Anne Horowitz

Anne Horowitz - Editor

New York, United States

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

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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.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
Psychology

Work experience

Interim book review editor

Library Journal
January, 2012 – December, 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.

Editor (working with Renée Zuckerbrot)

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agency
January, 2011 – Present (almost 9 years)

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.

Developmental editor and line editor

Freelance
October, 2010 – Present (about 9 years)

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.

Associate Editor

Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press
January, 2006 – October, 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.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk

Tony DuShane

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, who follows Gabe around, trying to be his girlfriend. There’s also Gabe’s mom, who sleeps sixteen hours a day, and his dad, an elder who d... 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, who follows Gabe around, trying to be his girlfriend. There’s also Gabe’s mom, who sleeps sixteen hours a day, and his dad, an elder who d... read more

Same Time Next Week: True Stories of Working Through Mental Illness

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 room for hope. These frank, often intimate stories reflect the writers’ struggles to overcome—both as professionals and as individuals, as ... 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 room for hope. These frank, often intimate stories reflect the writers’ struggles to overcome—both as professionals and as individuals, as ... read more

Bummer: And Other Stories

Janice Shapiro

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 easing her young son through the trauma of a murder, suddenly confronted with the reappearance of his father. There’s the vulnerable middle-... 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 easing her young son through the trauma of a murder, suddenly confronted with the reappearance of his father. There’s the vulnerable middle-... read more

Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sex

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 underrepresented population that is simultaneously reviled and worshipped.Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys is a collection of short ... 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 underrepresented population that is simultaneously reviled and worshipped.Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys is a collection of short ... read more

While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal

Elizabeth Enslin

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 foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself.While the Gods We... 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 foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself.While the Gods We... 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 and aspiring author, now plays househusband, caring for his troubled thirteen-year-old son and precocious daughter as they adjust to their... read more

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 and aspiring author, now plays househusband, caring for his troubled thirteen-year-old son and precocious daughter as they adjust to their... 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 James D. Watson among them—hope to “cure” Anne of a rare gene that affects her bone growth: She is missing a leg and walks with a prosthes... read more

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 James D. Watson among them—hope to “cure” Anne of a rare gene that affects her bone growth: She is missing a leg and walks with a prosthes... read more

Buskers: The On-the-Streets, In-the-Trains, Off-the-Grid Memoir of Two New York City Street Musicians

Heth Weinstein, Jed Weinstein

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 subway stations, and wherever else they could connect with a live audience. To their surprise, far from this being the terminal stop of... 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 subway stations, and wherever else they could connect with a live audience. To their surprise, far from this being the terminal stop of... read more

The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall

Mark W. Moffett

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 killed. But a New Yorker can fly to Los Angeles--or Borneo--with very little fear. Psychologists have done little to explain this: for year... 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 killed. But a New Yorker can fly to Los Angeles--or Borneo--with very little fear. Psychologists have done little to explain this: for year... read more

The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness

Chris Cole

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 Second Coming of Christ. He lost his identity and tried to perform miracles and was ultimately arrested in the lobby of his college dorm... 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 Second Coming of Christ. He lost his identity and tried to perform miracles and was ultimately arrested in the lobby of his college dorm... read more

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 has cancer, she commits to spending a lot of time back east, helping not only with the care and treatments that come with a terminal ill... read more

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 has cancer, she commits to spending a lot of time back east, helping not only with the care and treatments that come with a terminal ill... read more

When History Is Personal

Mimi Schwartz

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 larger story—of assimilation, the women’s movement, racism, anti-Semitism, end-of-life issues, ethics in writing, digital and corporate cha... 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 larger story—of assimilation, the women’s movement, racism, anti-Semitism, end-of-life issues, ethics in writing, digital and corporate cha... read more

How Does That Make You Feel?: True Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch

Sherry Amatenstein

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 light both sides of the “relationship” between therapist and client—a bond that can feel pure and profound, even if it is, at times, illus... 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 light both sides of the “relationship” between therapist and client—a bond that can feel pure and profound, even if it is, at times, illus... read more

Crossing the River: A Life in Brazil

Amy Ragsdale

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 this culturally rich and economically poor region, Amy and her family learn to fundamentally connect with their neighbors across languag... 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 this culturally rich and economically poor region, Amy and her family learn to fundamentally connect with their neighbors across languag... read more

Anne has 3 reviews

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

DJ Lee, January 2018


Marianne Dissard
Wonderful collaborator. I recommend.

Marianne Dissard, November 2017


Courtney Novak
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!

Courtney Novak, December 2016

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