Austin Ross

Austin Ross - Editor

Alexandria, VA, USA

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

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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.

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.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Contemporary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense

Work experience

Senior Editor

HarperCollins Publishers
May, 2022 – Present (9 months)

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

Production Editor

Amplify Publishing Group
August, 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.

Managing Editor

Cru Press
April, 2015 – August, 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.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Churchill Conspiracy

James DE Macpherson

Austin has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Micah Ingram
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.

Micah Ingram, November 2022

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

Gino Gonzalez, August 2022

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