Ann Leslie Tuttle

Ann Leslie Tuttle – Editor

Over 25 years' book publishing experience editing debut, established and bestselling authors.


As an editor for over 20 years at Harlequin Books (part of Harper Collins) and as an agent for five, I've worked with a number of NYT, USA Today and PW bestselling authors as well as debut fiction writers. I am especially drawn to projects that are female-focused and project messages of empowerment and hope and love and especially appreciate finding and nurturing talented new voices.

I have taught romance writing at Marymount College in NYC and have participated in panel discussions and led workshops at writers conferences throughout the United States, Australia and New Zealand. I also participate regularly at various pitching events, meet and work with editors at the Big 5 publishers, and conferences like Thrillerfest and The Writer's Hotel. These interactions keep me apprised of what is and is not selling in the current fiction market, especially in the areas of women's fiction, thrillers, romance, historical fiction, mysteries and Middle Grade fiction.

Over the years of editing manuscripts, I've loved to share ideas with authors during an editorial assessment, developmental edit or even query letter review. In my edits and assessments, I try to provide detailed, encouraging and actionable feedback that shows what is working especially well and what needs revision. I try to be gentle and nurturing in my edits and assessments but also comprehensive. It's my hope that the editorial process also allows the author to grow in their craft and leaves the writer feeling energized about their current project.

I've always had a love of books and appreciation of the writing process. Prior to entering publishing, I earned my B.A. degree at the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from the University of Virginia. I look forward to hearing from writers about their projects and sharing how I might be able to help strengthen their work.

Contemporary Fiction Contemporary Romance Cozy Mysteries Historical Fiction Historical Romance Psychological Thriller Romantic Comedy Women's Fiction
English (US)
  • Editor of the Year, NYC RWA Chapter

Work experience

Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Sep, 2017 — Present

In my current position, I continue to brainstorm and provide editorial feedback to the clients I represent who write in a variety of fiction genres. I have frequent meetings with industry professionals and that, combined with speaking at and attending writers’ conferences, keep me current on trends in the competitive marketplace.

Harlequin Books

Jan, 1997 — Aug, 2017 (over 20 years)

Managed various lines of books, including paranormals and contemporary romance. Acquired and edited a diverse range of authors writing in all the romance sub-genres, e.g. historicals, contemporary, paranormals, romantic suspense and inspirationals. Worked with several NYT and USA Today bestselling authors, including Sylvia Day, Megan Hart, Julia London, and Lisa Renee Jones.


Hawaii, 1944. The Pacific battles of World War II continue to threaten American soil, and on the home front, the bonds of friendship and the strength of love are tested.Violet Iverson and her young daughter, Ella, are piecing their lives together one year afte... read more
In Debbie Herbert's debut novel, there are two secrets, each one with a deadly consequence… Shelly Connors's worlds—on land and in the sea—are turned upside down when an evening swim turns into a nightmare. On a sweltering night deep in the bayou, the mystical... read more
Sylvia Sandon is at a crossroads in her life. A wife and mother of two daughters, she and her city-planner husband grapple with the escalating renovation of their antique farmhouse--a situation that mirrors the disarray in Sylvia's life. Facing a failing marri... read more
When opposites attract, the sparks ignite more than they bargained for… Dylan Tehauno is a hotshot, an expert in preventing and fighting forest fires. He knows that the inferno that killed a tech billionaire was no accident—and he suspects that he and filmmake... read more
A young widow puts her sexy suitors to the test in New York Times bestselling author Julia London's scintillating return to the idyllic Scottish Highlands. Widowed and forced to remarry in three years' time or forfeit her son's inheritance, Daisy Bristol, Lady... read more
In Rhyannon Byrd's latest Bloodrunners romance, passion and secrets collide and only their love will save two werewolves and their pack. With his sharp gaze locked on the most magnificent female he'd ever seen, Wyatt Pallaton did his best to hold himself back.... read more
Native American legends and the fairy world combine in a bayou filled with danger, deception and deadly secrets… As a shadow hunter of ancient, evil spirits, Chulah Rivers is used to strange creatures and happenings in the bayou. But when April Meadows appears... read more
Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can't say I wasn't warned. Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I'd worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of... read more

Ann Leslie has 116 reviews





maria Z.

maria Z.

Sep, 2023

Ann Leslie was highly professional. Very insightful, concise, clear and timely with all her communications. I would highly recommend her. She made a significant, positive impact on my book.
Cheryl G.

Cheryl G.

Aug, 2023

I loved working with Ann Leslie and plan to work with her again. She was kind, encouraging, and thoughtful in her comments about my manuscript. She told me she enjoyed reading my story which was huge. I have a 5-page revision letter with clear, insightful, and practical information that will keep me busy for a while. I am very grateful she agreed to read my story. It is a wonderful thing to rec...
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Claire A.

Claire A.

Jul, 2023

I highly recommend Ann Leslie. She was thorough, thoughtful and prompt with her feedback. She was encouraging and also honest where my manuscript needed some work.
Lucille G.

Lucille G.

Jul, 2023

Ann Leslie’s developmental edits and suggestions were very helpful and gave me a more focused idea on how and where to take my story. I have a clearer vision for it now. Her turnaround time was quite fast and she gets right back to you with answers to any questions.
Kata Č.

Kata Č.

Jun, 2023

Ann Leslie was professional, insightful, and prompt.

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