Alyssa Matesic

Alyssa Matesic - Editor

San Francisco, CA, USA

Passionate book editor who's worked with bestselling authors at Penguin Random House on thrillers, historical fiction, and book club reads.

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Overview

I'm a passionate fiction editor who loves helping writers tell compelling and moving stories. Having worked at Penguin Random House, Macmillan, and a top-tier literary agency, I have firsthand knowledge of what the country’s top agents and publishers are looking for—and how to get your manuscript noticed.

Between working in traditional houses and freelancing, I’ve evaluated and edited hundreds of novels, giving me a strong sense of what qualities help get a manuscript represented, acquired, and sold to readers. My experience includes comprehensive developmental editing, thoughtful and constructive editorial assessments, query letter reviews, and manuscript submission evaluations for agents and publishers.


I'd love to help you refine your novel to flex its strengths or help craft a query letter that catches attention. I specialize in thriller/suspense, historical fiction, and contemporary women’s fiction. In short, anything that can be devoured in one sitting and spurs conversation!


Publishing can be an intimidating process to pursue on your own. Feel free to reach out with any questions you have about how we might work together. I’m here to help!


And if you're working on a thriller, check out my Reedsy Live webinar: "The 5 Most Common Suspense Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)": https://blog.reedsy.com/live/suspense-pitfalls/

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Historical Mysteries
Literary Fiction
Psychological Thriller
Romantic Suspense
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Certificate in Book Publishing, New York University
  • BA in English and American Literature, New York University
  • Minor in Creative Nonfiction, New York University

Work experience

Freelance Book Editor

Self-employed
August, 2018 – Present (about 3 years)

Evaluate submissions and provide extensive editorial feedback on client manuscripts for a group of top-tier New York City literary agents, including projects by New York Times bestselling authors. Complete full-novel developmental editing, editorial assessments, and query letter reviews for writers.

Editorial Assistant

Penguin Random House
May, 2017 – July, 2018 (about 1 year)

Independently edited novels from acquisition to publication through multiple rounds of revision. Assisted in editing books by New York Times bestselling authors, composing extensive editorial letters and providing constructive line edits. Evaluated dozens of monthly fiction submissions.

Genres: thriller/suspense, historical fiction, and women's fiction.

Literary Agent Assistant

The Book Group
September, 2015 – April, 2017 (over 1 year)

Composed detailed editorial letters for leading literary agents regarding clients’ manuscripts before submission to editors. Independently managed agency's submissions inbox, reviewing hundreds of queries and determining whether to consider them or pass.

Genres: thriller/suspense, historical fiction, women's fiction, and literary fiction.

Editorial Staff

Macmillan (Henry Holt and Company)
June, 2015 – August, 2015 (2 months)

Evaluated submissions from agents and wrote editorial letters to strengthen novels prior to publication.

Genres: literary fiction and narrative nonfiction.

Editorial Assistant

Gibson Square Books
February, 2015 – May, 2015 (3 months)

Line edited and proofread manuscripts for independent London publishing house, working with writers through rounds of revision.

Genres: humor, thriller, nonfiction, and self-help.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Keep You Close: A Novel

Cleveland, Karen

In Her Shadow: A Novel

Miller, Kristin

Tell Me Everything: A Novel

Brockman, Cambria

Lost Roses: A Novel

Kelly, Martha Hall

The Winters: A Novel

Gabriele, Lisa

Tangerine: A Novel

Mangan, Christine

The Little Clan

Cohen, Iris Martin

Need to Know: A Novel

Cleveland, Karen

Bad Girl: Hush Money Mystery Series, Book 2

T. E. Woods, Xe Sands, Tantor Audio

The Marriage Pact: A Novel

Richmond, Michelle

Alyssa has 107 reviews

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Jim Fortune
Working with Alyssa was actually fun. There's always some nervousness when you turn your work over to someone else to review and critique. She made excellent suggestions on how the work could be improved and more readable. I appreciated her feedback and will contact her for Book 2 in the series.

Jim Fortune, October 2021


Erin Buchen
Working with Alyssa has been so helpful. She helped me see the big picture of my novel in a whole different light.

Erin Buchen, October 2021


Brian Dearborn
Alyssa was an absolute pleasure to work with! The feedback she provided was stellar, extremely helpful, and exceeded expectations. Also, Alyssa was extremely responsive and always met her commit dates which was very much appreciated. She was friendly and took a genuine interest in the materials I requested her to edit. I definitely look forward to working with Alyssa in the future and highly re...
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Brian Dearborn, September 2021


Dan Leber
Extremely impressed. Anxious to get started on implementing Alyssa’s suggestions.

Dan Leber, September 2021


Rob Winn Anderson
I would hire Alyssa again.

Rob Winn Anderson, September 2021

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