Andrea Hurst

Andrea Hurst – Editor

25 years editing/agenting debut and bestselling commercial fiction. Penguin/RH, St. Martins, Amazon. Expert eye for story and market.

Overview

With over 25 years experience in book publishing, I basically wear three hats as a developmental editor, literary agent, and bestselling Amazon author. This varied experience allows me to give you in-depth feedback on how to improve your book and prepare for pitching and publication. I offer constructive, compassionate editorial suggestions without sacrificing the original vision for your story. I am available throughout the editorial process by email and offer a comprehensive written evaluation with all edits. Consulting is available to go over publishing options, query letter editing and pitching and self publishing as well. work with both bestselling and emerging new authors to help polish their work through a detailed developmental edit for publication. Many of my clients have gone on to get agents and book deals.

Whether you are going traditional or self-publishing, I can help you bring the best out in your work to compete in today's marketplace. With an extensive developmental edit, I include edits and comments in track changes within the manuscript and a full written report. A query letter critique can be included for an additional charge. I also offer a comprehensive service for queries that includes a full edit of the query letter draft with up to a two page synopsis and a thirty minute consult to go over your letter and pitching strategy.

I have had the privilege to work with many bestselling and award winning authors in genres of thriller/suspense, women's fiction, historical fiction, romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy adult and YA, and literary fiction. In nonfiction I work with memoir, self-help/personal growth, and prescriptive. Recent authors include: Catherine Ryan Hyde, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Marko Kloos, Nancy Herkness, DM Pulley, Marc Allen Edelheit, Evan Currie, Craig Schaefer, Ashley Farley, Boo Walker, Suzanne Kelman, and many more. I enjoy working with enthusiastic new and published authors with a desire to learn, grow, and succeed in the publishing business.

I've worked as an instructor for MFA creative writing programs, a conference teacher, and a webinar presenter for Writers’ Digest. As a literary agent, books I have worked with, both well-crafted fiction and high profile adult nonfiction have gone on to publication, appeared on the Oprah Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, National Geographic network, and in the NY Times. I work with Penguin Random House authors, St. Martins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sourcebooks, Hay House, Lake Union Publishing, 47 North, Montlake, Thomas & Mercer, New World Library, and many more.

I look forward to working with you and your book and making it the best it can be.

" Andrea is nothing short of a literary wizard, with astounding editing prowess. No one I’ve encountered is better at finding the cracks in the foundation of a story, and even better, she knows how to fix them." Boo Walker bestselling author of An Unfinished Story and the Red Mountain series.

"Special thanks to Andrea H., my superb developmental editor and fellow animal lover, who applies both sensitivity and a tough eye to make my books better, faster, stronger."
~Nancy Herkness, bestselling, award-winning author of The Place I Belong and the Whisper Horse Series.

"Thanks to my developmental editor, Andrea H., who suggested ALL THE CHANGES. She made me rewrite the stuff that sucked until it didn’t, and it’s a much better novel for that."
~Marko Kloos bestselling author of Terms of Enlistment and the Frontline Series.

"The insights and feedback that Andrea gave me not only helped improve my book, but also made me a better writer. She and her staff are extremely friendly and professional–it was a true pleasure working with Andrea H. and Associates."
~ David Estes - YA Author
Services
Fiction
Epic Fantasy Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Psychological Thriller Science Fiction Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Health & Wellbeing
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Authors
Certifications
  • BA Expressive Arts

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 1994 — Present

I have worked in the publishing business for over 25 years in various capacities. My expertise is as a developmental editor for fiction and nonfiction for the Amazon publishing imprints including Lake Union Publishing, 47 North, Montlake, and Thomas & Mercer and authors for major New York publishers including Penguin Random House, and many others.

Portfolio

From Book 1: The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you're restricted to two thousand calories of... read more
They are the fatemarked. Misunderstood. Worshipped. Hated. Murdered at birth. Their time to step into the light has come. An ancient prophecy foretold their coming, the chosen few who will bring peace to a land embroiled in a century of mistrust and war. When ... read more
Have You Seen Luis Velez?

Catherine Ryan Hyde

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a moving novel about two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with ... read more
“A new series that promises to be just as engrossing [as Frontlines]…the action just as exciting, the science just as solid, the tension just as high. I gulped down the first book in a day, and I am already eager for the next one.” —George R. R. MartinAcross t... read more
The Buried Book

D. M. Pulley

When Althea Leary abandons her nine-year-old son, Jasper, he’s left on his uncle’s farm with nothing but a change of clothes and a Bible.It’s 1952, and Jasper isn’t allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He’s lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth... read more
Sweet Tea Tuesdays

Ashley Farley

Three best friends met every Tuesday for twenty-six years. And then they stopped. From the author of the bestselling Sweeney Sisters Series comes a novel of friendship, family, and hope.When new next-door neighbors Georgia, Midge, and Lula first assembled on G... read more
Boy Underground: A Novel

Hyde, Catherine Ryan

Seven Perfect Things: A Novel

Hyde, Catherine Ryan

From Book 1: Self-made billionaire Nathan Trainor feels restless and disillusioned. His company may be thriving, but he can’t find a woman who sees him for more than his wealth. With his love life in the red, he meets two other billionaire bachelors at the ult... read more
Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lem... read more
Ghosts of Gotham

Craig Schaefer

Irresistibly drawn to mysteries, if only to debunk them, reporter Lionel Page exposes supernatural frauds, swindlers, and charlatans. His latest case is an obsession—at least for an ancient and wealthy heiress: verify the authenticity of a lost Edgar Allan Poe... read more
The fourth installment of the award-winning Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer series is here!A nobleman from an infamous family, imperial legionary officer, and born fighter, Ben Stiger is trapped in the past and cut off from everything he has known.... read more
The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you're restricted to two thousand calories of badly flavor... read more
A darkness grows outside the Academy. But the biggest threat comes from within…It’s finally here: After four boring years of underclassman studies, I’m beyond ready to move up into the New York Academy of Magic’s advanced program. Tougher classes, real-world a... read more
"One of 15 Series to Read if You Enjoyed The Hunger Games" --BuzzfeedIn a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms. After her parents a... read more
A war was fought. Humanity lost.Time for a rematch.The world fell, the invaders won, and Demons now ruled what had once been man's domain. The great works of a once powerful civilization lie in ruins, its people having forgotten the wonders of their forefather... read more
Magnolia Nights

Ashley Farley

From the author of the bestselling Sweeney Sister Series and Sweet Tea Tuesdays comes a new novel of passion, intrigue and redemption. Ellie Pringle has spent endless hours and countless dollars working with a therapist to remember the lost years of her childh... read more
Humankind may have won the battle, but a new threat looms larger than ever before…Earth’s armed forces have stopped the Lanky advance and chased their ships out of the solar system, but for CDC officer Andrew Grayson, the war feels anything but won. On Mars, t... read more
Self-made billionaire Nathan Trainor feels restless and disillusioned. His company may be thriving, but he can’t find a woman who sees him for more than his wealth. With his love life in the red, he meets two other billionaire bachelors at the ultra-exclusive ... read more
In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer's even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely. Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low ... read more
After rescuing her father and younger sister, Adele is forced to leave her family and Tristan behind to find her mother in the cruel and dangerous realm of the star dwellers. Amidst blossoming feelings for Adele, Tristan must cast his feelings aside and let he... read more
This box set includes all four books in the Amazon Bestselling Heir of Dragons series, featuring over 1100+ pages of magic, dragon shifters, adventure, and romance!A secret organization. A murderous ancient order. A destiny she can’t ignore.Kaylee Richards is ... read more
No One's Home

D. M. Pulley

For fans of The Haunting of Hill House comes a dark tale of a mansion haunted by a legacy of tragedy and a family trapped by lies.Margot and Myron Spielman move to a new town, looking for a fresh start and an escape from the long shadow of their past. But soon... read more
Heaven Adjacent

Catherine Ryan Hyde

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a bittersweet novel about healing old wounds and finding a new place to call home…Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partne... read more
USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackwood fans the flames of desire in her smoking-hot series about firefighters and the women who want them…Unemployed schoolteacher Erin Jenkins is back in Portland, the town she hasn’t called home for more than a decade... read more
Magnolia Nights

Ashley Farley

From the author of the bestselling Sweeney Sister Series and Sweet Tea Tuesdays comes a new novel of passion, intrigue and redemption. Ellie Pringle has spent endless hours and countless dollars working with a therapist to remember the lost years of her childh... read more
Allie and Bea : A Novel

Catherine Ryan Hyde

An Amazon Charts bestseller.Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean... read more
The Dead Key

D. M. Pulley

2014 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Grand Prize and Mystery & Thriller Fiction WinnerIt’s 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years ... read more
One of my passions is providing individuals with tools to help them succeed. Another passion is my interest in the brain, especially as it relates to cognitive functioning and emotional intelligence. For over 30 years, I have combined both of these passions in... read more
Heartwarming and Heart-Opening Stories Gathered from Decades of Medical PracticeBernie Siegel first wrote about miracles when he was a practicing surgeon and founded Exceptional Cancer Patients, a groundbreaking synthesis of group, individual, dream, and art t... read more
2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award -- Single Subject categoryAs an affordable, delicious, and nutritious protein, poultry is a staple of a modern global diet that transcends continents and cultures. Chicken Noodle Soup, Buffalo Wings, Duck à l'Orange, and ... read more
Passionate, idealistic, young Matt Whiteside has just landed the job of his dreams. Dressed to kill and running on pure ambition, he enters the ranks of mortgage-backed securities trader twice his age, for one of the most prestigious firms in San Francisco.Lif... read more
Say Goodbye for Now

Catherine Ryan Hyde

“Catherine Ryan Hyde delivers once again with this feel-good story guaranteed to be a hit…” —RedbookOn an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that a... read more
Worthy

Catherine Ryan Hyde

They might’ve been a family.Virginia finally had the chance to explore a relationship with Aaron when he asked her on a date. She had been waiting, hoping that the widower and his young son, Buddy, would welcome her into their lives. But a terrible tragedy str... read more
Ask Him Why

Catherine Ryan Hyde

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes the stunning and emotional story of a young soldier’s unthinkable act…and the bonds of a sister and brother’s love.Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to... read more
The Language of Hoofbeats

Catherine Ryan Hyde

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of the heartbreak and healing power of family. New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled S... read more
From Book 1: Harmony Black is much more than your average FBI special agent. In addition to being a practicing witch, she’s also an operative for Vigilant Lock, an off-the-books program created to battle occult threats—by any means necessary. Despite her dedic... read more
Harmony Black is much more than your average FBI special agent. In addition to being a practicing witch, she’s also an operative for Vigilant Lock, an off-the-books program created to battle occult threats—by any means necessary. Despite her dedication to figh... read more
Newly divorced, Avery Hart returns home to Wildwood eager to take on her dream opportunity and transform her family’s dive bar into her own bakery. The contractor for hire isn’t just a master with his hands—he’s big, built, and wears a tool belt like nobody’s ... read more
Winner of the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Bronze Award for Fantasy!!!The empire has endured many centuries but is now threatened by multiple wars and a major rebellion in the South. A nobleman from an infamous family, imperial legionary officer, and a born... read more
Salem’s Revenge strikes without warning or mercy, ravaging the powerless human race under the forces of united gangs of witches, wizards, and warlocks. During the slaughter, Rhett Carter's foster parents and sister are killed, and his best friend and girlfrien... read more
This edition of Odyssey One has been completely edited and remastered to correct the typos and content issues that reviewers commented on in the original edition.Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lies a galaxy and universe ... read more
Marissa Rooney stands in her daughter’s empty dorm room, a half-used vial of insulin clutched in her trembling hand. Brooke has been missing for days. Her roommate hasn’t seen her since that night in the bar. And if Marissa has Brooke’s insulin, it means that ... read more
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage.Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and s... read more

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Alex A.

Alex A.

Apr, 2024

Andrea provided in depth feedback that helped me locate my problems within my manuscript. I can't thank her enough!
Andrea H.
Thank you, Alex. You were a pleasure to work with and I know you will do great things with your manuscript!
Dan L.

Dan L.

Apr, 2024

Andrea's review was thoughtful and extremely helpful. I had asked her to review my query letter and first two chapters, and in light of her feedback, I tweaked my query letter and have been re-editing my entire manuscript to ensure her recommendations are incorporated throughout.
Murray H.

Murray H.

Apr, 2024

Andrea helped me with a query letter for my novel. She provided a detailed report, helpful feedback in track changes and answered a number of questions. Andrea's advice about choosing comp titles first (as the manuscript covers different genres) gave me a way forward. Andrea answers messages promptly and is easy and pleasant to deal with. Her level of expertise and extensive experience in the w...
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Brian W.

Brian W.

Apr, 2024

Andrea's Developmetal Edit helped me a great deal. She guided me to put a finger on areas that I vaguely knew needed stregnthening but couldn't say why. Her report was kind, generous, and incredibly thorough going through all areas of what was, in my case, a a legnthy and complex novel. Where there were recommendations, she also made sure to point out places where that issue was tackled well wi...
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Andrea H.
Thank you Brian! You are a talented writer and I know you will do great things with your project.
Michael K.

Michael K.

Apr, 2024

I loved working with Andrea. Highly recommend her.
Andrea H.
You are a great writer. Good luck! Andrea

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