Allison Harrell

Allison Harrell - Editor

Austin, TX, USA

Editor and writer with four years of publishing experience and non-fiction preference. (Familiar with AP and Chicago Manual Style)

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I have worked for the past two years at a literary agency in Austin, Texas, as an editor and writer. I have provided editorial assistance within Chicago Manual of Style guidelines such as substantive editing, copyediting, line editing, proofing, and written the back cover copy for many professionally published books. I mainly have experience working with non-fiction manuscripts, from business books to entertainment and sports memoirs to Christian literature/self-help.

I have also written over 50 book proposals that have received 5 or 6-figure advances from the publishing houses of Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster. Prior to my current job, I worked as Editor and Chief of a newspaper, reporting, writing, and editing in AP Style. I am passionate about sharing stories that have the ability to make an impact on lives for the better and will do a thorough job to get any manuscript to where it needs to be for success.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Christian Non-Fiction
Health & Wellbeing
Parenting & Families
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Work experience


The Fedd Agency
October, 2020 – Present (about 2 years)

- Provide editorial assistance with substantive editing, copyediting, line editing, proofing, and back cover copy.
- Managing the creation of successful book proposals for high profile authors pitched to the Top 5 U.S. Publishing Houses.
- Written over 50 proposals, receiving $2.5 million in advances.
- Coach authors to successfully transverse multimedia channels including recording, editing, and marketing audiobooks on Amazon ACX, Audible, and iTunes.
- Developed marketing materials to align strategic goals of the company to target demographics via 6 unique platforms. Projects have yielded 20% increased engagement monthly.

Writer Contributor

Fulfill UR Ministry
July, 2020 – September, 2020 (2 months)

- Wrote and researched articles to publish weekly content to amplify the non-profit's public engagement.

Editor in Chief

The Optimist Newspaper
May, 2018 – September, 2020 (over 2 years)

- Reported on breaking news and feature stories in AP Style working with elements of media like photography, videography, and socials.
- Established new graphic design and designed the newspaper weekly.
- Managed a staff of 40 employees, established a staff manual, and ran website and social accounts to promote newspaper publication.

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