Alexandra Hoopes

Alexandra Hoopes - Editor

Somerville, MA, USA

Former Assistant Editor at Little, Brown. Present fiction-lover, comedy-nerd, drama-geek, and lightening-fast emailer. Future lady-boss.

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Overview

I'm a writer and editor based in Somerville, MA. For almost three years, I worked as an Assistant Editor at Little, Brown & Company in New York, and collaborated on several bestselling books including Circe by Madeleine Miller, Do I Make Myself Clear by Harold Evans, and The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner. I've helped to publish Emma Donoghue, Maria Semple, Whitney Scharer, and Katie Couric, just to name a few favorites.

Prior to Little, Brown, I worked as a Production Assistant at Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Rachael Ray Show. Yes, I've met famous people. Yes, I was chill about it.

A proud graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, I love collaborating with creative individuals on scripts, novels, and narrative non-fiction. I love reading stories with a strong sense of place, and a confident authorial voice.

I'm a left-handed Kansas native, Libra, and avowed Slytherin.

I'd love to work with you on manuscript and proposal development; comp title and market research; conceptual, line, and structural edits; copyediting and proofreading; copywriting and ghostwriting of brand materials, book proposals, and short-form content; content ideation and strategy; communications consulting; and storytelling coaching.

I've done a lot of different things, and I can’t wait to help you do a lot of different things too.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
True Crime
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Mystery & Crime
Plays & Screenplays
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Assistant Editor

Little, Brown & Company
December, 2016 – June, 2019 (over 2 years)

-Guide authors throughout story development, editing process, copy-writing, marketing & publicity
-Titles include NYT Bestsellers Do I Make Myself Clear? by Sir Harry Evans, Circe by Madeline Miller,
and Nobel prize-winner Malala Yousafzai’s memoir I Am Malala
-Read and report on both non-fiction proposals and fiction submissions for potential acquisition
-Assist Editor-in Chief with administrative tasks, business appointments and travel

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Age of Light: A Novel

Whitney Scharer

"Rapturous and razor sharp all at once, The Age of Light fearlessly unzips anything we might know of Lee Miller as model and muse and recasts her as artist, free thinker and architect of a singular and unapologetic life. This novel sparks on every page." --Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin A captivating debut novel by Whitney Scharer, The Age o... read more

"Rapturous and razor sharp all at once, The Age of Light fearlessly unzips anything we might know of Lee Miller as model and muse and recasts her as artist, free thinker and architect of a singular and unapologetic life. This novel sparks on every page." --Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin A captivating debut novel by Whitney Scharer, The Age o... read more

Drawing Home

Jamie Brenner

An unexpected inheritance, a promise broken, and four lives changed forever: discover "the gold standard of summertime escapism" from USA Today bestselling author Jamie Brenner (Elin Hilderbrand).Summer has started in idyllic Sag Harbor, and for Emma Mapson that means greeting guests at the front desk of The American Hotel. But when one of the town's most famous residents, artist Henry Wyatt, ... read more

An unexpected inheritance, a promise broken, and four lives changed forever: discover "the gold standard of summertime escapism" from USA Today bestselling author Jamie Brenner (Elin Hilderbrand).Summer has started in idyllic Sag Harbor, and for Emma Mapson that means greeting guests at the front desk of The American Hotel. But when one of the town's most famous residents, artist Henry Wyatt, ... read more

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixtiest History of the Sixties

Tom O'Neill

A journalist's twenty-year fascination with the Manson murders leads to shocking new revelations about the FBI's involvement in this riveting reassessment of an infamous case in American history.Over two grim nights in Los Angeles, the young followers of Charles Manson murdered seven people, including the actress Sharon Tate, then eight months pregnant. With no mercy and seemingly no motive, t... read more

A journalist's twenty-year fascination with the Manson murders leads to shocking new revelations about the FBI's involvement in this riveting reassessment of an infamous case in American history.Over two grim nights in Los Angeles, the young followers of Charles Manson murdered seven people, including the actress Sharon Tate, then eight months pregnant. With no mercy and seemingly no motive, t... read more

An Orchestra of Minorities

Chigozie Obioma

A heart-breaking story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma."It is more than a superb and tragic novel; it's a historical treasure."-- Boston Globe Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES tells the story of Ch... read more

A heart-breaking story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma."It is more than a superb and tragic novel; it's a historical treasure."-- Boston Globe Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES tells the story of Ch... read more

Akin

Emma Donoghue

A retired New York professor's life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets in the next masterpiece from New York Times bestselling author Emma Donoghue.Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France. He is days away from his... read more

A retired New York professor's life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets in the next masterpiece from New York Times bestselling author Emma Donoghue.Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France. He is days away from his... read more

The Mercies

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

After a storm has killed off all the island's men, two women in a 1600s Norwegian coastal village struggle to survive against both natural forces and the men who have been sent to rid the community of alleged witchcraft. Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Bergensdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm. Forty fishermen, including her... read more

After a storm has killed off all the island's men, two women in a 1600s Norwegian coastal village struggle to survive against both natural forces and the men who have been sent to rid the community of alleged witchcraft. Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Bergensdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm. Forty fishermen, including her... read more

CIRCE

Madeline Miller

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like h... read more

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like h... read more

Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters

Harold Evans

*New York Times Bestseller *One of NPR's Best Books of 2017A wise and entertaining guide to writing English the proper way by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time. Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. In DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?, h... read more

*New York Times Bestseller *One of NPR's Best Books of 2017A wise and entertaining guide to writing English the proper way by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time. Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. In DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?, h... read more

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

Maria Semple

A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and "divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times). Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a... read more

A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and "divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times). Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a... read more

Let Her Fly: A Father's Journey

Ziauddin Yousafzai

Let Her Fly traces the inspirational journey of Malala Yousafzai's father, Ziauddin, from a boy in Shangla to a man who broke with tradition and proves there are many faces of feminism.With humor and sincerity, Yousafzai describes his life before the Talibanization of Mingora, scenes of his sons Khusal and Atal fighting kites on the roof, his progressive partnership with his wife Toor Pekai, a... read more

Let Her Fly traces the inspirational journey of Malala Yousafzai's father, Ziauddin, from a boy in Shangla to a man who broke with tradition and proves there are many faces of feminism.With humor and sincerity, Yousafzai describes his life before the Talibanization of Mingora, scenes of his sons Khusal and Atal fighting kites on the roof, his progressive partnership with his wife Toor Pekai, a... read more

The Only Girl: My Life and Times on the Masthead of Rolling Stone

Robin Green

A raucous and vividly dishy memoir by the only woman writer on the masthead of Rolling Stone Magazine in the early Seventies.In 1971, Robin Green had an interview with Jann Wenner at the offices Rolling Stone magazine. She had just moved to Berkeley, California, a city that promised "Good Vibes All-a Time." Those days, job applications asked just one question, "What are your sun, moon and risi... read more

A raucous and vividly dishy memoir by the only woman writer on the masthead of Rolling Stone Magazine in the early Seventies.In 1971, Robin Green had an interview with Jann Wenner at the offices Rolling Stone magazine. She had just moved to Berkeley, California, a city that promised "Good Vibes All-a Time." Those days, job applications asked just one question, "What are your sun, moon and risi... read more

What We Were Promised

Lucy Tan

Set in modern Shanghai, a debut by a Chinese-American writer about a prodigal son whose unexpected return forces his newly wealthy family to confront painful secrets and unfulfilled promises. After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to China. Settling into a luxurious serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina, and their daughter, Karen, join an elite community ... read more

Set in modern Shanghai, a debut by a Chinese-American writer about a prodigal son whose unexpected return forces his newly wealthy family to confront painful secrets and unfulfilled promises. After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to China. Settling into a luxurious serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina, and their daughter, Karen, join an elite community ... read more

The Chain

Adrian McKinty

VICTIM.SURVIVOR.ABDUCTOR.CRIMINAL.YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE."This nightmarish story is incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time."STEPHEN KING "McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don't give in: this writing - sharply observant, intelligent and shot through... read more

VICTIM.SURVIVOR.ABDUCTOR.CRIMINAL.YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE."This nightmarish story is incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time."STEPHEN KING "McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don't give in: this writing - sharply observant, intelligent and shot through... read more

Heather, the Totality

Matthew Weiner

The explosive debut novel - about family, power and privilege - from the creator of the award-winning Mad Men.Named a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the YearMark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. But they are still not quite at the top. When the new owners of the pent... read more

The explosive debut novel - about family, power and privilege - from the creator of the award-winning Mad Men.Named a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the YearMark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. But they are still not quite at the top. When the new owners of the pent... read more

The Latecomers

Helen Klein Ross

From the bestselling author of What Was Mine-a deeply moving family drama about a young Irish immigrant, an ancestral home in New England and a dark secret that lay hidden in its walls for five generations.In 1908, sixteen-year-old Bridey runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same-age sweetheart Thom. But when Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing, Bridey finds h... read more

From the bestselling author of What Was Mine-a deeply moving family drama about a young Irish immigrant, an ancestral home in New England and a dark secret that lay hidden in its walls for five generations.In 1908, sixteen-year-old Bridey runs away from her small town in Ireland with her same-age sweetheart Thom. But when Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing, Bridey finds h... read more

Alexandra has 5 reviews

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Ella Ames
Alex was great to work with- always punctual, flexible, and responsive. Added bonus- she's a total girl boss!

Ella Ames, January 2020


Rebecca Luthey
Very professional and super nice. Will totally hire her again once I write another book.

Rebecca Luthey, November 2019


Natasha Khan
It has been a pleasure to work with Alex. As someone working with an editor for the first time, she took the time to understand what I was trying to get across through my work and worked with me to get my manuscript there. I recommend Alex, especially to someone working with an editor for the first time because she is a good developmental editor and guide.

Natasha Khan, September 2019


Daniel Kinske
Alexandra was a breeze to work with. Sharp eye (two of them) and great attention to detail. I liked the numerous changes, which felt more like choices and suggestions than a binary choice. Lucked out in a fellow lefty who was also familiar with the whole Wizard of Oz genre, which was a nice bonus. Very fast and efficient. I like the Word document tracking change function, makes things much easi...
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Daniel Kinske, August 2019


Chris Regan
Working with Alexandra was fantastic! She responds quickly and with creative content. Highly recommend!

Chris Regan, August 2019

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