Lindsay Means

Lindsay Means - Editor Tick

Orange County, CA

I’m a hands-on editor specializing in developmental and line editing for literary fiction. Most recently at Penguin Random House.

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After three years at Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, working with authors such as Meg Wolitzer, Lauren Groff, Helen Oyeyemi, and Paula Hawkins, I've relocated to the West Coast and am now wearing all the hats of a freelance editor: copy editing, developmental editing, line editing, cereal box editing; you name it. As an editor, it's not my place to impose my vision on your story. Instead, I want to help shape your book into the best version of itself that it can be.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literature
Short Story
Thriller
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

Riverhead Books
July, 2016 – July, 2018 (about 2 years)

I provided both line and developmental edits for multiple award-winning and New York Times-bestselling titles, including INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins, THE FEMALE PERSUASION by Meg Wolitzer, and MY ABSOLUTE DARLING by Gabriel Tallent.

Publicity Assistant

Simon & Schuster
June, 2015 – June, 2016 (about 1 year)

I supported and initiated publicity campaigns for authors including John Irving, Mary Higgins Clark, and Alice Hoffman.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Female Persuasion: A Novel

Meg Wolitzer

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Ultra-readable." –Vogue "Equal parts cotton candy and red meat, in the best way." –People "Wolitzer’s social commentary can be as funny as it is queasily on target.” –Wall Street Journal "Wolitzer is one of those rare writers who creates droll and entertaining novels of ideas." –Fresh Air, NPR From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, an electri... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Ultra-readable." –Vogue "Equal parts cotton candy and red meat, in the best way." –People "Wolitzer’s social commentary can be as funny as it is queasily on target.” –Wall Street Journal "Wolitzer is one of those rare writers who creates droll and entertaining novels of ideas." –Fresh Air, NPR From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, an electri... read more

Into the Water: A Novel

Paula Hawkins

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERGOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER FOR MYSTERY/THRILLERAn addictive new novel of psychological suspense from the author of #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train. “Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors—think Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott—who have reinvigorated the literary suspense novel by tapping a rich vein of psyc... read more

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERGOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER FOR MYSTERY/THRILLERAn addictive new novel of psychological suspense from the author of #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train. “Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors—think Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott—who have reinvigorated the literary suspense novel by tapping a rich vein of psyc... read more

My Absolute Darling: A Novel

Gabriel Tallent

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALISTNBCC JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FINALISTONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES'S MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST’S MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017ONE OF NPR’S ‘GREAT READS’ OF 2017A USA TODAY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AN AMAZON.COM BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A BUSINESS INSIDER BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR"Impossible to put down." —NPR"A novel that reade... read more

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALISTNBCC JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FINALISTONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES'S MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST’S MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017ONE OF NPR’S ‘GREAT READS’ OF 2017A USA TODAY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AN AMAZON.COM BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A BUSINESS INSIDER BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR"Impossible to put down." —NPR"A novel that reade... read more

Florida

Lauren Groff

The much-anticipated return of the New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies.Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. Florida is a "superlative" book (Boston Globe), "gorgeously weird and limber" (New Yorker), "frequently funny" (San Francisco Chronicle), "brooding, inventive and often moving" (NPR Fresh Air) ... read more

The much-anticipated return of the New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies.Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. Florida is a "superlative" book (Boston Globe), "gorgeously weird and limber" (New Yorker), "frequently funny" (San Francisco Chronicle), "brooding, inventive and often moving" (NPR Fresh Air) ... read more

Tell the Machine Goodnight: A Novel

Katie Williams

“Sci-fi in its most perfect expression…Reading it is like having a lucid dream of six years from next week, filled with people you don't know, but will.” —NPR“Between seasons of Black Mirror, look to Katie Williams' debut novel." —Refinery29 Smart and inventive, a page-turner that considers the elusive definition of happiness. Pearl's job is to make people happy. As a technician for the Aprici... read more

“Sci-fi in its most perfect expression…Reading it is like having a lucid dream of six years from next week, filled with people you don't know, but will.” —NPR“Between seasons of Black Mirror, look to Katie Williams' debut novel." —Refinery29 Smart and inventive, a page-turner that considers the elusive definition of happiness. Pearl's job is to make people happy. As a technician for the Aprici... read more

Awayland: Stories

Ramona Ausubel

“Excellent and peculiar… Ausubel’s imagination…wants to offer consolation for how ghastly things can get, a type of healing that only reading can provide. All 11 of these stories are deeply involving.” –New York Times Book Review“Funny, endearing short stories…Each tale looks to the future in its own particular, touching way.” –Harper’s BazaarAn inventive story collection that spans the globe ... read more

“Excellent and peculiar… Ausubel’s imagination…wants to offer consolation for how ghastly things can get, a type of healing that only reading can provide. All 11 of these stories are deeply involving.” –New York Times Book Review“Funny, endearing short stories…Each tale looks to the future in its own particular, touching way.” –Harper’s BazaarAn inventive story collection that spans the globe ... read more

The Awkward Age: A Novel

Francesca Segal

"A very smart, soulful, compelling, elegantly written domestic novel about a wedged-together family, and what can go wrong when teenage children decide they have minds (and hormones) of their own." —Nick Hornby “A spry and accomplished comedy of manners.” —The New York Times Book Review“They've chosen the one thing that will make our family life impossible. It's genius really, when you think a... read more

"A very smart, soulful, compelling, elegantly written domestic novel about a wedged-together family, and what can go wrong when teenage children decide they have minds (and hormones) of their own." —Nick Hornby “A spry and accomplished comedy of manners.” —The New York Times Book Review“They've chosen the one thing that will make our family life impossible. It's genius really, when you think a... read more

Refuge: A Novel

Dina Nayeri

“Rich and colorful… [Refuge] has the kind of immediacy commonly associated with memoir, which lends it heft, intimacy, atmosphere.” –New York TimesThe moving lifetime relationship between a father and a daughter, seen through the prism of global immigration and the contemporary refugee experience. An Iranian girl escapes to America as a child, but her father stays behind. Over twenty years, as... read more

“Rich and colorful… [Refuge] has the kind of immediacy commonly associated with memoir, which lends it heft, intimacy, atmosphere.” –New York TimesThe moving lifetime relationship between a father and a daughter, seen through the prism of global immigration and the contemporary refugee experience. An Iranian girl escapes to America as a child, but her father stays behind. Over twenty years, as... read more

The Air You Breathe: A Novel

Frances de Pontes Peebles

The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other.Some friendships, like romance, have the feeling of fate.Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar b... read more

The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other.Some friendships, like romance, have the feeling of fate.Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar b... read more

The Lonely Hearts Hotel: A Novel

Heather O'Neill

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE BOSTON GLOBE AND THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE"So filled with vivid descriptions and complex characters that the reader's experience is virtually cinematic. . . Utterly compelling." – The Washington PostA spellbinding story about two gifted orphans – in love with each other since they can remember – whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future. The ... read more

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE BOSTON GLOBE AND THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE"So filled with vivid descriptions and complex characters that the reader's experience is virtually cinematic. . . Utterly compelling." – The Washington PostA spellbinding story about two gifted orphans – in love with each other since they can remember – whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future. The ... read more

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Mary Mack

Working with Lindsay has been one of the best experiences of my writing career! Not only was she able to correctly identify the sections of my manuscript which needed help, but also give me some concrete suggestions as how to fix them. Priceless! I highly recommend her to anyone looking for that all important corrective criticism factor, which, face it, we writers desperately need! Thank you, M...

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Mary Mack, November 2018


M M

Lindsay was very through in her review, and her thought process showed vast experience in this field. I would highly recommend her services.

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M M, November 2018


Wyatt Smith

Lindsay is an absolute professional. She delivered meaningful and actionable feedback that will help me improve the integrity of my manuscript as a whole. I found her suggestions to be thoughtful, measured, and honest. She helped me rectify small pain points that I was too close to the project to fully appreciate, but also helped me to expand upon my strengths. In short, she provided precisely ...

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Wyatt Smith, November 2018


Peter Nghiem

Lindsay provided excellent developmental edits for my thriller, which greatly enhanced the manuscript. Highly recommend Lindsay!

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Peter Nghiem, November 2018


Jack Probyn

Lindsay was very helpful, professional, and everything I expected her experience to offer -- and more! She was prompt with her responses and her feedback, offering clear, concise advice on how to make my manuscript better!

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Jack Probyn, September 2018

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