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Lia Ottaviano

Lia Ottaviano - Editor

New York, United States

Experienced and creative editor specializing in business, self-help, memoir, true crime, and thrillers, editing for an NYC-based house.

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As an editor at a leading NYC-based independent publisher, I have worked with authors such as Brian Fetherstonhaugh, Mark Waldman, Libby Gill, and Derek Lidow (nonfiction), and Austin Williams, Dan Newman, Neil Plakcy, and Peter Manus (fiction). I specialize in business, memoir, true crime, and thrillers, but have a wide variety of editing experience across a host of categories. I was previously an Associate Editor for the leading global business book publisher, where I brought to market industry-leading titles like Peter Block's THE EMPOWERED MANAGER 2E, Jeb Blount's FANATICAL PROSPECTING, Mark Horstman's THE EFFECTIVE MANAGER, Alejandro Cremades' THE ART OF STARTUP FUNDRAISING, and Marc Sniukas' THE ART OF OPPORTUNITY. I also hold a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hunter College. I have a strong eye for language, plot, and narrative construction, and look forward to working with you to help make your project a success.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management True Crime
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Thriller

Work experience

Editor

Diversion Books
November, 2016 – Present (about 1 year)

I acquire and edit across a range of nonfiction and commercial fiction genres, managing each title from acquisition through publication and beyond. My responsibilities include developmental and line editing, drafting marketing and cover copy, soliciting blurbs, and liaising with production, publicity, and marketing colleagues on approximately ten books/season.

Associate Editor

John Wiley and Sons
November, 2014 – November, 2016 (about 2 years)

As an Associate Editor in the Trade Business division of John Wiley and Sons, I acquired, edited, and managed 15-20 new titles per fiscal year in the categories of Leadership, Management, Innovation, Sales, Marketing, and Business Communication. I coordinated publicity and marketing efforts with authors and colleagues across a heavy frontlist, liaised with Wiley's Global Rights team to license translation and other subsidiary rights for front-and-backlist titles, worked with Wiley's legal counsel to draft and negotiate contracts, and maintained project budgets and timelines.

Editorial Program Coordinator

John Wiley and Sons
July, 2014 – November, 2014 (4 months)

As an Editorial Program Coordinator in John Wiley and Sons' Business Development division, I worked with Wiley's global teams in business, finance, and accounting to identify and pursue partnerships and acquisitions that would support growth strategies, drive revenue, and expand market reach.

Senior Editorial Assistant

John Wiley and Sons
April, 2013 – July, 2014 (about 1 year)

As a Senior Editorial Assistant in John Wiley and Sons' Trade Finance division, I provided dual assistance to the VP & Publisher of Finance and Director of Content Development and Assembly. I liaised with authors on new projects, developed over 15 manuscripts/year in the areas of Finance, Wealth Management, Nonprofit, and Investment Banking, helped to manage the production and finances fo the CFA Institute proprietary course material, and oversaw the GARP and Wiley digital partnership/member benefit program.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Nobody Rides For Free: An Angus Green Novel (Angus Green Series)

Neil S. Plakcy

With less than a year of experience under his belt and only one big case behind him, FBI Special Agent Angus Green has joined the rarefied group of agents who have been wounded in the line of duty. Now, assigned to a desk job while he recovers, Angus wonders if he’s chosen the right career. He’s been following his late father’s dream for a life of adventure and travel―and instead encountered d... read more

With less than a year of experience under his belt and only one big case behind him, FBI Special Agent Angus Green has joined the rarefied group of agents who have been wounded in the line of duty. Now, assigned to a desk job while he recovers, Angus wonders if he’s chosen the right career. He’s been following his late father’s dream for a life of adventure and travel―and instead encountered d... read more

Sole Survivor: The Inspiring True Story of Coming Face to Face with the Infamous Railroad Killer

Holly Dunn

On August 28, 1997, just as she was starting her junior year of college at the University of Kentucky, Holly Dunn and her boyfriend, Chris Maier, were walking along railroad tracks on their way home from a party when they were attacked by notorious serial killer Angel Maturino Reséndiz, aka The Railroad Killer. After her boyfriend is beaten to death in front of her, Holly is stabbed, raped, an... read more

On August 28, 1997, just as she was starting her junior year of college at the University of Kentucky, Holly Dunn and her boyfriend, Chris Maier, were walking along railroad tracks on their way home from a party when they were attacked by notorious serial killer Angel Maturino Reséndiz, aka The Railroad Killer. After her boyfriend is beaten to death in front of her, Holly is stabbed, raped, an... read more

The Dorchester Five

Peter Manus

From the author of Fickle comes a dark, fast-paced tale of suspense that will appeal to fans of classic and contemporary noir alike. A playboy lawyer plunges from the roof of a Boston hotel. A Rhode Island strip club owner is found dead in pool of his own vomit. Both men were spotted, shortly before their deaths, with a mysterious woman who left behind a trail of filterless cigarettes, purple ... read more

From the author of Fickle comes a dark, fast-paced tale of suspense that will appeal to fans of classic and contemporary noir alike. A playboy lawyer plunges from the roof of a Boston hotel. A Rhode Island strip club owner is found dead in pool of his own vomit. Both men were spotted, shortly before their deaths, with a mysterious woman who left behind a trail of filterless cigarettes, purple ... read more

The Art of Opportunity: How to Build Growth and Ventures Through Strategic Innovation and Visual Thinking

Marc Sniukas, Parker Lee, Matt Morasky

Innovate your way toward growth using practical, research-backed frameworks The Art of Opportunity offers a path toward new growth, providing the perspective and methods you need to make innovation happen. Written by a team of experts with both academic and industry experience—and a client roster composed of some of the world’s leading companies—this book provides you with the necessary tools ... read more

Innovate your way toward growth using practical, research-backed frameworks The Art of Opportunity offers a path toward new growth, providing the perspective and methods you need to make innovation happen. Written by a team of experts with both academic and industry experience—and a client roster composed of some of the world’s leading companies—this book provides you with the necessary tools ... read more

The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work

Peter Block

Empowerment produces the conditions for high performance. Especially for middle managers and below. Empowered cultures attract and retain talent. They produce high achievement, high accountability and high commitment. The Empowered Manager uncovers a roadmap to creating a more accountable culture in today's fragmented and virtual world. Bestselling author Peter Block is a true visionary: autho... read more

Empowerment produces the conditions for high performance. Especially for middle managers and below. Empowered cultures attract and retain talent. They produce high achievement, high accountability and high commitment. The Empowered Manager uncovers a roadmap to creating a more accountable culture in today's fragmented and virtual world. Bestselling author Peter Block is a true visionary: autho... read more

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

Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond

Jay Sullivan

Master the art of communication to improve outcomes in any scenario Simply Said is the essential handbook for business communication. Do you ever feel as though your message hasn't gotten across? Do details get lost along the way? Have tense situations ever escalated unnecessarily? Do people buy into your ideas? It all comes down to communication. We all communicate, but few of us do it well. ... read more

Master the art of communication to improve outcomes in any scenario Simply Said is the essential handbook for business communication. Do you ever feel as though your message hasn't gotten across? Do details get lost along the way? Have tense situations ever escalated unnecessarily? Do people buy into your ideas? It all comes down to communication. We all communicate, but few of us do it well. ... 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

PopUp Republic: How to Start Your Own Successful Pop-Up Space, Shop, or Restaurant

Jeremy Baras

Find out how to get in on the booming pop-up scene PopUp Republic: How to Start Your Own Successful Pop-Up Space, Shop, or Restaurant is your comprehensive guide to the new world of pop-ups. This fresh text dives into the details of the pop-up industry, offering you a first-hand glimpse at pop-up success through stories, examples, anecdotes, and case studies. Additionally, if you have the entr... read more

Find out how to get in on the booming pop-up scene PopUp Republic: How to Start Your Own Successful Pop-Up Space, Shop, or Restaurant is your comprehensive guide to the new world of pop-ups. This fresh text dives into the details of the pop-up industry, offering you a first-hand glimpse at pop-up success through stories, examples, anecdotes, and case studies. Additionally, if you have the entr... read more

The Heart of the Deal: How to Invest and Negotiate like a Real Estate Mogul

Anthony Lolli

The founder and CEO of Rapid Realty, New York City’s largest rental-based real estate brokerage, shares his story, his advice, and his tips for building a successful career in the ever-growing and lucrative world of real estate. Anthony Lolli got his real estate license at age nineteen. By twenty-three, he was a millionaire and the head of a swiftly growing company that would become one of the... read more

The founder and CEO of Rapid Realty, New York City’s largest rental-based real estate brokerage, shares his story, his advice, and his tips for building a successful career in the ever-growing and lucrative world of real estate. Anthony Lolli got his real estate license at age nineteen. By twenty-three, he was a millionaire and the head of a swiftly growing company that would become one of the... read more

The Mushin Way to Peak Performance: The Path to Productivity, Balance, and Success

Michael Veltri

Follow your own nature to achieve clarity, power, and success The Mushin Way teaches tools and techniques to help you reach peak performance and transform your business and personal life. Regardless of what we want to achieve in business or in life, transformation can be difficult and we tend to be our own worst enemies. We hold ourselves back without even realizing what we are capable of. In ... read more

Follow your own nature to achieve clarity, power, and success The Mushin Way teaches tools and techniques to help you reach peak performance and transform your business and personal life. Regardless of what we want to achieve in business or in life, transformation can be difficult and we tend to be our own worst enemies. We hold ourselves back without even realizing what we are capable of. In ... read more

Digital Sense: The Common Sense Approach to Effectively Blending Social Business Strategy, Marketing Technology, and Customer Experience

Travis Wright, Chris J. Snook

Compete in the digital world with pragmatic strategies for success Digital Sense provides a complete playbook for organizations seeking a more engaged customer experience strategy. By reorganizing sales and marketing to compete in today's digital-first, omni-channel environment, you gain newfound talent and knowledge from the resources already at hand. This book provides two pragmatic framewor... read more

Compete in the digital world with pragmatic strategies for success Digital Sense provides a complete playbook for organizations seeking a more engaged customer experience strategy. By reorganizing sales and marketing to compete in today's digital-first, omni-channel environment, you gain newfound talent and knowledge from the resources already at hand. This book provides two pragmatic framewor... read more

Leading with Noble Purpose: How to Create a Tribe of True Believers

Lisa Earle McLeod

Profit doesn't drive purpose. Purpose drives profit. We made some incorrect assumptions about work and those assumptions are killing us. We allowed a narrative that is solely about earnings to replace what we know to be true about human motivation. Human beings are hardwired to seek purpose, but according to data, most people don't feel a sense of purpose in their work. Work has become a grind... read more

Profit doesn't drive purpose. Purpose drives profit. We made some incorrect assumptions about work and those assumptions are killing us. We allowed a narrative that is solely about earnings to replace what we know to be true about human motivation. Human beings are hardwired to seek purpose, but according to data, most people don't feel a sense of purpose in their work. Work has become a grind... read more

Coaching Up! Inspiring Peak Performance When It Matters Most

Jordan Fliegel

Connect, engage, motivate, and inspire using top coaching techniques Coaching Up! is about inspiring those who matter to you to achieve peak performance. Whether you are a coach, a business leader, a civic activist, a teacher, a counselor, or a parent, this book will offer you a powerful, highly effective way to connect to the people you care about and move them forward toward their best selve... read more

Connect, engage, motivate, and inspire using top coaching techniques Coaching Up! is about inspiring those who matter to you to achieve peak performance. Whether you are a coach, a business leader, a civic activist, a teacher, a counselor, or a parent, this book will offer you a powerful, highly effective way to connect to the people you care about and move them forward toward their best selve... 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

Achieve with Accountability: Ignite Engagement, Ownership, Perseverance, Alignment, and Change

Mike Evans

ACCOUNTABILITY IS THE CATALYST THAT IGNITES: Accelerated Change, Robust Employee Engagement, Intensified Ownership, Relentless Perseverance, Impeccable Alignment, and propels individuals, teams and organizations to desired results. Accountability crumbles silos, boosts teamwork and collaboration, strengthens camaraderie, creativity, resiliency, agility, trust, and communication Achieve with Ac... read more

ACCOUNTABILITY IS THE CATALYST THAT IGNITES: Accelerated Change, Robust Employee Engagement, Intensified Ownership, Relentless Perseverance, Impeccable Alignment, and propels individuals, teams and organizations to desired results. Accountability crumbles silos, boosts teamwork and collaboration, strengthens camaraderie, creativity, resiliency, agility, trust, and communication Achieve with Ac... read more

The Respectful Leader: Seven Ways to Influence Without Intimidation

Gregg Ward, Walter G. Meyer

Boost morale and productivity by leading with respect The Respectful Leader presents an engaging, thought-provoking lesson for companies seeking off-the-charts performance. Author Gregg Ward draws on 25 years of leadership consulting, coaching and training experience to reveal the secret to great results: respect. In this true-to-life business fable, he shares the story of Des Hogan, a CEO who... read more

Boost morale and productivity by leading with respect The Respectful Leader presents an engaging, thought-provoking lesson for companies seeking off-the-charts performance. Author Gregg Ward draws on 25 years of leadership consulting, coaching and training experience to reveal the secret to great results: respect. In this true-to-life business fable, he shares the story of Des Hogan, a CEO who... 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

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Cheryl Coder

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Lia! she embraced my novel and the suggestions/edits etc. were exactly as she promised! Her suggestions/edits/reviews were clear, and she kept to "my voice", which is what I believe every author should look for in an editor. We fit together for my spiritual novella of love, loss, and acceptance. I definitely recommend Lia, and look forward to working with her a...

, November 2017


Alissa Cabrera

Lia fulfilled her obligations in terms of cutting down the size of my manuscript, but did not fulfill her obligation in assisting with my query letter, nor did she review my changes based on her changes to my manuscript, which she had also said she would do. Additionally, the timeline for completion was constantly changing, often without notice.

, November 2017

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