Allyson Rudolph

Allyson Rudolph – Editor

I don't want to brag, but I took first place in a statewide grammar and writing test in high school. So.


OUT•RID•ER (noun): one who clears the way

You've written a book--a good one. Now what? Should you find a literary agent? Go it alone and self publish? Does it need another round of edits? You think it's a thriller, but what if it's more of a mystery? Maybe horror? What even is the point of a query letter? What can you expect to happen after you've signed with an agent?

How can you be sure you're setting yourself up to succeed as you transition from writer to published author?

I can help. As your publishing outrider, I'll ensure you and your book arrive in the wilds of the book industry safely...and stocked with provisions and knowledge for the rest of the journey. I'll provide a thorough and honest assessment of your publishing prospects, including valuable category and sales information and introducing essential publishing terminology. I'll work with you to write a successful query letter and will provide you with a list of agents and small publishers to consider submitting to. I'll walk you through the submission process, and will give you an insider's tour of what will happen to your book, and to you, from the perspective of the agent, the editor, the publisher, the publicist, and all the other professionals who will interact with your work, from acquisition to finished copy. I'll be available for emotional support and encouragement, as well as professional insights and concrete deliverables.
History Humanities & Social Sciences Philosophy
Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense
English (US)

Work experience

The Overlook Press

Sep, 2014 — Feb, 2016 (over 1 year)

Acquired and edited a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including debut novels, celebrity memoirs, nature essays, pop science books, and narrative histories.

Grand Central Publishing

Jan, 2013 — Sep, 2014 (over 1 year)

Worked on economics, business, and pop culture books, as well literary fiction.


A darkly comic debut novel, a hilariously told story of love, attachment, anxiety, and nerd culture.Easy Hardwick has it made. At just about thirty, she’s got a tumbledown cottage in small-town Oregon and an uncomplicated acting gig as the space-babe eye candy... read more
Septimania: A Novel

Jonathan Levi

Septimania, Jonathan Levi's first novel since 1992's critically acclaimed A Guide for the Perplexed, is a major work―a story at once personal and mythic, with themes as large as the universe and as small as an appleseed.On an spring afternoon in 1978 in the lo... read more
The first-ever translation into English of a newly discovered Icelandic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic gothic novel, Dracula"With the discovery of its vast differences from Dracula, [Powers of Darkness] will have a lasting effect on the world of vampire s... read more
Bill Geist--the beloved, award-winning, long-time special correspondent for "CBS: Sunday Morning," whose debut Little League Confidential was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paper--and Willie Geist, the Today Show host, popular member of MSNBC's "... read more
In BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T, James explains how to clear the clutter from your work life so you can achieve real and lasting success. You'll learn how to: Earn the respect of your peers Find and keep your dream job Use layoffs to build your career Give un... read more
The compulsively readable memoir by singer-songwriter and master lyricist Frank Turner, documenting his rise to fame, one house show at a timeIn the fall of 2005, Frank Turner was virtually unheard of. His rock band, Millions Dead, was finishing up a grueling ... read more
Anatomy professor David Bainbridge applies the science of evolutionary biology and psychology to look at women's bodies in our ancestral past, our self-image-obsessed present, and our surgically enhanced future.Few things are as tantalizing as a woman’s curves... read more
A New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller The importance of money in our lives is readily apparent to everyone--rich, poor, and in between. However grudgingly, most of us accept the expression "Money makes the world go round" as a universal truth. We... read more

Allyson has 4 reviews





Diana S.

Diana S.

Sep, 2018

Great feedback and quick to respond!! I'd definitely recommend working with Allyson.
Padma T.

Padma T.

Apr, 2018

I found Allyson to be thorough, knowledgeable, and savvy. She is blunt and honest without ever being unkind or condescending. Her advice will likely go a long way toward helping me find an agent to represent my novel. I would hire her again and again.
J.P. B.

J.P. B.

Sep, 2017

Allyson was a joy to work with. I hired her to perform an editorial assessment on my first manuscript, and she knocked it out of the park. She provided specific, actionable feedback that I was able to use immediately to make my manuscript better. She was positive, funny, and professional, all while not being afraid to tell me her honest opinion about all aspects of my novel. Allyson really took...
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Raheem C.

Raheem C.

May, 2017

Allyson provided a thorough copyedit that had an instantly observable and positive impact on the text. She also provided insightful comments regarding the story line and useful suggestions regarding the publishing process. I would definitely work with her again.

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