Dominique Lear

Dominique Lear - Editor

New York, NY, USA

An intrepid, professional book editor specializing in non-fiction, including history, memoir, social sciences and long-form journalism.

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I'm a non-fiction book editor with experience in history, current affairs, memoir, biography, among other genres. I have over two years of experience working in large, literary publishing houses in the U.S. Born and raised in Mexico City, I bring a uniquely international perspective to all the books I edit, and I enjoy supporting projects that showcase the world's beautiful diversity.

When working with an author on developmental edits, I like to pose as many questions as possible. I strive for clarity in argument and an engaging, accessible prose. I also work as a sensitivity reader, so whenever I edit a book, I'm looking to make sure that the writing is sensitive to a broad spectrum of readers. With non-fiction, I think it is particularly important for an author to be crafting a clear, engaging through-line across the book, and this is something I emphasize in my notes to writers.

I'm drawn to stories that emphasize the humanity behind the stories in the news, and I particularly enjoy working on books with a mission-driven impact.

I studied literature and history in NYU Abu Dhabi, where I lived for four years, though I had the opportunity to study abroad in Berlin, Boston, and Shanghai. Shortly after graduating, I moved to New York to work in publishing, and I've been here ever since.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Philosophy
Political Science & Current Affairs
Sociology
Fiction
Literary Fiction

Work experience

Assistant Editor

HarperCollins
January, 2019 – Present (about 1 year)

Founder and Editor

Xeno
November, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

Xeno is an online publication with an eye toward diversifying the news, media, and culture we're exposed to every day.

Editorial Assistant

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October, 2017 – January, 2019 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

Aaron Bobrow-Strain

What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system?When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aida’s mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America.Undocumented, Aida fo... read more

What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system?When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aida’s mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America.Undocumented, Aida fo... read more

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto

Suketu Mehta

A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrantsThere are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? In This Land Is Our Land, the renowned author Suketu Mehta attacks the issue head-on. Drawing on his own experience as an Indian-born teenager growing up in New ... read more

A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrantsThere are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? In This Land Is Our Land, the renowned author Suketu Mehta attacks the issue head-on. Drawing on his own experience as an Indian-born teenager growing up in New ... read more

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

Megan Phelps-Roper

The activist and TED speaker Megan Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in AmericaAt the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Founded by her grandfather and consisting almost entirely of her extended family, the tiny group would gain worldwid... read more

The activist and TED speaker Megan Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in AmericaAt the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Founded by her grandfather and consisting almost entirely of her extended family, the tiny group would gain worldwid... read more

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States

Daniel Immerwahr

A pathbreaking history of the United States’ overseas possessions and the true meaning of its empireWe are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an “empire,” exercising power around the world. But what about the actual territories—the islands, atolls, and archipelagos—this country has governed and inhabited?In How to ... read more

A pathbreaking history of the United States’ overseas possessions and the true meaning of its empireWe are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an “empire,” exercising power around the world. But what about the actual territories—the islands, atolls, and archipelagos—this country has governed and inhabited?In How to ... read more

The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump

Geraldo Cadava

An illuminating and thought-provoking history of the growth of Hispanic American Republican voters in the past half century and their surprising impact on US politics In the lead-up to every election cycle, pundits predict that Latino Americans will overwhelmingly vote in favor of the Democratic candidate. And it’s true—Latino voters do tilt Democratic. Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in a... read more

An illuminating and thought-provoking history of the growth of Hispanic American Republican voters in the past half century and their surprising impact on US politics In the lead-up to every election cycle, pundits predict that Latino Americans will overwhelmingly vote in favor of the Democratic candidate. And it’s true—Latino voters do tilt Democratic. Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in a... read more

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