Eva Avery

Eva Avery - Editor Tick

San Francisco, CA, USA

I am an editor and writer, contributing to books at major publishing houses and collabrating on national and international bestsellers.

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As a editor and writer I have had the opportunity to work with first time and long-time authors, contributing to the success of national and international bestselling campaigns.

I have worked closely on over 80 books for HarperCollins and Chronicle Books, collaborating as Assistant Editor on New York Times bestsellers including The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, The Wild Unknown Collection by Kim Krans, the 642 things to Draw and Color series, and Wait, What? by Jim Ryan. I have edited both manuscripts and proposals, and helped develop books across self-help, humor, business, lifestyle, memoir, philosophy, social justice, health, and mind, body, spirit.

I have also collaborated on lead titles like Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leaves Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by award-winning editor of Maya Dusenbery; The Existentialist’s Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age by Gordon Marino, the director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College and boxing correspondent for The Wall Street Journal; There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love by Emily McDowell and Dr. Kelsey Crowe; and comedian Chris Gethard’s forthcoming self-help narrative Lose Well.

I believe in the power of storytelling, strategic marketing, and targeted branding. I look forward to helping authors strengthen their voice, develop concepts, and position their book in the marketplace in a creative, unique, and successful way.

Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Health & wellbeing
New Age
Philosophy
Self-help & Self-improvement
Travel

Work experience

Assistant Editor

Harpercollins Publishers
February, 2016 – August, 2018 (over 2 years)

Working with fast-paced editorial and production deadlines, I assisted with over 40 books per year, including New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers. I edited and rewrote manuscripts, helping with conceptual and structural work, and line-by-line revisions.

Reading up to 20 proposals per week, I evaluated nonfiction titles for acquisition, and conducted competitive market research in order to position books successfully within the marketplace. I helped conceptualize cover designs and write product and retailer copy, including: book jacket, catalog description, marketing copy, publicity pitches, sales tools, and search engine optimized online copy for Amazon, HarperCollins, and Barnes & Noble.

Editorial Assistant

Chronicle Books
July, 2015 – January, 2016 (6 months)

Working with the Art and Entertainment publishing group, I helped produce original books, games, guided journals, calendars, and gift items. I wrote copy for their national catalog, International Frankfurt Rights Guide, online copy, and products.

I contributed creative content and art for new titles, and edited 1st galleys. Researching competitive products, I helped assess submissions, develop marketing tip sheets, and write book proposals to acquire new projects. I created PowerPoint book launch campaigns and presentations for all front list products.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Lose Well

Chris Gethard

A laugh-out-loud, kick-in-the-pants self-help narrative for anyone who ever felt like they didn’t fit in or couldn’t catch a break—comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard shows us how to get over our fear of failure and start living life on our own terms.Let’s face it: we all want a seat at the cool table, a great job, and loads of money. But most of us won’t be able to achieve this widely accept... read more

A laugh-out-loud, kick-in-the-pants self-help narrative for anyone who ever felt like they didn’t fit in or couldn’t catch a break—comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard shows us how to get over our fear of failure and start living life on our own terms.Let’s face it: we all want a seat at the cool table, a great job, and loads of money. But most of us won’t be able to achieve this widely accept... read more

The Existentialist's Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age

Gordon Marino

“When it comes to living, there’s no getting out alive. But books can help us survive, so to speak, by passing on what is most important about being human before we perish. In The Existentialist’s Survival Guide, Marino has produced an honest and moving book of self-help for readers generally disposed to loathe the genre.” —The Wall Street JournalSophisticated self-help for the 21st century—wh... read more

“When it comes to living, there’s no getting out alive. But books can help us survive, so to speak, by passing on what is most important about being human before we perish. In The Existentialist’s Survival Guide, Marino has produced an honest and moving book of self-help for readers generally disposed to loathe the genre.” —The Wall Street JournalSophisticated self-help for the 21st century—wh... read more

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Mark Manson

#1 New York Times BestsellerOver 3 million copies soldIn this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shi... read more

#1 New York Times BestsellerOver 3 million copies soldIn this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shi... read more

The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck and Guidebook (Official Keepsake Box Set)

Kim Krans

Designed by Kim KransLarge Keepsake Box with Lifting Ribbon63 Full-Color Cards in Elegant Compact BoxIllustrated, hand-lettered 208 Page GuidebookThe artist behind the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook helps seekers of all levels expand their practice of self-discovery with this breathtaking keepsake boxed set featuring an oracle deck and guideb... read more

Designed by Kim KransLarge Keepsake Box with Lifting Ribbon63 Full-Color Cards in Elegant Compact BoxIllustrated, hand-lettered 208 Page GuidebookThe artist behind the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook helps seekers of all levels expand their practice of self-discovery with this breathtaking keepsake boxed set featuring an oracle deck and guideb... read more

Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions

James E. Ryan

New York Times Bestseller “What, What? is a welcome—and joyful—reminder that true wisdom comes from asking the right questions. Should you read this book? Absolutely.” —Clayton Christensen, bestselling author of How Will You Measure Your Life?Based on the wildly popular commencement address, the art of asking (and answering) good questions by the Dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of... read more

New York Times Bestseller “What, What? is a welcome—and joyful—reminder that true wisdom comes from asking the right questions. Should you read this book? Absolutely.” —Clayton Christensen, bestselling author of How Will You Measure Your Life?Based on the wildly popular commencement address, the art of asking (and answering) good questions by the Dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of... read more

Where Did You Go?: The Surprising Truth of Life Beyond Life and the Transformative Journey to Find Those We’ve Lost

Christina Rasmussen

An acclaimed grief educator and the author of Second Firsts teaches readers how everyday people can communicate with loved ones who have passed away in this groundbreaking science-driven guide to connecting with the afterlife.Christina Rasmussen has helped countless people break out of the "waiting room" of grief and rebuild their lives through both her "life reentry" program and her respected... read more

An acclaimed grief educator and the author of Second Firsts teaches readers how everyday people can communicate with loved ones who have passed away in this groundbreaking science-driven guide to connecting with the afterlife.Christina Rasmussen has helped countless people break out of the "waiting room" of grief and rebuild their lives through both her "life reentry" program and her respected... read more

642 Things to Color

Chronicle Books

The original creative, inspiring, and often hilarious 642 things from the book that started it all—the bestselling 642 Things to Draw—are back as whimsical illustrations in this unique new coloring book. Jam-packed with engaging designs and details just waiting to be colored in, this is the perfect next thing for 642 fans and coloring book aficionados alike.

The original creative, inspiring, and often hilarious 642 things from the book that started it all—the bestselling 642 Things to Draw—are back as whimsical illustrations in this unique new coloring book. Jam-packed with engaging designs and details just waiting to be colored in, this is the perfect next thing for 642 fans and coloring book aficionados alike.

Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days

Brandon McMillan

The celebrity dog trainer and Emmy-winning star of the CBS show Lucky Dog shares his training system to transform any dog—from spoiled purebred puppy to shelter-shocked rescue—into a model companion in just seven days.Each week on Lucky Dog, Brandon McMillan rescues an untrained, unwanted, "unadoptable" shelter dog. In the days that follow, these dogs undergo a miraculous transformation as the... read more

The celebrity dog trainer and Emmy-winning star of the CBS show Lucky Dog shares his training system to transform any dog—from spoiled purebred puppy to shelter-shocked rescue—into a model companion in just seven days.Each week on Lucky Dog, Brandon McMillan rescues an untrained, unwanted, "unadoptable" shelter dog. In the days that follow, these dogs undergo a miraculous transformation as the... read more

Playa Fire: Spirit and Soul at Burning Man

Stewart Harvey

Foreword by Burning Man founder Larry HarveyA stunning visual and narrative homage—featuring more than 100 black & white and color photographs, many never before seen—that captures the wonder and metaphysical power of Burning Man past present, and future, and the magic that draws us to it, by the ultimate Burning Man insider.Growing up in 1950s Oregon, brothers Stewart and Larry Harvey rebelle... read more

Foreword by Burning Man founder Larry HarveyA stunning visual and narrative homage—featuring more than 100 black & white and color photographs, many never before seen—that captures the wonder and metaphysical power of Burning Man past present, and future, and the magic that draws us to it, by the ultimate Burning Man insider.Growing up in 1950s Oregon, brothers Stewart and Larry Harvey rebelle... read more

Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick

Maya Dusenbery

Editor of the award-winning site Feministing.com, Maya Dusenbery brings together scientific and sociological research, interviews with doctors and researchers, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today. In Doing Harm, Dusenbery explores the deep, systemic problems that underlie women’s expe... read more

Editor of the award-winning site Feministing.com, Maya Dusenbery brings together scientific and sociological research, interviews with doctors and researchers, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today. In Doing Harm, Dusenbery explores the deep, systemic problems that underlie women’s expe... read more

Bad Advice: How to Survive and Thrive in an Age of Bullshit

Dr. Venus Nicolino

Heads up; You're about to get a shitload of #GoodAdvice.For anyone fed up with the shrink-wrapped bullshit that passes for self-help these days, Bad Advice offers a fiercely smart wake-up call from relationship expert and larger-than-life TV personality Dr. V. Tackle some of self-help's most damaging truisms and unpack strategies for real transformation with this fiercely smart and never shy g... read more

Heads up; You're about to get a shitload of #GoodAdvice.For anyone fed up with the shrink-wrapped bullshit that passes for self-help these days, Bad Advice offers a fiercely smart wake-up call from relationship expert and larger-than-life TV personality Dr. V. Tackle some of self-help's most damaging truisms and unpack strategies for real transformation with this fiercely smart and never shy g... read more

Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done

Josh Davis

International BestsellerFeeling overwhelmed with work and life demands? Rushing, multitasking, or relying on fancy devices and apps won't help. The answer is to create the conditions for two awesome hours of peak productivity per day.Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience, Josh Davis, director of research at the NeuroLeadership Institute explains clearly that our brains and bodies operate accord... read more

International BestsellerFeeling overwhelmed with work and life demands? Rushing, multitasking, or relying on fancy devices and apps won't help. The answer is to create the conditions for two awesome hours of peak productivity per day.Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience, Josh Davis, director of research at the NeuroLeadership Institute explains clearly that our brains and bodies operate accord... read more

Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health

Ben Lynch ND.

Instant National BestsellerAfter suffering for years with unexplainable health issues, Dr. Ben Lynch discovered the root cause—“dirty” genes. Genes can be “born dirty” or merely “act dirty” in response to your environment, diet, or lifestyle—causing lifelong, life-threatening, and chronic health problems, including cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression, digestive is... read more

Instant National BestsellerAfter suffering for years with unexplainable health issues, Dr. Ben Lynch discovered the root cause—“dirty” genes. Genes can be “born dirty” or merely “act dirty” in response to your environment, diet, or lifestyle—causing lifelong, life-threatening, and chronic health problems, including cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression, digestive is... read more

The Wild Unknown Journal

Kim Krans

Written and Illustrated by Kim KransIllustrated, Hand-lettered Interactive Introduction 99 Full-color Illustrated prompts Embark on an odyssey of reflection, self-discovery, and creative inspiration with The Wild Unknown Journal, a beautifully illustrated and hand-lettered guided journal from Kim Krans, the visionary artist and author behind the bestselling The Wild Unknown Tarot and The Wild ... read more

Written and Illustrated by Kim KransIllustrated, Hand-lettered Interactive Introduction 99 Full-color Illustrated prompts Embark on an odyssey of reflection, self-discovery, and creative inspiration with The Wild Unknown Journal, a beautifully illustrated and hand-lettered guided journal from Kim Krans, the visionary artist and author behind the bestselling The Wild Unknown Tarot and The Wild ... read more

There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love

Dr. Kelsey Crowe, Emily McDowell

The creator of the viral hit "Empathy Cards" teams up with a compassion expert to produce a visually stunning and groundbreaking illustrated guide to help you increase your emotional intelligence and learn how to offer comfort and support when someone you know is in pain.When someone you know is hurting, you want to let her know that you care. But many people don’t know what words to use—or ar... read more

The creator of the viral hit "Empathy Cards" teams up with a compassion expert to produce a visually stunning and groundbreaking illustrated guide to help you increase your emotional intelligence and learn how to offer comfort and support when someone you know is in pain.When someone you know is hurting, you want to let her know that you care. But many people don’t know what words to use—or ar... read more

The Wild Unknown Journal

Kim Krans

Written and Illustrated by Kim KransIllustrated, Hand-lettered Interactive Introduction 99 Full-color Illustrated prompts Embark on an odyssey of reflection, self-discovery, and creative inspiration with The Wild Unknown Journal, a beautifully illustrated and hand-lettered guided journal from Kim Krans, the visionary artist and author behind the bestselling The Wild Unknown Tarot and The Wild ... read more

Written and Illustrated by Kim KransIllustrated, Hand-lettered Interactive Introduction 99 Full-color Illustrated prompts Embark on an odyssey of reflection, self-discovery, and creative inspiration with The Wild Unknown Journal, a beautifully illustrated and hand-lettered guided journal from Kim Krans, the visionary artist and author behind the bestselling The Wild Unknown Tarot and The Wild ... read more

Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward

Gemma Hartley

From Gemma Hartley, the journalist who ignited a national conversation on emotional labor, comes Fed Up, a bold dive into the unpaid, invisible work women have shouldered for too long—and an impassioned vision for creating a better future for us all.Day in, day out, women anticipate and manage the needs of others. In relationships, we initiate the hard conversations. At home, we shoulder the m... read more

From Gemma Hartley, the journalist who ignited a national conversation on emotional labor, comes Fed Up, a bold dive into the unpaid, invisible work women have shouldered for too long—and an impassioned vision for creating a better future for us all.Day in, day out, women anticipate and manage the needs of others. In relationships, we initiate the hard conversations. At home, we shoulder the m... read more

Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol

Ruby Warrington

Would life be better without alcohol?It’s the nagging question more and more of us are finding harder to ignore, whether we have a “problem” with alcohol or not. After all, we yoga. We green juice. We meditate. We self-care. And yet, come the end of a long work day, the start of a weekend, an awkward social situation, we drink. One glass of wine turns into two turns into a bottle. In the face ... read more

Would life be better without alcohol?It’s the nagging question more and more of us are finding harder to ignore, whether we have a “problem” with alcohol or not. After all, we yoga. We green juice. We meditate. We self-care. And yet, come the end of a long work day, the start of a weekend, an awkward social situation, we drink. One glass of wine turns into two turns into a bottle. In the face ... read more

Mirror Touch: Notes from a Doctor Who Can Feel Your Pain

Joel Salinas M.D.

“[Salinas] writes with depth and candor and immediacy, as well as a great deal of compassion in the Oliver Sacks tradition.… I predict this book will be a classic not only in the synesthesia literature, but in all of neuroscience." —Psychology TodayChallenging our understanding of what it means to be human, Joel Salinas, a Harvard-trained researcher and neurologist at Massachusetts General, sh... read more

“[Salinas] writes with depth and candor and immediacy, as well as a great deal of compassion in the Oliver Sacks tradition.… I predict this book will be a classic not only in the synesthesia literature, but in all of neuroscience." —Psychology TodayChallenging our understanding of what it means to be human, Joel Salinas, a Harvard-trained researcher and neurologist at Massachusetts General, sh... read more

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Carlo Allen

Eva exceeded my expectations of the input an editor would have on my work. Insightful, detailed, inspiring, and overall amazing. My book​ is unquestionably better and easier to read with Eva's input. I am grateful for the guidance Eva has provided for making the story more engaging to the reader. I will continue working with Eva on this journey and plan on calling on her for my next project. ...

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Carlo Allen, September 2018


Laszlo Makay

Focused to the task, fast delivery. Recommended.

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Laszlo Makay, September 2018


Laszlo Makay

Working with Eva was demanding in the best sense, because of her hard work as well as her thorough and detailed comments, amendments and suggestions. Exactly this attitude of striving for quality resulted in a text of excellent quality. Thank you Eva!

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Laszlo Makay, September 2018

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