Marcela Landres

Marcela Landres - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Past Simon & Schuster editor, NEA Literature Grant Panelist, clients include bestsellers Daniel Jose Older and Dora Levy Mossanen.

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Overview

During the time I worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster—and now as a freelance editor—I witnessed firsthand how woefully uninformed writers are about the business side of publishing. This lack of knowledge often results in disappointment and missed opportunities. Knowledge is power only when shared so I offer you my experience and expertise with the intention of empowering you to create the writing career you desire and deserve.

I edit a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction including but not limited to: novels (literary, magical realism, mainstream, commercial, adult, young adult, chick lit, street lit, women’s, romance, historical, mystery, thriller, suspense), short story collections, memoirs, self-help, inspiration, pop culture, and New Age. My clients range from bestselling (Daniel Jose Older, author of the New York Times bestseller Shadowshaper) to critically acclaimed (Natashia Deon, author of Grace, named a New York Times Top Book) to self-published writers (Marcia Smart, author of Decorating by Instinct). While I work with writers of all backgrounds, as one of the few Latina editors in the book business I have extensive experience in Latino and multicultural publishing. I do not edit children’s books (specifically, anything for middle grade or younger readers), cookbooks, poetry, science fiction and fantasy, screenplays, as well as works in Spanish.

Testimonials:

“Marcela’s straight to the point, honest yet humorous analysis and recommendations for my piece were exactly what I needed. She made constructive criticisms that were right on and offered examples and a strategy for doing things right or getting back on the right track. She was encouraging, too, and showed me what I was doing successfully. As a writer who wants her baby, her novel, to be among the best-selling, I trust her judgement, experience, and encouragement.”—Natashia Deon, author of Grace, a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2016

“You sending me to the Frederick Douglass Center had a lot to do with this book happening. That class is where I met Sheree Thomas, who became my mentor and where I wrote the first batch of stories in Salsa Nocturna. So thank you!”—Daniel Jose Older, author of the New York Times bestseller Shadowshaper

“Your advice was invaluable!”—Marc Avery, author of Redemption Lost

“Entrusting one’s work to a third party can always make one a bit skittish, but Marcela Landres put me at ease in a heartbeat with clear, cogent advice, generously given, from the heart. Not only was I impressed with her knowledge and confidence, doled out with basic common sense, but her invaluable critique was so artfully crafted and genuine that, to my surprise, I found myself wishing for more. This was an investment well-made as since working with Marcela I have acquired an agent, who has already read and line edited the work and has commented on it in such glowing and hyperbolic terms I am embarrassed to reproduce them here. Needless to say, Marcela Landres is a resource that I’ll return to in the future.”—Cy Stein, author of The Medicus Codex

“I called Marcela seeking direction on a few book ideas I’d been pondering. I was hesitant at first—how much advice could she offer me, when I barely had these ideas on paper?—but it ended up being the best thing I could have ever done. After our 60-minute chat, I felt much more clear-headed about which idea I may want to focus on, and what my next steps should be from here. Best of all, I hung up the phone feeling confident. Marcela let me know that my dream was real and reachable, with just a little more hard work. She inspired me and I can’t thank her enough.”—Lesley Téllez, author of Eat Mexico

“While scrambling my way through the daunting process of publishing a book, I was somehow wise enough to seek out the help of a professional. I found that in Marcela Landres who gave me invaluable guidance to help hone my book proposal and, as an added benefit, empower me as a writer to have the confidence I needed to actually submit the proposal. It hasn’t been an easy road, but I still remember the caring voice on the end of the line that was Marcela, assuring me that if I didn’t give up, all the work would pay off, and it did!”—Sheana Ochoa, author of Stella! Mother Of Modern Acting

“Hands down, Marcela is one of the best investments I made for my book. She not only provided me with detailed suggestions on how to sharpen my novel, she gave me concrete guidance and advice on the publishing industry, steps I could take to improve my writing, and an initial roadmap to start moving into a writing career. I owe Marcela a debt of gratitude for her part in helping make my debut successful. You might find another editor, but you will not find a better editor.”—K.L. Brady, author of The Bum Magnet

“Thanks for your good editing, suggestions and encouragement. I found a great agent and she directed me immediately to Kaplan Publishing Co. and yesterday a signed contract came through with a nice little advance and a commitment to publish my book on juvenile justice. Your suggestions and encouragement were invaluable.”—Irene Sullivan, author of Raised by the Courts

“You deserve some sort of award for astute observation and an ability to see where major problems are in a manuscript. Every point you made is something that I either hadn’t considered or thought I could get away with.”—R.T. Jordan, author of Remains to be Scene

“She is conscientious, energetic, and has demonstrated unparalleled literary wisdom and insight. She is able to transform a novel to its best possible form, in a quick and efficient manner, while respecting the individual style of the author.”—Dora Levy Mossanen, bestselling author of Courtesan

“Marcela Landres has been instrumental in me getting from ‘aspiring’ to ‘published’ writer.”—Charles Rice-Gonzalez, award-winning author of Chulito
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
New Age
Parenting & Families
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
August, 2003 – Present (over 16 years)

Provide developmental editing for manuscripts, critiques of book proposals and query letters, and strategic advice on how to launch and manage a successful writing career.

Assistant Editor

Simon & Schuster
July, 1996 – August, 2003 (about 7 years)

Raised profile for Spanish language imprint and established reputation as Latino publishing expert within and outside of the publishing industry through media interviews, workshops, and self-created and maintained web site
Acted as liaison to movie studios and handled movie tie-ins by coordinating with their marketing departments to meet deadlines and increase sales by integrating movie art with book covers
Conceived and pursued book ideas, including the best-selling Feng Shui primer Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Shadowshaper (The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1)

Daniel José Older

The joyful, bold New York Times bestseller. Look for the sequel, Shadowhouse Fall, out 9/12/2017! "Magnificent." --Holly Black, New York Times Book Review "A must." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Exceptional." --Publishers Weekly, starred review Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes their first party. Her stroke-ridd... read more

The joyful, bold New York Times bestseller. Look for the sequel, Shadowhouse Fall, out 9/12/2017! "Magnificent." --Holly Black, New York Times Book Review "A must." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Exceptional." --Publishers Weekly, starred review Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes their first party. Her stroke-ridd... read more

Grace: A Novel

Natashia Deon

Named a New York Times Best Book of the Year, 2016.For a slave in the 1840s South, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic Massa. That’s what fifteen-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation and takes refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a gun-toting Jewish madam named Cynthia. Amidst a revolving door of gamblers and p... read more

Named a New York Times Best Book of the Year, 2016.For a slave in the 1840s South, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic Massa. That’s what fifteen-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation and takes refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a gun-toting Jewish madam named Cynthia. Amidst a revolving door of gamblers and p... read more

Harem: A Novel

Dora Levy Mossanen

A seductive and intriguing journey from the humble Persian Jewish quarter to the fascinating world of shahs, soothsayers, eunuchs, and sultanas, Harem follows three generations of strong-willed and cunning women: Rebekah -- a poor girl married to the abusive blacksmith, Jacob the fatherless -- who emerges from her disastrous match with a mysterious brand between her breasts; Gold Dust, Rebekah... read more

A seductive and intriguing journey from the humble Persian Jewish quarter to the fascinating world of shahs, soothsayers, eunuchs, and sultanas, Harem follows three generations of strong-willed and cunning women: Rebekah -- a poor girl married to the abusive blacksmith, Jacob the fatherless -- who emerges from her disastrous match with a mysterious brand between her breasts; Gold Dust, Rebekah... read more

Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life: How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness

Karen Rauch Carter

An essential and accessible guide to increasing happiness, improving your financial well-being, and bettering your health through the timeless Chinese art of feng shui.Promising health, wealth, and happiness, feng shui offers endless appeal—at least in concept. Unfortunately, feng shui’s seemingly complicated methods are often difficult to learn and apply in a meaningful way. Fortunately, Move... read more

An essential and accessible guide to increasing happiness, improving your financial well-being, and bettering your health through the timeless Chinese art of feng shui.Promising health, wealth, and happiness, feng shui offers endless appeal—at least in concept. Unfortunately, feng shui’s seemingly complicated methods are often difficult to learn and apply in a meaningful way. Fortunately, Move... read more

One-Day Room Makeovers: How to Get the Designer Look for Less with Three Easy Steps

Martin Amado

The Secrets to Styling the Home of Your Dreams Are As Easy As 1–2–3 One-Day Room Makeovers is the ultimate guide to creating a gorgeous home that reflects your best, most beautiful self. Design expert and “makeover maestro” Martin Amado reveals the 3-step method he uses to create dramatic room makeovers for his clients in only one day. From walls to furniture to accessories, learn how to decor... read more

The Secrets to Styling the Home of Your Dreams Are As Easy As 1–2–3 One-Day Room Makeovers is the ultimate guide to creating a gorgeous home that reflects your best, most beautiful self. Design expert and “makeover maestro” Martin Amado reveals the 3-step method he uses to create dramatic room makeovers for his clients in only one day. From walls to furniture to accessories, learn how to decor... read more

Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family

Anika Fajardo

A young woman from Minnesota searches out the Colombian father she’s never known in this powerful exploration of what family really means He loved Colombia too much to leave it. The explanation from her Minnesotan mother was enough to satisfy a child’s curiosity about her missing father. But at twenty-one, Anika Fajardo wanted more. She wanted to know her father better and to know what kind of... read more

A young woman from Minnesota searches out the Colombian father she’s never known in this powerful exploration of what family really means He loved Colombia too much to leave it. The explanation from her Minnesotan mother was enough to satisfy a child’s curiosity about her missing father. But at twenty-one, Anika Fajardo wanted more. She wanted to know her father better and to know what kind of... read more

Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children

Maritere Rodriguez Bellas

Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie provides a no-nonsense guide to raising bicultural children in modern times. Learn from the real-world experiences of the writer and others who shared their adventures in multicultural parenting.

Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie provides a no-nonsense guide to raising bicultural children in modern times. Learn from the real-world experiences of the writer and others who shared their adventures in multicultural parenting.

Living by Los Dichos: Advice from a Mother to a Daughter

Cristina Pérez

Dichos: Spanish sayings or proverbs Advice is one of the most valuable gifts a mother can give to her daughter. Cristina Pérez turns to her mother's wisdom every day by reflecting on the dichos she taught her. Here Cristina shares those that have most powerfully influenced her life and translates them into solid advice. Any woman looking for guidance -- whether she is about to leave for colleg... read more

Dichos: Spanish sayings or proverbs Advice is one of the most valuable gifts a mother can give to her daughter. Cristina Pérez turns to her mother's wisdom every day by reflecting on the dichos she taught her. Here Cristina shares those that have most powerfully influenced her life and translates them into solid advice. Any woman looking for guidance -- whether she is about to leave for colleg... read more

Chulito: A Novel

Charles Rice-Gonzalez

Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the queer youth culture of Manhattan's piers, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy, tough, hip hop-loving, young Latino man and the colorful characters who populate his block. Chulito, which means "cutie," is one of the boys, and everyone in his neighborhood has seen him grow up--the owner of the local bodega, the Lees f... read more

Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the queer youth culture of Manhattan's piers, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy, tough, hip hop-loving, young Latino man and the colorful characters who populate his block. Chulito, which means "cutie," is one of the boys, and everyone in his neighborhood has seen him grow up--the owner of the local bodega, the Lees f... read more

Sex as a Political Condition: A Border Novel (The Americas Series)

Carlos Nicolás Flores

Sex as a Political Condition: A Border Novel is a raucous, hilarious journey through political dangers that come in all shapes, cup sizes, and sexual identities, a trip into the wild, sometimes outrageous world of the Texas-Mexico border and all geographical and anatomical points south. Honoré del Castillo runs the family curio shop in the backwater border town of Escandón, Texas, and fears dy... read more

Sex as a Political Condition: A Border Novel is a raucous, hilarious journey through political dangers that come in all shapes, cup sizes, and sexual identities, a trip into the wild, sometimes outrageous world of the Texas-Mexico border and all geographical and anatomical points south. Honoré del Castillo runs the family curio shop in the backwater border town of Escandón, Texas, and fears dy... read more

The Bum Magnet

K. L. Brady

Charisse Tyson’s got it all going on . . .She’s a savvy, successful real-estate agent with a quick wit, a low tolerance for BS, a gorgeous size-14 body, and a thirst for top shelf vodka. Despite her dream house, luxury car, and appetite for life’s best—like fine dining and hot men—she seems to have her own special talent for attracting players. Why do all of her ex-lovers belong in the Losers ... read more

Charisse Tyson’s got it all going on . . .She’s a savvy, successful real-estate agent with a quick wit, a low tolerance for BS, a gorgeous size-14 body, and a thirst for top shelf vodka. Despite her dream house, luxury car, and appetite for life’s best—like fine dining and hot men—she seems to have her own special talent for attracting players. Why do all of her ex-lovers belong in the Losers ... read more

At Midnight: Choice Fowler's Story

Terry B.

I knew any thought of us getting back together was crazy. Yet I had fantasized that somehow, someway, we'd get back together. That by some miracle, things would work out for us. A way to make whole the love that fell apart so abruptly; of course there were no way things could be worked out after I discovered that Debrena Allen was into women. Choice Fowler

I knew any thought of us getting back together was crazy. Yet I had fantasized that somehow, someway, we'd get back together. That by some miracle, things would work out for us. A way to make whole the love that fell apart so abruptly; of course there were no way things could be worked out after I discovered that Debrena Allen was into women. Choice Fowler

Stella!: Mother of Modern Acting (Applause Books)

Sheana Ochoa

Arthur Miller decided to become a playwright after seeing her perform with the Group Theater. Marlon Brando attributed his acting to her genius as a teacher. Theater critic Robert Brustein calls her the greatest acting teacher in America.At the turn of the 20th century – by which time acting had hardly evolved since classical Greece – Stella Adler became a child star of the Yiddish stage in Ne... read more

Arthur Miller decided to become a playwright after seeing her perform with the Group Theater. Marlon Brando attributed his acting to her genius as a teacher. Theater critic Robert Brustein calls her the greatest acting teacher in America.At the turn of the 20th century – by which time acting had hardly evolved since classical Greece – Stella Adler became a child star of the Yiddish stage in Ne... read more

Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life!

Vimala Rodgers

When we purposefully change our handwriting, we introduce attitudes that can improve our relationships, give us the impetus to achieve and take risks, and simply bring out the best in us. This is because our handwriting is a reflection of our innermost thoughts and feelings. When we fall in love, survive a serious illness, or change careers, our view of life is dramatically altered and, as a r... read more

When we purposefully change our handwriting, we introduce attitudes that can improve our relationships, give us the impetus to achieve and take risks, and simply bring out the best in us. This is because our handwriting is a reflection of our innermost thoughts and feelings. When we fall in love, survive a serious illness, or change careers, our view of life is dramatically altered and, as a r... read more

The Last Romanov

Dora Levy Mossanen

IN A TIME OF RASPUTIN'S MAGIC AND ROMANOV MYSTERY, A YOUNG GIRL FINDS HERSELF AT THE HEART OF THE ROYAL FAMILYShe was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majestry. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for those murderous events that changed everything? If only she can find the heir, maybe she can put t... read more

IN A TIME OF RASPUTIN'S MAGIC AND ROMANOV MYSTERY, A YOUNG GIRL FINDS HERSELF AT THE HEART OF THE ROYAL FAMILYShe was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majestry. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for those murderous events that changed everything? If only she can find the heir, maybe she can put t... read more

The Gift of Shyness: Embrace Your Shy Side and Find Your Soul Mate

Alexander Avila

A psychologist and relationship expert refutes the argument that shyness can be a detriment to developing a romantic relationship, identifies seven key characteristics that enhance a shy person's appeal to another, and explains how to make the most of these personality traits in a romantic encounter. Original. 25,000 first printing.

A psychologist and relationship expert refutes the argument that shyness can be a detriment to developing a romantic relationship, identifies seven key characteristics that enhance a shy person's appeal to another, and explains how to make the most of these personality traits in a romantic encounter. Original. 25,000 first printing.

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