Hello! I'm Josh. I graduated from New York University with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. I was put on this planet to edit.
After working at Random House Publishers, I started my own literary press called tNY Press which ran for 5 years. As editor-in-chief, I worked with over 800 writers, edited 25 books, and published or workshopped over 1,500 short stories and essays.
As an editor and producer at Melcher Media in New York City, I was responsible for book projects for the likes of Former Vice President Al Gore, country music superstar Garth Brooks, Netflix, Neil Patrick Harris, King Tutankhamun exhibits, and more.
As a freelancer, I have worked for writers, business people, and artists from around the world. You can expect heavy edits with well-reasoned comments, and tons of dialogue. I find the more I communicate with my clients, the more I understand their goals and can help steer them in the right direction.
I will weed your work of redundancy, cliché, and verbosity that can weigh writing down. I also have a good eye for organization and can recommend new ordering, titling, and formatting which will help the book flow more easily. Fact-checking non-fiction comes with the job as well; if you quote statistics or studies, I will make sure there are correct citations. Once I'm done, you will have a clean, modern, engaging manuscript.
While developmental and line editing is my forté, I'm interested and able to take on full-suite publishing jobs to help you design, publish, and market your book, whether that be for self-publishing or through the proposal process with an established publisher.
Looking forward to talking!
Project lead on highly-designed, illustrated books for celebrities and media companies. My accounts include Al Gore, Garth Brooks, Apple, Netflix, and more, and my books have over 2 million copies in print.
Responsibilities include overseeing every step of the publishing process: project management and client liaison; acquisitions and proposals; creative direction and design management; editorial oversight and manuscript creation; team building (freelancer on-boarding); photoshoot production; image rights; production, printing, and fulfillment; and marketing and publicity consultation.
I helped produce Los Angeles' most ambitious opera ever, HOPSCOTCH. A cast of 120+, for 1.5 months, in a fleet of 24 limousines, all being live streamed back to a temporary structure with 24 viewing screens. I found the writing talent and managed the writing process, I oversaw the branding and design (from merchandise to a comprehensive paperback book), managed the social media, printing, publicity, and more.
The show received rave reviews in The New Yorker, Wired, Fast Co.Create, The New York Times, The LA Times, California Sunday, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and more. See less
I started tNY.Press (formerly theNewerYork) to build a stage for modern storytellers. We publish literature in print in a literary magazine and single-author books, and online on. We have published over 1500 stories by 800+ writers. We are also a creative design firm fashioning books and print design for individuals and organizations. Experimental workshops and readings every month. Originally funded on Kickstarter.com.
Managed the enhanced ebook edition of How to Life Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu. Gave seminar(s) to editorial and production at Knopf and Vintage on the future of the publishing industry.
A New York Times bestseller!The follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling An Inconvenient Truth and companion to Vice President Al Gore’s new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, this new book is a daring call to action. It exposes the reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and delivers hope through groundbreaking information on what you can do... read more
The first five years were filled with high adventure, with dreams coming true, with new friendships beginning and old friendships growing. Most of all, though, the years were filled with music being made. We thought about songs night and day, chased the things. I was surrounded by songwriters, musicians, producers, engineers, managers, by people who lived to make music, and we got to see the w... read more
This mysterious illustrated tie-in to Netflix's award-winning A Series of Unfortunate Events--featuring an introduction by Count Olaf's legal representative, Neil Patrick Harris--shares insider secrets about the Baudelaire family and the making of the show. In every library there is a single book that can answer the question that burns like a fire in the mind...In this collector's companion yo... read more
In the last few years, direct-to-consumer e-commerce companies have invaded the marketplace and our daily lives. Dinner? Blue Apron. Plans tonight? Netflix. Need new glasses? Warby Parker. Five o'clock shadow? Dollar Shave Club. It's never been a better time to start your own direct-to-consumer enterprise and there are innumerable tired industries waiting for you to disrupt them. In Cheaper Ea... read more
Do you feel separate or disconnected? Are you tired of your frantic, busy lifestyle? When is the last time you felt truly alive, and filled with the joy of being?This unique and uplifting book will show you how you can liberate yourself from a hectic, unfulfilling life by creating and then deepening quality connections with your Body, your True Self, Others in your life and with Spirit. You wi... read more
This is a collection of experimental short-fiction. The stories are beautifully designed and paired with art. The contributors come from all over the world. Artists throughout the ages, from Dali to Proust, have taken their talents to exposing time; here is theNewerYork's attempt. The stories in this collection in one way or another, deal with loss, youth, death, joy, tradition, technology, an... read more
Selfies, sexbots, and drones collide in these interwoven nanofictions about a society before, during, and after its collapse. With dazzling humor and insight, debut author S. Kay reveals a future that looks disconcertingly like the present. Beautifully illustrated by Thoka Maer, Reliant is a bold examination of society’s unrequited love for technology.Available October 2015
A man with lobster claws for hands. A woman who grows a blanket of feathers. A talking cow. A baby born from an egg. A hu-manatee. Modeled after a scientific journal, complete with abstracts and endnotes, Studies in Hybrid Morphology includes more than a dozen surreal stories exploring the intersections of human and animal, head and heart, science and fiction.The strange characters who populat... read more
This is an exciting and beautiful interactive story. Twitter length stories leave you with two options to continue. Jump around this colorful story. One story called "Invade" runs throughout the book, but you'll also find yourself on rickety bridges, in abusive relationships, analyzing literature with dragons, and printing some pages to fold into paper airplanes. This is a very American book. ... read more
Is it June yet? Somewhere between prose and poetry and a graphic-novel, The Inevitable June is the story of your mind: a room with no doors, where the lights are always on. It is a surreal flash-fiction for every day in June. It is your imagination with teeth. A vicious moonshine of unforgettable words and illustrations. There's a black octopus in the sky, you're on a horse made of light bulbs... read more
What drove Americans to vote for Donald Trump – a racist and misogynist crook? And why are authoritarians like Trump, Putin, and Erdogan on the rise worldwide? Economic discontent, created by automation and globalization, has created a new underclass fearful of its future. But exactly what makes voters act so violently and unpredictably? Why don’t politicians have the answers, and economists a... read more
What do My Cousin Vinny, The Goat Man and voodoo ceremonies in the deep south have in common? They represent only a few of the interesting people and adventures had by Wade Ballance in his Physical Therapy career. From large city hospitals, to a ten bed hospital in a small town, to a massive catholic monastery, Wade has treated a colorful mix of patients throughout the south. Memorable patient... read more
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