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 (over 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 119 reviews

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Ryan Byrnes
Alyssa was knowledgeable, professional, and finished on time. 11 out of 10!

Ryan Byrnes, November 2021


Tyler Jacobs
A great person to work with, who is fast, and open about communication.

Tyler Jacobs, November 2021


Nicole Rossi
Alyssa is simply amazing!! Her knowledge of the publishing industry elevates her feedback. If you follow her on YouTube you will immediately realize this. She helped me with my first three chapters and my query letter. Wow!! What great comments. She always responds to questions in a friendly and cheerful manner. Don't miss the opportunity to work with her. You won't regret it! So happy I found ...
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Nicole Rossi, November 2021


Margaret Silva
Look no further! Alyssa is an amazing editor, who dives enthusiastically into your manuscript with professional insight, valuable suggestions, and non-critical recommendations which will help to guide you towards "polishing" your manuscript for eventual publication. I will definitely use her again in the future.

Margaret Silva, November 2021


Philip Carlisle
This was round 2 with Alyssa on the same project. We focused on the new content stimulated by her first review. There was only one major issue that didn't have a clear solution, but Alyssa was patient with me and together we hammered away at it until the solution presented itself. Once I finish this edit, I can confidently say, the book is as good as it can be.

Philip Carlisle, November 2021

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