Lily Choi

Lily Choi - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Versatile and passionate former PRH editor specializing in contemporary YA/middle grade, thrillers, romance. MFA in Writing for Children.

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Overview

I'm a former Assistant Editor at PRH, where I edited thrillers, romance, cozy mysteries, and women's fiction. Notable authors I have worked with include international bestselling author Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author Marta Perry, bestselling author Renee Rosen, RITA award-winning author Karen Rose, 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 my own YA novels. 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 readers.

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!

My MSWL:
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 or rom-coms, any age group, whether it's a genre romance or has romantic elements. The Hating Game, Evvie Drake Starts Over.

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.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Middle Grade
Mystery & Crime
Picture Books
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Assistant Editor

Penguin Random House
November, 2015 – August, 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

Editorial Assistant

Putnam
March, 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

Portfolio (11 selected works)

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 seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents' deaths, unwilling to accept t... read more

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 seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents' deaths, unwilling to accept t... 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, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves... read more

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, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves... read more

The Sunshine Sisters

Jane Green

“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“With clear prose and a straightforward plot, Green spins a breezy story.”—The Washington PostThe New York Times bestselling author of F... read more

“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“With clear prose and a straightforward plot, Green spins a breezy story.”—The Washington PostThe New York Times bestselling author of F... read more

Monster in the Closet (The Baltimore Series)

Karen Rose

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 daughter—stolen by his ex-wife—has eluded him for years. Until she turns up right under his nose… Since she was a child, Taylor Dawson bel... 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 daughter—stolen by his ex-wife—has eluded him for years. Until she turns up right under his nose… Since she was a child, Taylor Dawson bel... read more

Marinating in Murder (A Dinner Club Mystery)

Linda Wiken

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 under a beautiful autumn sky? But when club member Alison Malkovich opens the back of her SUV to load in the picnic supplies, she finds a ... 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 under a beautiful autumn sky? But when club member Alison Malkovich opens the back of her SUV to load in the picnic supplies, she finds a ... read more

Dipped to Death (An Olive Grove Mystery)

Kelly Lane

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 Dexter Codman the Third, along with a bunch of his corporate cronies from Boston, arrive at Eva's family's guest inn and olive farm, Knox P... 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 Dexter Codman the Third, along with a bunch of his corporate cronies from Boston, arrive at Eva's family's guest inn and olive farm, Knox P... read more

Town in a Maple Madness (Candy Holliday Murder Mystery)

B. B. Haywood

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 ever—the first annual Maple Madness Weekend. Along with maple sugar house tours, a community-wide marshmallow roast, and a weekend-long pa... 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 ever—the first annual Maple Madness Weekend. Along with maple sugar house tours, a community-wide marshmallow roast, and a weekend-long pa... 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 intensity, and the large, diverse cast of characters is indelibly portrayed with the perfect pitch of a true artist.” —Melanie Benjamin, New Y... read more

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 intensity, and the large, diverse cast of characters is indelibly portrayed with the perfect pitch of a true artist.” —Melanie Benjamin, New Y... read more

The Shimmering Road

Hester Young

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 “Charlie” Cates begins to have recurring dreams about harm coming to her unborn daughter, she knows these are not the nightmares of an anxious... 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 “Charlie” Cates begins to have recurring dreams about harm coming to her unborn daughter, she knows these are not the nightmares of an anxious... 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 teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobbles... read more

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 teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobbles... 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, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent's school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire... read more

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, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent's school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire... read more

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Pamela Fernandes
Lily sent me a very detailed editorial report. She mentioned all these ways to make my book better. And how to tighten the plot. I loved going through her feedback. It was very detailed.

Pamela Fernandes, October 2018

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