Elana Jolley

Elana Jolley - Editor

New York City, NY, USA

Elana is an independent editor with a decade of experience in the publishing world.

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Overview

Elana has a decade of experience in the publishing world, editing most recently for Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, for seven years. There, she edited New York Times bestselling historical and suspense fiction, thrillers, literary fiction, women’s fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and new age literature. Notable recent work includes The Hollywood Spy by New York Times bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal, The Better Liar by debut novelist Tanen Jones, and Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by NEA fellow Toni Jensen. Before her time at Penguin Random House, she worked as Managing Editor of Other Press and, before that, at Regina Ryan Books—as well as at Modern Books and Elwin Street Productions in London. Elana has lived and breathed the written word since college: After graduating cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University, she received her master’s degree in Early Modern English Literature from Oxford University. She is a native New Yorker and a prize-winning poet whose work has most recently been published in The Brazenhead Review and Five Dials Magazine alongside Ali Smith and Lydia Davis.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Inspirational
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Independent Editor

Self-employed
August, 2021 – Present (about 1 year)

New Moon Editorial is an independent editing firm--the brainchild of Elana Seplow-Jolley, a seasoned professional editor with a decade of experience in the publishing world. At New Moon Editorial, she takes a holistic approach to the editorial process in order to help writers recognize the full potential of their work. Whether your project is fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, or a book proposal, Elana is here to help with the line and developmental editing, as well as providing consulting sessions for the daunting—but manageable—publishing process.

Editor

Penguin Random House
August, 2014 – August, 2021 (about 7 years)

Elana worked as an editor for Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, for seven years. There, she edited New York Times bestselling historical and suspense fiction, thrillers, literary fiction, women’s fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and new age literature.

Notable recent work includes The Hollywood Spy by New York Times bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal, The Better Liar by debut novelist Tanen Jones, and Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by NEA fellow Toni Jensen.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Day We Met: A Novel

Rowan Coleman

For fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You comes a beautifully written, heartwarming novel about mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. The Day We Met asks: Can you love someone you don’t remember falling in love with? A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children, a job she loves—Claire’s got it all. And then some. But lately, her mother hovers more than a helicopter, her husband, Greg, seems li... read more

For fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You comes a beautifully written, heartwarming novel about mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. The Day We Met asks: Can you love someone you don’t remember falling in love with? A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children, a job she loves—Claire’s got it all. And then some. But lately, her mother hovers more than a helicopter, her husband, Greg, seems li... read more

As Night Falls: A Novel

Jenny Milchman

From the acclaimed author of Ruin Falls and Cover of Snow comes a breathless new novel of psychological suspense about a dark, twisted turn of events that could shatter a family—a read perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard.Sandy Tremont has always tried to give her family everything. But, as the sky darkens over the Adirondacks and a heavy snowfall looms, an esc... read more

From the acclaimed author of Ruin Falls and Cover of Snow comes a breathless new novel of psychological suspense about a dark, twisted turn of events that could shatter a family—a read perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard.Sandy Tremont has always tried to give her family everything. But, as the sky darkens over the Adirondacks and a heavy snowfall looms, an esc... read more

The Guest Cottage: A Novel

Nancy Thayer

New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer whisks readers back to the beloved island of Nantucket in this delightful novel about two single parents who accidentally rent the same summer house—and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie.Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and ca... read more

New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer whisks readers back to the beloved island of Nantucket in this delightful novel about two single parents who accidentally rent the same summer house—and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie.Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and ca... read more

Ever After: A Nantucket Brides Novel (Nantucket Brides Trilogy)

Jude Deveraux

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jude Deveraux’s eagerly awaited third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy continues the spellbinding saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde ste... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jude Deveraux’s eagerly awaited third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy continues the spellbinding saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde ste... read more

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