Emily Dayton

Emily Dayton - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Experienced editor and proofreader with publishing, literary agency, and Hollywood experience specializing in YA and literary fiction.

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Overview

I am a publishing professional passionate about helping storytellers of every level produce their best work possible! I have a unique perspective and background that I bring to every project I work on: not only do I have years of experience in the traditional publishing industry, I have also worked in book to film representation.

I started my career at a small literary agency where I read and evaluated a wide range of submissions across genres. While there, I developed strong instincts for how to assess material, and also provided notes for authors at various stages in their career. I then moved to Penguin Random House, where I worked as a member of the managing editorial department. My background in managing editorial makes me extremely attentive to detail and gave me experience both proofreading and copyediting. I also shepherded books through the production process and oversaw freelance copyeditors and proofreaders. Most recently I have worked in IP representation at a small film/TV management and production company, evaluating books for their viability in the highly competitive film/TV landscape and representing authors and publishers selling their titles to film/TV producers and studios.

Throughout these various stages of my career, I have developed skills that would be invaluable to any aspiring author: I have a strong understanding of every phase of the publishing industry and of the various trends and players. I am skilled at reviewing material and giving comprehensive notes, and have worked with writers throughout every stage of development.

I am friendly, communicative, and highly organized. I believe strongly in a collaborative working process, particularly when it comes to working with writers. I particularly believe in preserving the unique voice that every writer has within them: my goal is not to fix your writing, but to bring out the very best in it. I focus on detail and accuracy, as well as on the overall strength of the work.

My core areas of interest are literary fiction, historical fiction, young adult fiction, and memoir/personal fiction. I am particularly interested in helping underrepresented voices find their way in publishing, and championing diverse storytellers.

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Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Historical Fiction
Historical Mysteries
Literary Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • B.A, Bryn Mawr College
  • MSc, University of Edinburgh

Awards

  • Jeremiah Dalziel Prize for British History

Work experience

Managing Editorial Associate

Penguin Random House
January, 2015 – August, 2017 (over 2 years)

• Managed corrections and repackaging for the Vintage and Anchor Books backlist catalog
• Produced, copyedited, and proofread front and back matter for new and reissued titles
• Coordinated with editorial, production, and design departments to prepare titles for press

Manager

Gotham
January, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

• Represent film/TV rights on behalf of authors and publishers, negotiate deals, and maintain
up-to-date knowledge of current and forthcoming titles, as well as industry trends.
• Serve as main liaison to clients, literary agents, publishers, scouts, and industry executives.
• Managed incoming and outgoing submissions of material. Research and track rights to literary
properties and write comprehensive coverage of incoming material.

Assistant

Anderson Literary
January, 2014 – January, 2015 (about 1 year)

• Evaluated proposals and manuscripts and provided reader reports
• Acted as liaison to authors, subagents, scouts, and editors
• Processed royalty statements, payment advices, and invoices

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Last Night in Montreal

Mandel, Emily St. John

Lowriders in Space

Camper, Cathy, Raul the Third

With the Fire on High

Acevedo, Elizabeth

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