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

If you're an aspiring author, I have good news: It IS possible to publish that book you love so much — and feel proud of it. I know how intimidating and downright discouraging the publishing process can feel at times, which is why I offer a unique combination of editorial expertise and industry insight to help you take your story from rough draft to a sparkling diamond in the rough.


WHO AM I?

I’m a passionate developmental editor dedicated to helping writers feel more confident in their stories and get one step closer to their dream of seeing it published. Between my time at publishing houses, a top-tier literary agency, and editing independently, I’ve worked with 300+ book writers at all stages of their careers — from first-time novelists to New York Times bestselling authors.

With nearly a decade of industry experience, I’ve evaluated and edited hundreds of novels, and I’ve seen what top-notch book publishing looks like at its highest level.


I've held roles at the following:

→ Penguin Random House (Ballantine Books)

→ Macmillan (Henry Holt & Company)

→ The Book Group literary agency


Authors I've worked with are represented by WME, ICM, and Triada, among other literary agencies.


MY SERVICES

I am a developmental/structural editor — think of me as the first line of defense once you've finished your draft. My feedback will focus on big-picture elements like plotting, pacing, character development, structure, and organization. The goal? Help you tell the best possible version of your story and realize your vision.


My services include:

→ Editorial Assessments
→ Manuscript Makeovers (a comprehensive package including an editorial assessment, a developmental edit, and coaching)
→ Query Reviews (including query letter reviews, synopsis reviews, and sample pages reviews)


MY GENRE SPECIALIZATIONS

It’s critical to ensure the editor you choose has a skillset and background that align with your needs and goals. I truly believe in partnering with writers whose genres and needs sit within my specialties, so I can get you the best possible results.


I offer developmental and structural editing for the following genres:

✓ Thrillers, mystery, and suspense

✓ Contemporary women’s fiction

✓ Historical fiction

✓ Literary fiction

✓ Memoir

✓ Anything that can be devoured in one sitting!


There’s nothing I enjoy more than supporting aspiring authors throughout their book writing journey. When I’m not editing books, you’ll find me sipping an espresso martini, reading about the Titanic, or cuddling my goldendoodle, Luka.


I can't wait to discuss your project!

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

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

Developmental Book Editor & Publishing Consultant

Self-employed
August, 2018 – Present (almost 4 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 aspiring authors.

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 150 reviews

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Naomi Tepper
Alyssa gave me the confidence that I need to get back in the query trenches. She provided actionable and helpful advice for both my query letter and my first pages.

Naomi Tepper, June 2022


Robbie Bernal
Alyssa is a phenomenal collaborator. She provides detailed feedback from a high-level along with clear applications for that feedback in her line edits. She's responsive and a delight to work with. Highly recommend.

Robbie Bernal, June 2022


Casey Devore
I was very impressed with the level of feedback Alyssa provided. Valuable feedback on my first pages and an impressive consolidation of my query letter. Thrilled to have her reword a couple of key concepts in my synopsis in the perfect way-something I had wrestled with! In short, she was an important professional eye to have! Very kind in communication, knowledgable, responsive, and flexible....
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Casey Devore, June 2022


Gregory Klass
I am a first time author and needed help with the structure of my first fifty pages. Alyssa deciphered my plot and provided tactical and strategic, insight and suggestions, to build a better foundation for the story. I followed up her review with a plan of action to which she provided further feedback. I am now executing that plan. The revised story may, or may not, land a literary agent but I ...
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Gregory Klass, May 2022


Jess Munday
Alyssa made my first editing experience so great. She really took the time to understand my story, the characters, and intentions for the plot. Her feedback was insightful and empowering and gave me so much inspiration to improve my story. I can’t wait to work with her again!

Jess Munday, May 2022

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