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Allyson Rudolph

Allyson Rudolph - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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

Overview

I'm an eagle-eyed editor with five years of experience at prestigious New York trade publishers large and small--including Hachette, Hyperion, and The Overlook Press. In New York, I worked on an eclectic mix of literary and commercial fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and pop culture books. Before that, I worked on academic texts in Washington, DC. I'm ruthless in my quest for distraction-free writing and top-notch storytelling, and I have strong opinions about punctuating coordinate adjectives. Otherwise, I'm quite a nice person. More on my editing style here:

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Horror Literature
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Entertainment History Philosophy Politics & Current Affairs Psychology

Work experience

Associate Editor

The Overlook Press

September, 2014 – February, 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.

Assistant Editor

Grand Central Publishing

January, 2013 – September, 2014 (over 1 year)

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

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Wampum: How Indian Tribes, the Mafia, and an Inattentive Congress Invented Indian Gaming and Created a $28 Billion Gambling Empire

Donald Craig Mitchell

The never-before-told story of Indian Casinos in AmericaIn 2015, 239 Indian tribes operated 478 casinos, high-stakes bingo halls, and other gambling facilities on Indian reservations in 28 states that collectively earned $28.5 billion in gross gaming revenue. How did Indian gambling become such a lucrative and commonplace fixture of the American landscape? In Wampum, Donald Craig Mitchell tell... read more

The never-before-told story of Indian Casinos in AmericaIn 2015, 239 Indian tribes operated 478 casinos, high-stakes bingo halls, and other gambling facilities on Indian reservations in 28 states that collectively earned $28.5 billion in gross gaming revenue. How did Indian gambling become such a lucrative and commonplace fixture of the American landscape? In Wampum, Donald Craig Mitchell tell... read more

Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us

Kabir Sehgal

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 are all aware of the power of money--how it influences our moods, compels us to take risks, and serves as the yardstick of success in s... 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 are all aware of the power of money--how it influences our moods, compels us to take risks, and serves as the yardstick of success in s... read more

Curvology: The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape

David Bainbridge

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…and yet, humans are the only mammals on earth whose females have curvy bodies. Why? And what does this unique body shape mean for us? I... 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…and yet, humans are the only mammals on earth whose females have curvy bodies. Why? And what does this unique body shape mean for us? I... read more

The Road Beneath My Feet

Frank Turner

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 tour and had agreed that their show on September 23 would be their last. The entry on the band's schedule for September 24 read simply: ... 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 tour and had agreed that their show on September 23 would be their last. The entry on the band's schedule for September 24 read simply: ... read more

Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know

Geoffrey James

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 unforgettable presentations Neutralize workplace bullies Nail that all-important email Achieve lasting career securityFull of the bluntest... 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 unforgettable presentations Neutralize workplace bullies Nail that all-important email Achieve lasting career securityFull of the bluntest... read more

Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have

Bill Geist, Willie Geist

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 "Morning Joe," and author of the best-selling American Freak Show--have begun an extended conversation between father and son on areas of... 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 "Morning Joe," and author of the best-selling American Freak Show--have begun an extended conversation between father and son on areas of... read more

Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula

Bram Stoker, Valdimar Ásmundsson

The first ever translation into English of a newly discovered Icelandic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic gothic novel, DraculaPowers of Darkness is an incredible literary discovery: In 1900, Icelandic publisher and writer Valdimar Ásmundsson set out to translate Bram Stoker’s world-famous 1897 novel Dracula. Called Makt Myrkranna (literally, “Powers of Darkness”), this Icelandic edition inc... read more

The first ever translation into English of a newly discovered Icelandic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic gothic novel, DraculaPowers of Darkness is an incredible literary discovery: In 1900, Icelandic publisher and writer Valdimar Ásmundsson set out to translate Bram Stoker’s world-famous 1897 novel Dracula. Called Makt Myrkranna (literally, “Powers of Darkness”), this Icelandic edition inc... 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 loft of a church outside Cambridge, England, an organ tuner named Malory loses his virginity to a dyslexic math genius named Louiza. When ... read more

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 loft of a church outside Cambridge, England, an organ tuner named Malory loses his virginity to a dyslexic math genius named Louiza. When ... read more

She Came From Beyond!: A Novel

Nadine Darling

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 on a sci-fi parody show. She spends her downtime online, bickering with fans and fellow culture vultures about film trivia and relishin... read more

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 on a sci-fi parody show. She spends her downtime online, bickering with fans and fellow culture vultures about film trivia and relishin... read more

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