Lia Ottaviano

Lia Ottaviano – Editor

NYC-based nonfiction editor with over a decade of experience. I specialize in business and management, self-help, spirituality, and memoir.


I'm an enthusiastic and creative NYC-based editor, book coach, and content strategist with over a decade of experience in the publishing industry. I've collaborated with business and management authors such as Shark Tank star Mark Cuban (Kid Startup), Peter Block (The Empowered Manager 2e), Jeb Blount (Fanatical Prospecting), and Mark Horstman (The Effective Manager).

I've also brought a number of new age/spirituality titles to market, including The Complete Guide to Astrology (Louise Edington), Astrology for Relationships (Jacob Register), Modern Spirituality (Benjamin Decker), The Complete Book of Moon Spells (Michael Herkes), and many more.

I specialize in business, memoir, true crime, self-help, mind/body/spirit, psychology, and health and wellness. I also hold a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hunter College. I have a strong eye for language, manuscript organization, and content development, and look forward to working with you to help make your project a success.

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Health & Wellbeing LGBTQ Non-Fiction New Age Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement True Crime
English (US)

Work experience


Sep, 2020 — Present

I collaborate with authors across nonfiction genres on manuscript and book proposal development, content and go-to-market strategy, copy editing, and book coaching. My work samples and rates are available upon request.

Callisto Media

Nov, 2018 — Sep, 2020 (almost 2 years)

At Callisto Media, I oversaw the writing and editing of up to ten nonfiction books at a time at varying stages of development, from initial idea to final manuscript, in the categories of new age spirituality, self-help, psychology, health, and more. I guided the structure and content of books during the writing process, and edited manuscripts, often entailing heavy rewrites.

Diversion Books

Jul, 2018 — Nov, 2018 (4 months)

At Diversion Books, I acquired and edited 15-20 new titles per year in the categories of true crime, self-help, business, management, health, and narrative nonfiction. I worked directly with authors to shape content on all acquired titles, and also crafted cover and marketing copy.

Diversion Books

Dec, 2016 — Jul, 2018 (over 1 year)

As an Editor at Diversion Books, I acquired and edited 15-20 new titles per fiscal year across a range of nonfiction and commercial fiction genres, including business, management, psychology, self-help, true crime, mystery, thriller, and romance. I worked closely with authors to shape content on all acquired titles, from large-scale developmental edits to nitty-gritty proofreading. I also crafted cover and marketing copy and solicited blurbs for all forthcoming publications.

John Wiley and Sons

Nov, 2014 — Dec, 2016 (about 2 years)

As an Associate Editor at John Wiley and Sons, I edited, and managed 15-20 new trade business books per fiscal year in the categories of business management, leadership, sales, startup fundraising, and more, working with category leaders like Jeb Blount and Peter Block. I coordinated creative, publicity, and marketing efforts with authors, and maintained project budgets and timelines across a heavy frontlist.


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A smart, practical guide to rocket-powered business growth Aligned to Achieve puts sales and marketing on the same page, creating a revenue 'dream team' that will drive your organization to new heights. Smart, practical explanations, case studies, and tips gui... read more
A powerful and personalized process to improve your life and advance your career Do you sometimes feel stuck, despite real efforts to gain momentum on goals you’ve set? Momentum means you’re doing more than simply getting things done. It’s that feeling of sati... read more
Ditch the failed sales tactics, fill your pipeline, and crush your numberFanatical Prospecting gives salespeople, sales leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives a practical, eye-opening guide that clearly explains the why and how behind the most important activi... read more
Startup money is moving online, and this guide shows you how it works. The Art of Startup Fundraising takes a fresh look at raising money for startups, with a focus on the changing face of startup finance. New regulations are making the old go-to advice less r... read more
Develop the qualities of strategic leadership and become an active contributor to the short- and long-term success of your organization Today's organizations face two daunting challenges: 1. How to create new sources of competitive advantage to sustain long-te... read more
The how-to guide for exceptional management from the bottom up The Effective Manager is a hands-on practical guide to great management at every level. Written by the man behind Manager Tools, the world's number-one business podcast, this book distills the auth... read more

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Abby H.

Abby H.

Jul, 2024

A massive, massive thank you to Lia for her invaluable input/editing of my memoir’s first draft. She helped me elevate my writing, add depth and color and, craft a book I can feel good about. Not an easy task as I am a voracious reader and very picky! I loved her input. Valued her input. She was "spot on" in her comments and guided me in a way I had hoped for in an editor. I highly recommend Li...
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Gia E.

Gia E.

Jun, 2024

Very nice to work with. Excellent work at a very reasonable price!
Dusty W.

Dusty W.

Jun, 2024

Lia did an excellent job of editing our manuscript. She understood the content and made the appropriate changes without changing the meaning we were working to achieve. Very happy with the work, the timing of the project and the completed project!
Ann C.

Ann C.

Jun, 2024

Once again Lia has helped me so much in a language that really works for me, respecting my vision and honing it. Can't wait to work with her again.
Chuck P.

Chuck P.

May, 2024

Lia is professional and has given me excellent advice to improve my writing.

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