Andy Ross

Andy Ross - Editor

Oakland, CA, USA

I am a literary agent and freelance developmental book editor. I also edit and consult on query letters and non-fiction book proposals.

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I am a literary agent representing most genres of fiction and non-fiction. My clients include Daniel Ellsberg, Fritjof Capra, Tawni Waters, Susan Griffin, Jeff Arch, and Jeffrey Moussaiev Masson. I am also a freelance editor working with literary, commercial, and YA fiction as well as narrative non-fiction genres. I do developmental editing of complete texts and editorial consulting and assessment of shorter portions. Additionally, I consult and edit book proposals, query letters, and provide advice on how to get published. I am the author of The Literary Agent's Guide to Writing a Non-fiction Book Proposal and I have given classes and presentations at numerous writers conferences and writing workshops throughout the country. Since I have had extensive experience submitting books to acquisition editors at the major book publishers, I try to help shape projects based on my understanding of how book acquisition decisions get made.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Political Science & Current Affairs
Sociology
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Literary Agent

Self-employed
January, 2008 – Present (over 14 years)

I am the author of The Literary Agent's Guide to Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal. As an agent, I have worked with authors in a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres. I also do developmental editing on complete manuscripts, editorial assessment on partials, and consulting on query letters and non-fiction book proposals.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Literary Agent's Guide to Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Andy Ross

To get your non-fiction book acquired by a commercial publisher, you are going to have to write a book proposal. This book, written by literary agent, Andy Ross, will lead you through the steps to constructing a convincing book proposal that will make the best case possible for your project. Writing a great book proposal shouldn’t be a daunting task if you have a great idea for a book. Andy Ro... read more

To get your non-fiction book acquired by a commercial publisher, you are going to have to write a book proposal. This book, written by literary agent, Andy Ross, will lead you through the steps to constructing a convincing book proposal that will make the best case possible for your project. Writing a great book proposal shouldn’t be a daunting task if you have a great idea for a book. Andy Ro... read more

Beauty of the Broken

Tawni Waters

In this lyrical, heartwrenching story about a forbidden first love, a teen seeks the courage to care for another girl despite her small town’s bigotry and her father’s violent threats.Growing up in conservative small-town New Mexico, fifteen-year-old Mara was never given the choice to be different. Her parents—an abusive, close-minded father and a detached alcoholic mother—raised Mara to be li... read more

In this lyrical, heartwrenching story about a forbidden first love, a teen seeks the courage to care for another girl despite her small town’s bigotry and her father’s violent threats.Growing up in conservative small-town New Mexico, fifteen-year-old Mara was never given the choice to be different. Her parents—an abusive, close-minded father and a detached alcoholic mother—raised Mara to be li... read more

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Daniel Ellsberg

Shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in NonfictionFinalist for The California Book Award in NonfictionThe San Francisco Chronicle’s Best of 2017 ListIn These Times “Best Books of 2017”Huffington Post’s Ten Excellent December Books List LitHub’s “Five Books Making News This Week”From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of ... read more

Shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in NonfictionFinalist for The California Book Award in NonfictionThe San Francisco Chronicle’s Best of 2017 ListIn These Times “Best Books of 2017”Huffington Post’s Ten Excellent December Books List LitHub’s “Five Books Making News This Week”From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of ... read more

Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

In his previous bestsellers, Masson has showed us that animals can teach us much about our own emotions--love (dogs), contentment (cats), and grief (elephants), among others. In Beasts, he demonstrates that the violence we perceive in the "wild" is a matter of projection. Animals predators kill to survive, but animal aggression is not even remotely equivalent to the violence of mankind. Humans... read more

In his previous bestsellers, Masson has showed us that animals can teach us much about our own emotions--love (dogs), contentment (cats), and grief (elephants), among others. In Beasts, he demonstrates that the violence we perceive in the "wild" is a matter of projection. Animals predators kill to survive, but animal aggression is not even remotely equivalent to the violence of mankind. Humans... read more

The Woman in Black

Erik Tarloff

Chance Hardwick, the fictitious star of the breakout film Plains and Hills, is widely considered the greatest, most charismatic young movie actor of the postwar generation. However, his meteoric rise to fame and his tragic demise have remained an inexplicable puzzle to all who knew him, as well as to his millions of fans around the world.But all these years later, famed producer and film histo... read more

Chance Hardwick, the fictitious star of the breakout film Plains and Hills, is widely considered the greatest, most charismatic young movie actor of the postwar generation. However, his meteoric rise to fame and his tragic demise have remained an inexplicable puzzle to all who knew him, as well as to his millions of fans around the world.But all these years later, famed producer and film histo... read more

The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II

Mary Jo McConahay

One of WW2 Reads "Top 20 Must-Read WWII Books of 2018""A long-overdue history...a fascinating read." ―Jon Lee Anderson, Staff Writer, The New Yorker, author Che Guevara "Fast-paced and informative, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand World War II..." ―Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)"What a dazzling array of stories...entertaining, original." ―Stephen Kinzer, aut... read more

One of WW2 Reads "Top 20 Must-Read WWII Books of 2018""A long-overdue history...a fascinating read." ―Jon Lee Anderson, Staff Writer, The New Yorker, author Che Guevara "Fast-paced and informative, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand World War II..." ―Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)"What a dazzling array of stories...entertaining, original." ―Stephen Kinzer, aut... read more

The Girl Who Wouldn't Die

Randall Platt

It’s 1939 in Poland and Arab (don’t call her Abra Goldstein) knows that being Jewish doesn’t pay. Neither does being a girl. No, Arab will tell you that claiming any people at all can get a person killed—and she’s not about to let this war take her down.So as the Nazi occupation goose steps its way into Warsaw, Arab plans to survive the way she always has: take to the streets, king her gang, a... read more

It’s 1939 in Poland and Arab (don’t call her Abra Goldstein) knows that being Jewish doesn’t pay. Neither does being a girl. No, Arab will tell you that claiming any people at all can get a person killed—and she’s not about to let this war take her down.So as the Nazi occupation goose steps its way into Warsaw, Arab plans to survive the way she always has: take to the streets, king her gang, a... read more

The Long Ride Home

Tawni Waters

After the loss of her mother, Harley can barely handle her grief. But the start of summer marks new beginnings, and Harley leaves for a cross-country road trip to scatter her mother's ashes with Dean, her friend (with benefits). The two ride by motorcycle, reconnecting with people who knew her mother along the way.But it's not long before Harley realizes she's pregnant...with Dean's child. And... read more

After the loss of her mother, Harley can barely handle her grief. But the start of summer marks new beginnings, and Harley leaves for a cross-country road trip to scatter her mother's ashes with Dean, her friend (with benefits). The two ride by motorcycle, reconnecting with people who knew her mother along the way.But it's not long before Harley realizes she's pregnant...with Dean's child. And... read more

Andy has 36 reviews

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Morgan Hatch
A pleasure working with Andy. Gave me the feedback I needed to hear. Would highly recommend Andy.

Morgan Hatch, June 2022


Doc Varga
Andy is a brilliant and experienced pro in the literary field. His extensive knowledge of publishing, marketing, pitching, and storytelling took our collaboration far beyond a simple query review. He genuinely cared about the outcome of my project and armed me with a host of new tactics and insights. My query letter is now tight and spot-on where it needs to be. I highly recommend his services.

Doc Varga, June 2022


Tracey Lampley
I found Andy attentive. He asked questions about my plot that proved helpful in my revision. His developmental editing not only improved my plot, but the editing improved my writing. He's a good communicator who offers relevant suggestions.

Tracey Lampley, June 2022


John Lane
Very helpful in providing direction, positive criticism, and ways to improve the book

John Lane, June 2022


Scott Snyder
Andy is frank, constructive, and on time. He made some exemplary changes on my .docx file, referred me to reading material, and discussed overall strucutre. I have presented writing to him on three occasions now, and each time I feel like I improve in leaps and bounds. His fees are very reasonable.

Scott Snyder, March 2022

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