Alicia Tan

Alicia Tan - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Thoughtful, meticulous editor with 3+ yrs of experience at major publishers and an interest in engrossing, diverse YA, memoir, and biography

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Overview

I'm an assistant editor at HarperCollins working on commercial nonfiction and upmarket fiction with an emphasis on stories for women readers. I freelance proofread nonfiction, art and illustrated books, and children's books for Abrams, Scholastic, and Workman. I’m also the co-editor of Tart, an arts and literary magazine forthcoming in 2019. As an editorial assistant at Abrams, I worked on nonfiction, including the New York Times–bestselling biography on Fred Rogers, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR; Viet Thanh Nguyen's anthology from writers illuminating their experiences as refugees, THE DISPLACED; designer Jon Contino's monograph, BRAND BY HAND; and Michael Leviton's forthcoming memoir on what it means to lie in one's daily life, TO BE HONEST. My background is in magazine journalism, and my words have appeared in print and online, including Mashable and RadioTimes.

At Reedsy, I offer editing and proofreading services for a diverse range of book projects. What I’m interested in: women's fiction, YA, multicultural and underrepresented stories, cultural studies, art and entertainment, identity and gender politics, technology, lifestyle, social issues, sex and relationships, and more. What I’m not interested in: historical fiction, spy novels, political memoirs or exposes, technical or academic works.

I’m based in Brooklyn, where I spend my time eating flamin’ hot cheetos and watching Terrace House. I’ll never let you forget I’m from Texas.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Cultural & Ethnic
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
Writing & Publishing

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • Publishing experience
  • Journalism experience

Work experience

Assistant Editor

HarperCollins
July, 2019 – Present (9 months)

Freelance Proofreader

Self-employed
March, 2019 – Present (about 1 year)

Editorial Assistant

Abrams
August, 2017 – July, 2019 (almost 2 years)

Managing Editorial Assistant

Abrams
April, 2016 – August, 2017 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year. The American people spoke up, with protests, marches, donations, and lawsuits that quickly overturned the order. But the refugee caps remained. In The Displaced, ... read more

In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year. The American people spoke up, with protests, marches, donations, and lawsuits that quickly overturned the order. But the refugee caps remained. In The Displaced, ... read more

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Maxwell King

Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously. The Good Neighbor, the fi... read more

Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously. The Good Neighbor, the fi... read more

The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer

Caitlin Murray

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals, set record TV ratings, drawn massive crowds, earned huge revenues for FIFA and U.S. Soccer, and helped to redefine the place of women in sports. But despite their dominance, and their rosters of superstar players, they’ve endured striking inequality: low pay, poor playing conditions, and limited opport... read more

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals, set record TV ratings, drawn massive crowds, earned huge revenues for FIFA and U.S. Soccer, and helped to redefine the place of women in sports. But despite their dominance, and their rosters of superstar players, they’ve endured striking inequality: low pay, poor playing conditions, and limited opport... read more

To Be Honest

Michael Leviton

A memoir about one man’s strange upbringing in a family fanatically devoted to honesty Raised in what he affectionately calls “our little honesty cult,” Michael Leviton was ingrained with his parents’ core philosophy: You do not tell any lies; you do not withhold the truth; and you speak your mind always, regardless of how offensive or hurtful your opinions may be. For young Michael, this free... read more

A memoir about one man’s strange upbringing in a family fanatically devoted to honesty Raised in what he affectionately calls “our little honesty cult,” Michael Leviton was ingrained with his parents’ core philosophy: You do not tell any lies; you do not withhold the truth; and you speak your mind always, regardless of how offensive or hurtful your opinions may be. For young Michael, this free... read more

Brand by Hand: Blisters, Calluses, and Clients: A Life in Design

Jon Contino

Brand by Hand documents the work, career, and artistic inspiration of graphic designer extraordinaire Jon Contino. Jon is a born-and-bred New Yorker. He talks like one, he acts like one, and most importantly, he designs like one. He is the founder and creative director of Jon Contino Studio, and over the past two decades, he has built a massive collection of award-winning graphic-design work f... read more

Brand by Hand documents the work, career, and artistic inspiration of graphic designer extraordinaire Jon Contino. Jon is a born-and-bred New Yorker. He talks like one, he acts like one, and most importantly, he designs like one. He is the founder and creative director of Jon Contino Studio, and over the past two decades, he has built a massive collection of award-winning graphic-design work f... read more

The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World: The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York

Tom Roston

The remarkable story of a restaurant on top of the world—built by a legend, destroyed in tragedy—and an era in New York City it helped to frame In the 1970s, New York City was plagued by crime, filth, and an ineffective government. The city was falling apart, and even the newly constructed World Trade Center threatened to be a fiasco. But in April 1976, a quarter-mile up on the 107th floor of ... read more

The remarkable story of a restaurant on top of the world—built by a legend, destroyed in tragedy—and an era in New York City it helped to frame In the 1970s, New York City was plagued by crime, filth, and an ineffective government. The city was falling apart, and even the newly constructed World Trade Center threatened to be a fiasco. But in April 1976, a quarter-mile up on the 107th floor of ... read more

Life in Movies: Stories from 50 years in Hollywood

Irwin Winkler

A rollicking autobiography from the legendary producer of Goodfellas, Rocky, and Raging Bull, and an insider’s account of making movies in Hollywood over half a century The list of films Irwin Winkler has produced in his more-than-fifty-year career is extraordinary: Rocky, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, De-Lovely, The Right Stuff, and Creed. His films have been nominated for fifty-two Academy Awards... read more

A rollicking autobiography from the legendary producer of Goodfellas, Rocky, and Raging Bull, and an insider’s account of making movies in Hollywood over half a century The list of films Irwin Winkler has produced in his more-than-fifty-year career is extraordinary: Rocky, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, De-Lovely, The Right Stuff, and Creed. His films have been nominated for fifty-two Academy Awards... read more

Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom

P M Freestone

A sweeping fantasy adventure that will set your senses on fire!In the empire of Aramtesh, scent has power. Seventeen-year-old Rahil has a great talent for fragrances, but her scentlore skills aren't enough to heal her dying father; a plague is spreading across the land. She leaves her desert village for the city of Aphara in a desperate attempt to save him. Instead, she finds herself indenture... read more

A sweeping fantasy adventure that will set your senses on fire!In the empire of Aramtesh, scent has power. Seventeen-year-old Rahil has a great talent for fragrances, but her scentlore skills aren't enough to heal her dying father; a plague is spreading across the land. She leaves her desert village for the city of Aphara in a desperate attempt to save him. Instead, she finds herself indenture... read more

Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance

Bethany Morrow, Bethany C. Morrow

A young adult anthology featuring fictional stories of everyday resistance.You might be the kind of person who stands up to online trolls.Or who marches to protest injustice.Perhaps you are #DisabledAndCute and dancing around your living room, alive and proud.Or perhaps you are the trans mentor that you wish you had when you were younger.Maybe you call out false allies, or stand up to loved on... read more

A young adult anthology featuring fictional stories of everyday resistance.You might be the kind of person who stands up to online trolls.Or who marches to protest injustice.Perhaps you are #DisabledAndCute and dancing around your living room, alive and proud.Or perhaps you are the trans mentor that you wish you had when you were younger.Maybe you call out false allies, or stand up to loved on... read more

Kodiak (The Puppy Place #56)

Ellen Miles

Welcome to the Puppy Place -- where every puppy finds a home!Lizzie Peterson and her friends are heading to a cabin in the woods for a girls' weekend. On the way, they spot and rescue Kodiak, an energetic Malamute stray with a mind of his own. Can Lizzie and her friends tame the wild pup and find him a home?

Welcome to the Puppy Place -- where every puppy finds a home!Lizzie Peterson and her friends are heading to a cabin in the woods for a girls' weekend. On the way, they spot and rescue Kodiak, an energetic Malamute stray with a mind of his own. Can Lizzie and her friends tame the wild pup and find him a home?

King and the Dragonflies

Kacen Callender

In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself.pTwelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still vis... read more

In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself.pTwelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still vis... read more

The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design

Steven Heller, Greg D'Onofrio

In The Moderns, we meet the men and women who invented and shaped Midcentury Modern graphic design in America. The book is made up of generously illustrated profiles, many based on interviews, of more than 60 designers whose magazine, book, and record covers; advertisements and package designs; posters; and other projects created the visual aesthetics of postwar modernity. Some were émigrés fr... read more

In The Moderns, we meet the men and women who invented and shaped Midcentury Modern graphic design in America. The book is made up of generously illustrated profiles, many based on interviews, of more than 60 designers whose magazine, book, and record covers; advertisements and package designs; posters; and other projects created the visual aesthetics of postwar modernity. Some were émigrés fr... read more

The Designer's Dictionary of Color

Sean Adams

The Designer’s Dictionary of Color provides an in-depth look at 30 colors key to art and graphic design. Organized by spectrum, in color-by-color sections for easy navigation, this book documents each hue with charts showing color range and palette variations. Chapters detail each color’s creative history and cultural associations, with examples of color use that extend from the artistic to th... read more

The Designer’s Dictionary of Color provides an in-depth look at 30 colors key to art and graphic design. Organized by spectrum, in color-by-color sections for easy navigation, this book documents each hue with charts showing color range and palette variations. Chapters detail each color’s creative history and cultural associations, with examples of color use that extend from the artistic to th... read more

Writing Character (Lit Starts): A Book of Writing Prompts

San Francisco Writers' Grotto

A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series. Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Character begins with an essay by author and educator Constance Hale, who offer pointers for observing and capturing human complexity. The rest of the book consists of prompts and space t... read more

A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series. Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Character begins with an essay by author and educator Constance Hale, who offer pointers for observing and capturing human complexity. The rest of the book consists of prompts and space t... read more

Writing Action: A Book of Writing Prompts (Lit Starts)

San Francisco Writers' Grotto

A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series. Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Action kicks off with a foreword by an award-winning author and journalist Bonnie Tsui, who offers pointers for creating page-turning prose. The rest of the book consists of prompts and s... read more

A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series. Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Action kicks off with a foreword by an award-winning author and journalist Bonnie Tsui, who offers pointers for creating page-turning prose. The rest of the book consists of prompts and s... read more

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Lisette Hoschek
Alicia was very helpful and professional. I hope to work with her again in the future.

Lisette Hoschek, October 2019


Takeisha Woods
My collaboration with Alicia was my inaugural editing collaboration with Reedsy and I am so thankful to have had her as a partner with editing my debut novel. As a writer, our words mean everything to us. The constant questioning of whether or not the words we string together are good enough to comprise a complete story is always questioned, always critiqued. The sensitivity of writing has to b...
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Takeisha Woods, September 2019

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