Larry O'Connor

Larry O'Connor - Editor

Brooklyn, NY

In-house editor for memoirs and novels by acclaimed Doubleday author Mary Morris with a poet's ear and a newsman's talent for clarity.

Request a quote
Verified identity

Overview

I am a former Columbia Graduate School of Journalism teacher and copy chief at New York Post Business who is ready to help authors find their voice and improve their craft. With a system I call "Yes, No, Maybe," I review manuscripts on what is best to keep, what to remove and what to reconsider. This technique works to bring the story forward by helping authors unclutter their writing and focus on what they are really trying for say. I've also a seasoned eye for line editing and making the right word choice in a way that deepens prose while not intruding on an author's style.

What's more, for the past two decades I have worked as in-house editor on novels and memoirs written by Doubleday award-winning author, Mary Morris. I started in that role after publishing my own memoir, TIP OF THE ICEBERG, which was shortlisted for the William Saroyan literary prize, and my novel, THE PENALTY BOX. I also am editor of the best-selling VIRAGO BOOK OF WOMEN TRAVELLERS, which was recently reissued in the United Kingdom.

Consider this your one-stop shop for editorial services. I can't wait to help you conquer the big stuff and the small in your work, whether it be a contemporary novel, a thriller or a straight-ahead book of non-fiction.

"Larry O'Connor is a brilliant editor, able to read on the micro-level but also someone who can really see the forest through the trees. He has helped me shape and revise my books during the past two decades. Larry is a smart, focused professional with a firm but gentle hand who is very responsible and always on time. I would not have the career I have today were it not for him." -- Mary Morris, Doubleday's acclaimed author of novels "Gateway to the Moon," "The Jazz Palace" and travel narrative classic "Nothing to Declare"

"Until recently, I've only had experience working with publishing company editors, and when I decided that I wanted a keen and objective editorial eye on a draft of a new novel I've been working on, I went to Larry O'Connor. He is highly responsive and timely, but even more important to me was his complete engagement with my novel and his ability to see both the big picture and the nuances in the work. His notes and suggestions were wonderfully cogent, specific, and useful. It was my first time working with Larry, but it won't be my last."
-- Cherise Wolas, acclaimed author of "The Resurrection of Joan Ashby" and "The Family Tabor"
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Contemporary Fiction
Psychological Thriller
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Sports & Outdoors

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
February, 2002 – Present (over 20 years)

I have worked as an editor -- from proofreading to developmental and structural editing -- on the many works of fiction and nonfiction by Doubleday award-winning author Mary Morris, over the past two decades. In addition, since July 2020, I've been working as a book doctor -- from structure to character development to copy editing -- on novels in progress. Recently, I did a three-part critical assessment of the current novel in progress by Cherise Wolas, author of THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY.

Copy Chief, Business

New York Post
January, 2012 – July, 2020 (over 8 years)

This position was a writing-editing-graphic hybrid in which I not only served as copy chief but rewrote stories when necessary, working with columnists, graphic artists, writers and editors to create daily graphics, headlines and captions at the award-winning New York Post. Here I developed expertise in the following areas: corporate media, commercial real estate, personal technology, high finance and economics. In addition, I worked as Post Business copyeditor with responsibility for the frequently hysterical and always original daily graphics.

College Teacher

Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
September, 2004 – June, 2008 (over 3 years)

I was an adjunct professor responsible for developing and editing graduate student work that was published widely through the Columbia News Service.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Virago Book of Women Travellers

Morris, Mary, O'Connor, Larry

Tip of the Iceberg

O'Connor, Larry

House Arrest

Morris, Mary

Revenge: A Novel

Morris, Mary

The Lifeguard

Morris, Mary

Larry has 9 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Allen Malnak
Larry was incredibly professional in every way. Prompt. Thorough. Patient with me. Went out of his way to make certain the book was carefully and completely edited.

Allen Malnak, April 2022


Robin U. Read
For a developmental-edit project, Larry provided a judicious blend of encouragement and constructive critique. My debut novel will be much the better for it. He was especially helpful in pointing out gaps/weaknesses in character arcs and suggesting lines of development.

Robin U. Read, December 2021


Alan Block
Larry copy-edited my manuscript carefully and completely. I was more than pleased with his work.

Alan Block, November 2021


Elsa Sosa
I love working with Larry. He’s punctual and very thorough in his analysis of my work.

Elsa Sosa, October 2021


Jim Peera
As a first time author, I had no idea how the editing process worked -- let alone how to pick the right editor for my non-fiction book; THE HEALIUM WAY - The Art of Being Extraordinary and Living Without Regrets. I wanted to get someone who did not just correct my grammar and punctuation, but could be brutally honest with me about my work and give me suggestions to improve the manuscript. I...
Read more

Jim Peera, July 2021

Read more reviews

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Cassidy Sachs

An editor at a Big 5 publisher with experience editing NYT bestsellers, specializing in adult commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction.

New York, New York, USA

Jessica Hatch

Award-winning freelance editor Jessica Hatch provides practical, marketable revision advice to clients on all six habitable continents.

Jacksonville, United States

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy