Anna Bierhaus

Anna Bierhaus – Editor

Experienced editor specializing in commercial fiction, romance, women's fiction, thrillers, and literary fiction

Overview

While working at the literary agency Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (SJGA), I screened thousands of nonfiction proposals, fiction synopses, and manuscripts. So I know how to make a project stand out in the slush pile. After SJGA, I was an Assistant Editor at Oxford University Press specializing in Brain Sciences. I read, organized, and readied the material for our production team. I also scouted writers for Marvel Comics as a Writer-Recruiter. I looked for writers in different mediums and helped them transition into comic writing.

Throughout my time in publishing, I helped authors develop characters, improve pacing and conflict, work through blocks, tackle tricky scenes, punch up dialogue, and make their manuscripts shine. I want to do the same for you. Much of my work experience revolves around reading on behalf of New York publishers and agencies. I know what they look for, and if publishing is your goal, I can help you get there.
Services
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Fantasy Mystery & Crime Romance Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Aug, 2013 — Present

New York University

May, 2013 — Aug, 2013 (3 months)

Taught Intro to Fiction and Poetry to awesome undergraduates

New York University

Sep, 2011 — May, 2013 (over 1 year)

Hunter College

May, 2009 — May, 2010 (about 1 year)

Marvel Comics

Apr, 2008 — May, 2009 (about 1 year)

Worked part-time at Marvel while I worked full-time at Oxford University Press

*Scouted writers from different mediums—book publishing, television, theater, film—and guided their transitions into writing comic books often through suggesting edits
*Reorganized Marvel’s writing submission process

Oxford University Press

Apr, 2008 — May, 2009 (about 1 year)

*Assessed potential projectsž
*Worked with authors on structure
*Transmitted manuscripts to the production team

Sanford J. Greenburger Associates Literary Agency

Sep, 2003 — Apr, 2008 (over 4 years)

*Edited manuscripts and proposals
*Pitched projects
*Negotiated contracts with editors
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Portfolio

Dirty Little Stay Out

D'Amico, Anthony

A farmer in Nepal notices a sudden rotting of his fingers, rapidly followed by pneumonia... then a horrific death. As a virulent, drug-resistant form of leprosy spreads in a worldwide epidemic, a warring couple sets off on a danger-filled quest for a cure. The... read more
NINE KINDS OF NAKED

Tony Vigorito

"As fanciful and inventive in its form... as it is in its observations. It fed tasty crackers to all the hungry parrots in my mental aviary." --TOM ROBBINSJoin cult favorite Tony Vigorito in his acclaimed, surreal whirlwind of a novel exploring chaos theory. A... read more
A Finalist for the PEN/ Faulkner Awardn Amazon Best Book of the Year A Washington Post Notable Book A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick One of Bustle's "Most Important Books of 2016" Named Most Anticipated Book of the Year in Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Week... read more
Philip Carlo's The Ice Man spent over six weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Top Mob Hitman. Devoted Family Man. Doting Father. For thirty years, Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski led a shocking double life, becoming the most notorious professional assa... read more
In Tune

JN Welsh

A tour manager determined to revitalize her career.The client she can’t stop thinking about.Workplace romance hits the road in this enemies-to-lovers romance from JN Welsh.Luke Anderson needs a manager—fast. His last one quit, leaving his tour and his future i... read more

Anna has 93 reviews

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David S.

David S.

Feb, 2024

Anna is absolutely wonderful! Working with her was a pleasure. I learned so much from her. Her written commentary is clear and on target, and speaking with her on the phone helped me discover even more opportunities for my writing. I recommend her without hesitation!
L E M.

L E M.

Feb, 2024

Working with Anna was a pleasure. She was timely, professional, and courteous. The comments provided were extremely educational and made me think about what I had missed. Not only were there notations made for areas of improvement but there were also encouraging and complimentary notes that gave meaningful feedback. There is no question that I would work with Anna again.
Jenna H.

Jenna H.

Jan, 2024

Anna was fantastic to work with! She came back to me with great edits, comments, and items to improve upon. Her edits and comments are going to help improve the quality of this book! I couldn't recommend her enough!
Charles W.

Charles W.

Jan, 2024

If you're looking for an editor, put Anna at the top of your list. She checks all the boxes. Responsive. Professional. Prompt. Flexible. Thorough. And she has a sense of humor. When she returned my manuscript, it was accompanied by a very insightful five-page editorial letter. The margin comments offered evidence that she had made multiple passes. Her praise wasn't phony or forced; it was offer...
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Bryan C.

Bryan C.

Dec, 2023

Anna brings kindness and professional rigour to her developmental edits. Her keen eye for detecting head-hopping issues is noteworthy and allowed me to ensure a more seamless narrative flow. Her love for reading and literature is evident in her approach, infusing her edits with a sense of care and enthusiasm. Anna's editorial guidance is not just about improving a manuscript; it's about nurtu...
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