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Annie Thacker

Annie Thacker - Editor

Brooklyn, NY

Experienced developmental editor, line editor, copy editor, copy writer.

Overview


Annie has five years of experience in the publishing world, and has spent the last three with Alfred A. Knopf and Pantheon. She has worked on editorial development for a wide range of serious historical nonfiction, literary fiction, short stories, cookbooks, literary criticism, and poetry. Prior to joining the Knopf editorial team, Annie worked as a reader at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, an intern at The New Press, and attended the Columbia University Publishing Course. She has also completed coursework in copy editing and proofreading at NYU. She has also done freelance writing and editing for business websites and design proposals. At her day job, she has had the honor of working with authors who have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and a host of other awards. She also has experience clearing permissions and as a photo researcher for biographies and serious nonfiction.


Before entering the publishing world. Annie spent many years as a bartender and found that listening to all sorts of stories from all sorts of people helped her grow as an empathetic person, a good listener, and a solid multitasker. In her spare time Annie runs a book club of twelve very smart women, practices yoga, runs slowly, and is an avid reader of current fiction.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Literature Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing Politics & Current Affairs Social & Behavioral Sciences

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

Penguin Random House

August, 2012 – Present (over 4 years)

Developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, copy writing.

Editorial and Marketing Intern

The New Press

August, 2010 – December, 2010 (4 months)

Read submissions for the editorial team, helped develop and execute marketing plans for forthcoming books, wrote and sent email blasts and social media postings, assisted in the planning of book launches and company events.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Above the East China Sea: A novel

Sarah Bird

A Seattle Times Best Book of the YearIn her most ambitious, moving, and provocative novel to date, Sarah Bird makes a stunning departure. Above the East China Sea tells the entwined stories of two teenaged girls, an American and an Okinawan, whose lives are connected across seventy years by the shared experience of profound loss, the enduring strength of an ancient culture, and the redeeming p... read more

A Seattle Times Best Book of the YearIn her most ambitious, moving, and provocative novel to date, Sarah Bird makes a stunning departure. Above the East China Sea tells the entwined stories of two teenaged girls, an American and an Okinawan, whose lives are connected across seventy years by the shared experience of profound loss, the enduring strength of an ancient culture, and the redeeming p... read more

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David

Lawrence Wright

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW’ S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARA gripping day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East, one which endures to this day. With his hallmark insight into the forces at play in the Middle E... read more

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW’ S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARA gripping day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East, one which endures to this day. With his hallmark insight into the forces at play in the Middle E... read more

I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel

David Shields, Caleb Powell

An impassioned, funny, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate about life and art—beers included.Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he’s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art (he has five books coming out in the next yea... read more

An impassioned, funny, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate about life and art—beers included.Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he’s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art (he has five books coming out in the next yea... read more

Into the Savage Country: A Novel

Shannon Burke

This breathtaking adventure set in the American West of the 1820s is at once a tale of complex friendships, a love story, and a panoramic retelling of a crucial moment in American history. When the young William Wyeth leaves St. Louis for a fur-trapping expedition, he nearly loses his life and quickly discovers the depth of loyalty among the men who must depend on one another to survive. While... read more

This breathtaking adventure set in the American West of the 1820s is at once a tale of complex friendships, a love story, and a panoramic retelling of a crucial moment in American history. When the young William Wyeth leaves St. Louis for a fur-trapping expedition, he nearly loses his life and quickly discovers the depth of loyalty among the men who must depend on one another to survive. While... read more

Selected Letters of Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

This is the first comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the iconic and beloved Langston Hughes. It offers a life in letters that showcases his many struggles as well as his memorable achievements. Arranged by decade and linked by expert commentary, the volume guides us through Hughes’s journey in all its aspects: personal, political, practical, and—above all—literary. His letters ... read more

This is the first comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the iconic and beloved Langston Hughes. It offers a life in letters that showcases his many struggles as well as his memorable achievements. Arranged by decade and linked by expert commentary, the volume guides us through Hughes’s journey in all its aspects: personal, political, practical, and—above all—literary. His letters ... read more

Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World

Jane Hirshfield

A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and essayist “Poetry,” Jane Hirshfield has said, “is language that foments revolutions of being.” In ten eloquent and highly original explorations, she unfolds and explores some of the ways this is done—by the inclusion of hiddenness, paradox, and surprise; by a perennial awareness of the place of uncertainty in o... read more

A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and essayist “Poetry,” Jane Hirshfield has said, “is language that foments revolutions of being.” In ten eloquent and highly original explorations, she unfolds and explores some of the ways this is done—by the inclusion of hiddenness, paradox, and surprise; by a perennial awareness of the place of uncertainty in o... read more

She Weeps Each Time You're Born: A Novel

Quan Barry

Quan Barry’s luminous fiction debut brings us the tumultuous history of modern Vietnam as experienced by a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before the country’s reunification, a child gifted with the otherworldly ability to hear the voices of the dead. At the peak of the war in Vietnam, a baby girl is born along the Song Ma River on the night of the full moon. This is... read more

Quan Barry’s luminous fiction debut brings us the tumultuous history of modern Vietnam as experienced by a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before the country’s reunification, a child gifted with the otherworldly ability to hear the voices of the dead. At the peak of the war in Vietnam, a baby girl is born along the Song Ma River on the night of the full moon. This is... read more

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