Lily Choi

Lily Choi – Editor

Former PRH editor with over five years experience working with bestselling thriller, women's fiction authors, as well as YA/middle grade.


I'm a former Assistant Editor at Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where I edited thrillers, romance, cozy mysteries, and women's fiction. I also worked closely with the editor-in-chief of Berkley and their authors, including international bestselling author Clare Mackintosh and RITA award-winning author Karen Rose.

Notable authors I have edited include bestselling author Marta Perry, bestselling author Renee Rosen, and New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay.

I left PRH in 2018 to pursue my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where I worked on picture books, middle grade, contemporary YA, and verse. Currently, I'm working on a contemporary YA novel and a YA-in-verse. I'm so grateful that I was able to focus on and hone my craft, and I'm excited to impart this wisdom in helping other talented writers create engaging, unforgettable books. I look at both big and small-picture issues and want to help you strike the perfect emotional notes in your stories.

I also sensitivity-read for Asian American (and specifically Korean) characters, most recently for Disney-Hyperion.

I truly enjoy the collaborative writing/editing process and consider myself a very hands-on editor. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Own-voices contemporary YA with a memorable narrative voice, like Frankly in Love, Patron Saints of Nothing, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. I love snark.

Romance/rom-coms or women's fiction, any age group. The Hating Game, Evvie Drake Starts Over, Beach Read, Loveboat, Taipei.

Suspense--give me ALL the suspense. I'm an obsessive thriller reader; I love Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, anything compulsively readable. I'm also looking for Agatha Christie-esque mysteries. And I love quiet suspense too: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, We Are Okay.

Verse: If you consider your writing lyrical or poetic, we should work together! Some of my favorite authors are Sonya Sones, Jandy Nelson, and Kwame Alexander.
Cultural & Ethnic Middle Grade Mystery & Crime Romance Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (US)
  • MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults

Work experience

Penguin Random House

Nov, 2015 — Aug, 2018 (over 2 years)

• Acquired and provided line and developmental edits for over a dozen authors
• Provided editorial support, including editing, writing readers reports and rejection letters, creating P&Ls and title information sheets for my and my supervisor's authors
• Created a bible for an original cozy mystery idea for a writer-for-hire
• Handled manuscripts through all stages of publication and liaised with authors and in-house departments
• Managed seven frontlist authors and over 70 backlist authors


Mar, 2016 — May, 2016 (2 months)

• Provided editorial support, including drafting contract request forms and contract amendments, requesting
and routing author payments, and running P&L’s
• Assisted in editing two manuscripts
• Organized art logs for more than 100 photos for two nonfiction books
• Wrote title information sheets and flap copy for four nonfiction books
• Read and logged about 30 nonfiction and fiction submissions and wrote about the same number of rejection letters
• Liaised with high-profile authors, agents, and in-house departments at every step of the editorial process
and acted as in-house liaison for a remote executive editor
• Providing general administrative support, including answering phones, keeping track of project due
dates, scheduling meetings, and preparing copy


“A plum of a novel: juicy, ripe and bursting with sticky situations. I savored every page.”—Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Identicals“A warm, satisfying tale about the love that binds even the most dysfunctional of families.”—People... read more
Good Luck with That

Kristan Higgins

One of Purewow's Best Beach Reads of Summer 2018New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins is beloved for her heartfelt novels filled with humor and wisdom. Now, she tackles an issue every woman deals with: body image and self-acceptance.Emerson, Georgi... read more
Let Me Lie

Clare Mackintosh

The stunning new novel from Clare Mackintosh, the international bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You.The police say it was suicide.Anna says it was murder.They're both wrong.Last year, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives, one seemingl... read more
Love à la Mode

Stephanie Kate Strohm

Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . . Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty,... read more
As Bright as Heaven

Susan Meissner

From the acclaimed author of A Bridge Across the Ocean and The Last Year of the War comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love.In 1918, Philadelphia was a city t... read more
A pulse-pounding mystery from the author of The Gates of Evangeline featuring Charlotte “Charlie” Cates, an unforgettable heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will save or destroy those around her . . . When soon-to-be mother Charlotte “Charl... read more
Windy City Blues

Renée Rosen

In 1960s Chicago, a young woman stands in the middle of a musical and social revolution. A new historical novel from the bestselling author of White Collar Girl and What the Lady Wants. “The rise of the Chicago Blues scene fairly shimmers with verve and intens... read more
The New York Times bestselling author of Town in a Cinnamon Toast returns to Cape Willington, Maine, where blueberry farmer Candy Holliday springs ahead into sleuthing...The imminent arrival of spring has the locals gearing up for their sweetest celebration ev... read more
On her family's South Georgia olive plantation, Eva Knox is on the hook for murder in the third delightful Olive Grove Mystery from the author of One Foot in the Grove and Cold Pressed Murder.On a sizzling-hot September day, Eva Knox's ex-boyfriend, Dudley Dex... read more
The third in a delicious series featuring a dinner club that tries out new recipes--while trying to catch a killerThe Culinary Capers Dinner Club is planning a fall picnic for their next meeting. What could be better than sharing delicious food with friends un... read more
The New York Times bestselling author of Every Dark Corner returns to Baltimore, where a father-daughter reunion puts innocent victims in the sights of a stone-cold killer…Baltimore PI Clay Maynard routinely locates missing children for clients, but his own da... read more

Lily has 11 reviews





Dani A.

Dani A.

Sep, 2021

Every part of my experience with Lily has been exceptional. She is courteous, insightful, professional, and throrough. In short, she is everything an author wants in an editor.
Christopher P.

Christopher P.

Aug, 2021

Lily was great! It was so helpful to work with someone who understands story mechanics and can offer big-picture advice, pose thought-provoking questions and keep you pointed in the right direction.
Monday O.

Monday O.

Jul, 2021

Lily was wonderful to work with. Her incite and edits helped me accurately rewrite my story. I would recommend her to absolutely everyone and I would most definitely use her again. She is professional and the quality of her work can't be beat. I loved working with Lily, and my story is all the better for it. Thank you Lily, for everything!
Jazmine H.

Jazmine H.

Jun, 2021

Lily is very kind and personable! She will challenge your work without tearing you down, which was encouraging for a new writer like myself. She also keeps a great balance of positive feedback and compliments as she works through your manuscript. I would certainly recommend her to anyone who’s nervous about sending their writing to an editor and wants excellent feedback without feeling discoura...
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Betsy S.

Betsy S.

May, 2021

Lily has been such a pleasure to work with! I appreciate her enthusiasm - it gave me quite a boost to know she was excited about collaborating. She provided a detailed and specific manuscript review that helped me shape the next round of revisions. Importantly, she provided needed outside perspective that prompted me to carefully consider core aspects of the manuscript without losing sight of m...
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