Coralie Hunter

Coralie Hunter - Editor

Denver, CO, USA

I am a professional book editor, specializing in fiction, with more than a decade of experience in the New York trade publishing industry.

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Overview

After a decade working in the New York trade publishing industry, including six years as an editor at The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, I decided to go freelance in order to take advantage of an opportunity to live abroad with my husband and son. Prior to joining Knopf Doubleday, I worked with writers at the prestigious boutique agency The Robbins Office in New York and at United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills. At Doubleday, I had the pleasure of working with a vast range of New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction writers, including Colson Whitehead, Erin Morgenstern, and Edward Rutherfurd, as well as acquiring award-winning fiction such as LOVE ME BACK by Merritt Tierce.

As an independent editor, I’ve worked with authors represented by major literary agencies including William Morris Endeavor and ICM, along with a host of other agencies. Books I’ve edited have been published by Little, Brown, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins among other publishing houses. I also teach the art of developmental story editing at the Denver Publishing Institute.

I take a close, collaborative appoach to all stages of the editorial process and offer a wide range of professional editing services to writers seeking expert guidance to improve their book manuscripts and meet all their publishing goals.

I have a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. I have lived in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Paris and Nice, France. Currently, I’m based in beautiful Denver, Colorado.

Professional Testimonials:
“Coralie oversaw the U.S. edit of my debut novel
The Distance, and I couldn't have wished for a happier experience. She's the best kind of editor – the kind that doesn't dominate her authors but instead empowers them. I'd love the chance to work with her again.”
—Helen Giltrow, author of THE DISTANCE (Doubleday US/Orion UK)

"I would put a manuscript in Coralie's hands with complete confidence that the editorial advice she would offer would be the best anyone could expect.”
—Gerald Howard, Executive Editor and Vice-President, Doubleday

"Coralie was an absolute joy to work with. Her guidance and prompts throughout the restructuring and editing process were spot on. I was amazed by her ability to see what wasn't on the page and help me to go 'there'. I couldn't have gotten the manuscript to the point of publication without her."
—Karen Sherman, author of the forthcoming memoir BRICK BY BRICK: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survicors Everywhere (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020)

“I had the pleasure of working closely with Coralie during her six-years at Doubleday. She has an extraordinary instinct for both fiction and non-fiction, but more importantly, she is a sharp, insightful and generous editor with a remarkable capacity for gently (yet firmly) challenging her authors to develop and refine their projects until they reach the best possible versions. She has a deep understanding of the publishing industry and is an extremely talented writer in her own right. Above all, it was her passion for literature and inspired advocacy for her authors that made her one of the most respected people at Doubleday.”
—Melissa Danaczko, Literary Agent, Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency

"Coralie was a dream to work with, from the acquisition process on. Her edits were visionary and astute, and within a few months the book [Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce] blossomed into a richer, more intimate, and ultimately more commercial version of itself."
—Anna Stein O'Sullivan, Literary Agent, ICM

“Working with Coralie is a privilege. She has the incredible ability to read a novel and know precisely how to make it better. Her intellect is such that she is able to go into a manuscript and quickly pare away the excess, spot the inconsistencies and find the missing threads. She is thorough, meticulous and kind, offering the kind of detailed editorial advice almost every writer needs. This woman is so good she can make a fable out of a behemoth!”
–Sloane Tanen, author of THERE’S A WORD FOR THAT (Little, Brown, 2019)

“Coralie is a rare talent. She combines a remarkably intuitive sense for story, character, and voice with a flair for grappling with the often complex mechanics of a book. Plus, she’s just an all-around pleasure to work with. I feel incredibly lucky to have found her.”
–Nova Jacobs, author of THE LAST EQUATION OF ISAAC SEVERY (Touchstone, 2018)

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Developmental Book Editor

Self-employed
June, 2014 – Present (over 5 years)

Editor

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House
January, 2008 – February, 2014 (about 6 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Love Me Back

Merritt Tierce

A Chicago Tribune, Electric Literature, and BookRiot Best Book of the Year A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" AuthorMarie is a waitress at an upscale Dallas steakhouse, attuned to the appetites of her patrons and gifted at hiding her private struggle as a young single mother behind an easy smile and a crisp white apron. It’s a world of long hours and late nights, and Marie often gives in ... read more

A Chicago Tribune, Electric Literature, and BookRiot Best Book of the Year A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" AuthorMarie is a waitress at an upscale Dallas steakhouse, attuned to the appetites of her patrons and gifted at hiding her private struggle as a young single mother behind an easy smile and a crisp white apron. It’s a world of long hours and late nights, and Marie often gives in ... read more

The Distance: A Thriller

Helen Giltrow

A dark, ultra-contemporary, and relentlessly paced debut thriller about a London society woman trying to put her secret criminal past behind her, and the hit man who comes to her with an impossible job she can't refuse.Charlotte Alton is an elegant socialite. But behind the locked doors of her sleek, high-security apartment in London's Docklands, she becomes Karla. Karla's business is informat... read more

A dark, ultra-contemporary, and relentlessly paced debut thriller about a London society woman trying to put her secret criminal past behind her, and the hit man who comes to her with an impossible job she can't refuse.Charlotte Alton is an elegant socialite. But behind the locked doors of her sleek, high-security apartment in London's Docklands, she becomes Karla. Karla's business is informat... read more

There's a Word for That

Sloane Tanen

An "engrossing, hilarious, and tender" chronicle of a wildly flawed family that comes together--in rehab, of all places--even as each member is on the verge of falling apart (Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project).Introducing the Kesslers: Marty, a retired LA film producer whose self-worth has been eroded by age and a late-in-life passion for opioids; hi... read more

An "engrossing, hilarious, and tender" chronicle of a wildly flawed family that comes together--in rehab, of all places--even as each member is on the verge of falling apart (Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project).Introducing the Kesslers: Marty, a retired LA film producer whose self-worth has been eroded by age and a late-in-life passion for opioids; hi... read more

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues

Nova Jacobs

*Wall Street Journal’s “Mysteries: Best of 2018” *Book of the Month Club Selection *Edgar Award Nominee: Best First Novel by an American Author A “hugely entertaining” (Wall Street Journal) mystery starring “a Royal Tenenbaums-esque clan of geniuses” (Martha Stewart Living)—perfect for fans of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.In this “riveting…brilliant” (Booklist) debut, Hazel Severy, the own... read more

*Wall Street Journal’s “Mysteries: Best of 2018” *Book of the Month Club Selection *Edgar Award Nominee: Best First Novel by an American Author A “hugely entertaining” (Wall Street Journal) mystery starring “a Royal Tenenbaums-esque clan of geniuses” (Martha Stewart Living)—perfect for fans of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.In this “riveting…brilliant” (Booklist) debut, Hazel Severy, the own... read more

The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty

Alexander Lee

The Ugly Renaissance is a delightfully debauched tour of the sordid, gritty reality behind some of the most celebrated artworks and cultural innovations of all time.Tourists today flock to Italy by the millions to admire the stunning achievements of the Renaissance—paintings, statues, and buildings that are the legacy of one of the greatest periods of cultural rebirth and artistic beauty the w... read more

The Ugly Renaissance is a delightfully debauched tour of the sordid, gritty reality behind some of the most celebrated artworks and cultural innovations of all time.Tourists today flock to Italy by the millions to admire the stunning achievements of the Renaissance—paintings, statues, and buildings that are the legacy of one of the greatest periods of cultural rebirth and artistic beauty the w... read more

Bennington Girls Are Easy

Charlotte Silver

When Sylvie Furst and Cassandra Puffin meet at Bennington College, that Vermont haven for well-to-do young eccentrics and liberal-arts students, they firmly believe theirs will be a friendship for the ages. From the heyday of college through those first delirious post-college years, the two girls have nothing but each other and their charmingly-decorated apartments to keep them afloat. Propell... read more

When Sylvie Furst and Cassandra Puffin meet at Bennington College, that Vermont haven for well-to-do young eccentrics and liberal-arts students, they firmly believe theirs will be a friendship for the ages. From the heyday of college through those first delirious post-college years, the two girls have nothing but each other and their charmingly-decorated apartments to keep them afloat. Propell... read more

Brick by Brick: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere

Karen Sherman

After a twenty-five-year career spent fighting for women’s rights around the globe at the expense of time with her family, Karen Sherman looked around and realized she didn’t really know her children and felt little connection to her husband. With her world—work, marriage, family—crashing down, she made the rash decision to move to Rwanda with her three sons, an experiment she dubbed “our year... read more

After a twenty-five-year career spent fighting for women’s rights around the globe at the expense of time with her family, Karen Sherman looked around and realized she didn’t really know her children and felt little connection to her husband. With her world—work, marriage, family—crashing down, she made the rash decision to move to Rwanda with her three sons, an experiment she dubbed “our year... read more

KILLDOZER: The True Story of the Colorado Bulldozer Rampage

Patrick F Brower

On June 4, 2004, Marvin Heeymeyer unleashed his gigantic, armored, tank-like bulldozer upon the small town of Granby, Colorado. It was an act of defiant, but misguided, revenge upon those who he perceived had done him wrong in a long series of local property disputes. Over a period of serveral hours, Heemeyer proceeded to cause mayhem and destruction while overwhelming the efforts of local pol... read more

On June 4, 2004, Marvin Heeymeyer unleashed his gigantic, armored, tank-like bulldozer upon the small town of Granby, Colorado. It was an act of defiant, but misguided, revenge upon those who he perceived had done him wrong in a long series of local property disputes. Over a period of serveral hours, Heemeyer proceeded to cause mayhem and destruction while overwhelming the efforts of local pol... read more

Paris: The Novel

Edward Rutherfurd

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom Edward Rutherfurd, the grand master of the historical novel, comes a dazzling epic about the magnificent city of Paris. Moving back and forth in time, the story unfolds through intimate and thrilling tales of self-discovery, divided loyalty, and long-kept secrets. As various characters come of age, seek their fortunes, and fall in and out of love, the novel follow... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom Edward Rutherfurd, the grand master of the historical novel, comes a dazzling epic about the magnificent city of Paris. Moving back and forth in time, the story unfolds through intimate and thrilling tales of self-discovery, divided loyalty, and long-kept secrets. As various characters come of age, seek their fortunes, and fall in and out of love, the novel follow... read more

The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British

Sarah Lyall

“Should be handed out . . . in the immigration line at Heathrow.” ―Malcolm Gladwell Sarah Lyall moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for amusing and sharp dispatches on her adopted country. Confronted by the eccentricities of these island people (the English husband who never turned on the lights, the legislators who behaved like drunken frat boys, the hedgehog lovers), she s... read more

“Should be handed out . . . in the immigration line at Heathrow.” ―Malcolm Gladwell Sarah Lyall moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for amusing and sharp dispatches on her adopted country. Confronted by the eccentricities of these island people (the English husband who never turned on the lights, the legislators who behaved like drunken frat boys, the hedgehog lovers), she s... read more

The Word: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing

Marita Golden

Critically acclaimed Black writers reveal how books have shaped their personal lives—in often unexpected ways. In these thirteen strikingly candid interviews, bestselling authors, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and writers picked by Oprah’s Book Club discuss how the acts of reading and writing have deeply affected their lives by expanding the conceptual borders of their communities and broaden... read more

Critically acclaimed Black writers reveal how books have shaped their personal lives—in often unexpected ways. In these thirteen strikingly candid interviews, bestselling authors, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and writers picked by Oprah’s Book Club discuss how the acts of reading and writing have deeply affected their lives by expanding the conceptual borders of their communities and broaden... read more

Johannes Cabal the Detective

Jonathan L. Howard

Johannes Cabal, necromancer of some little infamy, returns in this riotously clever and terrifically twisted tale of murder and international intrigue. In this genre-twisting novel, infamous necromancer Johannes Cabal, after beating the Devil and being reunited with his soul, leads us on another raucous journey in a little-known corner of the world. This time he's on the run from the local gov... read more

Johannes Cabal, necromancer of some little infamy, returns in this riotously clever and terrifically twisted tale of murder and international intrigue. In this genre-twisting novel, infamous necromancer Johannes Cabal, after beating the Devil and being reunited with his soul, leads us on another raucous journey in a little-known corner of the world. This time he's on the run from the local gov... read more

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