Anne Horowitz

Anne Horowitz – Editor

Experienced freelance book editor with a particular interest in literary fiction and memoir.


I'm a freelance developmental editor and line editor living in Brooklyn, New York. I began as an associate editor at Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press, where I worked for five years, and I've been out on my own since 2010. I work on both fiction (mostly literary fiction or fiction with both literary and commercial appeal, and I love short stories) and nonfiction (lots of memoir, but I also have experience with history, science, pop culture, and essay collections).

My clients include indie presses such as Tin House Books, Seal Press, The Experiment, Milkweed Editions, and Creative Nonfiction/In Fact Books; literary agents; and a number of independent authors. Additionally, I work part-time as an editor with the literary agent Renée Zuckerbrot at Massie and McQuilkin Agency. I'm also an editor working with the Center for Fiction's Emerging Writers Fellowship; I was a mentor in the 2016–18 Think Write Publish program, a collaboration between Arizona State University and Creative Nonfiction; and I'm a member of PEN and the Editorial Freelancers Association.

I enjoy working with both established and first-time authors, and I've been fortunate to build long-running relationships with some wonderful clients at all levels of writing experience. For me, the most important thing is that you have a project you're devoted to, and a voice I can connect with. I look first for your strengths, challenging myself to articulate what you're already doing well, and to appreciate your vision for your project. Then I look for ways to help you strengthen your craft and achieve that vision. I have a good eye for both the big picture (structure, narrative tension, character development, pacing) and—because of my years of experience as a line editor—the details. My editorial approach is flexible, supportive, and constructive, with plenty of communication throughout. Don't hesitate to get in touch and tell me about what you're working on.
Biographies & Memoirs Humanities & Social Sciences Psychology
Coming of Age Literary Fiction Short Story Women's Fiction
English (US)

Work experience

Library Journal

Jan, 2012 — Dec, 2014 (almost 3 years)

I was interim book review editor in 2012, and filled in on a regular basis for the book review editor, media editor, and others over a period of a couple of years.

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agency

Jan, 2011 — Present

I'm at the agency part-time, working as an editor, and also as a co-agent from time to time, with the agent Renée Zuckerbrot.


Oct, 2010 — Present

Freelance book editor. Clients present and past include the Center for Fiction, Creative Nonfiction/In Fact Books, Tin House Books, Milkweed Editions, Grove Atlantic, Seal Press, Ig Publishing, The Experiment, Applause Books, Inkshares, Library Journal, Trident Media, Massie and McQuilkin Literary Agency, Inkshares, and individual authors.

Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press

Jan, 2006 — Oct, 2010 (over 4 years)

As associate editor, had total responsibility for 5–6 titles per season, including editing my own and editorial director’s acquisitions; hired/managed freelance designers/copyeditors/proofreaders; oversaw titles through production; built agent relationships; negotiated deals/monitored contracts; wrote flap/catalog copy; helped devise marketing/subsidiary rights/publicity strategies for titles; prepared sales materials and presented at sales conference; interviewed/trained/supervised 4–6 interns per semester; managed office; maintained website (blog, book listings, calendar); staffed events/readings; coordinated Soft Skull’s presence at BEA, AWP, Brooklyn Book Festival, etc.


Made with Reedsy
I Don't Blame You

Frances Badalamenti

The protagonist, Ana, is a young woman in her early thirties. She was born and raised mostly in New Jersey, but has since moved out West to Portland. In a lot of ways, she left her deep roots to escape her hardscrabble childhood. When she finds out her mother ... read more
When DJ Lee's dear friend vanishes in the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana, she travels there to seek answers. The journey unexpectedly brings to an end her fifteen-year quest to uncover the buried history of her family in this remote pla... read more
Failure to Appear: Resistance, Identity and Loss, A Memoir is a memoir about a gay woman of conscience who became a fugitive, on the run for over nineteen years using several fake names. This book is a gripping story about finding your real self and your sexua... read more
Overwhelmed with her fast-paced, competitive lifestyle, Amy Ragsdale moved with her husband, writer Peter Stark, and their two teenage children from the US to a small town in northeastern Brazil, where she hoped they would learn the value of a slower life. In ... read more
How Does That Make You Feel? obliterates the boundaries between the shrink and the one being shrunk with unabashedly candid writers breaking confidentiality and telling all about their experiences in therapy.This revelatory, no-punches-pulled book brings to li... read more
When History Is Personal contains the stories of twenty-five moments in Mimi Schwartz’s life, each heightened by its connection to historical, political, and social issues. These essays look both inward and outward so that these individualized tales tell a lar... read more
Finalist in Religious Non-Fiction and Spirituality for 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Struggling with lifelong disordered eating and adolescent addiction, Chris Cole had his first psychotic episode at the age of eighteen, suddenly believing he was the ... read more
The epic story and ultimate big history of how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into the sprawling civilizations of a world-dominating speciesIf a chimpanzee ventures into the territory of a different group, it will almost certainly be kil... read more
Frustrated by the indifference of the music industry and the stacks of homemade CDs gathering dust in their closets, brothers Heth and Jed Weinstein made the radical decision to bring their music directly to the masses. They began playing on street corners, in... read more
The Colony

Jillian Weise

Anne Hatley is a sharp-witted and acerbic young teacher from the South, in need of a reprieve from the drudgery of work and an increasingly tedious relationship. She accepts an invitation to the nation’s largest research colony, where scientists—DNA pioneer Ja... read more
The Daddy Diaries

Joshua Braff

Joshua Braff delivers an authentic, funny and honest tale about modern family life. Jay and Jackie uproot their family of four from San Francisco after Jackie loses her job but finds a lucrative new one in St. Petersburg, Florida. Jay, a one-time copywriter an... read more
Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal. As she faced the challenges of married life, birth, and childrearing in a ... read more
The only thing the writers in this book have in common is that they've exchanged sex for money. They're PhDs and dropouts, soccer moms and jailbirds, $2,500-a-night call girls and $10 crack hos, and everything in between. This anthology lends a voice to an und... read more
The women featured in these stories have one thing in common: They’re having a terrible day.There’s the housewife so entranced by the pristine order of her neighbors’ belongings that she can’t stop herself from breaking into their home. There’s the mother easi... read more
In any given year, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental illness—and yet there is still a significant stigma attached to being labeled as “mentally ill.” We hear about worst-case scenarios, but in many—maybe even most—cases, there is much roo... read more
Gabe is a teenage Jehovah’s Witness convinced God will kill him at Armageddon for masturbating. But Gabe’s not alone: there’s Peter, who writes swear words in the margins of his papers; Jihyun, the Korean kid who subsists on Ho Hos and Doritos; and Camille, wh... read more

Anne has 4 reviews





Matt M.

Matt M.

Jan, 2021

Anne went above and beyond in her critique of my query letter including reading a significant portion of the manuscript, explaining what worked and didn't work in the query letter, and even offering an alternative version.


Jan, 2018

Excellent - beyond expectations. A first-rate editor, from deep, structural issues to proofreading and everything in between.
Marianne D.

Marianne D.

Nov, 2017

Wonderful collaborator. I recommend.
Courtney N.

Courtney N.

Dec, 2016

I am so glad I chose Anne to edit my memoir. Her feedback was incredibly helpful with tons of specific examples of ways I could improve my manuscript. She showed areas that needed improvement in a gentle and instructive way. I will definitely work with her again in the future!

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