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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Overview

I am a literary agent representing most genres of fiction and non-fiction. 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)
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
History
Political Science & Current Affairs

Certifications

  • Member Association of Author Representatives (AAR)

Work experience

Literary Agent

Self-employed
January, 2008 – Present (about 13 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 (8 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 21 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Deborah Trahan
Collaborating with Andy on my query letter has become one of the best experiences of my writing journey. If you're looking for a professional to access your letter and give you realistic feedback, he's your guy. It's good to note that he's been in the editing/agenting business for years and offers a plethora of advice beyond the consideration of your query. He needs to be placed at the top of ...
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Deborah Trahan, February 2021

Andy Ross
Deb - you make me blush. Thanks for the kind words - and good writing.

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David Zacharias
Was great to work with Andy. Friendly, knowledgeable, punctual and professional. I highly recommend him.

David Zacharias, December 2020


Frank Aversa
Andy was quick to respond and gave helpful and honest advice.

Frank Aversa, December 2020


alan geik
I'm so glad I chose Andy Ross to edit my manuscript—a true crime non fiction work. He brought so much insight to his editing. I say this as someone who was a film/digital editor at a major Hollywood studio and television network for much of my career. In addition to many comments and grammar fixes throughout Andy pointed out several structural issues that only a well practiced editor with a f...
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alan geik, November 2020

Andy Ross
Thanks Alan. You did wonderful work.

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Robert Johnson
I found Andy to be very accessible and very easy to work with. He responded quickly and clearly. I thought his feedback was useful and I got the distinct sense that he was speaking from considerable experience.

Robert Johnson, November 2020

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