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Laura Ross

Laura Ross - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Expert editor, ghostwriter, and consultant collaborates on all aspects of the publishing process, from idea to bound book.

Overview

I am an author, editor, and publishing consultant with more than thirty years’ experience in New York book publishing. I was the Editorial Director at Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers and Theatre Communications Group; Vice President/Director of Marketing at Pocket Books; Director of Advertising and Promotion at Simon & Schuster and Penguin Books; and the co-proprietor of a book-packaging firm, Cognoscenti Books. In 2008, I turned full-time to independent editorial work with a focus on writing and editing nonfiction. I have ghostwritten a variety of memoirs and works of narrative nonfiction for clients including HarperCollins, Sterling, Quayside, and Stonesong Press. My attributed works include a series of annotated classics, a wellness book, and several works of history—most recently, Traveling the Silk Road and Theodore Roosevelt: A Passion to Lead (both Sterling Publishing).

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Cultural & Ethnic Themes Inspirational Poetry Short Story Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics Entertainment Health & wellbeing Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships Travel

Work experience

Literary Agent

Jill Grinberg Literary Management

November, 2008 – May, 2011 (over 2 years)

Represented a variety of fiction and nonfiction clients, negotiated publishing contracts, perfected proposals and manuscripts for publication, discovered and nurtured talent.

Editorial Director

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

October, 2000 – April, 2008 (over 7 years)

Supervised a staff of three editors and a list of 40-50 trade hardcover and paperback books per year; acquired and edited 10-20 books per year and oversaw design and production of each, many of them illustrated; directed the company’s marketing efforts, including publicity, promotion, sales materials, and advertising.

Vice President/Director of Marketing

Pocket Books

May, 1998 – March, 2000 (almost 2 years)

Supervised marketing effort for a $150 million mass-market and trade publishing company; oversaw staff of 15 marketing, advertising and promotion professionals; administered budgets totaling $5 million annually, implementing numerous cost-cutting measures and increasing efficiency by 20 percent; responsible for conception and execution of all broadcast and print advertising, sales materials, catalogs, promotional materials and mailings, point-of-purchase efforts, conferences and sales meetings; played a key role in all phases of each book’s publication, including acquisition effort, packaging approach, position on the overall publishing schedule, and complete trade and consumer publishing strategy.

Vice President/Director of Advertising and Promotion

Simon & Schuster

October, 1995 – April, 1998 (over 2 years)

Managed in-house advertising agency for all imprints of Simon & Schuster Trade Division, overseeing concept, media planning and purchase, copywriting, design, and production; administered budgets totaling $4-6 million annually; hired, trained, and managed a staff of 12 full-time and numerous freelance employees; responsible for all collateral sales materials including catalogs, displays, brochures, posters, and other point-of-sale items.

Director of Advertising and Promotion

Penguin USA

October, 1987 – May, 1994 (over 6 years)

Managed $5 million advertising and promotion budget, overseeing outside advertising agency and conception and execution of all print and broadcast advertising; supervised copywriting, design, and production of all catalogs and other printed sales materials, displays, and point-of-purchase items; directed a staff of six full-time and numerous freelance employees.

Director of Publication

Theater Communications Group

May, 1981 – September, 1987 (over 6 years)

Expanded TCG’s hardcover and trade paperback book imprint from just 2 titles per year to 12, acquiring, editing, and publishing more than 30 books on performing arts topics; served as series editor on several annual reference series; coordinated promotional efforts on all books, including publicity, point-of-purchase, and sales materials; represented the company and handled sales efforts at trade, academic, and professional conferences.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World

Mark Norell, Denise Patry Leidy, American Museum of Natural History, Laura Ross

An elegantly, lavishly illustrated history of the legendary Silk Road and the cultural pathway it blazed for the modern world. Spanning centuries of history, this engrossing book--created in conjunction with the world-famous American Museum of Natural History--takes an epic journey to major stops in China, Uzbekistan, Iraq, and beyond. Not only did people from many lands trade their goods alon... read more

An elegantly, lavishly illustrated history of the legendary Silk Road and the cultural pathway it blazed for the modern world. Spanning centuries of history, this engrossing book--created in conjunction with the world-famous American Museum of Natural History--takes an epic journey to major stops in China, Uzbekistan, Iraq, and beyond. Not only did people from many lands trade their goods alon... read more

A Passion to Lead: Theodore Roosevelt in His Own Words

Theodore Roosevelt

Outdoorsman, politician, patriot, soldier, bestselling author, naturalist, winner of the Medal of Honor and the Nobel Peace Prize, Theodore Roosevelt was both a consummate man of action and a prolific author. A Passion to Lead is a collection of excerpts from his writings--his autobiography, memoirs such as Rough Riders, speeches, articles, and letters--that bring the man to life in his own el... read more

Outdoorsman, politician, patriot, soldier, bestselling author, naturalist, winner of the Medal of Honor and the Nobel Peace Prize, Theodore Roosevelt was both a consummate man of action and a prolific author. A Passion to Lead is a collection of excerpts from his writings--his autobiography, memoirs such as Rough Riders, speeches, articles, and letters--that bring the man to life in his own el... read more

Dying to Be Perfect: A Mother's Story of Her Son's Battle with Anorexia

Susan Barry

Calling upon the same inner strength and faith that got her through her son TJ’s tragic death at age 22, Susan Barry decided to share their story. Complete with photographs, poems and journals from TJ’s personal lockbox, the result is a gift to the families and friends of those suffering the terrible toll of anorexia nervosa—and to all who seek insight into a disorder that is widely misunderst... read more

Calling upon the same inner strength and faith that got her through her son TJ’s tragic death at age 22, Susan Barry decided to share their story. Complete with photographs, poems and journals from TJ’s personal lockbox, the result is a gift to the families and friends of those suffering the terrible toll of anorexia nervosa—and to all who seek insight into a disorder that is widely misunderst... read more

The Secrets to Sensational Foreplay: The Hottest Ways to Touch Your Lover for Incredible Pleasure, Stronger Orgasms, and Longer, Better Sex

Laura Ross

The Secrets to Sensational Foreplay teaches you toe-curling touch techniques, creative kissing and mouth moves that will drive your partner crazy, and sultry seduction skills that will stoke all of your senses for maximum responsiveness and pleasure. You’ll learn how to take foreplay to the next level with sensual and daring activities that put you in the mood or build the excitement. —Add Adv... read more

The Secrets to Sensational Foreplay teaches you toe-curling touch techniques, creative kissing and mouth moves that will drive your partner crazy, and sultry seduction skills that will stoke all of your senses for maximum responsiveness and pleasure. You’ll learn how to take foreplay to the next level with sensual and daring activities that put you in the mood or build the excitement. —Add Adv... read more

Confucius: Bold-Faced Thoughts on Loyalty, Leadership, and Teamwork (Bold-Faced Wisdom)

Laura Ross

The writings of Confucius form one of the cornerstones of Eastern philosophy, and they resonate with everyone who wants to live a more meaningful life. This pocket-size edition of his most significant work-in the same popular interactive format as our Leaves of Grass and Walden-features a helpful introduction, highlighted passages, and pages to write on. It includes The Sayings of Confucius, t... read more

The writings of Confucius form one of the cornerstones of Eastern philosophy, and they resonate with everyone who wants to live a more meaningful life. This pocket-size edition of his most significant work-in the same popular interactive format as our Leaves of Grass and Walden-features a helpful introduction, highlighted passages, and pages to write on. It includes The Sayings of Confucius, t... read more

I Ching: Bold-Faced Answers to Eternal Questions of Life, Love, and Career (Bold-Faced Wisdom)

This pocket-size edition of the world's first self-help guide--venerated for more than 3,000 years as a work of philosophy, mysticism, and, by some, divinatory power--features highlighted passages and reflective writing exercises aimed squarely at contemporary readers. The underlying theme of I Ching is change. It offers wisdom on how to make informed decisions and how to adapt to the inevitab... read more

This pocket-size edition of the world's first self-help guide--venerated for more than 3,000 years as a work of philosophy, mysticism, and, by some, divinatory power--features highlighted passages and reflective writing exercises aimed squarely at contemporary readers. The underlying theme of I Ching is change. It offers wisdom on how to make informed decisions and how to adapt to the inevitab... read more

Dating the Undead

Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe

They're drop-dead handsome—and we're not kidding!Welcome to the first and only guide devoted to loving the immortal man in all of his furry, feathery, fiery glory. Here is a forbidden-fruit salad of features, fiction, fashion, and more, including:–Lipstick on His CollarIs your immortal just a little bit…immoral? –Angel in the KitchenHeavenly dishes that don'y take an eternity to prepare –A Kis... read more

They're drop-dead handsome—and we're not kidding!Welcome to the first and only guide devoted to loving the immortal man in all of his furry, feathery, fiery glory. Here is a forbidden-fruit salad of features, fiction, fashion, and more, including:–Lipstick on His CollarIs your immortal just a little bit…immoral? –Angel in the KitchenHeavenly dishes that don'y take an eternity to prepare –A Kis... read more

Why AC/DC Matters

Anthony Bozza

Australian rock giants AC/DC have sold more records in the U.S. than Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, and than the Rolling Stones, yet have always been undervalued and unappreciated by mainstream rock music critics. In Why AC/DC Matters, former Rolling Stone staff writer and New York Times bestselling author Anthony Bozza addresses this inequity, penning a just tribute to these m... read more

Australian rock giants AC/DC have sold more records in the U.S. than Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, and than the Rolling Stones, yet have always been undervalued and unappreciated by mainstream rock music critics. In Why AC/DC Matters, former Rolling Stone staff writer and New York Times bestselling author Anthony Bozza addresses this inequity, penning a just tribute to these m... read more

The New York Times: Times of the Sixties - The Culture, Politics, and Personalities that Shaped the Decade

The New York Times

There is no better record of events than The New York Times, and now The Times of the Sixties captures the history, culture, and personalities of the decade through hundreds of articles and original commentary in this unique and fascinating book.Whether we lived through them or learned of them after the fact, the events of the 1960s— the beginning of the Vietnam War, the moon landing, the hipp... read more

There is no better record of events than The New York Times, and now The Times of the Sixties captures the history, culture, and personalities of the decade through hundreds of articles and original commentary in this unique and fascinating book.Whether we lived through them or learned of them after the fact, the events of the 1960s— the beginning of the Vietnam War, the moon landing, the hipp... read more

The New York Times The Times of the Seventies: The Culture, Politics, and Personalities that Shaped the Decade

The New York Times, Clyde Haberman

There is no better record of events then The New York Times, and now, The Times of the Seventies captures the history, culture, and personalities of the decade through hundreds of hand-selected articles and compelling original commentary in this unique and fascinating book.The New York Times: The Times of the Seventies is a brilliant time capsule containing all of the greatest, most important,... read more

There is no better record of events then The New York Times, and now, The Times of the Seventies captures the history, culture, and personalities of the decade through hundreds of hand-selected articles and compelling original commentary in this unique and fascinating book.The New York Times: The Times of the Seventies is a brilliant time capsule containing all of the greatest, most important,... read more

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