Carl Bromley

Carl Bromley - Editor

New York, NY, USA

A dynamic editor of best-selling, award-winning and page-turning literary fiction, mystery novels and hard-hitting serious nonfiction.

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Overview

I edit serious narrative and investigative nonfiction; popular and academic history and social science; and books on sport, especially soccer/football (I commissioned the international bestseller Soccernomics). I have expertise on film and cultural criticism, as well as an abiding interest in South Asia. I have been honored to work with some of the giants of world literature, including Gore Vidal, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Eduardo Galeano, Patrick Chamoiseau and Alain Mabanckou. I love editing edgy, multicultural literary fiction; well-paced mystery novels with a subversive and witty edge; and I read a huge amount of horror fiction. My books have made the New York Times bestseller list over a dozen times. They have either won or been nominated for major literary prizes in the United States, Britain and France. My books have had impact on the world of politics and sport.

I excel in helping writers with their storytelling. I work closely with them on their book’s overall structure and pace, the internal dynamics of each chapter, as well as ensuring that their sentences have texture and precision. I help writers find their best ideas, challenging them to reach their potential but also help them through the tougher periods of writing, especially when they are stuck or feel that they have reached a dead end. Whether they are journalists, academics or independent scholars, I make sure that they express their ideas with clarity, that their research is solid and their sourcing is rigorous and impeccable.

I am an extremely patient editor with a very good sense of humor.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
Political Science & Current Affairs
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime

Work experience

Editorial Director

The New Press
July, 2014 – February, 2020 (over 5 years)

Led the editorial team of a nonprofit, social justice book publisher that publishes 35-40 new titles in hardcover a year and is a market leader in books on criminal justice, progressive history, and education. Managed a terrific editorial team of 6-8 people, whose authors, in the last year, have been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Enabled my junior editorial colleagues build a diverse list of authors, publishing in areas that have been traditionally redlined by mainstream publishers.

Books I commissioned and edited were chosen as a Best Book of the Year by New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Smithsonian, The Guardian, Kirkus Reviews and nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Man Booker International Book Prize, Wright Hurston Legacy Prize, Aspen Words Literary Prize, Albertine Prize, French Heritage Society Book Prize, Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction, Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, Mountbatten Maritime Media Award and Pen America Literary Award.

Editorial Director

Nation Books
July, 1999 – June, 2014 (almost 15 years)

Grew Nation Books to a bestselling and critically acclaimed imprint geared toward serious narrative and investigative non-fiction in hardcover. First as an imprint with Basic Books, then with Public Affairs.

Key titles:
Songs of Blood and Sword by Fatima Bhutto (International Bestseller)
Mirrors by Eduardo Galeano (National Bestseller);
Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski (New York Times bestseller);
Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill (New York Times bestseller);
The American Way of Poverty by Sasha Abramsky (New York Times Notable Book of the Year);
All the President’s Bankers by Nomi Prins;
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram Kendi (New York Times bestseller; Winner: National Book Award 2016)
The Longest August by Dilip Hiro
Dreaming War by Gore Vidal (New York Times bestseller);
Love, Poverty and War by Christopher Hitchens;
Iraq in the Eye of the Storm by Dilip Hiro (International Bestseller);
Imaginary Weapons by Sharon Weinberger
Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill (New York Times bestseller)
Soccer Against the Enemy by Simon Kuper

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Blackwater

Jeremy Scahill

Helps you meet Blackwater USA, the private army that the US government has hired to operate in international war zones and on American oil. Its contacts run from military and intelligence agencies to the upper echelons of the White House; it has a military base, a fleet of aircraft and 20,000 troops.

Helps you meet Blackwater USA, the private army that the US government has hired to operate in international war zones and on American oil. Its contacts run from military and intelligence agencies to the upper echelons of the White House; it has a military base, a fleet of aircraft and 20,000 troops.

Soccernomics

Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski

The 2018 World Cup edition of the international bestseller and "the most intelligent book ever written about soccer" (San Francisco Chronicle) is updated throughout and features new chapters on the FIFA scandal, why Iceland wins, and women's soccer.Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Guardian, Slate, Financial Times, Independent (UK), and Bloomberg NewsWritten with an economist's br... read more

The 2018 World Cup edition of the international bestseller and "the most intelligent book ever written about soccer" (San Francisco Chronicle) is updated throughout and features new chapters on the FIFA scandal, why Iceland wins, and women's soccer.Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Guardian, Slate, Financial Times, Independent (UK), and Bloomberg NewsWritten with an economist's br... read more

Dirty Wars

Jeremy Scahill

In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, takes us inside America's new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies.Drawn from the ranks of the Navy SEALs, Delta ... read more

In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, takes us inside America's new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies.Drawn from the ranks of the Navy SEALs, Delta ... read more

Slave Old Man

Patrick Chamoiseau

The “heart-stopping” (The Millions), “richly layered” (Brooklyn Rail), “haunting, beautiful” (BuzzFeed) story of an escaped slave and the killer hound that pursues him Shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Patrick Chamoiseau’s Slave Old Man was published to accolades in hardcover in a brilliant translation by Linda Coverdale, winning the French-American Foundation... read more

The “heart-stopping” (The Millions), “richly layered” (Brooklyn Rail), “haunting, beautiful” (BuzzFeed) story of an escaped slave and the killer hound that pursues him Shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Patrick Chamoiseau’s Slave Old Man was published to accolades in hardcover in a brilliant translation by Linda Coverdale, winning the French-American Foundation... read more

Wrestling with the Devil

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

A New York Times Editors’ Choice"A welcome addition to the vast literature produced by jailed writers across the centuries . . . [a] thrilling testament to the human spirit."—Ariel Dorfman, The New York Times Book Review"Wrestling with the Devil is a powerful testament to the courage of Ngũgĩ and his fellow prisoners and validation of the hope that an independent Kenya would eventually emerge.... read more

A New York Times Editors’ Choice"A welcome addition to the vast literature produced by jailed writers across the centuries . . . [a] thrilling testament to the human spirit."—Ariel Dorfman, The New York Times Book Review"Wrestling with the Devil is a powerful testament to the courage of Ngũgĩ and his fellow prisoners and validation of the hope that an independent Kenya would eventually emerge.... read more

A Bite-Sized History of France

Stéphane Henaut, Jeni Mitchell

A “delicious” (Dorie Greenspan), “genial” (Kirkus Reviews), “very cool book about the intersections of food and history” (Michael Pollan)—as featured in the New York Times "The complex political, historical, religious and social factors that shaped some of [France's] . . . most iconic dishes and culinary products are explored in a way that will make you rethink every sprinkling of fleur de sel... read more

A “delicious” (Dorie Greenspan), “genial” (Kirkus Reviews), “very cool book about the intersections of food and history” (Michael Pollan)—as featured in the New York Times "The complex political, historical, religious and social factors that shaped some of [France's] . . . most iconic dishes and culinary products are explored in a way that will make you rethink every sprinkling of fleur de sel... read more

All the Presidents' Bankers

Nomi Prins

A groundbreaking narrative of how an elite group of men transformed the American economy and government, dictated foreign and domestic policy, and shaped world history.Culled from original presidential archival documents, All the Presidents' Bankers delivers an explosive account of the hundred-year interdependence between the White House and Wall Street that transcends a simple analysis of mon... read more

A groundbreaking narrative of how an elite group of men transformed the American economy and government, dictated foreign and domestic policy, and shaped world history.Culled from original presidential archival documents, All the Presidents' Bankers delivers an explosive account of the hundred-year interdependence between the White House and Wall Street that transcends a simple analysis of mon... read more

The End of Ice

Dahr Jamail

Finalist for the 2020 PEN / E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Acclaimed on its hardcover publication, a global journey that reminds us “of how magical the planet we’re about to lose really is” (Bill McKibben) With a new epilogue by the author After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineeri... read more

Finalist for the 2020 PEN / E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Acclaimed on its hardcover publication, a global journey that reminds us “of how magical the planet we’re about to lose really is” (Bill McKibben) With a new epilogue by the author After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineeri... read more

Salvation Boulevard

Larry Beinhart

Some cases test a private investigator's wits, others test his courage, and still others, his character. In Salvation Boulevard, P.I. Carl Van Wagener has found a case that tests them all, and then goes on to test his soul. A professor is dead and a suspect—who has confessed—is in custody. But nothing is what it seems. After all, the dead man is an atheist professor, the accused an Islamic for... read more

Some cases test a private investigator's wits, others test his courage, and still others, his character. In Salvation Boulevard, P.I. Carl Van Wagener has found a case that tests them all, and then goes on to test his soul. A professor is dead and a suspect—who has confessed—is in custody. But nothing is what it seems. After all, the dead man is an atheist professor, the accused an Islamic for... read more

Children of the Days

Eduardo Galeano

Unfurling like a medieval book of days, each page of Eduardo Galeano's Children of the Days has an illuminating story that takes inspiration from that date of the calendar year, resurrecting the heroes and heroines who have fallen off the historical map, but whose lives remind us of our darkest hours and sweetest victories.Challenging readers to consider the human condition and our own choices... read more

Unfurling like a medieval book of days, each page of Eduardo Galeano's Children of the Days has an illuminating story that takes inspiration from that date of the calendar year, resurrecting the heroes and heroines who have fallen off the historical map, but whose lives remind us of our darkest hours and sweetest victories.Challenging readers to consider the human condition and our own choices... read more

Inverting The Pyramid

Jonathan Wilson

“An outstanding work … the [soccer] book of the decade.” —Sunday Business PostInverting the Pyramid is a pioneering soccer book that chronicles the evolution of soccer tactics and the lives of the itinerant coaching geniuses who have spread their distinctive styles across the globe. Through Jonathan Wilson's brilliant historical detective work we learn how the South Americans shrugged off the ... read more

“An outstanding work … the [soccer] book of the decade.” —Sunday Business PostInverting the Pyramid is a pioneering soccer book that chronicles the evolution of soccer tactics and the lives of the itinerant coaching geniuses who have spread their distinctive styles across the globe. Through Jonathan Wilson's brilliant historical detective work we learn how the South Americans shrugged off the ... read more

The Librarian: A Novel

Beinhart, Larry

A Meal in Winter: A Novel of World War II

Mingarelli, Hubert, Taylor, Sam

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Karlene Agard
This was my first experience using an Editor and it could not have been better. Carl guided me through the process, constantly honing in on what was best about my writing and how it could be magnified. His thoughtful and patient critiques have been invaluable. I highly recommend him!

Karlene Agard, September 2020

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