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Emily Angell

Emily Angell - Editor

New York, United States

Former non-fiction editor at Penguin Random House and Macmillan. I've edited business, true crime, history, and everything in between.

Overview

I've edited just about every type of non-fiction from sports to science, business to biography, and management to memoir. My bestselling titles include The Sports Gene by David Epstein; Tap Dancing to Work by Carol J. Loomis; Taking People With You by David Novak; Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain by Ryan Blair; The Reinventors by Jason Jennings; and Where Does It Hurt? by Jonathan Bush. Other career highlights include working with bestselling authors such as Joe Nocera, Geoff Colvin, Kate Kelly, Dan Roam, and Ian Bremmer.

I am primarily a developmental editor. I love to help writers when there is only a kernel of an idea, or deep dive into revisions and restructuring if you already have a first draft. I'll provide constructive feedback, walk you through necessary changes, counsel you when you have questions or doubts, and push you to produce your best work. Collaboration and open communication are key! During my seven years at two major publishing houses, I collaborated with journalists, professors, professional doodlers, creative thinkers, self-help gurus, CEOs, historians, first-time authors, and even a former undercover FBI agent, so I have a wealth of experience to share.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences History Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement Sports & outdoor recreation True Crime

Work experience

Editor

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, Macmillan
August, 2015 – April, 2017 (over 1 year)

Responsible for acquiring, editing, and overseeing my books through the production process for Thomas Dunne Books and St. Martin's Press, as well as editing books acquired by the publisher of Thomas Dunne Books.

Editor

Portfolio/Sentinel/Current, Penguin Random House
June, 2013 – August, 2015 (about 2 years)

Responsible for acquiring, editing, and developing 3-5 books per season for three nonfiction imprints, while working with the marketing, publicity, and sales teams to package, title, and publish my books.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

David Epstein

The New York Times bestseller – with a new afterword about early specialization in youth sports.The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?In th... read more

The New York Times bestseller – with a new afterword about early specialization in youth sports.The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?In th... read more

Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA

Joe Nocera, Ben Strauss

“How can the NCAA blithely wreck careers without regard to due process or common fairness? How can it act so ruthlessly to enforce rules that are so petty? Why won’t anybody stand up to these outrageous violations of American values and American justice?” In the four years since Joe Nocera asked those ques­tions in a controversial New York Times column, the National Collegiate Athletic Associa... read more

“How can the NCAA blithely wreck careers without regard to due process or common fairness? How can it act so ruthlessly to enforce rules that are so petty? Why won’t anybody stand up to these outrageous violations of American values and American justice?” In the four years since Joe Nocera asked those ques­tions in a controversial New York Times column, the National Collegiate Athletic Associa... read more

The Secret Club That Runs the World: Inside the Fraternity of Commodity Traders

Kate Kelly

“Commodity players are a shrewd and indomitable lot. And the contracts they trade are still so loosely regulated that the correct combination of money and skill creates irresistible opportunity. That’s why I’m only half joking when I call them the secret club that runs the world.”When most people think of the drama of global finance, they think of stocks and bonds, venture capital, high-tech I... read more

“Commodity players are a shrewd and indomitable lot. And the contracts they trade are still so loosely regulated that the correct combination of money and skill creates irresistible opportunity. That’s why I’m only half joking when I call them the secret club that runs the world.”When most people think of the drama of global finance, they think of stocks and bonds, venture capital, high-tech I... read more

Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will

Geoff Colvin

As technology races ahead, what will people do better than computers?What hope will there be for us when computers can drive cars better than humans, predict Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts, identify faces, scurry helpfully around offices and factories, even perform some surgeries, all faster, more reliably, and less expensively than people?It’s easy to imagine a nightmare sc... read more

As technology races ahead, what will people do better than computers?What hope will there be for us when computers can drive cars better than humans, predict Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts, identify faces, scurry helpfully around offices and factories, even perform some surgeries, all faster, more reliably, and less expensively than people?It’s easy to imagine a nightmare sc... read more

Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations

Dan Roam

“If I tell you the truth, if I tell it with a story, and if I tell that story with pictures, I can keep you glued to your seat. Let me show you how.”For the vast majority of us, giving a presentation is an extremely difficult and nerve-wracking process, whether we’re in a one-on-one meeting, a conference room with a dozen strangers, or a lecture hall in front of thousands.But according to Dan ... read more

“If I tell you the truth, if I tell it with a story, and if I tell that story with pictures, I can keep you glued to your seat. Let me show you how.”For the vast majority of us, giving a presentation is an extremely difficult and nerve-wracking process, whether we’re in a one-on-one meeting, a conference room with a dozen strangers, or a lecture hall in front of thousands.But according to Dan ... read more

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

Todd Henry

"One of the best books of the year. Passionate, practical and powerful, Todd will help you do more and do it better, starting right now." - Seth Godin, author of The Icarus DeceptionMost of us fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. But by the end of each day we're often left wondering if any of it really matte... read more

"One of the best books of the year. Passionate, practical and powerful, Todd will help you do more and do it better, starting right now." - Seth Godin, author of The Icarus DeceptionMost of us fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. But by the end of each day we're often left wondering if any of it really matte... read more

Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars

Lee Billings

“A definitive guide to astronomy’s hottest field.” —The EconomistSince its formation nearly five billion years ago, our planet has been the sole living world in a vast and silent universe. But over the past two decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of “exoplanets,” including some that could be similar to our own world, and the pace of discovery is accelerating.In a fascinating account... read more

“A definitive guide to astronomy’s hottest field.” —The EconomistSince its formation nearly five billion years ago, our planet has been the sole living world in a vast and silent universe. But over the past two decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of “exoplanets,” including some that could be similar to our own world, and the pace of discovery is accelerating.In a fascinating account... read more

Jack and Norman: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer's "The Executioner's Song"

Jerome Loving

This is the story of an author and his apprentice. It is the story of literary influence and tragedy. It is also the story of incarceration in America.Norman Mailer was writing The Executioner’s Song, his novel about condemned killer Gary Gilmore, when he struck up a correspondence with Jack Henry Abbott, Federal Prisoner 87098-132. Over time, Abbott convinced the famous author that he was a t... read more

This is the story of an author and his apprentice. It is the story of literary influence and tragedy. It is also the story of incarceration in America.Norman Mailer was writing The Executioner’s Song, his novel about condemned killer Gary Gilmore, when he struck up a correspondence with Jack Henry Abbott, Federal Prisoner 87098-132. Over time, Abbott convinced the famous author that he was a t... read more

Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale

Larry McShane, Dan Pearson

As the last Don of the Philadelphia mob, Ralph Natale, the first-ever mob boss to turn state’s evidence, provides an insider’s perspective on the mafia. Natale’s reign atop the Philadelphia and New Jersey underworlds brought the region’s mafia back to prominence in the 1990s. Smart, savvy, and articulate, Natale came up in the mob and saw first-hand as it hatched its plan to control Atlantic C... read more

As the last Don of the Philadelphia mob, Ralph Natale, the first-ever mob boss to turn state’s evidence, provides an insider’s perspective on the mafia. Natale’s reign atop the Philadelphia and New Jersey underworlds brought the region’s mafia back to prominence in the 1990s. Smart, savvy, and articulate, Natale came up in the mob and saw first-hand as it hatched its plan to control Atlantic C... read more

The Two Most Important Days: How to Find Your Purpose - and Live a Happier, Healthier Life

Sanjiv Chopra, Gina Vild

What are the two most important days in your life? "The day you are born and the day you find out why," Mark Twain famously wrote.The search for happiness is hardwired in our DNA. It transcends age, gender, geography, vocation, and personal circumstances. But how do you achieve it?Through inspirational storytelling, scientific evidence, practical advice, captivating exercises, and poetry, Dr. ... read more

What are the two most important days in your life? "The day you are born and the day you find out why," Mark Twain famously wrote.The search for happiness is hardwired in our DNA. It transcends age, gender, geography, vocation, and personal circumstances. But how do you achieve it?Through inspirational storytelling, scientific evidence, practical advice, captivating exercises, and poetry, Dr. ... read more

The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City's Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics

Nancie Clare

The untold history of Beverly Hills and how, against all odds, it remained an independent, exclusive, and glamorous enclave through the efforts of Hollywood’s film pioneers.If you look at a map of the sprawling city lines of Los Angeles, you’ll notice a distinct hole in the middle. That is Beverly Hills, and there’s a reason why it remains an island in the sea of LA. It’s a tale inextricably l... read more

The untold history of Beverly Hills and how, against all odds, it remained an independent, exclusive, and glamorous enclave through the efforts of Hollywood’s film pioneers.If you look at a map of the sprawling city lines of Los Angeles, you’ll notice a distinct hole in the middle. That is Beverly Hills, and there’s a reason why it remains an island in the sea of LA. It’s a tale inextricably l... read more

The Mafia's President: Nixon and the Mob

Don Fulsom

Unbeknownst to most people even now, the election of 1968 placed the patron saint of the Mafia in the White House. In other words, Richard Nixon would go on to not only lead a criminal presidency; he would be totally indebted to our nation’s top mobsters.By 1969, thanks in large part to his long-time campaign manager and political advisor Murray Chotiner, a lawyer who specialized in representi... read more

Unbeknownst to most people even now, the election of 1968 placed the patron saint of the Mafia in the White House. In other words, Richard Nixon would go on to not only lead a criminal presidency; he would be totally indebted to our nation’s top mobsters.By 1969, thanks in large part to his long-time campaign manager and political advisor Murray Chotiner, a lawyer who specialized in representi... read more

The Cooperstown Casebook: Who's in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques

Jay Jaffe

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, tucked away in upstate New York in a small town called Cooperstown, is far from any major media market or big league stadium. Yet no sports hall of fame’s membership is so hallowed, nor its qualifications so debated, nor its voting process so dissected. Since its founding in 1936, the Hall of Fame’s standards for election have been nebulous, and i... read more

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, tucked away in upstate New York in a small town called Cooperstown, is far from any major media market or big league stadium. Yet no sports hall of fame’s membership is so hallowed, nor its qualifications so debated, nor its voting process so dissected. Since its founding in 1936, the Hall of Fame’s standards for election have been nebulous, and i... read more

Coming of Age: The Sexual Awakening of Margaret Mead

Deborah Beatriz Blum

Coming of Age focuses on five years in Mead’s young life when she began to question the traditional attitudes toward sex, courtship and marriage that dominated the early 20th century.The story begins in 1921, when Mead is a young woman of twenty and a student at Barnard College in New York City. Conventional enough to accept the role society has handed to her, and defiant enough to rise up aga... read more

Coming of Age focuses on five years in Mead’s young life when she began to question the traditional attitudes toward sex, courtship and marriage that dominated the early 20th century.The story begins in 1921, when Mead is a young woman of twenty and a student at Barnard College in New York City. Conventional enough to accept the role society has handed to her, and defiant enough to rise up aga... read more

The Pretender: My Life Undercover for the FBI

Marc Ruskin

Of all the tools available to law enforcement, the living, breathing undercover operative remains the gold standard. This is true in TV shows and in the real world. In the era of electronic surveillance, UC work enforces accountability; it prevents mistakes, and of all the boots on the ground, undercover agents are often the most valuable. The FBI generally has about 100 UC agents working full... read more

Of all the tools available to law enforcement, the living, breathing undercover operative remains the gold standard. This is true in TV shows and in the real world. In the era of electronic surveillance, UC work enforces accountability; it prevents mistakes, and of all the boots on the ground, undercover agents are often the most valuable. The FBI generally has about 100 UC agents working full... read more

Law & Disorder: The Chaotic Birth of the NYPD

Bruce Chadwick

Nineteenth-century New York City was one of the most magnificent cities in the world, but also one of the most deadly. Without any real law enforcement for almost 200 years, the city was a lawless place where the crime rate was triple what it is today and the murder rate was five or six times as high. The staggering amount of crime threatened to topple a city that was experiencing meteoric gro... read more

Nineteenth-century New York City was one of the most magnificent cities in the world, but also one of the most deadly. Without any real law enforcement for almost 200 years, the city was a lawless place where the crime rate was triple what it is today and the murder rate was five or six times as high. The staggering amount of crime threatened to topple a city that was experiencing meteoric gro... read more

JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier

Steven Watts

From very early on in his career, John F. Kennedy’s allure was more akin to a movie star than a presidential candidate. Why were Americans so attracted to Kennedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s—his glamorous image, good looks, cool style, tough-minded rhetoric, and sex appeal? As Steve Watts argues, JFK was tailor made for the cultural atmosphere of his time. He benefited from a crisis of m... read more

From very early on in his career, John F. Kennedy’s allure was more akin to a movie star than a presidential candidate. Why were Americans so attracted to Kennedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s—his glamorous image, good looks, cool style, tough-minded rhetoric, and sex appeal? As Steve Watts argues, JFK was tailor made for the cultural atmosphere of his time. He benefited from a crisis of m... read more

Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World

Ian Bremmer

America will remain the world’s only superpower for the foreseeable future. But what sort of superpower? What role should America play in the world? What role do you want America to play? Ian Bremmer argues that Washington’s directionless foreign policy has become prohibitively expensive and increasingly dangerous. Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. policymakers have stumbled from crisis to c... read more

America will remain the world’s only superpower for the foreseeable future. But what sort of superpower? What role should America play in the world? What role do you want America to play? Ian Bremmer argues that Washington’s directionless foreign policy has become prohibitively expensive and increasingly dangerous. Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. policymakers have stumbled from crisis to c... read more

Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2013

Carol J. Loomis

Warren Buffett built Berkshire Hathaway into something remarkable— and Fortune journalist Carol Loomis had a front-row seat for it all.When Carol Loomis first mentioned a little-known Omaha hedge fund manager in a 1966 Fortune article, she didn’t dream that Warren Buffett would one day be considered the world’s greatest investor—nor that she and Buffett would quickly become close personal frie... read more

Warren Buffett built Berkshire Hathaway into something remarkable— and Fortune journalist Carol Loomis had a front-row seat for it all.When Carol Loomis first mentioned a little-known Omaha hedge fund manager in a 1966 Fortune article, she didn’t dream that Warren Buffett would one day be considered the world’s greatest investor—nor that she and Buffett would quickly become close personal frie... read more

Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen

David Novak

“AN IMPORTANT BOOK ABOUT MOTIVATION FROM A PROVEN MOTIVATOR.” —JACK WELCHYum! Brands CEO David Novak learned long ago that you can’t lead a great organization of any size without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission. But how do you do that? There are countless leadership books, but how many will actually help a Taco Bell shift manager, a Fortune 50... read more

“AN IMPORTANT BOOK ABOUT MOTIVATION FROM A PROVEN MOTIVATOR.” —JACK WELCHYum! Brands CEO David Novak learned long ago that you can’t lead a great organization of any size without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission. But how do you do that? There are countless leadership books, but how many will actually help a Taco Bell shift manager, a Fortune 50... read more

Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman

Louis Ferrante

The Mob is notorious for its cruel and immoral practices, but its most successful members have always been extremely smart businessmen. Now, former mobster Louis Ferrante reveals its surprisingly effective management techniques and explains how to apply them-legally-to any legitimate business. As an associate of the Gambino family, Ferrante relied on his instincts to pull off some of the bigge... read more

The Mob is notorious for its cruel and immoral practices, but its most successful members have always been extremely smart businessmen. Now, former mobster Louis Ferrante reveals its surprisingly effective management techniques and explains how to apply them-legally-to any legitimate business. As an associate of the Gambino family, Ferrante relied on his instincts to pull off some of the bigge... read more

In My Shoes: A Memoir

Tamara Mellon

When Tamara Mellon’s father lent her the seed money to start a high-end shoe company, he cautioned her: “Don’t let the accountants run your business.” Little did he know. Over the next fifteen years, the struggle between “financial” and “creative” would become one of the central themes as Mellon’s business savvy, creative eye, and flair for design built Jimmy Choo into a premier name in the co... read more

When Tamara Mellon’s father lent her the seed money to start a high-end shoe company, he cautioned her: “Don’t let the accountants run your business.” Little did he know. Over the next fifteen years, the struggle between “financial” and “creative” would become one of the central themes as Mellon’s business savvy, creative eye, and flair for design built Jimmy Choo into a premier name in the co... read more

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