artists and author selection for each project. 

*Launched Modern Publishing’s first e-catalog and Facebook page. 

2003 - 2005

Senior Editor

Modern Publishing

*Wrote, copyedited, proofread and production edited more than 75 children's series, including 

storybooks, workbooks, coloring and activity books and more. 

*Oversaw all illustration and manuscript development. 

*Managed the work of project editors.  

1997 - 2003

Project Editor

Modern Publishing

*Wrote, copyedited, proofread and production edited more than 50 children's series. 

*Wrote promotional copy for the company’s catalog and website (modernpublishing.com). 

*Coordinated production of reprints and special editions. 

Education

Education

Bachelor's

Queens College CUNY