I'm an independent book editor and writing consultant with eight years experience at two of New York's finest publishing houses. First at Viking (an imprint of Penguin Random House), and then at Little, Brown and Company (an imprint of Hachette Book Group), I worked closely with a range of acclaimed and award-winning authors, such as Emma Donoghue, Edna O'Brien, Maria Semple, Stacy Schiff, Chigozie Obioma, Val Emmich, Mark Leyner, Matthieu Ricard, Marcia Clark, Whit Stillman, and Sarah Dunn. I've written for an assortment of online and print outlets, too, including DailyCandy, ELLEgirl, Variety, Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus, Art+Culture Projects, and Lola, a women's magazine published by The Boston Globe.
As a reader, I'm drawn to character-driven literary fiction; novels with a whole lot of heart and humor; women’s, upmarket, and commercial reads; psychological suspense; narrative nonfiction; books that present a bigger picture about humanity or the world today through the lens of a more personal journey; and nonfiction that renders niche or obscure topics accessible and fascinating to a mainstream audience. As an editor, what excites me is the chance to nourish your talent, strengthen your voice, polish your words, and help elevate your project to extraordinary heights.
In short? I'm passionate about the fiction and nonfiction stories we tell, and about finding ways to tell them even better through collaboration, conversation, and creative language.
A sampling of services offered, to individuals as well as to organizations: manuscript and proposal development; comp title and market research; conceptual, line, and structural edits; proofreading; copywriting; brand messaging and honing of tone; communications and storytelling coaching.
Recently published/forthcoming titles include:
"Love & Friendship" by Whit Stillman
"Rush Oh!" by Shirley Barrett
"Panorama" by Steve Kistulentz
"Every Other Weekend" by Zulema Renee Summerfield
"All is Beauty Now" by Sarah Faber
"The Drowning King" by Emily Holleman
Assistant Editor to Judy Clain, Vice President and Editor in Chief at Little, Brown, as well as to Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group, for select Little, Brown authors; closely worked on and edited both fiction and nonfiction titles; managed projects from manuscript stage through to initial publication, and beyond; evaluated submissions; wrote reader reports, fact sheets, flap copy, verso, marketing, and publicity materials; crafted discussion questions and reading group guides for book club usage; steered cover design direction; ran P&L statements and drafted contracts for new acquisitions; built and maintained strong agent and author relationships and handled the day-to-day communications with them; coordinated with other departments in-house to ensure production schedules progressed in a timely fashion.
Some of the brilliant writers I've had the honor of editing: Emma Donoghue, Edna O'Brien, Chigozie Obioma, Whit Stillman, Anne Korkeakivi, Elizabeth Bard, Marcia Clark, Matthieu Ricard, Hannah Kent, Mary Simses, Shirley Barrett, Polly Dugan, Sarah Faber, Kimberly Meyer, Alice Adams, and Scott Spencer (as Chase Novak).
Some of the talented authors whose works I'm proud to have helped publish and connect to enthusiastic readers over the years: J.K. Rowling, Stacy Schiff, Maria Semple, Donna Tartt, Malala Yousafzai, David Foster Wallace, Whit Stillman, Mark Leyner, Ayad Akhtar, and Liza Klaussmann.
Assisted two editors at Viking Penguin; worked on both fiction and nonfiction titles; edited manuscripts; evaluated submissions; wrote reader reports, book briefs, flap copy, verso, marketing, and publicity materials; handled permissions; created P&L's and OAM's for new acquisitions; managed contract routings and check requests; coordinated with other departments to ensure production schedules progressed in a timely fashion.
Some of the authors I had the pleasure of working with while at Viking Penguin: Danielle Trussoni, Beverly Donofrio, Sally Koslow, Kim Edwards, Tana French, Daniel Ladinsky, Alex Gilvarry, Jessica Tuccelli, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, Jan Karon, Garry Wills, Margaret George, Ann Ross, Nancy Goldstone, and Jennifer Niven.
Founded contemporary arts, culture, and thought magazine with a focus on the print book as interactive, collectible object; responsible for creative branding and packaging of publication, as well as layout and design; assigned articles, with a focus on the aesthetic and unusual, to a selection of writers and photographers; interviewed and collaborated with various cutting-edge figures in the literary, art/design, and music worlds, including Tao Lin, Jay Cantor, Tanit Sakakini, Arakawa and Madeline Gins, Daedelus, and Paulo Reachi.
Scouted local businesses, happenings, talent and trends; wrote weekend guide items and full page features; crafted succinct and witty copy; used persuasive language to market concepts and products to subscribers.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Case for Impeachment reveals the founders’ biggest mistake―leaving voting rights to the discretion of individual states―and shows that gerrymandering and voter suppression have a long history.“[An] important book… [Lichtman] uses history to contextualize the fix we’re in today. Each party gropes for advantage by fiddling with the franchise… Growing ... read more
A debut novel about an imaginative girl in the year following her parents' divorce, and what happens when her creeping premonition that something terrible will happen comes true in the most unexpected of ways.A Barnes & Noble Discover PickThe year is 1988, and America is full of broken homes. EVERY OTHER WEEKEND drops us into the sun-scorched suburbs of southern California, amid Bret Michaels ... read more
*NOW A MAJOR FILM STARRING KATE BECKINSALE, CHLOE SEVIGNY & STEPHEN FRY* ACCLAIM FOR THE BOOK: "Lady Susan remains deliciously wicked" (Vogue); "Very, very funny" (New York Times), "[A] delicately sincere inversion of Austen's amused irony" (New York Review of Books); "Quirky and hilarious" (Publishers Weekly); "An eccentrically cheeky tribute" (New Yorker) A sharp comedy of manners, and a fie... read more
Perfect for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan's The Engagement or Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project, The Reminders follows what happens when a girl who can't forget befriends a man who's desperate to remember.Grief-stricken over his partner Sydney's death, Gavin sets fire to every reminder in the couple's home before fleeing Los Angeles for New Jersey, where he hopes to find peace with the family ... read more
From the creator of the sensation Postmodern Jukebox--with millions of fans globally--comes an inspirational memoir about discovering what you love and turning it into a creative movement. With student loan debt piling up and no lucrative gigs around the corner, Scott Bradlee found himself in a situation all too familiar to struggling musicians and creative professionals, unsure whether he sho... read more
A Chicago Review of Books Most Anticipated Fiction Book of 2018A New York Post and Entertainment Weekly Must-Read Book "Fast-paced, energetic, searing. There are moments in Steve Kistulentz's Panorama that will take your breath away." ---Daniel Alarcón, author of Lost City RadioRichard MacMurray, a cable news talking head, is paid handsomely to pontificate on the issues of the moment. On New Y... read more
A striking debut novel about an unforgettable childhood, by a Nigerian writer the New York Times has crowned "the heir to Chinua Achebe."Told by nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel-esque story of a childhood in Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his... read more
Perfect for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan's The Engagement or Graeme Simpson's The Rosie Project, The Reminders follows what happens when a girl who can't forget befriends a man who's desperate to remember.Grief-stricken over his partner Sydney's death, Gavin sets fire to every reminder in the couple's home before fleeing Los Angeles for New Jersey, where he hopes to find peace with the family ... read more
An arresting and absorbing novel that spans decades, drawing us into the turbulent lives of a family in Southern California after the sudden death of the fatherBeginning in 1962 with a shocking loss, Shining Sea quickly pulls us into the lives of forty-three -year-old Michael Gannon's widow and offspring. Brilliantly described and utterly alive on the page, the Gannon clan find themselves char... read more
"A careful, detailed, hard-nosed assessment of what is needed both for individual happiness and for the welfare of the planet.... This book is so rich, so diverse...that it is best kept as an inspiring resource to be consulted over many years." Wall Street Journal Matthieu Ricard, author of the international bestseller Happiness, makes the passionate case for altruism-genuine concern for the w... read more
Ancient Egypt, 51 B.C. Sisters Arsinoe and Cleopatra face a devastating choice: to allow Rome's army to siphon power from their ailing father, or to take matters-and the dynasty-into their own handsIt's the dawn of a new era for Egypt as Cleopatra and her brother, Ptolemy, are welcomed to the throne after their father's death. But joint rule breeds its own conflicts: can the Nile be shared? Lo... read more
From the author of the worldwide bestseller Room: "Her greatest achievement yet...Emma Donoghue shows more than range with FROG MUSIC--she shows genius." -- Darin Strauss, author of Half a LifeSummer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The sur... read more
In Marcia Clark's most electrifying thriller yet, Los Angeles District Attorney Rachel Knight investigates a horrifying high school massacre. A Columbine-style shooting at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide. In the aftermath of the shooting, LA S... read more
A widow and her husband's best friend fall in love, but even if it's what the husband wanted, is it real?Firefighter Leo McGeary has always joked that, in the event of his death, he wants Garrett, his best friend and a consummate bachelor, to marry his wife, Audrey. One drunken New Year's Eve, he goes so far as to make Garrett promise to do so. Twelve years later, Leo dies in a freak skiing ac... read more
To a mother and daughter on an illuminating pilgrimage, this is what the desert said: Carry only what you need. Burn what can't be saved. Leave the remnants as an offering. When Kimberly Meyer gave birth to her first daughter, Ellie, during her senior year of college, the bohemian life of exploration she had once imagined for herself was lost in the responsibilities of single motherhood. For y... read more
Two teenagers struggle with a horrific family legacy in the sequel to Chase Novak's novel, Breed. Thirteen years ago, a radical fertility doctor helped bring Adam and Alice Twisden into the world. The treatment came at a great cost: it turned the twins' parents into barbarous animals and threatens to transform the children, too. As Adam and Alice find themselves on the brink of maturity, they ... read more
In this digital-only short story, DA Rachel Knight and her besties take a Caribbean vacation and end up solving a crime.With her besties Bailey and Toni in tow, Rachel leaves work and rainy LA behind and sets off for a much needed vacation in Aruba. Greeted by glittering sand and a balmy breeze, the three friends can't imagine anywhere more perfect. But just minutes after hitting the beach, th... read more
* Tune in to the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel on October 2nd, 2016 for the premiere of The Irresistible Blueberry Farm, based on Mary Simses' bestselling THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFÉ * A woman finds love and closure, and rediscovers herself, when she returns to her roots in the enchanting new novel from the author of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café.Newly joble... read more
Set against the seductive world of 1960s Rio de Janeiro, an exquisite debut novel about family secrets, divided loyalties, and what we're willing to do to save ourselves.This mesmerizing first novel follows a glamorous family as they prepare to leave the seeming paradise of Brazil for Canada in the wake to the mysterious disappearance--and presumed drowning--of their eldest daughter a year ear... read more
A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at fir... read more
An impassioned, charming, and hilarious debut novel about a young woman's coming-of-age, during one of the harshest whaling seasons in the history of New South Wales. 1908: It's the year that proves to be life-changing for our teenage narrator, Mary Davidson, tasked with providing support to her father's boisterous whaling crews while caring for five brothers and sisters in the wake of their m... read more
Escape to Provence this summer with the "brave, funny" sequel to Elizabeth Bard's bestselling Lunch in Paris (Diane Johnson).Ten years ago, New Yorker Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris. Now, with a baby on the way, Elizabeth takes another leap of faith with her husband when they move to Provence and open an artisanal ice cre... read more
All hell breaks loose in the liberal bubble when a mother's life spirals out of control when she's forced to rethink her bleeding heart ideals. For Karen Kipple, it isn't enough that she works full-time in the non-profit sector for an organization that helps children from disadvantaged homes. She's also determined to live her personal life in accordance with her ideals. This means sending her ... read more
*USA Today Bestseller* Named one of the 9 Most Addictive Books of 2017 (So Far) by Kirkus, a Happily Ever After read by USA Today, one of Entertainment Weekly's Best New Books and one of Apple's Best Books of the year so far. A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong? Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New ... read more
A fiercely beautiful novel about one woman's struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal, from one of the greatest storytellers of our time One night, in the dead of winter, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Broodingly handsome, worldly, and charismatic, Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, a self-proclaimed holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the mono... read more
Named a Notable Book of 2016 by the Washington Post, one of Kirkus Reviews' "Best 100 Fiction Books of 2016," and one of Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan's 10 Best Books of 2016*The latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room* In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a... read more
The astonishing first-person account of Mississippi pioneer woman struggling to survive, protect her family and make a home in the early American SouthNear the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton (1866 - c.1936) began recording her experiences in the backwoods of the Mississippi Delta. The result is this astonishing first-person account of a pioneer woman who braved grueling work, profound tra... read more
Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff, author of the #1 bestseller Cleopatra, provides an electrifying, fresh view of the Salem witch trials. The panic began early in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece began to writhe and roar. It spread quickly, confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, husba... read more
Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey. Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of the new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and keen to shrug off the socialist politics of her childhood, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who's pined for Eva for years, embarks on a physics PhD, ... read more
*In development with HBO as a series starring Julia Roberts* * Instant New York Times Bestseller * Named a Notable Book of 2016 by the Washington Post, one of Amazon's Top 100 Books of the Year, one of New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books, one of The Guardian's Best Books of 2016, one of NPR's Best Books of 2016, a Must-Read Book of 2016 by PopSugar, one of EW's 20 Best Books of 2016... read more
NATIONAL BESTSELLER“Lichtman has written what may be the most important book of the year.” —The Hill"It is still striking to see the full argument unfold and realize that you don’t have to be a zealot to imagine some version of it happening…Lies. Abuse of power. Treason. Crimes against humanity. Martial law. Lichtman throws everything Trump’s way.." —Washington Post Professor Allan J. Lichtman... read more
From the author of Burial Rites, "a literary novel with the pace and tension of a thriller that takes us on a frightening journey towards an unspeakable tragedy."-Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the WaterBased on true events in nineteenth century Ireland, Hannah Kent's startling new novel tells the story of three women, drawn together to rescue a child from ... read more
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