Alexandra Ott

Alexandra Ott - Editor Tick

Tulsa, OK, USA

YA and MG specialist. Author of Rules for Thieves series (S&S) and former editorial assistant at Entangled Publishing.

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As both an author and editor, I'm able to bring unique perspectives from both sides of the desk to my work. I am a former editorial assistant at Entangled Publishing, where I worked with YA fiction and adult romance titles. I am also the author of middle grade fantasy novels Rules for Thieves and The Shadow Thieves, both published by Simon and Schuster. My next novel, Seekers of the Wild Realm, is forthcoming in 2020. Additionally, I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Tulsa. I am also a former Pitch Wars mentor and a former editorial intern at Nimrod International Journal. As a freelance editor, I use my 6+ years of editorial experience to help writers prepare their manuscripts for submission or publication.


Testimonials:

“Alex’s feedback is always on point, whether she’s focusing on how to raise the stakes in a scene or deepen character development throughout the entire manuscript. I wouldn’t trust anyone more with my work!”
-- Rachel Done, YA writer

“Alex’s feedback has consistently helped me make my stories better. She not only highlights areas for improvement but also areas of strength, which helps keep the editing process positive.”
-- Allison Pauli, fantasy writer
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Children's - Middle Grade
Dystopian
Fantasy
Romance
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • B.A. in English from the University of Tulsa

Awards

  • Oklahoma Book Award finalist (2018)

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

Entangled Publishing
July, 2017 – August, 2018 (about 1 year)

• Assisted with developmental edits, line edits, and proofreads
• Provided editorial feedback on acquisitions
• Helped prepare manuscripts for publication
• Received editorial training
• Evaluated manuscript submissions and wrote reader reports
• Assisted in other editorial tasks as needed

Author

Simon and Schuster
June, 2017 – Present (almost 2 years)

Author of middle grade fantasy novels Rules for Thieves (published by Aladdin/Simon and Schuster in 2017) and The Shadow Thieves (published by Aladdin/Simon and Schuster in 2018). Rules for Thieves received positive reviews from Kirkus, SLJ, BCCB, and Shelf Awareness and was a finalist for the 2018 Oklahoma Book Award. My next book, Seekers of the Wild Realm, will be published by Aladdin/Simon and Schuster in 2020.

Editorial Intern

Entangled Publishing
January, 2015 – July, 2017 (over 2 years)

• Evaluated manuscript submissions and wrote 100+ reader reports
• Line edited, copyedited, and proofread manuscripts
• Helped prepare manuscripts for publication
• Received editorial training
• Assisted in other editorial tasks as needed

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (about 7 years)

Freelance editing work for fiction manuscripts of various genres, including children's and YA, romance, women's fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Editorial services have included developmental, line edits, copyedits, proofreading, and more.

Editorial Intern

Nimrod International Journal
January, 2012 – December, 2012 (11 months)

● Assisted in editorial tasks, including reading submissions and proofreading fiction published in a literary journal
● Helped to organize annual writers’ conference
● Assisted in day-to-day organizational, administrative, and editorial tasks

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Rules for Thieves

Alexandra Ott

After twelve-year-old orphan, Alli Rosco, is cursed with a deadly spell, she must join the legendary Thieves Guild in order to try and save herself in this high-stakes debut.Twelve-year-old Alli Rosco is smart, resourceful, and totally incapable of keeping her mouth shut. Some of these traits have served her well during her nine years in Azeland’s orphanage, and others have proved more trouble... read more

After twelve-year-old orphan, Alli Rosco, is cursed with a deadly spell, she must join the legendary Thieves Guild in order to try and save herself in this high-stakes debut.Twelve-year-old Alli Rosco is smart, resourceful, and totally incapable of keeping her mouth shut. Some of these traits have served her well during her nine years in Azeland’s orphanage, and others have proved more trouble... read more

Island of Exiles (The Ryogan Chronicles)

Erica Cameron

“A rare gem of a book....[and a] fresh, original series starter.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewIn Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya's home... read more

“A rare gem of a book....[and a] fresh, original series starter.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewIn Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya's home... read more

Sea of Strangers (The Ryogan Chronicles)

Erica Cameron

The only way for Khya to get her brother back alive is to kill Varan—the immortal ruler who can’t be killed. But not even Varan knew what he was doing when he perverted magic and humanity to become immortal.Khya’s leading her group of friends and rebels into the mountains that hold Varan’s secrets, but if risking all their lives is going to be worth it, she has to give up everything else—break... read more

The only way for Khya to get her brother back alive is to kill Varan—the immortal ruler who can’t be killed. But not even Varan knew what he was doing when he perverted magic and humanity to become immortal.Khya’s leading her group of friends and rebels into the mountains that hold Varan’s secrets, but if risking all their lives is going to be worth it, she has to give up everything else—break... read more

The November Girl

Lydia Kang

LOCUS Magazine: A Best Book of 2017! I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.Hector is running from the violence in... read more

LOCUS Magazine: A Best Book of 2017! I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.Hector is running from the violence in... read more

Toxic

Lydia Kang

Hana isn't supposed to exist. She's grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simply gone―along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she's certain her mother wouldn't leave her there to die. And Hana isn't ready to die yet. She's never really had a chance to live.Fenn is supposed to die. He and a crew of hired mercen... read more

Hana isn't supposed to exist. She's grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simply gone―along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she's certain her mother wouldn't leave her there to die. And Hana isn't ready to die yet. She's never really had a chance to live.Fenn is supposed to die. He and a crew of hired mercen... read more

Artificial Sweethearts (North Pole, Minnesota)

Julie Hammerle

It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying pro-track golf student, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer. So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone t... read more

It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying pro-track golf student, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer. So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone t... read more

Approximately Yours (North Pole Minnesota) (Volume 3)

Julie Hammerle

Danny Garland is so out of Holly’s league. And her family is only back in North Pole, Minnesota, long enough to sell Grandma’s house and say “Merry Christmas.” So telling her basketball-star, too-hot-to-be-real long-time crush that she’d like to kiss him under the mistletoe just isn’t going to happen. And now he’s asked out her cousin, Elda. Elda is a mess at flirting, so when she begs Holly t... read more

Danny Garland is so out of Holly’s league. And her family is only back in North Pole, Minnesota, long enough to sell Grandma’s house and say “Merry Christmas.” So telling her basketball-star, too-hot-to-be-real long-time crush that she’d like to kiss him under the mistletoe just isn’t going to happen. And now he’s asked out her cousin, Elda. Elda is a mess at flirting, so when she begs Holly t... read more

The Sound of Us

Julie Hammerle

Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot, equally geeky drummer can’t happ... read more

Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot, equally geeky drummer can’t happ... read more

The Hungarian

Victoria Dougherty

While vacationing in Greece in 1956, Lily Tassos, the hard-partying daughter of a powerful arms dealer, has a sudden change in plans. After her sometime boyfriend —a CIA agent— is murdered before her eyes, she finds herself holding a ticket to Moscow and a mysterious metal card. A far cry from her usual pairing of a Faulkner novel and bottle (or two) of white Bordeaux.Alone and haunted by her ... read more

While vacationing in Greece in 1956, Lily Tassos, the hard-partying daughter of a powerful arms dealer, has a sudden change in plans. After her sometime boyfriend —a CIA agent— is murdered before her eyes, she finds herself holding a ticket to Moscow and a mysterious metal card. A far cry from her usual pairing of a Faulkner novel and bottle (or two) of white Bordeaux.Alone and haunted by her ... read more

The Uncrossing

Melissa Eastlake

Luke can uncross almost any curse—they unravel themselves for him like no one else. So working for the Kovrovs, one of the families controlling all the magic in New York, is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can't break. And it involves Jeremy, the beloved, sheltered prince of the Kovrov family—the one boy he absolutely shouldn't be falling for. Jeremy's ... read more

Luke can uncross almost any curse—they unravel themselves for him like no one else. So working for the Kovrovs, one of the families controlling all the magic in New York, is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can't break. And it involves Jeremy, the beloved, sheltered prince of the Kovrov family—the one boy he absolutely shouldn't be falling for. Jeremy's ... read more

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane

Ingrid Paulson

Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking... read more

Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking... read more

Recipe for Temptation (Madewood Brothers)

Gina Gordon

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...She's the woman he loves to hate.Penn Foster wants a lot of things. She wants a spot on the board of a charitable foundation. She wants to win the stupid, plastic family trophy. And more than anything, she wants her tall, hot, and brooding boss naked in her bed. Now, on a Hawaiian vacation with her family, she's desperately trying not t... read more

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...She's the woman he loves to hate.Penn Foster wants a lot of things. She wants a spot on the board of a charitable foundation. She wants to win the stupid, plastic family trophy. And more than anything, she wants her tall, hot, and brooding boss naked in her bed. Now, on a Hawaiian vacation with her family, she's desperately trying not t... read more

Seducing Seven (What Happens in Vegas)

MK Meredith

He bet on logic. She bet on love. Romance author Seven Michaels believes in love to her very core. She has to—not only for herself, but for her readers. So when luxury salesman Blake Turner insults not only her books but the people who read them, Seven’s ready to throw down. How dare a playboy like Blake insinuate romance lovers are full of crap? He wants proof? Fine. She bets Blake she can ma... read more

He bet on logic. She bet on love. Romance author Seven Michaels believes in love to her very core. She has to—not only for herself, but for her readers. So when luxury salesman Blake Turner insults not only her books but the people who read them, Seven’s ready to throw down. How dare a playboy like Blake insinuate romance lovers are full of crap? He wants proof? Fine. She bets Blake she can ma... read more

No Kissing Allowed

Melissa West

A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...No kissing. No touching. And definitely no falling in love...Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it's s... read more

A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...No kissing. No touching. And definitely no falling in love...Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it's s... read more

The Shadow Thieves (Rules for Thieves)

Alexandra Ott

Alli must risk everything to save her new family from a rogue organization that is threatening the Thieves Guild’s existence—and the lives of all its members—in this high-stakes sequel to Rules for Thieves.Alli Rosco, former orphan and thief, is free after her disastrous Thieves Guild trial, which left an innocent woman dead while Alli’s partner-in-crime, Beck, fled. Now Alli is getting more t... read more

Alli must risk everything to save her new family from a rogue organization that is threatening the Thieves Guild’s existence—and the lives of all its members—in this high-stakes sequel to Rules for Thieves.Alli Rosco, former orphan and thief, is free after her disastrous Thieves Guild trial, which left an innocent woman dead while Alli’s partner-in-crime, Beck, fled. Now Alli is getting more t... read more

War of Storms (The Ryogan Chronicles Book 3)

Erica Cameron

The immortal mages have risen, and they're out for blood.Khya arrived at the Ryogan coast too late to stop the invasion. Now, cities are falling before the unrelenting march of an enemy army, and Khya's squad is desperately trying to stay ahead of them. Warning the Ryogans, though, means leaving her brother imprisoned even longer. Time is running out for everyone.But how can her squad of ten s... read more

The immortal mages have risen, and they're out for blood.Khya arrived at the Ryogan coast too late to stop the invasion. Now, cities are falling before the unrelenting march of an enemy army, and Khya's squad is desperately trying to stay ahead of them. Warning the Ryogans, though, means leaving her brother imprisoned even longer. Time is running out for everyone.But how can her squad of ten s... read more

Anya and the Dragon

Sofiya Pasternack

This lush tale of magic and dragons is a gem for any adventure-seeking middle grader and perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time.Anya and the Dragon is the story of fantasy and mayhem in tenth century Eastern Europe, where headstrong eleven-year-old Anya is a daughter of the only Jewish family in her village. When her family’s livelihood is threatened by a bigoted magistrate, Anya is ... read more

This lush tale of magic and dragons is a gem for any adventure-seeking middle grader and perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time.Anya and the Dragon is the story of fantasy and mayhem in tenth century Eastern Europe, where headstrong eleven-year-old Anya is a daughter of the only Jewish family in her village. When her family’s livelihood is threatened by a bigoted magistrate, Anya is ... read more

Alexandra has 13 reviews

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Matthew Garawitz

Alexandra was such a fantastic partner to work on editing my manuscript for the first time. She really went out of her way to make this an involved process and communicate with me throughout the entire time. Her insight was just what I needed to hear and she gave constructive feedback in a way that wasn't criticizing, but clearly trying to help grow my work into something more. I would most def...

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Matthew Garawitz, February 2019


PC Brooks

It was a pleasure to work with Alexandra. Her insights made me a better writer and lifted my work to the next level. I am the experience would be the same for anyone.

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PC Brooks, February 2019


Gladys Bauer

Her critique exceeded my expectations. She had a genuine "feel" for my characters and her advice is invaluable. I'm now getting down to the second draft knowing I can count on her help when I get stuck - an offer from her that I had not expected either. Alexandra Ott is a gem and yes, I look forward to working with her in the near-future! Thank you so much, Alexandra.

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Gladys Bauer, February 2019


Dan Farris

As an aspiring author, the whole process of getting my book edited was daunting. Alexandra was excellent, and I look forward to using her services on my future work.

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Dan Farris, January 2019


Bailee Whited

The work and feedback I received was absolutely amazing. Will definitely use again

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Bailee Whited, January 2019

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