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Grace Ross

Grace Ross - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Literary agent, experienced proofreader, line editor with experience in literary fiction, nonfiction, and academic work!

Overview

Reviews (7)

Since my beginning in publishing in 2011, I’ve worked on a wide variety of genres from textbooks to self-publishing to literary fiction. I started at Oxford University Press in editorial with Communication, Journalism, and Media Studies titles, where I had the pleasure of working with both journalists and academics. I then transitioned from editorial to agenting when I realized that my real passion is the relationship with authors and how I can be the advocate that they need. I spent a short time as Digital Marketing Manager at Lowenstein Associates, planning and executing author marketing campaigns across social media. I then spent two years at Denise Shannon Literary Agency, a boutique agency that specializes in literary fiction, where I managed foreign rights, first serial, and permissions and provided editorial feedback on early drafts of client's manuscripts.

I'm now an agent at Regal Hoffmann & Associates. I also freelance as a proofreader for St. Martin’s Press.

In all my projects, author care comes first and the goals they have for a specific piece of writing.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management History Technology
Fiction
Historical Fiction Literature Romance Women's Fiction

Work experience

Agent

Regal Hoffmann & Associates LLC
September, 2016 – Present (about 1 year)

Freelance Proofreader

St. Martin's Press
January, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

Review page proofs against copyedited manuscripts for grammatical, formatting, and compositor errors

Agent

Denise Shannon Literary Agency
November, 2014 – September, 2016 (almost 2 years)

Liaise with authors; cultivate relationships with potential clients and industry professionals;
handle permissions, foreign and subsidiary rights; draft and review contracts; read queries and submissions; provide editorial reports for author manuscripts

Digital Marketing Manager

Lowenstein Associates
March, 2014 – November, 2014 (8 months)

coordinated and implemented social media campaigns and author websites; responded to author queries; edited proposals; handled ebook production and publication of backlist titles

Editorial Assistant

Oxford University Press
February, 2013 – April, 2014 (about 1 year)

Generated revision plans for authors on the Communications, Journalism, and Media Studies; managed the ancillary materials for each title, including finding writers, planning content, and line editing; conducted and analyzed market research; performed photo research and acquired permissions

Portfolio (6 selected works)

So As I Was Saying . . .: My Somewhat Eventful Life

Frank Mankiewicz, Joel L. Swerdlow

“I first met Robert Kennedy because I spoke Spanish. I spoke Spanish because the U.S. Army taught me that before sending me to France, Belgium, and Germany to fight Hitler’s Army. This makes complete sense if you are familiar with military bureaucracy.”Such is the trademark wit of Frank Mankiewicz. With his dry sense of humor and self-deprecating humility―despite his many accomplishments―Frank... read more

“I first met Robert Kennedy because I spoke Spanish. I spoke Spanish because the U.S. Army taught me that before sending me to France, Belgium, and Germany to fight Hitler’s Army. This makes complete sense if you are familiar with military bureaucracy.”Such is the trademark wit of Frank Mankiewicz. With his dry sense of humor and self-deprecating humility―despite his many accomplishments―Frank... read more

The Hockey Stick Principles: The 4 Key Stages to Entrepreneurial Success

Bobby Martin

Many business books fuel unrealistic notions about what a good idea looks like, how fast a founder should attract investment, and how quickly growth will take off. The problem with this mythology is that it can sometimes end with entrepreneurs abandoning their dreams too soon if they don't see immediate results. In The Hockey Stick Principles, author Bobby Martin shifts his focus away from all... read more

Many business books fuel unrealistic notions about what a good idea looks like, how fast a founder should attract investment, and how quickly growth will take off. The problem with this mythology is that it can sometimes end with entrepreneurs abandoning their dreams too soon if they don't see immediate results. In The Hockey Stick Principles, author Bobby Martin shifts his focus away from all... read more

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay: A Novel

Kelly Harms

The perfect feel-good read. Don't miss this delightful novel!" -Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of Starlight on Willow LakeLily Stewart has reached a crossroads in her life. Her painting career hasn't taken off, her best friend has changed beyond recognition, her relationship is a constant disappointment, and now she can't keep up with the rising cost of living in the city. With... read more

The perfect feel-good read. Don't miss this delightful novel!" -Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of Starlight on Willow LakeLily Stewart has reached a crossroads in her life. Her painting career hasn't taken off, her best friend has changed beyond recognition, her relationship is a constant disappointment, and now she can't keep up with the rising cost of living in the city. With... read more

Surveyors of Customs: American Literature as Cultural Analysis (Oxford Studies in American Literary History)

Joel Pfister

In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, fired from Salem's Custom House and returning to writing, reconceived his old job title, Surveyor of Customs, as his new one. Taking seriously this naming of the American author's project, Joel Pfister argues that writers from Benjamin Franklin to Louise Erdrich can be read as critical "surveyors" of customs, culture, hegemony, capitalism's emotional logic, and mu... read more

In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, fired from Salem's Custom House and returning to writing, reconceived his old job title, Surveyor of Customs, as his new one. Taking seriously this naming of the American author's project, Joel Pfister argues that writers from Benjamin Franklin to Louise Erdrich can be read as critical "surveyors" of customs, culture, hegemony, capitalism's emotional logic, and mu... read more

The Devil's Cold Dish: A Mystery (Will Rees Mysteries)

Eleanor Kuhns

Will Rees is back home on his farm in 1796 Maine with his teenage son, his pregnant wife, their five adopted children, and endless farm work under the blistering summer sun. But for all that, Rees is happy to have returned to Dugard, Maine, the town where he was born and raised, and where he's always felt at home. Until now. When a man is found dead - murdered - after getting into a public dis... read more

Will Rees is back home on his farm in 1796 Maine with his teenage son, his pregnant wife, their five adopted children, and endless farm work under the blistering summer sun. But for all that, Rees is happy to have returned to Dugard, Maine, the town where he was born and raised, and where he's always felt at home. Until now. When a man is found dead - murdered - after getting into a public dis... read more

Converging Media: A New Introduction to Mass Communication

John V. Pavlik, Shawn McIntosh

From reading newspapers on smartphones to calling friends on the computer, digital media has changed the ways in which we communicate. Placing convergence at the center of the discussion, Converging Media: A New Introduction to Mass Communication, Fourth Edition, uses the technologies we employ every day to explain our current media environment--and to project where we might be headed. Rather ... read more

From reading newspapers on smartphones to calling friends on the computer, digital media has changed the ways in which we communicate. Placing convergence at the center of the discussion, Converging Media: A New Introduction to Mass Communication, Fourth Edition, uses the technologies we employ every day to explain our current media environment--and to project where we might be headed. Rather ... read more

Grace has 7 reviews

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Brian Jordan

Grace provided an insightful and detailed assessment of my novel, including specific ways to improve it. The help she gave me was everything I'd hoped for and more.

, July 2017


larry center

Very good feedback which improved my novel!

, July 2017


Jessica McKay

I'm so grateful that I found Grace. She gave me such valuable feedback on my work, and she also validated concerns I had about the end of my book. I wondered whether my ending was too abrupt, and that's one of the things she talked about. She also had great, original ideas for how I could make the book even better. I'm excited to work with her again in the future!

, May 2017


Petri Launiainen

Grace was effective and flexible, and provided valuable comments that helped me to focus the story better at some of the more complex parts of the technical descriptions: When you have been immersed in the subject all your life, you easily forget that there are crucial little bits and pieces that are not at all clear for most of the potential readership, and missing to explain all that backgro...

, May 2017


jeffrey brick

Grace completed a comprehensive copyedit to my copyedit. She was helpful in reviewing some facts as well as highlighting some of the text that was not clear. A true book professional!

, March 2017

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