Emily Ohanjanians

Emily Ohanjanians - Editor

Toronto, Canada

15-year in-house editor at Harlequin and HarperCollins. Experienced in various genres including romance, thrillers, historical, and more.

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Overview

Hi, I’m Emily! I’ve been a publishing professional for over fifteen years. Most recently I worked as a senior editor at MIRA Books, a commercial fiction imprint at Harlequin/HarperCollins, where I acquired, edited and published novels ranging from debuts to established bestsellers. My portfolio includes novels in a broad range of genres, including book-club fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, humor fiction, suspense and thrillers, historical and speculative fiction. Please have a look at a selection of books I've edited and published below!

I love stories, and my favorite part of the job has always been working with writers to help them shape their stories to best fit their vision. I’ve spent years studying story theory and honing my ability to draw out the elements of a story—be it pacing, character development, emotional arc, or other features—that can be sharpened to take a story to the next level. I've applied these skills widely over my career, acquiring and publishing novels, guiding authors to success in self-publishing, and helping them sign with agents and traditional publishers. I’d love to take that journey with you!

I offer a wide range of editorial services to suit your needs. I look forward to hearing from you!


Testimonials:


“Emily is an excellent, insightful editor. She’s worked with me on five books in very different genres, and her efforts unequivocally made the books better. I’ve found her to be knowledgeable, focused and right on the money with her suggestions. She’s also very patient and easy to work with. If you’re looking for an experienced professional editor, you’ve found her. I recommend her highly.”—Karen Robards, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan of Paris and The Girl from Guernica


“As a new author stepping into the world of publishing, I had no idea what to expect when working with an editor. I was nervous, afraid my story might become something I no longer recognized. Emily made the entire process a dream. Her thoughtful questions, considerate way of looking at the body of work, and easy, friendly manner put my fears to rest. She is meticulous, kind, focused and, I’m convinced, works with a wand rather than a red pencil. She has a keen eye for detail, pointing out where to expand a scene, up the action, and deepen emotion. Her knowledge is unmatched. I highly recommend that should you ever get the chance to work with her, you take the opportunity immediately.”—Noelle Salazar, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Flight Girls and Angels of the Resistance


“I've worked with Emily on most of my books. She is a rarity in the business, for she provides expert, comprehensive guidance that not only rescues your story, but strengthens it, ensuring you achieve what you were aiming for. She understands the industry and she understands writers. Professional and personable on every level, she is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Emily to any writer, whether you're an established author, or you have a first book that needs a careful and caring eye.”—Rick Mofina, USA TODAY bestselling and Barry Award-winning author


"Emily is a writer's dream. Brilliant and incisive, she has the uncanny ability to intuit the heart of your story and, with kindness and encouragement, help you realize the fullest potential of your vision. Working with her was truly a highlight of my career. Every step of the way I felt so lucky to be in the hands of someone so talented, dedicated, thorough, and savvy. She is a gift and I cannot recommend her highly enough."—Kerry Kletter, author of East Coast Girls

Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
LGBTQ Fiction
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Honours Bachelor's Degree (majors in Literature and Linguistics)
  • Publishing Certificate

Work experience

Book Editor

Self-employed
April, 2022 – Present (10 months)

Professional book editing services for fiction writers, offering developmental edits, editorial assessments, submission package services, and consulting.

Senior Editor

Harlequin/HarperCollins
March, 2007 – April, 2022 (about 15 years)

Professional senior editor of commercial fiction including several New York Times, USA TODAY and Globe and Mail bestselling authors. Sought out and acquired breakout commercial fiction in a variety of genres including book club fiction, contemporary and historical fiction, thrillers and suspense, humor fiction and women's fiction. Project managed books through their publishing life cycle from acquisition through release, including edits, cover art and copy, endorsements, metadata, marketing, publicity and sales. Worked closely with authors on proposals, assessments, developmental and line edits to ensure their stories are in the best possible shape before publication. Helped to guide authors' career growth to ensure commercial success and longevity. Built the careers of bestselling authors such as Brenda Novak, Karen Robards, Gena Showalter, Noelle Salazar, Rick Mofina, Jean Meltzer, Bunmi Laditan and more. Managed other editors and created content for imprint's core assets including website and social media.

Portfolio (63 selected works)

Missing Daughter

Mofina, Rick

Never Coming Home: A Novel

McKinnon, Hannah Mary

You Will Remember Me: A Novel

McKinnon, Hannah Mary

Sister Dear: A Novel

McKinnon, Hannah Mary

Search for Her

Mofina, Rick

Last Seen

Mofina, Rick

A Family of Strangers

Richards, Emilie

East Coast Girls

Kletter, Kerry

A Girl Named Anna

Barber, Lizzy

Family and Other Catastrophes

Borowitz, Alexandra

Blindfolded Innocence (Hqn)

Torre, Alessandra

A Rose in the Storm

Joyce, Brenda

A Summer in Sonoma

Carr, Robyn

The In-Between Hour

White, Barbara Claypole

Every Second

Mofina, Rick

The Lying House

Mofina, Rick

Their Last Secret

Mofina, Rick

The House Guests: A Novel

Richards, Emilie

Flame Tree Road

Patel, Shona

What Tears Us Apart

Cloyed, Deborah

Emily has 8 reviews

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James R.
Emily provided valuable thought-provoking feedback in her Editorial Assessment, both in her extensive written comments, and during the follow-up phone call. She delivered everything on time and kept me informed with consistent and clear communication. I would without hesitation work with Emily again on a future project.

James R., January 2023


Kimberly Brighton
Emily was an absolute joy to work with! She has an incredible depth of experience, knowledge and insight into how to make your book the best it can be. It was clear from her feedback that she gave each section of my work thoughtful consideration and review, and her suggestions/comments were not only clear and easy to comprehend, but were of the utmost value to my writing experience. This is my ...
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Kimberly Brighton, December 2022


Monika Mandoki
Emily is a great developmental editor. She provides plenty of feedback on the manuscript. However, she works her best when the writer provides appropriate details about the intention with the manuscript and details about his or her own life.

Monika Mandoki, November 2022


Jared Morrison
Working with Emily was both a pleasure and a privilege. While her profile was a recent addition to the Reedsy platform, I was impressed by Emily's extensive experience with editing and publishing, and in particular, the number of authors who work with her on multiple titles - serving as the ultimate review/reference. Her feedback was reasoned, intelligent, considerate, and ultimately, constru...
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Jared Morrison, October 2022


Atanas Radenski
I’m used to my work - theses, research articles, and technical books - being evaluated by reviewers and editors. But never before have I received a critical evaluation of my writing as valuable and constructive as Emily’s. Emily sent me an insightful editorial letter, a guide for refining my manuscript. I could see she wholeheartedly devoted herself to this task and gave everything one could ...
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Atanas Radenski, September 2022

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