Lia Ottaviano

Lia Ottaviano - Editor

New York City, NY, USA

New York City-based editor with over a decade of experience. I specialize in business, self-help, memoir, true crime, and spirituality.

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Overview

I'm an enthusiastic and creative NYC-based editor with over a decade of experience working in the publishing industry. I have worked 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.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
New Age
Religion & Spirituality
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
True Crime

Work experience

Editor

Callisto Media
November, 2018 – September, 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.

Senior Editor

Diversion Books
July, 2018 – November, 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.

Editor

Diversion Books
December, 2016 – July, 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.

Associate Editor

John Wiley and Sons
November, 2014 – December, 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.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

The Effective Manager

Mark Horstman

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 author's 25 years of management training expertise into clear, actionable steps to start taking today. First, you'll identify what "effectiv... 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 author's 25 years of management training expertise into clear, actionable steps to start taking today. First, you'll identify what "effectiv... read more

The Art of Strategic Leadership: How Leaders at All Levels Prepare Themselves, Their Teams, and Organizations for the Future

Steven J. Stowell, Stephanie S. Mead

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-term growth, and 2. How to engage leaders at every level of the organization so that they are more proactive and forward-looking in their ... 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-term growth, and 2. How to engage leaders at every level of the organization so that they are more proactive and forward-looking in their ... read more

The Art of Startup Fundraising: Pitching Investors, Negotiating the Deal, and Everything Else Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Alejandro Cremades

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 relevant, as startup money is increasingly moving online. These new waters are all but uncharted—and founders need an accessible guide. T... 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 relevant, as startup money is increasingly moving online. These new waters are all but uncharted—and founders need an accessible guide. T... read more

Fanatical Prospecting: The Ultimate Guide to Opening Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, Email, Text, and Cold Calling

Jeb Blount

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 activity in sales and business development—prospecting.The brutal fact is the number one reason for failure in sales is an empty pipe and the ... 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 activity in sales and business development—prospecting.The brutal fact is the number one reason for failure in sales is an empty pipe and the ... read more

Get Momentum: How to Start When You're Stuck

Jason W. Womack, Jodi Womack

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 satisfaction, the belief that you can achieve big goals and complete important projects that fulfill you both personally and professionally.... 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 satisfaction, the belief that you can achieve big goals and complete important projects that fulfill you both personally and professionally.... read more

Aligned to Achieve: How to Unite Your Sales and Marketing Teams into a Single Force for Growth

Tracy Eiler, Andrea Austin

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 guide you toward action over theory, and dozens of examples illustrate the tangible effects of these changes in action at business-to-busin... read more

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 guide you toward action over theory, and dozens of examples illustrate the tangible effects of these changes in action at business-to-busin... read more

Visual Content Marketing: Leveraging Infographics, Video, and Interactive Media to Attract and Engage Customers

Stephen Gamble

Your ticket to generating better results through infographics Visual Content Marketing is a more than just a guide to infographics. Written for business people dealing with complex offerings, this is a hands-on, in-the-trenches guide to leveraging this emerging medium to reach bottomline business goals. Uniquely, this book addresses the full range of visual solutions, with an emphasis on using... read more

Your ticket to generating better results through infographics Visual Content Marketing is a more than just a guide to infographics. Written for business people dealing with complex offerings, this is a hands-on, in-the-trenches guide to leveraging this emerging medium to reach bottomline business goals. Uniquely, this book addresses the full range of visual solutions, with an emphasis on using... read more

Kid Start-Up: How YOU Can Become an Entrepreneur

Cuban, Mark, Patel, Shaan, McCue, Ian

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Maria Antoniou
The manuscript improved immensely. Lia helped push the book in the right direction. I was very pleased with the outcome.

Maria Antoniou, November 2022


Ofelia Brooks
Lia is a dream editor. This is my second time working with her because I was so impressed with her the first time that we worked together. She did not disappoint the second time around and exceeded my expectations. She gave thoughtful, helpful edits and towed the line of helping me say things better, as opposed to saying things for me. I will be back again! Thank you Lia!!

Ofelia Brooks, November 2022


Shauna Brittenham Reiter
Lia is ASTONISHING. Her technical expertise paired with a unique level of insightfulness makes her the perfect collaborator. Lia is sharp, professional, efficient, and has incredible editorial instincts. I have now worked with her on three separate projects and my faith in her and respect for her talent continues to grow. So grateful for Lia; she will be my editor for life!

Shauna Brittenham Reiter, October 2022


Keenan Morris
As a first-time author, I was understandably nervous about the entire editing process. However, Lia thoroughly explained her editing style and what to expect from her services. She was immensely helpful and really helped add that professional touch to my writing.

Keenan Morris, October 2022


gary gharpst
I found Lia's work especially helpful in the developmental input. Great insights that went beyond a previous editors input. We had one miscommunication on schedule early in the relationship but after that there was never an issue. She was efficient at communicating at the right times and asking for needed input.

gary gharpst, October 2022

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