Andy Kifer

Andy Kifer - Editor

New York, NY, USA

A keen, devoted editor who loves storytelling in all of its forms, with nearly a decade of experience at the center of NYC publishing.

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Reviews (9)
From my earliest conversations with Andy, I found he was that rare editorial specimen: someone to be trusted with my sentences.
- David Epstein, author of the New York Times-bestselling The Sports Gene (Penguin)

Andy Kifer is one of the most astute and sensitive readers it's ever been my pleasure to work with.
- Garth Risk Hallberg, author of the New York Times-bestselling City on Fire (Knopf)

Andy Kifer was the best editor I’ve ever had. He spent seven months helping me beat the weird, formless mess of my first novel into shape with endless sensitivity, warmth and wisdom, and I felt in his every line edit an absolute and focused devotion to the minutiae of my book. I miss his razor keen eye for writing every day, and my novels - all of them - are written for him.
- Tom Toner, author of The Promise of the Child, Weight of the World, and Tropic of Eternity (Gollancz)

My first two novels would not exist without Andy Kifer's editorial guidance. Whether he’s helping with the bigger picture questions that confront writers early on - such as realizing the overall shape of a novel, or helping to solve problems of character or plot - or in later stages, with attentive line-by-line edits, Andy is a keen reader, critically insightful, honest, and articulate. He is professional, courteous and prompt - but maybe best of all, Andy doesn’t try to force his vision onto a novel, but rather assists writers he works with to excavate their own best writing. Working with Andy is an excellent experience.
- Tom Sweterlitsch, author of The Gone World and Tomorrow and Tomorrow (Putnam, optioned for film by Fox and Sony)

Writing is done in isolation, and it is often a solitary art, so a writer - like a manuscript -needs an interested and invested companion. Andy Kifer has a gift for seeing a book at a measure more distant than we do as writers, thus seeing it at its full depth. It would be accurate to say that he understood the circuitry of my story better than I did. He understood the paths the characters needed to travel, he recognized those that needed to be abandoned, and we worked, reworked, and reworked again the final chapter until those sentences sang. When we were finished, the book was stronger, more elegant, and better balanced, and after the book was sold for publication, relatively little work remained to be done by the editor who bought it. I would never have published this book without Andy’s dedication to my novel, and to me.
- Daniel Lowe, author of All That’s Left to Tell (Flatiron Books), long listed for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Award

Working with Andy on my first novel, he saw instantly what the book was after—what it wanted to be and how it wanted to get there—and from there he proceeded with the intelligence and skill of a master diagnostician. It’s this empathy for the writer’s project, his antenna for the things that have fired the writer’s imagination, that sets Andy apart. He brings the heart, brain, patience and temperament required to tease out the best in books.
- J. Bradford Hipps, author of The Adventurist (St. Martin’s Press)

I had the pleasure of working with Andy on a debut novel. It was clear that way before the manuscript landed on my desk, Andy helped the author immensely editorially to get the book into a shape that made me want to buy it. Andy knows the high-bar books have to clear in order to find publishing homes.
-Amy Einhorn, Vice President & Publisher, Flatiron Books

I pray every writer has the opportunity to experience something like the relationship I’ve had with Andy Kifer. From the very first white hot and frayed draft, Andy believed in this project and fought like a dog for it. So long as there are folks in the literature industry with Andy’s quality of integrity and heart, there is still hope for art.
- Tim Taranto, author of Ars Botanica (Curbside Splendor)

"Andy is an exceptional reader: shrewd, knowledgeable, articulate, honest, sensitive, generous, and inspiring."
- Lisa Halliday, Whiting Award-winning author of the nationally bestselling Asymmetry (Simon & Schuster)

"Andy was absolutely instrumental in helping get my first novel published. He is a keen reader and a deft editor—I’d recommend him highly to any writer, experienced or aspiring."
- Christopher Scotton, author of the national bestseller The Secret Wisdom of the Earth (Grand Central Publishing)
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Literature
Science Fiction
Thriller
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
July, 2018 – Present (12 months)

Literary Agent/Developmental Editor

The Gernert Company
April, 2012 – April, 2017 (about 5 years)

Literary Scout

Aram Fox, Inc
June, 2010 – April, 2012 (almost 2 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

Christopher Scotton

"A marvelous debut...has everything a big, thick novel should have, and I hated to put it down." - John Grisham"A page-turner." - New York Times Book ReviewFor readers of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, this is a dramatic and deeply moving novel about an act of violence in a small Appalachian town and the repercussions that will forever change a young man's view of human cruelty and compassion.Af... read more

"A marvelous debut...has everything a big, thick novel should have, and I hated to put it down." - John Grisham"A page-turner." - New York Times Book ReviewFor readers of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, this is a dramatic and deeply moving novel about an act of violence in a small Appalachian town and the repercussions that will forever change a young man's view of human cruelty and compassion.Af... read more

The Gone World

Tom Sweterlitsch

“I promise you have never read a story like this.”—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark MatterInception meets True Detective in this science fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope that follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind...Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Crimi... read more

“I promise you have never read a story like this.”—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark MatterInception meets True Detective in this science fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope that follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind...Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Crimi... read more

Asymmetry: A Novel

Lisa Halliday

NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Asymmetry is extraordinary...Halliday has written, somehow all at once, a transgressive roman a clef, a novel of ideas and a politically engaged work of metafiction.” —Alice Gregory, The New York Times Book Review “A brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal “A scorchingly intelligent first novel...Asymmetry w... read more

NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Asymmetry is extraordinary...Halliday has written, somehow all at once, a transgressive roman a clef, a novel of ideas and a politically engaged work of metafiction.” —Alice Gregory, The New York Times Book Review “A brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal “A scorchingly intelligent first novel...Asymmetry w... read more

City on Fire: A novel

Garth Risk Hallberg

National Best Seller • Named a Best Book of the Year by: New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Vogue, The Atlantic, Newsday“A novel of head-snapping ambition and heart-stopping power—a novel that attests to its young author’s boundless and unflagging talents.” —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heir... read more

National Best Seller • Named a Best Book of the Year by: New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Vogue, The Atlantic, Newsday“A novel of head-snapping ambition and heart-stopping power—a novel that attests to its young author’s boundless and unflagging talents.” —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heir... read more

All That's Left to Tell: A Novel

Daniel Lowe

A haunting, luminous debut novel about a man and his relationship with his daughter, his captor, his past, and his future.“Like Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato, All That’s Left to Tell celebrates not just the power of storytelling but the deeply human need for it in even the most dire situations. Alternately gripping and dreamy, Daniel Lowe’s debut imagines what the stories we tell reveal a... read more

A haunting, luminous debut novel about a man and his relationship with his daughter, his captor, his past, and his future.“Like Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato, All That’s Left to Tell celebrates not just the power of storytelling but the deeply human need for it in even the most dire situations. Alternately gripping and dreamy, Daniel Lowe’s debut imagines what the stories we tell reveal a... read more

Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Tom Sweterlitsch

In this “wild mash-up of Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick, and William S. Burroughs”*, a man who uses virtual reality to escape the horror of his dystopian world becomes obsessed with a mystery that could drive him mad. Pittsburgh is John Dominic Blaxton’s home even though the city has been uninhabitable ruin and ash for the past decade. The Pittsburgh Dominic lives in is the Archive, an immer... read more

In this “wild mash-up of Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick, and William S. Burroughs”*, a man who uses virtual reality to escape the horror of his dystopian world becomes obsessed with a mystery that could drive him mad. Pittsburgh is John Dominic Blaxton’s home even though the city has been uninhabitable ruin and ash for the past decade. The Pittsburgh Dominic lives in is the Archive, an immer... read more

Ars Botanica

Tim Taranto

Written as letters to his unborn child, Tim Taranto’s Ars Botanica describes the infinite pleasures of falling in love — the small discoveries of each other's otherness, the crush of desire, the frightening closeness — and the terrifying impossibility of losing someone. Through examinations of the ways in which various cultures and religions carry grief, Taranto discovers the emotional instinc... read more

Written as letters to his unborn child, Tim Taranto’s Ars Botanica describes the infinite pleasures of falling in love — the small discoveries of each other's otherness, the crush of desire, the frightening closeness — and the terrifying impossibility of losing someone. Through examinations of the ways in which various cultures and religions carry grief, Taranto discovers the emotional instinc... read more

The Invisible Mile: A Novel

David Coventry

A re-imagining of a true story, The Invisible Mile is a novel about the capacity of the human mind and body when stretched to their absolute limits, written in prose that calls to mind the works of Marilynne Robinson and John Banville, as well as Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award-winning novel The Underground Railroad. In 1928, the Ravat-Wonder cycling team became the first English-speaki... read more

A re-imagining of a true story, The Invisible Mile is a novel about the capacity of the human mind and body when stretched to their absolute limits, written in prose that calls to mind the works of Marilynne Robinson and John Banville, as well as Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award-winning novel The Underground Railroad. In 1928, the Ravat-Wonder cycling team became the first English-speaki... read more

The Adventurist: A Novel

J. Bradford Hipps

In the anonymous office park of a modern software company, whip-smart software engineer Henry Hurt is a man in the middle: of life, of career, of self-assessment. Henry is mired in his corporate responsibilities until his deathless office existence is torpedoed by the loss of his mother. Overcome by "the pall," Henry seeks escape in a quest for love and purpose, which is occasioned by a crisis... read more

In the anonymous office park of a modern software company, whip-smart software engineer Henry Hurt is a man in the middle: of life, of career, of self-assessment. Henry is mired in his corporate responsibilities until his deathless office existence is torpedoed by the loss of his mother. Overcome by "the pall," Henry seeks escape in a quest for love and purpose, which is occasioned by a crisis... read more

School of Velocity

Eric Beck Rubin

**Shortlisted for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize**Shortlisted for the 2017 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature**Finalist for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors**A CBC Books Best Canadian Debut Novel 2016**A Guardian (UK) Best Book 2016**An Observer (UK) Best Book 2016**An Amazon (UK) 2016 Rising Star (Best Debuts)A wrenching and deceptively spare debut novel about an electr... read more

**Shortlisted for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize**Shortlisted for the 2017 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature**Finalist for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors**A CBC Books Best Canadian Debut Novel 2016**A Guardian (UK) Best Book 2016**An Observer (UK) Best Book 2016**An Amazon (UK) 2016 Rising Star (Best Debuts)A wrenching and deceptively spare debut novel about an electr... read more

The Promise of the Child: Volume One of the Amaranthine Spectrum

Tom Toner

“Among the most significant works of science fiction released in recent years.”—Tor.com It is the 147th century. In the radically advanced post-human worlds of the Amaranthine Firmament, there is a contender to the Immortal throne: Aaron the Long-Life, the Pretender, a man who is not quite a man. In the barbarous hominid kingdoms of the Prism Investiture, where life is short, cheap, and danger... read more

“Among the most significant works of science fiction released in recent years.”—Tor.com It is the 147th century. In the radically advanced post-human worlds of the Amaranthine Firmament, there is a contender to the Immortal throne: Aaron the Long-Life, the Pretender, a man who is not quite a man. In the barbarous hominid kingdoms of the Prism Investiture, where life is short, cheap, and danger... read more

Moth and Spark: A Novel

Anne Leonard

A prince with a quest. A commoner with mysterious powers. And dragons that demand to be freed--at any cost.Filled with the potent mix of the supernatural and romance that made A Discovery of Witches a runaway success, Moth and Spark introduces readers to a vibrant world--and a love story they won't soon forget. Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, ... read more

A prince with a quest. A commoner with mysterious powers. And dragons that demand to be freed--at any cost.Filled with the potent mix of the supernatural and romance that made A Discovery of Witches a runaway success, Moth and Spark introduces readers to a vibrant world--and a love story they won't soon forget. Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, ... read more

Andy has 9 reviews

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Daniel Thomas
Andy was a pleasure to work with. Very responsive and professional. I hired him to provide an editorial letter for my nearly 200k word fantasy novel. He completed the letter on time and provided extremely useful and insightful feedback and suggestions that I have no doubt will strengthen my novel. He was also a pleasure to interact with in person when we met to discuss the letter. You cannot g...
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Daniel Thomas, June 2019


Vern Buzarde
Andy's assessment was extremely insightful and helpful. His evaluation was surgical in its precision but warm, like a trusted friend. Totally recommend to those looking for smart, honest input from someone who's a lover of books and knows writing.

Vern Buzarde, February 2019


Lori Alden
It’s been just over a week since I received Andy’s excellent critique of my manuscript, one that I’d thought almost done, and I’m still on fire, roughing out a new material, moving stuff around, slowing things down, deepening characters. Andy gave me exactly what I needed and wanted: a leg up to that elusive next level of writing. Because of Andy, I’ll be making some wrenching, yet much neede...
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Lori Alden, February 2019


Agent Smith
Andy was very helpful and even gave us a discount to go a route he thought would be better for us, without being greedy and unethical by charging the full amount. Andy was very knowledgable, and he gave valuable feedback.

Agent Smith, January 2019


adam ramer
Writing a novel is flooded with confusion, no matter how clear the vision. The creation sits behind glass, clinging to life support. I make the mistake of hearing a heartbeat, mixed with eagerness to watch it walk around on its own legs, and nearly release it. Andy comes in with the care of a doctor, speaks with the tone of a friend, and has the mind of an empathetic surgeon. His advice highli...
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adam ramer, November 2018

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