Katie Zanecchia

Katie Zanecchia – Editor

Former literary agent for nonfiction (memoir, current affairs, business) and fiction (literary, thriller) with 10+yrs publishing experience.


A former literary agent, with additional editing experience at literary magazines and the Columbia Publishing Course, I'm a expert at helping authors think through their projects editorially, whether they're developing their initial book concept or just putting final touches on a manuscript. Having worked in and around the book publishing business for over a decade, including as a literary agent of fiction and non-fiction at both Writers House and Ross Yoon, I have deep background in literary fiction, thrillers, social justice oriented books, politics and current affairs, as well as all forms of memoir.

An advocate at heart, I look forward to working to individually supporting authors across a variety of genres and levels of experience. I have worked with debut novelists, political advocates, and academics, and can adapt to several different styles of communication, depending on what work best for my client. Whether that's a phone call to work through some big-picture ideas or line-by-line track changes and a long editorial letter, I'm here to help you finish your book, your way. And with experience in all aspects of the book business, I can not only help you with editorial support, but I can also provide consulting in website development, query letter writing, and digital marketing efforts.
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Political Science & Current Affairs
Literary Fiction
English (US)
  • Post-graduate certificate in publishing from Columbia University

Work experience


Jul, 2013 — Present

Helping authors move from initial concept to polished product. This editorial guidance includes brainstorming book ideas, honing in on narrative ideas, developmental editing, and line-by-line polishing. I can work with non-fiction book proposals, memoirs, or novels spanning thrillers to literary fiction.

I also approach this work holistically, helping authors -- whether traditionally or self-published -- build their online presence and brand. This might include supporting their editor's and publisher's efforts leading up to the publication of his book, building author websites from scratch, or consulting on a publisher's digital marketing plans.

Ross Yoon Agency

May, 2016 — Aug, 2018 (over 2 years)

As a literary agent, I represented fiction and non-fiction authors whose work catalyzes social change, challenges the status quo, and gives voice to the underrepresented. This work included deals with big five publishers like Simon and Schuster and Crown, as well as with independent publishers like Tin House, New Press, and Counterpoint.

I advocated for their writing careers from initial proposal and novel development, through the submission and writing process, all the way through the book's publication. I have experience reading and evaluating query letters, writing pitch letters, and providing developmental editorial support on a variety of projects.

Writers House

Dec, 2009 — Jul, 2012 (over 2 years)

In addition to administrative support, I read and evaluated submissions, provided editorial support for clients' projects -- from middle grade fantasy and thrillers to nonfiction proposals on history and current affairs and literary novels. I also drafted pitch letters, performed comp title research, and advised on digital marketing efforts.


"A brave, powerful memoir." —PEOPLEA captivating memoir that will change the way we look at identity and equality in this country Before she became the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016 at the age of twenty-six, Sarah... read more
Are you above average? Is your child an A student? Is your employee an introvert or an extrovert? Every day we are measured against the yardstick of averages, judged according to how closely we come to it or how far we deviate from it.The assumption that metri... read more
On a summer night in 1969, two men climbed down a ladder onto a sea of dust at the edge of an ancient dream. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on lunar soil, the moon ceased to be a place of mystery and myth. It became a destination.Now, on th... read more
A passionate attack on the monopolies that are throttling American democracy.Every facet of American life is being overtaken by big platform monopolists like Facebook, Google, and Bayer (which has merged with the former agricultural giant Monsanto), resulting ... read more
Linda Sarsour, co-organizer of the Women’s March, shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country. On a chilly spring morning... read more
"A great public service--critical for our time."--Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div., Yale psychiatrist, expert on violence, and editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald TrumpThe New York Times-bestselling author of Bush on the Couch shows that Donald Trump is mentally ... read more
A groundbreaking exposé about the alarming use of rap lyrics as criminal evidence to convict and incarcerate young men of color Should Johnny Cash have been charged with murder after he sang, “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die”? Few would seriously su... read more

JP Gritton

A Kirkus Best Fiction of 2019 Pick!A cross between Daniel Woodrell and Annie Proulx, Wyoming is about the stubborn grip of inertia and whether or not it is possible to live without accepting oneself. It’s 1988 and Shelley Cooper is in trouble. He’s broke, he’s... read more

Katie has 2 reviews







Jul, 2020

Katie listened very carefully to the specific questions I wanted addressed in the editorial assessment, and provided meaningful overall feedback on the manuscript as well as thoughtful suggestions relevant to my questions. She was prompt with her communications and delivered on schedule. Katie scheduled a conversation to review the written report and comments, and that added a great deal of cl...
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Katie Z.
Thank you, Beth! It was such a delight to spend time with your manuscript and think through possible next steps with you. Looking forward to hearing how everything unfolds.
Bridget G.

Bridget G.

Jun, 2020

Katie is smart, thoughtful, professional, and well-read. It was truly a pleasure to work with her. Her editorial assessment has given me clear direction on how to revise my draft. I strongly recommend her to other writers, and I look forward to collaborating with her again.
Katie Z.
Thank you for the kind words, Bridget! I had such a wonderful time with your manuscript and our conversation afterwards. Best of luck with the revision, and looking forward to staying in touch.

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