Austin Ross

Austin Ross – Editor

A Big 5 senior editor with a decade of experience in editorial and publishing, working with multiple #1 New York Times bestselling authors.


There's nothing in the world like books. They're special, and I've endeavored to build my life around them—reading them, talking about them, writing them, making them. My focus and passion is on developmental editing for fiction and nonfiction, but I love copyediting and proofreading as well. I have worked as a professional editor for over seven years, working with both fiction and nonfiction and a wide variety of authors, including multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers.

My fiction, essays, and interviews have been featured at Literary Hub and elsewhere. I am an alumni of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and have served as an editorial consultant at the literary journal CRAFT Literary and The Masters Review. My debut novel will be published in 2023 by Malarkey Books:

"This ominous, gripping novel is a beautifully observed and cleverly structured thriller, a thoughtful and provocative journey into the dark, bloody heart of American lunacy."

—DAN CHAON, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Sleepwalk

I know how to craft narratives that people want to read, and I'm excited to help you and your manuscript reach that next level.
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Entertainment
Children's Contemporary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense
English (US)

Work experience

HarperCollins Publishers

May, 2022 — Present

As a senior editor with Harper Horizon, Harper Select, and HarperCollins Leadership, I develop and acquire a wide range of nonfiction titles, including history, memoir, biography/autobiography, music, parenting, leadership, self-help, and more.

Amplify Publishing Group

Aug, 2021 — May, 2022 (9 months)

• Managed the production of projects across a variety of genres, including business books, adult/YA fiction, self-help, fitness and wellness, coffee table and cookbooks, and children’s books.
• Worked directly with authors, illustrators, editors, and designers to coordinate all aspects of a book’s development.
• Provided comprehensive guidance to authors during every step of production—including editing, design, and printing—informed by current market trends as well as house and industry standards.

Cru Press

Apr, 2015 — Aug, 2021 (over 6 years)

• Directed the publication process from acquisition to publication, tracking each stage of the process to ensure the best possible products in a timely manner; worked with authors and team members all over the country to ensure best collaborative processes.
• Directed, trained, and supervised other editors within the press as well as outside freelancers, designers, and typesetters.
• Oversaw developmental editing, copy editing, proofing, and fact-checking of all manuscripts.
• Worked directly with authors and freelancers to achieve the best product(s) possible while maintaining the author’s original vision.

Austin has 3 reviews







Apr, 2023

Austin Ross is a highly skilled development editor. His communication skills are excellent and he ensures that the notes he provides are of professional quality. I liked his punctuality - he delivered my project ahead of schedule. I would definitely recommend working with Austin and would happily refer him to anyone seeking to hire a development editor. I look forward to working with him again ...
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Micah I.

Micah I.

Nov, 2022

Austin is amazing! This is my first time getting my work edited and it was better than expected. Honestly, I feel like my work has benefited from Austin’s help. Editing was done in a timely manner, and Austin is truly here to help make your manuscript better. From our collaboration, I could tell he truly cared.
Gino G.

Gino G.

Aug, 2022

Austin was very helpful. He provided excellent copyediting services and valuable feedback. I highly recommend him.