Bailey Flynn

Bailey Flynn – Editor

Developmental editor of narrative nonfiction and literary fiction with experience at Hachette, Melville House, and SAGE.


I'm a developmental editor here to work with you on finding your story and accentuating the unique voice that you tell it in, whether that's in a full manuscript or a brief query letter. While my publishing background is diverse, I specialize in story-driven nonfiction and literary fiction. I'm always on the lookout for the next great female heroine to tell everyone and their mother about. I currently work from Chicago, where I spend my free time stopping to pet dogs on the street and playing the drums.

My years in publishing have given me the unique opportunity to hone my eye for a great story and its importance to any genre. During my time at Melville House, I was able to assist in the editing of THE MAKING OF DONALD TRUMP, NYT Bestseller by nonfiction storyteller and Pulitzer Prize-winner David Cay Johnston. I further honed these nonfiction skills during my time at Hachette Book Group under Da Capo Press, where I worked on lifestyle titles that demonstrated how a great cookbook can also make a great story. My work with SAGE Publications provided an opportunity to see how specialized academic topics can also be brought to life by such a compelling narrative structure. In addition to this extensive nonfiction experience, I have four years of experience as a reader at Post Road Magazine, a nationally renowned literary journal.

My work as an editor is motivated by a belief in the unique and transformative nature of the editor-author relationship. In my time at Boston-based literary agency Kneerim & Williams, I served as primary contact for authors seeking representation. This role remains influential for my freelance projects, where I am at my best when helping new authors get over their creative precipice. You've written a book because you have something to say. Let's make it great together.
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Literary Fiction Short Story Women's Fiction
English (US)


She’s everywhere once you start looking for her: the trainwreck. She’s Britney Spears shaving her head, Whitney Houston saying, “crack is whack,” and Amy Winehouse, dying in front of millions. But the trainwreck is also as old (and as meaningful) as feminism i... read more
The Practice of Qualitative Research guides readers step by step through the process of collecting, analyzing, designing, and interpreting qualitative research. Written by Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber in an engaging style, this student-centered text offers invalu... read more
A lush, modern vegetarian cookbook celebrating the bold flavors and unique ingredients of the Caribbean In Provisions, Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau share 150 recipes that pay homage to the meals and market produce that have been farmed, sold, and prepared by ... read more
The massive, world-wide outpouring of grief at the death of David Bowie notably focused on not only his stunning musical output, but also his fascinating refusal to stay the same—the same as other trending artists, or even the same as himself. In this remarkab... read more
The Making of Donald Trump

David Cay Johnston

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER that connects the dots from Donald Trump's racist background to the Russian scandals"A searing indictment." — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times"Johnston has given us this year's must-read Trump book." — Lawrence O'Donnell, host... read more

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