Anna Bliss

Anna Bliss - Editor

Barrington, RI, USA

Editor of critically acclaimed works of narrative nonfiction, memoir, health and wellness, and more—with 20 years of industry experience

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Overview

My publishing journey began in New York City with internships at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Entertainment Weekly, followed by a long and lovely apprenticeship at the literary agency Sobel Weber Associates. Yearning to experience life on the “other side of the aisle,” I moved to HarperCollins as an editor, and was thrilled to find myself on the receiving end of submissions and complete manuscripts. There, I worked in a fast-paced environment with authors of every stripe—from celebrated artists and lifestyle gurus to activists, attorneys, and historians—on a broad range of fantastic books.

Subsequently, I pursued a freelance career that allowed me to return to my New England roots while acquiring projects in an at-large capacity for Lyons Press and, most recently, for The Experiment. Working with visionary authors on their extraordinary true stories—most notably Forrest Pritchard’s Gaining Ground and Start Your Farm, Kerstin Lieff’s Letters from Berlin, and Laura Jean Baker’s The Motherhood Affidavits—has been a joy and a privilege.

Additionally, I am a freelance copy editor and proofreader of both fiction and nonfiction. On my bookshelf you will find The Chicago Manual of Style, Words into Type, Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves, and a dozen more gems of fine-toothed editing.

Above all, I enjoy collaborating closely with passionate, talented individuals to raise each work to its highest literary potential. Whether you are at the earliest stages with your book project, looking for a final polish, or at any point in between, I would love to help!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Agriculture
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Health & Wellbeing
History
Parenting & Families
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Certifications

  • BA, College of Letters, Wesleyan University

Work experience

Editor-at-Large

The Experiment
January, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

Evaluate agented submissions; acquire, edit, and manage nonfiction book projects, collaborating closely with the production, art, and marketing & publicity departments to position each book optimally for its intended market.

Editor-at-Large

Globe Pequot Press
January, 2011 – October, 2014 (over 3 years)

Evaluated agented submissions; acquired and edited biography, memoir, self-help, and cookbooks for the Lyons Press and Skirt imprints of Globe Pequot Press.

Freelance Editor, Writing Coach, Consultant

Self-employed
January, 2008 – Present (over 13 years)

Provide a wide range of editing, writing, and consulting services for publishers, writers, and authors. Develop, line-edit, copyedit, and proofread works of adult nonfiction and fiction. Evaluate manuscripts. Develop book proposals. Write pitch letters, jacket copy, and other marketing copy.

Editor

HarperCollins
July, 2004 – August, 2007 (about 3 years)

Acquired, launched, edited, and guided through all phases of production and design a broad range of original trade hardcover books, including narrative nonfiction (political, memoir, cultural history), self-help books, cookbooks, illustrated books, and fiction. Maintained author and agent relations. Solicited and evaluated submissions. Restructured, developed, and line-edited manuscripts through multiple drafts. Collaborated with colleagues in publicity and marketing to position each book optimally. Wrote catalog copy, cover copy, and press releases. Prepared trade paperback editions and special limited editions.

Associate Agent, Contracts Manager

Sobel Weber Associates
October, 2000 – July, 2004 (over 3 years)

Agented artwork, articles, and books by renowned artist and author Ralph Steadman to major book publishers, magazines, newspapers, and producers, nationally and internationally. Edited adult fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, wrote reader’s reports on submissions, met with authors and editors, and presented projects at weekly editorial meetings. Negotiated all book contracts with major trade publishers and work-for-hire agreements between authors and writers. Managed all author accounting and reviewed royalty statements. Assisted in subsidiary rights submissions and sales. Handled permissions requests and copyright reversions. Corresponded with authors and editors.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Start Your Farm: The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farmer

Forrest Pritchard, Ellen Polishuk

A totally modern, all-purpose handbook for today’s agricultural dreamers—covering the challenges and triumphs of launching any successful farm—from two leading lights in sustainable farming Do you dream of starting your own farm but wonder where to begin? Or do you already have a farm but wish to become more sustainable to compete in today's market? Start Your Farm, the first comprehensive bus... read more

A totally modern, all-purpose handbook for today’s agricultural dreamers—covering the challenges and triumphs of launching any successful farm—from two leading lights in sustainable farming Do you dream of starting your own farm but wonder where to begin? Or do you already have a farm but wish to become more sustainable to compete in today's market? Start Your Farm, the first comprehensive bus... read more

The Motherhood Affidavits: A Memoir

Laura Jean Baker

“Laura Jean Baker has written a beautiful and brave memoir of motherhood and its discontents, which are indistinguishable from its joys. This is a warmly intimate yet intellectually provocative personal document of originality and considerable charm.” —Joyce Carol Oates With the birth of her first child, soon-to-be professor Laura Jean Baker finds herself electrified by oxytocin, the “love hor... read more

“Laura Jean Baker has written a beautiful and brave memoir of motherhood and its discontents, which are indistinguishable from its joys. This is a warmly intimate yet intellectually provocative personal document of originality and considerable charm.” —Joyce Carol Oates With the birth of her first child, soon-to-be professor Laura Jean Baker finds herself electrified by oxytocin, the “love hor... read more

Adventures with Zap: 107 Creative Prompts for Beginning Writers―for Earthlings Ages 4 and Up

Diane Landy

Calling all Earth kids! Meet Zap, a spunky blue alien from the planet Vox Nova. When a stowaway from Earth sneaks onto his spaceship, he makes lots of mistakes. Is the furry creature friendly? Or dangerous? Zots! Quick, grab a pencil to teach Zap about our world. Share memories, too, and make up adventures of your own. Can’t write yet? Zip–zapper–zot! Find a helper who can be your reading, wri... read more

Calling all Earth kids! Meet Zap, a spunky blue alien from the planet Vox Nova. When a stowaway from Earth sneaks onto his spaceship, he makes lots of mistakes. Is the furry creature friendly? Or dangerous? Zots! Quick, grab a pencil to teach Zap about our world. Share memories, too, and make up adventures of your own. Can’t write yet? Zip–zapper–zot! Find a helper who can be your reading, wri... read more

Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, And Saving The Family Farm

Forrest Pritchard

One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues--through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters--is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially ... read more

One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues--through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters--is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially ... read more

Letters From Berlin: A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship

Kerstin Lieff

When Margarete Dos moved with her family to Berlin on the eve of World War II, she and her younger brother were blindly ushered into a generation of Hitler Youth. Like countless citizens under Hitler’s regime, Margarete struggled to understand what was happening to her country. Later, as a nurse for the German Red Cross, she treated countless young soldiers—recruited in the eleventh hour to fi... read more

When Margarete Dos moved with her family to Berlin on the eve of World War II, she and her younger brother were blindly ushered into a generation of Hitler Youth. Like countless citizens under Hitler’s regime, Margarete struggled to understand what was happening to her country. Later, as a nurse for the German Red Cross, she treated countless young soldiers—recruited in the eleventh hour to fi... read more

Fresh Energy Cookbook: Detox Recipes To Supercharge Your Life

Natalia Rose, Doris Choi

With the publication of The Raw Food Detox Diet, Natalia Rose popularized the concept of “detox dieting.” Her principles for cleansing and revitalizing the body by emphasizing living foods and proper food combinations caught the attention of Doris Choi, personal chef and caterer to New York’s cognoscenti—and inspired a whole new culinary approach. Rose and Choi teamed up to create The Rose Pro... read more

With the publication of The Raw Food Detox Diet, Natalia Rose popularized the concept of “detox dieting.” Her principles for cleansing and revitalizing the body by emphasizing living foods and proper food combinations caught the attention of Doris Choi, personal chef and caterer to New York’s cognoscenti—and inspired a whole new culinary approach. Rose and Choi teamed up to create The Rose Pro... read more

The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss (Raw Food Series Book 1)

Natalia Rose

A top nutritionist provides her simple, proven five-level diet plan to safely make the transition to eating raw foods, and to detoxify and achieve a perfect body no matter how you eat now. The raw food craze has taken off, as raw restaurants spring up and celebrities, models, and other fans tout the effects of eating raw. However, many people who are intrigued by raw food simply don't know how... read more

A top nutritionist provides her simple, proven five-level diet plan to safely make the transition to eating raw foods, and to detoxify and achieve a perfect body no matter how you eat now. The raw food craze has taken off, as raw restaurants spring up and celebrities, models, and other fans tout the effects of eating raw. However, many people who are intrigued by raw food simply don't know how... read more

Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster

T. J. English

Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob. In Paddy Whacked, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike "King Mike" McDonald, Chicago's subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York's most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Feathe... read more

Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob. In Paddy Whacked, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike "King Mike" McDonald, Chicago's subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York's most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Feathe... read more

Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba…and Then Lost It to the Revolution

T. J. English

In modern-day Havana, the remnants of the glamorous past are everywhere—old hotel-casinos, vintage American cars & flickering neon signs speak of a bygone era that is widely familiar & often romanticized, but little understood. In Havana Nocturne, T.J. English offers a multifaceted true tale of organized crime, political corruption, roaring nightlife, revolution & international conflict that i... read more

In modern-day Havana, the remnants of the glamorous past are everywhere—old hotel-casinos, vintage American cars & flickering neon signs speak of a bygone era that is widely familiar & often romanticized, but little understood. In Havana Nocturne, T.J. English offers a multifaceted true tale of organized crime, political corruption, roaring nightlife, revolution & international conflict that i... read more

The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time

Antonia Juhasz

In The Bush Agenda, Antonia Juhasz exposes a radical corporate globalization agenda that has been refined by leading members and allies of the Bush administration over decades and reached its fullest, most aggressive implementation under George W. Bush—and Bush Agenda adherents plan for it to outlast him. Juhasz uncovers the history and key role of U.S. corporations in the creation of this age... read more

In The Bush Agenda, Antonia Juhasz exposes a radical corporate globalization agenda that has been refined by leading members and allies of the Bush administration over decades and reached its fullest, most aggressive implementation under George W. Bush—and Bush Agenda adherents plan for it to outlast him. Juhasz uncovers the history and key role of U.S. corporations in the creation of this age... read more

The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry--and What We Must Do to Stop It

Antonia Juhasz

“Juhasz bravely and expertly exposes the inner workings of an industry and a government riddled with secrets, lies, and deception.”—Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers In the tradition of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Antonia Juhasz’s The Tyranny of Oil offers a chilling exposé of the modern American oil industry and it... read more

“Juhasz bravely and expertly exposes the inner workings of an industry and a government riddled with secrets, lies, and deception.”—Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers In the tradition of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Antonia Juhasz’s The Tyranny of Oil offers a chilling exposé of the modern American oil industry and it... read more

Empress: A Novel (P.S.)

Shan Sa

One of China's most controversial figures, Empress Wu was its first and only female emperor, emerging in the seventh century during the great Tang Dynasty to usher in a golden age. Throughout history, her name has been defamed and her story distorted. But now, after thirteen centuries, Empress Wu flings open the gates of the Forbidden City and tells her own astonishing tale—revealing a fascina... read more

One of China's most controversial figures, Empress Wu was its first and only female emperor, emerging in the seventh century during the great Tang Dynasty to usher in a golden age. Throughout history, her name has been defamed and her story distorted. But now, after thirteen centuries, Empress Wu flings open the gates of the Forbidden City and tells her own astonishing tale—revealing a fascina... read more

1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America

David Pietrusza

The wild, combative inside story of the most stunning upset in the history of presidential elections: Harry Truman's 1948 victory over Tom Dewey."Outstanding. . . . by far the best yet about the fateful [1948] election." —Minneapolis Star-Tribune"Coherent, compelling. . . . A skillful, authoritative investigation." —Kirkus ReviewsAward-winning historian David Pietrusza unpacks the most inglori... read more

The wild, combative inside story of the most stunning upset in the history of presidential elections: Harry Truman's 1948 victory over Tom Dewey."Outstanding. . . . by far the best yet about the fateful [1948] election." —Minneapolis Star-Tribune"Coherent, compelling. . . . A skillful, authoritative investigation." —Kirkus ReviewsAward-winning historian David Pietrusza unpacks the most inglori... read more

Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family

Melissa Hart

It’s impossible to be depressed about a lethargic adoption process when a baby owl sporting a bad mullet sits on a perch in the living room. Although author Melissa Hart and her husband struggled three years to adopt a child—first from China, then from Vietnam, finally choosing to adopt from Oregon’s foster care system—they kept their sanity by learning to train owls at a local wildlife center... read more

It’s impossible to be depressed about a lethargic adoption process when a baby owl sporting a bad mullet sits on a perch in the living room. Although author Melissa Hart and her husband struggled three years to adopt a child—first from China, then from Vietnam, finally choosing to adopt from Oregon’s foster care system—they kept their sanity by learning to train owls at a local wildlife center... read more

Naked Kitchen Veggie Burger Book: Delicious Plant-Based Burgers, Fries, Sides, And More

Sarah Davies, Kristy Taylor

The founders of the popular Naked Kitchen website unveil more than 100 of their favorite organic plant-based recipes for burger lovers everywhere. The recipes combine simple, wholesome ingredients to create a wide variety of scrumptious vegetable- and bean-based burgers and accompaniments that everyone can enjoy. The Naked Kitchen Veggie Burger Book celebrates the burger in all its versatile g... read more

The founders of the popular Naked Kitchen website unveil more than 100 of their favorite organic plant-based recipes for burger lovers everywhere. The recipes combine simple, wholesome ingredients to create a wide variety of scrumptious vegetable- and bean-based burgers and accompaniments that everyone can enjoy. The Naked Kitchen Veggie Burger Book celebrates the burger in all its versatile g... read more

The Creative Journey: A Timeless Approach to Discovery

Tim Cigelske

The Creative Journey demystifies the creative process by breaking it down into stages of the classic “hero’s journey” narrative from myth, literature and film. Each stage in the journey – from seeing the problem to sharing the solution – is analyzed through the lens of scientific research and real-world examples to show how we can all be creative.The author wrote this book for a university hon... read more

The Creative Journey demystifies the creative process by breaking it down into stages of the classic “hero’s journey” narrative from myth, literature and film. Each stage in the journey – from seeing the problem to sharing the solution – is analyzed through the lens of scientific research and real-world examples to show how we can all be creative.The author wrote this book for a university hon... read more

Something to Savor: Invitations to an Abundant and Beautifully Imperfect Life

Anne McOmber

What if instead of spending your days wishing for better tomorrows, you steadily filled your life with treasured todays?Author and hope giver Anne McOmber shares simple everyday gifts we can all discover for ourselves, no matter how imperfect and unpredictable today may be.Open its pages and this beautiful book will help you:Find joy in the journeyLive in the present momentPractice gratitude f... read more

What if instead of spending your days wishing for better tomorrows, you steadily filled your life with treasured todays?Author and hope giver Anne McOmber shares simple everyday gifts we can all discover for ourselves, no matter how imperfect and unpredictable today may be.Open its pages and this beautiful book will help you:Find joy in the journeyLive in the present momentPractice gratitude f... read more

Anna has 19 reviews

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Jody Podolsky
Anna brought care, specificity, empathy and intelligence to her evaluation of my manuscript. I recommend her without hesitation!

Jody Podolsky, April 2021


Terry Memory
I had Anna do an Editorial Assessment of my 1st Draft and found her feedback to be on point and hugely useful. Her input and overview has made starting my 2nd draft much easier. Everything was professional and easily understood and all time frames honoured or delivered early :) Highly recommend!!

Terry Memory, February 2021


Valerie McManus
Anna was wonderful to work with. She was attentive, professional, friendly and did fantastic work. She made the process simple and straightforward while being sensitive to the needs of my project. I will absolutely hire her again.

Valerie McManus, January 2021


Sarah Gianascol
I found it difficult at first to write a review because in a way, working with Anna made me feel speechless. Writing about such a hard time in my life, Anna was extremely kind, empathetic and gracious. While she felt like my biggest cheerleader, she also didn't hesitate to make suggestions. She most certainly went above and beyond my expectations. Anna helped me find my voice and, in such a sho...
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Sarah Gianascol, September 2020


Adam Braus
Working with Anna was an incredible boon to my book. I asked her for an editorial review—essentially a 10,000 foot perspective of my whole manuscript to help me get clarity on audience, positioning, focus, and signposting. She provided in depth, sincere, and enlightening insights. She was generous with her time both on a call and some texting/emailing. I would recommend working with her unequiv...
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Adam Braus, August 2020

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