Geffen S.

Geffen S. - Editor

Vancouver, BC, Canada

An editor with experience at top agencies and publishers in the UK and Canada, who loves narrative driven fiction and nonfiction.

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Overview

For the past few years I've gathered as much experience as possible, spanning countries and different sides of publishing. I've been at top literary and foreign rights agencies, independent and big publishers, as well as magazines.

Between working on different lists, I've evaluated and contributed to the production of countless bestselling books. The books I've worked on cross countless genres and I feel confident of my ability to provide helpful and thoughtful feedback I stand behind to help get an author's book represented by a literary agent, acquired by a publisher and enjoyed by readers everywhere.

My own tastes and experiences are broad and eclectic; so with me, you'll get someone who understands the big picture. And because I've worked on may different lists that range from the literary to the upmarket to the commercial, fiction and nonfiction (not to mention the range of personalities), it's less about genre for me but rather making your project the best version of your vision.


Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Mystery & Crime

Certifications

  • Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University

Work experience

Editorial Staff

Doubleday Canada, Penguin Random House Canada
January, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

Evaluate submissions and provide editorial feedback; I also proof manuscripts as well as amend diction for North American publication.

Genres: Upmarket Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thrillers and Narrative Nonfiction.

Literary Agent's Assistant

Aitken Alexander Associates
May, 2018 – November, 2019 (over 1 year)

Evaluated and worked closely with authors to provide editorial feedback. Composed pitch letters to publishers for acquisition of clients' books both for print and audio. Managed incoming submissions and queries from authors looking for representation.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Upmarket Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Women's Fiction and Historical Nonfiction.

Agent and Foreign Rights Intern

Andrew Nurnberg Associates
March, 2018 – May, 2018 (2 months)

Evaluated incoming submissions from authors seeking representation. Composed detailed reports and editorial letters for agents regarding the manuscripts of their own clients.

Genres: Literary Fiction and Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian.

Staff

Profile Books
January, 2018 – March, 2018 (about 2 months)

Evaluated incoming submissions from authors seeking representation. Composed detailed reports and editorial letters. Proofed manuscripts for publication.

Genres: Social Sciences, Religion, Contemporary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction and Literary Fiction.

Editor

Room Magazine
April, 2016 – Present (about 6 years)

I edit issues which includes choosing what pieces go into the magazine and working closely with the authors to their edit fiction, creative non fiction, and poetry works. I also evaluate incoming submissions and read for poetry and fictions contests.

Genres: Fiction (short stories), Poetry and Creative Nonfiction.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

The Anthill: A Novel

Pachico, Julianne

Coming Up for Air

Sarah Leipciger, Elliot Cowan, Deborah McBride, Claudia Jessie, Anansi Audio

Beneath the Skin: Love Letters to the Body by Great Writers (Wellcome Collection)

Beauman, Ned, Alderman, Naomi, Lynch, Thomas, Kerr, Philip, Various, Kennedy, A. L., Onuzo, Chibundu, Lynch, Thomas

Grown Ups

Keyes, Marian

Nightingale

Kemp, Marina

Hope in the Balance

Andrew Furey

Dr. Andrew Furey, an orthopedic surgeon, was sitting by the fireplace at his home in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, watching TV after work, when dreadful images of the aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti burst in on the cosy domestic scene. Human suffering on an epic scale was being documented in real time. Dr. Furey spent a sleepless night, and woke knowing he had to help in some way. ... read more

Dr. Andrew Furey, an orthopedic surgeon, was sitting by the fireplace at his home in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, watching TV after work, when dreadful images of the aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti burst in on the cosy domestic scene. Human suffering on an epic scale was being documented in real time. Dr. Furey spent a sleepless night, and woke knowing he had to help in some way. ... read more

Every Step She Takes

Armstrong, Kelley

The Trees Have Buds

Houle, François

Geffen has 2 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

François Houle
I've worked with Geffen on three books now and she really helped make them better. I love her structural edits as they truly helped me hone in on the areas that need work. We're starting to get to know each other so her feedback is more personal and I like that she's honest and not telling me what I want to hear but what I need to hear to make the stories reach their potential. At the end of th...
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François Houle, November 2021


Candice Bartlett
Excellent communication, quick turnaround, proofreading win!

Candice Bartlett, November 2021

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