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Anna Orchard

Anna Orchard - Editor

New York, NY, United States

An experienced editor and researcher who can ready your manuscript for submission and provide in-depth research on a variety of subjects.

Overview

I am a freelance editor and researcher with a decade of professional experience in publishing, editing, and research. On the editorial side, I specialize in young adult and adult fiction, memoir, and nonfiction under 100,000 words. On the research side, I have worked on everything from the history of pizza in New York City to genocide coverage in African-American periodicals.

After working in publishing, at bookstores, and with authors around the country, I founded Anagram Editorial, an editorial and research service for a variety of manuscript and content-strategy needs. At Scholastic, I acquired and edited middle grade, young adult, nonfiction, and fiction novels. I have consulted for authors such as Patricia McCormick and Paul Griffin, spoken on panels for aspiring writers at The New School and Stony Brook, and currently serves as US Event Planner and Brand Consultant for the Roald​ ​ Dahl Estate. Collaborating with Penguin, the Estate, and creative ​ ​businesses across the country, I produce high-quality, brand-orientated events ​ ​with an eye toward long-term strategy for the late author’s estate.

Editing services include proposal evaluation, developmental and line editing, and extensive editorial notes. Research services include exploring topics for fiction and non-fiction projects as well as agencies and houses best suited for your submission. There’s little I enjoy more than working with imaginative and passionate writers to figure out tricky plot points and character development. Whether crafting marketing and brand strategies, or sculpting a manuscript into a tight piece of literature, I enable creativity, push for the highest quality, and bring your idea to life. I hold certificates in editing from New York University and a BA with highest honors in English Literature from Lehigh University.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Anthologies Children's - Middle Grade Fantasy Humor & Comedy Literature Short Story Themes & Motifs Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Travel

Certifications

  • Book Manuscript Editing and Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading, NYU Center for Publishing
  • B.A. in English with highest honors and summa cum laude (minors in History, Africana Studies, and Classics), Lehigh University

Work experience

Brand Strategist and Event Planner

Roald Dahl Literary Estate

February, 2016 – Present (10 months)

Creating and managing events throughout the US for Roald Dahl 100 with a long-term brand strategy in mind.

Founder, Editor, Researcher

Anna Orchard is self-employed

July, 2015 – Present (over 1 year)

Founder of a boutique editorial and research service for established authors, first-time writers, and self-publishing individuals.

Research Associate

Robin Hood Foundation

September, 2013 – July, 2015 (almost 2 years)

Supported the Development team in orchestrating the most successful fundraiser in U.S. history, raising $101 million in one night to fight poverty in New York City.

Researched and wrote detailed profiles of current and prospective high net worth donors and numerous foundations, providing critical background for senior leadership to engage Robin Hood’s hundreds of core donors.

Initiated formal system of editing and copyediting external correspondence company-wide, boosting quality of correspondence.

Managed multiple prospecting events, including developing program content, identifying target invitees, coordinating with external partners, and cultivating guests post-event.

Assistant Editor

Scholastic

March, 2011 – April, 2013 (about 2 years)

Edited fiction and nonfiction books for ages 5-18. Conceived of and edited original non-fiction titles focused on female-political and nonviolent activists.

Acquired an established YA author to write a book on an idea I developed (Adrift, published July 2015). Reached out to authors to develop proposals for special projects.

Wrote constructive, articulate editorial and rejection letters to agents and authors in response to hundreds of submissions.

Researched educational markets and analyzed sales information for multiple titles.

Selected as a paid guest speaker for a New School panel.

Marketing Coordinator

Patricia McCormick (author)

June, 2010 – September, 2013 (over 3 years)

Wrote and edited material for award-winning author’s website and social media platforms.

Created website that received 80,000+ unique views in one year during which time her latest book was New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and nominated for a National Book Award.

Editorial Intern (summers)

Scholastic

June, 2006 – August, 2008 (about 2 years)

Assisted with book editing and proofreading, from the acquisition to publication process.

Read solicited and unsolicited manuscripts for children and young adult audiences.

Wrote detailed reports on manuscripts for executive decision-making.

Composed feedback letters to authors regarding suggestions for improvement.

Recommended entries of short stories, poetry, and personal essays for the PUSH anthology.

Bookseller (summers)

Rodgers Book Barn

June, 2004 – August, 2014 (about 10 years)

Created and continue to curate the YA section, an increasingly popular section with Barn customers.

Bought and priced used books at large and small book sale events.

Ran business in owner’s absence: served customers, recorded sales, priced and shelved books.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Adrift

Paul Griffin

From critically acclaimed writer Paul Griffin comes a fast-paced young adult novel about five very different teens lost at sea with no one to count on but each other.Matt and John are best friends working out in Montauk for the summer. When Driana, JoJo and Stef invite the boys to their Hamptons mansion, Matt and John find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility. T... read more

From critically acclaimed writer Paul Griffin comes a fast-paced young adult novel about five very different teens lost at sea with no one to count on but each other.Matt and John are best friends working out in Montauk for the summer. When Driana, JoJo and Stef invite the boys to their Hamptons mansion, Matt and John find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility. T... read more

Profiles #4: Freedom Heroines

Frieda Wishinsky

There are six bios in one in this full-color series!Profiles is so much more than just your typical biography series. The next book in this six-in-one, full-color bio series will focus on Civil Champions--some of the incredible women who worked tirelessly to ensure equal rights for all. Kids will learn all of the biographical information they need to know--background, family, education, accomp... read more

There are six bios in one in this full-color series!Profiles is so much more than just your typical biography series. The next book in this six-in-one, full-color bio series will focus on Civil Champions--some of the incredible women who worked tirelessly to ensure equal rights for all. Kids will learn all of the biographical information they need to know--background, family, education, accomp... read more

Profiles #6: Peace Warriors

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Meet six heroic social activists.The next book in our six-in-one, full-color bio series will focus on Peace Warriors. Featuring men and women who have worked passionately to pioneer peaceful solutions to violent conflicts throughout history. Our peace warriors will include Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Dorothy Day, and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson. Find out about their... read more

Meet six heroic social activists.The next book in our six-in-one, full-color bio series will focus on Peace Warriors. Featuring men and women who have worked passionately to pioneer peaceful solutions to violent conflicts throughout history. Our peace warriors will include Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Dorothy Day, and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson. Find out about their... read more

Boris #1: Boris on the Move (A Branches Book)

Andrew Joyner

A new early chapter book series where adventure is always just around the corner.This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches. Aimed at 5-to-7-year-olds, this line of books is for children who are just starting to read independently. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confiden... read more

A new early chapter book series where adventure is always just around the corner.This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches. Aimed at 5-to-7-year-olds, this line of books is for children who are just starting to read independently. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confiden... read more

The Notebook of Doom #1: Rise of the Balloon Goons (A Branches Book)

Troy Cummings

Monsters + Humor + Fun = THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM!This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!Alexander has just moved to a new town whe... read more

Monsters + Humor + Fun = THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM!This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!Alexander has just moved to a new town whe... read more

The Path of Names

Ari Goelman

Mysteries, mazes, and magic combine in this smart, funny summer-camp fantasy -- like THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY for kids!Dahlia Shulman loves magic, and Math Club, and Guitar Hero. She isn't so fond of nature walks, and Hebrew campfire songs, and mean girls her own age.All of which makes a week at Jewish summer camp pretty much the worst idea ever.But within minutes of arriving ... read more

Mysteries, mazes, and magic combine in this smart, funny summer-camp fantasy -- like THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY for kids!Dahlia Shulman loves magic, and Math Club, and Guitar Hero. She isn't so fond of nature walks, and Hebrew campfire songs, and mean girls her own age.All of which makes a week at Jewish summer camp pretty much the worst idea ever.But within minutes of arriving ... read more

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