Fiona Hallowell

Fiona Hallowell - Editor

New York, NY, United States

I am a veteran trade book editor of fiction and nonfiction, committed to helping writers find their voice and produce their best work.

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I am an experienced trade book editor with expertise in fiction and nonfiction, including New York Times bestsellers. Over a twenty-year career I have worked with a diverse range of publishers, including HarperCollins, Plume, Macmillan, Black Dog & Leventhal, and Reader’s Digest Trade Publishing. I have successfully acquired and shepherded projects from concept to bound book, and am committed to making the editorial process professional, fun, and collaborative. I enjoy working on commercial and literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, including memoir and inspirational works, and practical reference. My goal is to walk each author through the editorial process with equal amounts of compassion and constructive criticism in order to elicit each writer’s best work.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Literary Fiction
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Inspirational
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Travel

Work experience

Editorial Consultant

Self Employed
January, 2015 – Present (almost 5 years)

Between 2000 and 2010, and again, currently, I have offered expert freelance editorial services including manuscript evaluation, developmental and line editing and proofreading. I’m always thrilled when I can help a writer bring out their best work, and I give equal consideration to both traditionally published and independently published authors.

Senior Editor

Reader's Digest Trade Publishing
January, 2013 – December, 2014 (almost 2 years)

As a Senior Editor at Reader's Digest I acquired and edited nonfiction titles with the purpose of informing, inspiring, and simplifying. Titles included The Kindness Diaries, Singing to a Bulldog, The Ultimate Book of Vegetables, Easy Fixes for Everyday Things, 1801 Home Remedies, The Dumb Book, Funny Family Jokes, Welcome Home Mama and Boris, 13 Things Rich People Won’t Tell You, Stories in Uniform.

Editor

HarperColllins
June, 1992 – June, 2000 (about 8 years)

As an editor at HarperCollins, I acquired the New York Times bestsellers, Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol and Downsize This! by Michael Moore. Edited Adventures in a TV Nation by Michael Moore and Kathleen Glynn; How to Get Married After 35, by Helena Hacker Rosenberg; Ready, Okay! by Adam Cadre; My First Cousin Once Removed by Sarah Payne Stuart; Towns Without Rivers by Michael Parker and The House of Forgetting by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World

Leon Logothetis

The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness.Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he m... read more

The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness.Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he m... read more

Towns Without Rivers

Michael Parker

Revisiting Trent, North Carolina -- the town so poignantly rendered in his acclaimed novel, Hello Down There -- Michael Parker picks up the story of Reka Speight, a woman determined to discover a wider world than the rural backwater of her youth.Recently released from prison for a crime she did not commit, Reka returns home with one goal: to escape Trent for someplace unencumbered by history. ... read more

Revisiting Trent, North Carolina -- the town so poignantly rendered in his acclaimed novel, Hello Down There -- Michael Parker picks up the story of Reka Speight, a woman determined to discover a wider world than the rural backwater of her youth.Recently released from prison for a crime she did not commit, Reka returns home with one goal: to escape Trent for someplace unencumbered by history. ... read more

Adventures in a TV Nation

Michael Moore, Kathleen Glynn

Based on an American television show, of the same name, it brims with Michael Moore's special brand of subversive humour that melds outright silliness with poignant realisation. From the oh–so–obvious Serial Killer Next Door who's ignored by his neighbours: to Mike enjoying some quality time with Dr. Kevorkian : to raising money for Charles Keating, this is a compilation of classic TV Nation t... read more

Based on an American television show, of the same name, it brims with Michael Moore's special brand of subversive humour that melds outright silliness with poignant realisation. From the oh–so–obvious Serial Killer Next Door who's ignored by his neighbours: to Mike enjoying some quality time with Dr. Kevorkian : to raising money for Charles Keating, this is a compilation of classic TV Nation t... read more

13 Things Rich People Won't Tell You: 325+ Tried-and-True Secrets to Building Your Fortune by Saving and Spending Smarter

Jennifer Merritt

In the same spirit of Reader’s Digest magazine’s popular 13 Things They Won’t Tell You series, the editors at America’s Most Trusted Magazine have developed the ultimate roadmap to build your fortune no matter what your salary.Did you read about the janitor who donated $1 million dollars to his local library? Do you ever watch in amazement as your well-off boss haggles over the price of a tuna... read more

In the same spirit of Reader’s Digest magazine’s popular 13 Things They Won’t Tell You series, the editors at America’s Most Trusted Magazine have developed the ultimate roadmap to build your fortune no matter what your salary.Did you read about the janitor who donated $1 million dollars to his local library? Do you ever watch in amazement as your well-off boss haggles over the price of a tuna... read more

Singing to a Bulldog: From Happy Days to Hollywood Director, and the Unlikely Mentor Who Got Me There

Anson Williams

Singing to a Bulldog presents the practical and motivational lessons Anson Williams, an accomplished actor, director, singer and producer gleaned from his life experience and words of wisdom from the head janitor at one of his first jobs. Growing up in 1950s California, young Anson William Heimlich showed very little promise. Clumsy, unsure of himself, and made to feel like a failure by his di... read more

Singing to a Bulldog presents the practical and motivational lessons Anson Williams, an accomplished actor, director, singer and producer gleaned from his life experience and words of wisdom from the head janitor at one of his first jobs. Growing up in 1950s California, young Anson William Heimlich showed very little promise. Clumsy, unsure of himself, and made to feel like a failure by his di... read more

My First Cousin Once Removed: Money, Madness, and the Family of Robert Lowell

Sarah Payne Stuart

The art of being truly funny is an undervalued one in these angst-ridden times, but it is an ability that acclaimed novelist Sarah Payne Stuart has in abundance. Her talents have never been on more glorious display than in My First Cousin Once Removed, a memoir--at once hilarious, personal and sad--of her extraordinary Boston Brahmin family, whose most famous member is the legendary poet Rober... read more

The art of being truly funny is an undervalued one in these angst-ridden times, but it is an ability that acclaimed novelist Sarah Payne Stuart has in abundance. Her talents have never been on more glorious display than in My First Cousin Once Removed, a memoir--at once hilarious, personal and sad--of her extraordinary Boston Brahmin family, whose most famous member is the legendary poet Rober... read more

Drawing D - Day

Ugo Giannini

On June 6, 1944, Ugo Giannini landed on Omaha Beach at H+70 minutes as one of a platoon of military police assigned to the 29th Division. Ugo's team was to control the incoming traffic. There were thirty-seven men in his platoon; they were decimated in the first ten minutes. Six men got to the beach. Someone told Ugo that he was needed on the bluff above. He climbed the Vierville Draw, jumped ... read more

On June 6, 1944, Ugo Giannini landed on Omaha Beach at H+70 minutes as one of a platoon of military police assigned to the 29th Division. Ugo's team was to control the incoming traffic. There were thirty-seven men in his platoon; they were decimated in the first ten minutes. Six men got to the beach. Someone told Ugo that he was needed on the bluff above. He climbed the Vierville Draw, jumped ... read more

The House of Forgetting: A Novel

Benjamin Alire Saenz

From the author of the highly acclaimed literary novel Carry Me Like Water comes a stunning, dramatic psychological thriller that delivers on every level and reaffirms Luis Arrea's claim that Benjamin Sàenz is "writer with greatness in him." In The House of Forgetting, seven-year-old Gloria Santos is taken by Thomas Blacker from the barrio of El Paso, Texas, to Chicago. There, in the home of t... read more

From the author of the highly acclaimed literary novel Carry Me Like Water comes a stunning, dramatic psychological thriller that delivers on every level and reaffirms Luis Arrea's claim that Benjamin Sàenz is "writer with greatness in him." In The House of Forgetting, seven-year-old Gloria Santos is taken by Thomas Blacker from the barrio of El Paso, Texas, to Chicago. There, in the home of t... read more

Welcome Home Mama and Boris: How A Sister's Love Saved A Fallen Soldier

Carey Neesley

An Incredibly Moving Tale Of One Sister’s Tribute To Her Fallen Brother –And The Everyday Heroes Who Are Still Rescuing The Amazing Animals Who Sustain Our Soldiers’ Spirits.Growing up in the well-heeled Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Carey Neesley always thought she and her younger brother, Peter, would never be separated. The children of divorced parents and outcasts in their nei... read more

An Incredibly Moving Tale Of One Sister’s Tribute To Her Fallen Brother –And The Everyday Heroes Who Are Still Rescuing The Amazing Animals Who Sustain Our Soldiers’ Spirits.Growing up in the well-heeled Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Carey Neesley always thought she and her younger brother, Peter, would never be separated. The children of divorced parents and outcasts in their nei... read more

The Race to the New World: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery

Douglas Hunter

Every schoolchild knows that "in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue"―but what they don't teach you in history class is that he wasn't the only one. In The Race to the New World, Douglas Hunter tells for the first time the fascinating tale of how Christopher Columbus was embroiled in a high-stakes race with Venetian John Cabot to find a shortcut to the East―and how they found a New World that ... read more

Every schoolchild knows that "in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue"―but what they don't teach you in history class is that he wasn't the only one. In The Race to the New World, Douglas Hunter tells for the first time the fascinating tale of how Christopher Columbus was embroiled in a high-stakes race with Venetian John Cabot to find a shortcut to the East―and how they found a New World that ... read more

Fiona has 9 reviews

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Sophie Cairns
It was a pleasure to work with Fiona. She helped point out what was lacking in my work in progress and was crucial in making my manuscript better.

Sophie Cairns, January 2019


Tom Phillips
Fiona did a nice job editing my manuscript. Was happy with the result.

Tom Phillips, April 2018


PJ Skinner
Excellent professional service. Great communication and prompt return of work. Highly recommended.

PJ Skinner, February 2018


Marianne Dissard
Fiona is a wonderful collaborator. I thoroughly enjoyed our exchanges and have been extremely pleased with her contribution to my book. Thanks, Fiona. I hope we get to work together again. m

Marianne Dissard, January 2018


Colleen Weems
I had such a great experience working with Fiona. Not only was her work thorough and thoughtful, and done ahead of deadline (!!)...she was also supportive and professional throughout all of our communications. She was incredibly responsive, patient with my questions, and I felt like I was a direct beneficiary of her impressive publishing background. And something that I really appreciated abo...
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Colleen Weems, August 2017

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