Lou Aronica

Lou Aronica – Editor

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.


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 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, Jim Kwik, 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.

Business & Management Entertainment Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Literary Fiction Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Urban Fantasy Women's Fiction
English (US)
  • World Fantasy Award – Best Editor

Work experience

The Story Plant

Sep, 2008 — Present


Oct, 1999 — Present

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

Avon Books

Jun, 1995 — Oct, 1999 (over 4 years)


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... 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 ... 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 o... 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 complet... 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 ... 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 f... 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 nat... read more

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 overca... 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, ... 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 fo... read more

Lou has 2 reviews





Cameron S.

Cameron S.

Nov, 2021

Extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I struggled with some concepts to fully complete the vision I had for my book and Lou was able to direct my efforts where they were needed. I feel after working with him that I'll be able to get my story where I would like it to be.
Henry M.

Henry M.

Dec, 2019

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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