Lou Aronica

Lou Aronica - Editor

Stamford, CT, USA

I've been in the book business since 1979, and I have a deep passion for a wide range of fiction and for working with writers.

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Overview

I've been in the book business since 1979, ranging from founding Bantam's Spectra science fiction and fantasy line to serving as Deputy Publisher at Bantam, Publisher at Berkley, Publisher at Avon Books and, most recently, President and Publisher of The Story Plant, an independent publishing house that I co-founded. Along the way, I have edited hundreds of manuscripts, with a particular passion for science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, women's fiction, thrillers, and suspense.

Beyond fiction, I am very comfortable working with a wide range of nonfiction, and here is where I have had my greatest success as a writer, collaborating on bestsellers with Sir Ken Robinson, Clotaire Rapaille, and others.

I love helping writers discover the best versions of their stories and, as a student of the publishing industry and an active participant in this ever-evolving business, I am happy to share what I have learned in terms of editing and beyond.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Entertainment
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Fantasy
Literary Fiction
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Awards

  • World Fantasy Award – Best Editor

Work experience

Publisher

The Story Plant
September, 2008 – Present (over 11 years)

President

Self-employed
October, 1999 – Present (over 20 years)

I have been doing developmental editing on a freelance basis since 1999.

Publisher

Avon Books
June, 1995 – October, 1999 (over 4 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Forever Year (The Hearts of Men Book 1)

Lou Aronica

The deeply emotional novel of unforgettable love.USA TODAY BESTSELLERJesse Sienna doesn’t believe that love can last. His parents’ marriage was caring but passionless, and his own romantic history tells him that love can burn bright, but that it cannot burn for long. So when his elderly father, Mickey, moves in with him and seems unable to understand Jesse’s no-strings-attached relationship wi... read more

The deeply emotional novel of unforgettable love.USA TODAY BESTSELLERJesse Sienna doesn’t believe that love can last. His parents’ marriage was caring but passionless, and his own romantic history tells him that love can burn bright, but that it cannot burn for long. So when his elderly father, Mickey, moves in with him and seems unable to understand Jesse’s no-strings-attached relationship wi... read more

When You Went Away (The Hearts of Men Book 2)

Lou Aronica

The deeply emotional bestseller of fatherhood and loving again.NATIONAL BESTSELLEROnly a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life. He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent-minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way. Then everything changed with... read more

The deeply emotional bestseller of fatherhood and loving again.NATIONAL BESTSELLEROnly a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life. He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent-minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way. Then everything changed with... read more

Blue

Lou Aronica

The deeply emotional bestseller about imaginary worlds and remarkable discoveries.NATIONAL BESTSELLERChris Astor is a man in his early forties who is going through the toughest stretch of his life. Becky is Chris's fourteen-year-old daughter, a girl who overcame enormous challenges to become a vibrant, vital young woman - and now faces her greatest obstacle yet. Miea is the young queen of a fa... read more

The deeply emotional bestseller about imaginary worlds and remarkable discoveries.NATIONAL BESTSELLERChris Astor is a man in his early forties who is going through the toughest stretch of his life. Becky is Chris's fourteen-year-old daughter, a girl who overcame enormous challenges to become a vibrant, vital young woman - and now faces her greatest obstacle yet. Miea is the young queen of a fa... read more

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Ken Robinson Ph.D.

A New York Times-bestselling breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement from the one of the world's leading thinkers on creativity and self-fulfillment. You, Your Child, and School is forthcoming from Viking. The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their ... read more

A New York Times-bestselling breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement from the one of the world's leading thinkers on creativity and self-fulfillment. You, Your Child, and School is forthcoming from Viking. The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their ... read more

The Greatest You: Face Reality, Release Negativity, and Live Your Purpose

Trent Shelton

In this remarkable, life-changing new book, renowned inspirational speaker Trent Shelton shares his revolutionary tool kit for transforming your life and reaching your goals.Trent Shelton seemed to have it all together--until everything fell apart. A college football standout, his NFL dreams died when he was cut from multiple teams. With no job and no prospects, learning he had a child out of ... read more

In this remarkable, life-changing new book, renowned inspirational speaker Trent Shelton shares his revolutionary tool kit for transforming your life and reaching your goals.Trent Shelton seemed to have it all together--until everything fell apart. A college football standout, his NFL dreams died when he was cut from multiple teams. With no job and no prospects, learning he had a child out of ... read more

The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do

Clotaire Rapaille

Why are people around the world so very different? What makes us live, buy, even love as we do? The answers are in the codes.In The Culture Code, internationally revered cultural anthropologist and marketing expert Clotaire Rapaille reveals for the first time the techniques he has used to improve profitability and practices for dozens of Fortune 100 companies. His groundbreaking revelations sh... read more

Why are people around the world so very different? What makes us live, buy, even love as we do? The answers are in the codes.In The Culture Code, internationally revered cultural anthropologist and marketing expert Clotaire Rapaille reveals for the first time the techniques he has used to improve profitability and practices for dozens of Fortune 100 companies. His groundbreaking revelations sh... read more

A Travel Guide to Heaven: 10th Anniversary Edition

Anthony DeStefano

A recent Newsweek poll reports that 76 percent of Americans believe in heaven. Yet even avid believers have difficulty conjuring up more than vague images of halos, harps, and wispy angels in flowing robes. Anthony DeStefano knew there had to be a more complete, meaningful, and comforting vision of what heaven is like, and A Travel Guide to Heaven is the entertaining and enlightening result.Us... read more

A recent Newsweek poll reports that 76 percent of Americans believe in heaven. Yet even avid believers have difficulty conjuring up more than vague images of halos, harps, and wispy angels in flowing robes. Anthony DeStefano knew there had to be a more complete, meaningful, and comforting vision of what heaven is like, and A Travel Guide to Heaven is the entertaining and enlightening result.Us... read more

A Time to Betray: A Gripping True Spy Story of Betrayal, Fear, and Courage

Reza Kahlili

An exhilarating true story that reads like a spy thriller about a former CIA operative recruited out of Iran, while he served as a member of the secretive and highly feared Revolutionary Guards of Iran.A TIME TO BETRAY This exhilarating, award-winning memoir of a secret double life reveals the heart-wrenching story of a man who spied for the American government in the ranks of the notorious Re... read more

An exhilarating true story that reads like a spy thriller about a former CIA operative recruited out of Iran, while he served as a member of the secretive and highly feared Revolutionary Guards of Iran.A TIME TO BETRAY This exhilarating, award-winning memoir of a secret double life reveals the heart-wrenching story of a man who spied for the American government in the ranks of the notorious Re... read more

Grim Reaper: End of Days

Steve Alten, Nick Nunziata

From Revelations to the Mayan Calendar’s 2012 prophecy, all major cultures and religions warn of a darkness to come. . . a supernal event that will be the modern-day equivalent of Noah’s Flood. In the 13th century, Europe suffered through war, famine, and the evils of the pogrom–acts of hatred that massacred tens of thousands of Jews. In 1346, at the height of corruption, the Black Plague stru... read more

From Revelations to the Mayan Calendar’s 2012 prophecy, all major cultures and religions warn of a darkness to come. . . a supernal event that will be the modern-day equivalent of Noah’s Flood. In the 13th century, Europe suffered through war, famine, and the evils of the pogrom–acts of hatred that massacred tens of thousands of Jews. In 1346, at the height of corruption, the Black Plague stru... read more

The Magic Cup: A Business Parable About a Leader, a Team, and the Power of Putting People and Values First

Howard Behar

We all love the fairy tales we grew up on, creating a world in which good always wins over evil, where those whose hearts are true and who do the right thing come out on top. But, grown-up competition for success is rough, even cutthroat, and we've often heard that nice guys finish last. Not according to Howard Behar, whose career as one of the three leaders who built the Starbucks organizatio... read more

We all love the fairy tales we grew up on, creating a world in which good always wins over evil, where those whose hearts are true and who do the right thing come out on top. But, grown-up competition for success is rough, even cutthroat, and we've often heard that nice guys finish last. Not according to Howard Behar, whose career as one of the three leaders who built the Starbucks organizatio... read more

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Henry Mungle
I found Lou's evaluation of my work educational and very helpful. He was constructively critical and I found his comments and guidance helped me build on my story in such a way I raised the level of the plot. In one instance he identified a character as being "thrown in" because adding a woman to the mix was the right thing to do in thriller. He was right, I did throw that person in and follow...
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Henry Mungle, December 2019

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