Lindsey Alexander

Lindsey Alexander - Editor Tick

Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Former HarperCollins editor with 15 years of experience developing and editing award-winning books and NYT bestsellers.

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Overview

During my time as an editor at HarperCollins, I learned the art of editing from some of the most respected people in publishing, worked one-on-one with authors to make their work the best reflection of their talent, and in concert with the publishing team I helped bring these books to a wide audience. The books I’ve collaborated on have been New York Times best-sellers, multiple award winners, and international successes. While at HarperCollins, I also studied copyediting, proofreading, and branding at the New School University in New York, where I went on to receive my MFA in Fiction.

These days, I help both veteran and first-time authors across genres (fiction and nonfiction) achieve their publishing goals. Editing requires a sharp eye and knowledgeability, but it’s also an invitation to act as a bridge between your intentions and a reader’s understanding. Does the reader’s experience of a text—factually, emotionally, or otherwise—correspond with your objectives? By identifying where and how this correspondence could be strengthened, I work as an advocate for both writer and reader, communicating clearly, constructively, and tactfully. My goal is to ensure that a piece of writing reflects the best of your ability but also maintains your unique voice and vision.

My combined experience allows me to see my projects from multiple perspectives, and I have a solid understanding of the publishing process as a whole. As an acquisitions editor, I learned to assess the potential of a manuscript, worked with authors to develop and hone their ideas, and helped find the right fit for their work in the marketplace. As a trained copyeditor, I bring an eye for perfection and excellence to my work, taking your writing from good to great. As a writer who has studied with a number of wonderful mentors, I understand the personal nature of the writing process and appreciate that, just like in a workshop or critique group, giving constructive feedback to my clients necessitates an understanding of the author’s intentions, respect for the work, and trust.

In conjunction with my work, advocating for books and the people who create them is a big part of my life. I’ve served as an editorial associate with the journal of the PEN American Center, the world’s oldest literary and human rights organization, a judge for Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards, and a mentor with Girls Write Now.

I’ve taught writing through the New School, San Francisco’s Writing Salon, Rutgers University’s One-on-One Plus Conference, and elsewhere. For five years, I served as the Events Committee Chair on the board of the Editorial Freelancers Association and on the Executive Committee of the Orange County (NC) Arts Commission. In 2014, I joined the Selection Committee for the Piedmont Laureate Award in Literature.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
History
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Literature
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction from The New School University in New York, NY
  • Copyediting and Proofreading Certificate from The New School University in New York, NY
  • Board Member, the Editorial Freelancers Association, 2011-2017

Work experience

Editorial Director

Self-employed
February, 2009 – Present (almost 10 years)

With my team at the Reading List, I provide authors, publishers, and businesses with impeccable writing and editing services.

Clients have included Abrams, Amazon, Bloomsbury, Chronicle, HarperCollins, Indiana University Press, McSweeney's, Michigan State University Press, Open Road, powerHouse, Scholastic, University Press of New England, Yale University Press, Wayne State University Press, and many others.

Assistant Editor

HarperCollins
May, 2004 – January, 2008 (over 3 years)

Portfolio (18 selected works)

The Truthful Story

Helen Stine

Best New Fiction 2017 International Book Awards Gold Medal Best Regional Fiction (Southeast) 2017 Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) AwardsWinner Bookvana Awards for Literary Fiction 2017Winner Regional Fiction (Southeast) 2017 National Indie Excellence Award (NIEA)2017 Best Book Awards Finalist for Best Cover Design: Fiction2017 Kindle Book Awards Semi-Finalist Literary Fiction2017 Grand Prize... read more

Best New Fiction 2017 International Book Awards Gold Medal Best Regional Fiction (Southeast) 2017 Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) AwardsWinner Bookvana Awards for Literary Fiction 2017Winner Regional Fiction (Southeast) 2017 National Indie Excellence Award (NIEA)2017 Best Book Awards Finalist for Best Cover Design: Fiction2017 Kindle Book Awards Semi-Finalist Literary Fiction2017 Grand Prize... read more

The Great Passage

Shion Miura

An award-winning story of love, friendship, and the power of human connection. Kohei Araki believes that a dictionary is a boat to carry us across the sea of words. But after thirty-seven years of creating dictionaries, it’s time for him to retire and find his replacement. He discovers a kindred spirit in Mitsuya Majime—a young, disheveled square peg with a penchant for collecting antiquarian ... read more

An award-winning story of love, friendship, and the power of human connection. Kohei Araki believes that a dictionary is a boat to carry us across the sea of words. But after thirty-seven years of creating dictionaries, it’s time for him to retire and find his replacement. He discovers a kindred spirit in Mitsuya Majime—a young, disheveled square peg with a penchant for collecting antiquarian ... read more

In Harm's Way (Sandhamn Murders Book 6)

Viveca Sten

A woman’s dangerous career comes to a chilling end in this spellbinding thriller by Viveca Sten, bestselling author of In the Heat of the Moment…The body of world-famous journalist Jeanette Thiels is discovered the day after Christmas, frozen in a snow-covered garden just steps from her hotel on Sandhamn Island. Detective Thomas Andreasson finds it highly unlikely that it was some bizarre acci... read more

A woman’s dangerous career comes to a chilling end in this spellbinding thriller by Viveca Sten, bestselling author of In the Heat of the Moment…The body of world-famous journalist Jeanette Thiels is discovered the day after Christmas, frozen in a snow-covered garden just steps from her hotel on Sandhamn Island. Detective Thomas Andreasson finds it highly unlikely that it was some bizarre acci... read more

The Last Laugh of Edouard Bresson

Amélie Antoine

His famous father is inviting him on more than just a journey into the past. It’s a treasure hunt.To his fans, Édouard Bresson is the greatest comic standing—charismatic, adored, unmatched, and aiming ever higher for the unpredictable. To his ex-wife, he fulfilled all expectations, except as a husband and a lover. To his brother, he’s a hero. And to his estranged son, Arthur, he’s always been ... read more

His famous father is inviting him on more than just a journey into the past. It’s a treasure hunt.To his fans, Édouard Bresson is the greatest comic standing—charismatic, adored, unmatched, and aiming ever higher for the unpredictable. To his ex-wife, he fulfilled all expectations, except as a husband and a lover. To his brother, he’s a hero. And to his estranged son, Arthur, he’s always been ... read more

The Beantown Girls

Jane Healey

A novel of love, courage, and danger unfolds as World War II’s brightest heroines—the best of friends—take on the front lines.1944: Fiona Denning has her entire future planned out. She’ll work in city hall, marry her fiancé when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs. But when her fiancé is reported missing after being shot down in Germany, Fiona’s long-held plans are s... read more

A novel of love, courage, and danger unfolds as World War II’s brightest heroines—the best of friends—take on the front lines.1944: Fiona Denning has her entire future planned out. She’ll work in city hall, marry her fiancé when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs. But when her fiancé is reported missing after being shot down in Germany, Fiona’s long-held plans are s... read more

Amber (Red Hot Love Book 1)

Elle Casey

From New York Times bestselling author Elle Casey comes the first book in the sexy Red-Hot Love Series. Fiery, free-loving Amber Fields has just discovered she’s the daughter of a 90s rock legend. The bright lights of New York City are a world away from her quiet life in Maine, but Amber is determined to get answers—and give her absent father a piece of her mind. When she tracks down her fathe... read more

From New York Times bestselling author Elle Casey comes the first book in the sexy Red-Hot Love Series. Fiery, free-loving Amber Fields has just discovered she’s the daughter of a 90s rock legend. The bright lights of New York City are a world away from her quiet life in Maine, but Amber is determined to get answers—and give her absent father a piece of her mind. When she tracks down her fathe... read more

The Passion According to Carmela

Marcos Aguinis

From the prize-winning, internationally bestselling novelist Marcos Aguinis comes an epic love saga set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Cuban Revolution.It is a time for upheaval in Cuba: the time to build a new society. Even from her position of privilege, idealistic divorcée Carmela Vasconcelos sees the waves of uprising and is caught up in the excitement. Persuaded by her brother, Lu... read more

From the prize-winning, internationally bestselling novelist Marcos Aguinis comes an epic love saga set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Cuban Revolution.It is a time for upheaval in Cuba: the time to build a new society. Even from her position of privilege, idealistic divorcée Carmela Vasconcelos sees the waves of uprising and is caught up in the excitement. Persuaded by her brother, Lu... read more

This Life or the Next: A Novel

Demian Vitanza

From award-winning author Demian Vitanza comes a groundbreaking novel—his first to be translated into English—about one man’s alienation, radicalization, and disillusionment on the violent front lines in Syria.Tariq Khan is a Pakistani born and raised in Norway. An outsider in his own country—adrift between two worlds divided by class, race, and culture—he’s always been searching for home. Alo... read more

From award-winning author Demian Vitanza comes a groundbreaking novel—his first to be translated into English—about one man’s alienation, radicalization, and disillusionment on the violent front lines in Syria.Tariq Khan is a Pakistani born and raised in Norway. An outsider in his own country—adrift between two worlds divided by class, race, and culture—he’s always been searching for home. Alo... read more

Aylin

Ayse Kulin

Aylin’s body was found in her garden, her hair immaculately styled as usual. Her death came as a shock—after all, who would have wanted someone so admired and talented dead? Who—among the many she’d helped, the few she’d hurt, and all those she’d left behind—might have been driven to murder?In the course of Aylin’s life, she had been many things: a skinny little girl, a young woman blossoming ... read more

Aylin’s body was found in her garden, her hair immaculately styled as usual. Her death came as a shock—after all, who would have wanted someone so admired and talented dead? Who—among the many she’d helped, the few she’d hurt, and all those she’d left behind—might have been driven to murder?In the course of Aylin’s life, she had been many things: a skinny little girl, a young woman blossoming ... read more

Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond (Painted Turtle)

Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip Hop and Beyond is the first of its kind to capture the full spectrum of Detroit popular music from the early 1900s to the twenty-first century. Readers will find in this unique and stimulating anthology new essays, and a few classics, by widely known and respected music writers, critics, and recording artists who weigh in on their careers and experiences in... read more

Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip Hop and Beyond is the first of its kind to capture the full spectrum of Detroit popular music from the early 1900s to the twenty-first century. Readers will find in this unique and stimulating anthology new essays, and a few classics, by widely known and respected music writers, critics, and recording artists who weigh in on their careers and experiences in... read more

The King of Taksim Square

Emrah Serbes

Seventeen-year-old Çağlar is just another apathetic teenager—except when it comes to his sister, Çiğdem, who he believes is the world’s most beautiful and brilliant nine-year-old. Determined to display her genius, Çağlar grooms Çiğdem’s talent into a perfect Michael Jackson impersonation and pursues a sure route to fame: YouTube.Tragically, Çağlar’s efforts are sabotaged by a little incident i... read more

Seventeen-year-old Çağlar is just another apathetic teenager—except when it comes to his sister, Çiğdem, who he believes is the world’s most beautiful and brilliant nine-year-old. Determined to display her genius, Çağlar grooms Çiğdem’s talent into a perfect Michael Jackson impersonation and pursues a sure route to fame: YouTube.Tragically, Çağlar’s efforts are sabotaged by a little incident i... read more

Tortured Echoes: Resonant Earth Volume 2

Cody Sisco

Tortured Echoes is Volume Two of the Resonant Earth saga that began in Broken Mirror.Bioinformatics whiz Victor Eastmore at long last gains control over his frightening mirror resonance syndrome, but he still believes his grandfather was murdered. Victor's best hope for finding justice lies in New Venice, a tourist town in the Louisiana Territories where his family's company is exploring new t... read more

Tortured Echoes is Volume Two of the Resonant Earth saga that began in Broken Mirror.Bioinformatics whiz Victor Eastmore at long last gains control over his frightening mirror resonance syndrome, but he still believes his grandfather was murdered. Victor's best hope for finding justice lies in New Venice, a tourist town in the Louisiana Territories where his family's company is exploring new t... read more

A Bitter Rain

James D. Shipman

A former professor descends into darkness in this provocative story of a Nazi soldier torn between duty and conscience.East Prussia, Nazi Germany, 1939. History professor Erik Mueller is a model citizen and a family man. He’s also a decorated sergeant in the Gestapo. Proving his courage on the battlefields of Poland and the Soviet Union, and proud of the German army’s victories across Europe, ... read more

A former professor descends into darkness in this provocative story of a Nazi soldier torn between duty and conscience.East Prussia, Nazi Germany, 1939. History professor Erik Mueller is a model citizen and a family man. He’s also a decorated sergeant in the Gestapo. Proving his courage on the battlefields of Poland and the Soviet Union, and proud of the German army’s victories across Europe, ... read more

Until Ray: Book 1 of the Until Ray Trilogy

Cheryl Robinson

She’s trying to find love.He’s trying to find himself.Sarita Deering has all the right letters after her name—MBA, CPA—to be a rising, upper-level business executive, but she hasn’t been successful in gaining the attention of men. Her well-to-do background has provided much for her, and her parents expect her to marry a doctor. But Sarita isn’t convinced that Dr. Graham Emerson, someone she’s ... read more

She’s trying to find love.He’s trying to find himself.Sarita Deering has all the right letters after her name—MBA, CPA—to be a rising, upper-level business executive, but she hasn’t been successful in gaining the attention of men. Her well-to-do background has provided much for her, and her parents expect her to marry a doctor. But Sarita isn’t convinced that Dr. Graham Emerson, someone she’s ... read more

The Copenhagen Affair

Amulya Malladi

Set in the capital city of the world’s happiest country, a comedy of manners about depression, the pressures of marriage, and the possibility of falling in love again, from the bestselling author of A House for Happy Mothers.Sanya was always the perfect wife, but after a breakdown at her office, it’s her husband Harry’s turn to step up. His proposal? A temporary move to Copenhagen, Denmark’s c... read more

Set in the capital city of the world’s happiest country, a comedy of manners about depression, the pressures of marriage, and the possibility of falling in love again, from the bestselling author of A House for Happy Mothers.Sanya was always the perfect wife, but after a breakdown at her office, it’s her husband Harry’s turn to step up. His proposal? A temporary move to Copenhagen, Denmark’s c... read more

Finish YOUR Race: Empower Your Life with Strategies from A Cancer Survivor

Don Armstrong

Don Armstrong was diagnosed with leukemia, a blood cancer that threatened to end his life, in 2005. He endured five rounds of chemo in eight months, culminating in a successful stem cell transplant on May 12, 2006. This was his new “birthday” and his second chance at life. This journey was filled with uncertainty as well as life lessons and huge victories that changed almost every aspect of hi... read more

Don Armstrong was diagnosed with leukemia, a blood cancer that threatened to end his life, in 2005. He endured five rounds of chemo in eight months, culminating in a successful stem cell transplant on May 12, 2006. This was his new “birthday” and his second chance at life. This journey was filled with uncertainty as well as life lessons and huge victories that changed almost every aspect of hi... read more

Sell Something: Principles and Perspectives for Engaged Retail Salespeople

Peter Smith

Sell Something is a refreshing look at many of the important principles of effective retail selling. Themes discussed include greeting customers; the importance of body-language, using humor, and client development. There is also an interesting menu of topics not usually found in run-of-the mill sales training books. Topics such as Priming, the Paradox of Choice, and the Contrast Principle are... read more

Sell Something is a refreshing look at many of the important principles of effective retail selling. Themes discussed include greeting customers; the importance of body-language, using humor, and client development. There is also an interesting menu of topics not usually found in run-of-the mill sales training books. Topics such as Priming, the Paradox of Choice, and the Contrast Principle are... read more

The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction

The Edward Lewis Wallant Award was founded by the family of Dr. Irving and Fran Waltman in 1963 and is supported by the University of Hartford's Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies. It is given annually to an American writer, preferably early in his or her career, whose fiction is considered significant for American Jews. In The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish F... read more

The Edward Lewis Wallant Award was founded by the family of Dr. Irving and Fran Waltman in 1963 and is supported by the University of Hartford's Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies. It is given annually to an American writer, preferably early in his or her career, whose fiction is considered significant for American Jews. In The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish F... read more

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