• Oversaw production, marketing, and distribution of new literary works, including trade print books, eBooks, journals, and NationBuilder’s Year in Review.
• Identified new authors and generated book ideas.
• Managed all aspects of two distinct eBook series from title conception to publication.
• Ghostwrote all NationBuilder eBook publications.
• Worked closely with authors such as Amy Henderson, founder of TendLab, and Katharine DeShaw, Deputy Director of Advancement and External Relations for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, to develop and edit trade books.
• Supervised production, editing, and design of NationBuilder Review.
• Directed production, editing, and design of NationBuilder’s annual Year in Review.
• Wrote all catalog, marketing, and jacket copy.
• Developed and maintained editorial voice for NationBuilder for all external communication.
• Reviewed, evaluated, edited, and copyedited text before approving for publication on the NationBuilder blog.
• Codified company-wide editorial standards; created and disseminated Style Guide for all employees.
• Oversaw NationBuilder company website.
• Run a bespoke editorial company, providing professional editorial services, including manuscript critique, developmental editing, ghostwriting, copyediting and proofreading, and press release composition, to authors, small businesses, and publishing companies of all sizes.
• Guide authors through the publishing process from manuscript to publication.
• Edit manuscripts and provide detailed critiques for independent authors and trade publishers, including Unnamed Press, Amazon, and AmazonCrossing.
• Ghostwrite manuscripts, blog posts, think pieces, and other long-form essays for independent authors and corporate clients.
• Edit, copyedit, and rewrite press releases for select corporate clients.
• Oversee a team of freelance editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders to meet client demand.
• Cofounded internet-based company designed to provide professional editorial services to independent authors.
• Oversaw and maintained all aspects of our social media, including our Facebook page, website, and blog.
• Guided authors from the editing process through to publication or self-publication.
• Edited manuscripts of all genres, including YA, thrillers, horror, science fiction, detective novels, speculative fiction, literary fiction, women’s fiction, and nonfiction.
• Provided detailed critiques and actionable advice through comprehensive editorial memos.
• Supervised and trained 15 freelance editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders.
• Maintained editorial standards for all editorial work performed by our company.
• Generated book ideas and discovered new authors, such as Andres Neuman, Laurent Binet, Juan Pablo Villalobos, Christian Kracht, and Paul LaFarge.
• Worked closely with authors to develop and edit trade books, including works by Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott and Mario Vargas Llosa, as well as National Book Award finalist Secret Historian (Justin Spring), National Book Critics Circle finalist HHhH (Laurent Binet), and Guardian First Book Award finalist Down the Rabbit Hole (Juan Pablo Villalobos).
• Wrote catalog, marketing, and jacket copy for at least five titles per season.
• Worked closely with all departments, including production, design, and publicity, throughout the entire publication process.
• Inherited large number of books, managed inherited authors and kept books on schedule.
• Negotiated advances and rights with agents and authors.
• Prepared P&Ls (Profits & Losses) in order to establish proper advances to be offered for each title.
• Presented proposals at editorial meetings; presented titles at launch meetings.
• Maintained a large stable of foreign readers in multiple languages.
• Hired, supervised, and mentored between 20 and 30 editorial interns per year.
As an Editorial Intern I was responsible for reading and evaluating submissions as well as writing cover and catalog copy. I assisted publisher Kent Carroll in the media campaign for national bestseller The Elegance of the Hedgehog.
HHhH: "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich", or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich". The most dangerous man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich was known as the "Butcher of Prague." He was feared by all and loathed by most. With his cold Aryan features and implacable cruelty, Heydrich seemed indestructible—until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service, killed him in... read more
Drawn from the secret, never-before-seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century. An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood o... read more
A subtle and enlightening novel about a neglected human rights pioneer by the Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas LlosaIn 1916, the Irish nationalist Roger Casement was hanged by the British government for treason. Casement had dedicated his extraordinary life to improving the plight of oppressed peoples around the world—especially the native populations in the Belgian Congo and the Amazon—but when he... read more
Following The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, and How Fiction Works—books that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation—The Fun Stuff confirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel. In twenty-three passionate, sparkling dispatches—that range over such crucial writers as Thomas Hardy, Leon Tolstoy, Ed... read more
A decade after the publication of Haussmann, or the Distinction, his acclaimed novel about nineteenth-century Paris, Paul La Farge turns his imagination to America at the dawn of the twenty-first century.In September 2000, a young programmer comes home from a festival in the Nevada desert and learns that his grandfather has died, and that he has to return to Thebes, a town which is so isolate... read more
"A brief and majestic debut." —Matías Néspolo, El MundoTochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines, and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideou... read more
Searching for an inn, the enigmatic traveler Hans stops in a small city on the border between Saxony and Prussia. The next morning, Hans meets an old organ-grinder in the market square and immediately finds himself enmeshed in an intense debate—on identity and what it is that defines us—from which he cannot break free.Indefinitely stuck in Wandernburg until his debate with the organ-grinder is... read more
A revelatory look at the life of the great American author—and how it shaped his most beloved worksJack London was born a working class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling West Coast—an oyster pirate, a hobo, a sailor, and a prospector by turns. He spent his brief life rapidly accumulating the experiences that would inform hi... read more
An outrageous, fantastical, uncategorizable novel of obsession, adventure, and coconuts In 1902, a radical vegetarian and nudist from Nuremberg named August Engelhardt set sail for what was then called the Bismarck Archipelago. His destination: the island Kabakon. His goal: to found a colony based on worship of the sun and coconuts. His malnourished body was found on the beach on Kabakon in 19... read more
A thrilling page-turner that also happens to be the biography of one of Russia's most controversial figures This is how Emmanuel Carrère, the magnetic journalist, novelist, filmmaker, and chameleon, describes his subject: "Limonov is not a fictional character. There. I know him. He has been a young punk in Ukraine, the idol of the Soviet underground; a bum, then a multimillionaire's butler in ... read more
For five weeks—from April 14 to May 21, 1927—the world held its breath while fourteen aviators took to the air to capture the $25,000 prize that Raymond Orteig offered to the first man to cross the Atlantic Ocean without stopping.Joe Jackson's Atlantic Fever is about this race, a milestone in American history whose story has never been fully told. Delving into the lives of the big-name competi... read more
"Even if I lived a hundred lives, I still wouldn't be exhausted." These words capture the intensity of the experiences of Claude Lanzmann, a man whose acts have always been a negation of resignation: a member of the Resistance at sixteen, a friend to Jean-Paul Sartre and a lover to Simone de Beauvoir, and the director of one of the most important films in the history of cinema, Shoah.In these ... read more
Alejandro Zambra's Ways of Going Home begins with an earthquake, seen through the eyes of an unnamed nine-year-old boy who lives in an undistinguished middleclass housing development in a suburb of Santiago, Chile. When the neighbors camp out overnight, the protagonist gets his first glimpse of Claudia, an older girl who asks him to spy on her uncle Raúl.In the second section, the protagonist ... read more
The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been bitter, and have always really been about contesting values-morality, politics, and class. The Language Wars examines the present state of the conflict, its history, and its future. Above all, it uses the past as a way of illuminating the present. Moving chronologically, the book explore... read more
"Rome's genial new book . . . brings to life another era." ―Nicholas Lemann, The New YorkerThe first Earth Day is the most famous little-known event in modern American history. Because we still pay ritual homage to the planet every April 22, everyone knows something about Earth Day. Some people may also know that Earth Day 1970 made the environmental movement a major force in American politica... read more
Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author’s father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. Twenty years in the writing, it paints an unforgettable picture of a man who followed his conscience and paid for it with his life during one of the darkest periods in Latin America’s recent history.
Oonya Kempadoo's moving third novel, All Decent Animals, looks at the personal and aesthetic choices of a multifaceted cast of characters on the Caribbean island of Trinidad—a country still developing economically but rich culturally, aiming at "world-class" status amid its poor island cousins. It is a novel about relationships, examined through the distinct rhythms of the city of Port of Spai... read more
Richie Palumbo, the most prosaic of men, gets lost one night in 1969 while driving home with his family. He finds himself in the town of Norumbega—hidden, remote, and gorgeous, at the far edges of Boston's western suburbs. He sees a venerable old house and, without quite knowing why, decides he must have it. The repercussions of Richie's wild dream to own a house in this town lead to a forty-y... read more
A gripping novel about the assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico City in 1940In The Man Who Loved Dogs, Leonardo Padura brings a noir sensibility to one of the most fascinating and complex political narratives of the past hundred years: the assassination of Leon Trotsky by Ramón Mercader.The story revolves around Iván Cárdenas Maturell, who in his youth was the great hope of modern Cuban lit... read more
A brilliant new comic novel from "a linguistic virtuoso" (José Antonio Aguado, Diari de Terrassa)It's the 1980s in Lagos de Moreno—a town where there are more cows than people, and more priests than cows—and a poor family struggles to overcome the bizarre dangers of living in Mexico. The father, a high-school civics teacher, insists on practicing and teaching the art of the insult, while the m... read more
A humorous and charming investigation into what it really means to have proper mannersMost of us know a bit about what passes for good manners—holding doors open, sending thank-you notes, no elbows on the table—and we certainly know bad manners when we see them. But where has this patchwork of beliefs and behaviors come from? How did manners develop? How do they change? And why do they matter ... read more
Jack Beilis once lived the American dream: custom suits, new cars, and the best clubs. But by 1931, he has sunk so low he cannot feed himself or his ailing father. Now he barely has time to wipe the blood from his hands before he finds himself on a ship from New York to Moscow, running from a crime he never intended.Desperate for an escape route, Jack wants to believe stories of a worker’s par... read more
The first novel by multiple-award-winning Chilean author Ramón Díaz Eterovic to be translated into English—a landmark event for fans of crime fiction.Private investigator Heredia spends his days reading detective novels; commiserating with his cat, Simenon; and peering out over the Mapocho River from his Santiago apartment. The city he loves may be changing, but Heredia can’t stop chasing the ... read more
Private Investigator Heredia returns as multiple-award-winning author Ramón Díaz Eterovic sends the most iconic figure in Chilean crime fiction down a dark alley of lost love, corruption, and murder.Private investigator Heredia has many phantoms—and one of his most haunting has come calling. Argentine investigative journalist Fernanda Arredondo, an old flame he loved and lost, needs to see him... read more
Only three people can connect a present-day murderer to a serial killer who, fourteen years ago, terrorized a small Siberian town. And one of them is already dead.As a working mother, Lena Polyanskaya has her hands full. She’s busy caring for her two-year-old daughter, editing a successful magazine, and supporting her husband, a high-ranking colonel in counterintelligence. She doesn’t have tim... read more
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Editor/writer with 20 years' experience editing art, history, memoir and fiction, including Why Running Matters and The Bad Dream Notebook.
I'm an editor for Old Street Publishing. I work on crime and historical fiction, history, travel and memoirs.