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Marcy Dermansky

Marcy Dermansky - Editor

Montclair, NJ, United States

I am a published novelist. I want you to become one, too. I specialize in literary fiction, YA, women's fiction, thrillers and memoir.

Overview

I am the author of the acclaimed novels BAD MARIE and TWINS and most recently THE RED CAR. I have worked as a developmental editor for the last ten years, using my insider knowledge of the publishing world and writing fiction to help aspiring authors realize their dreams.

I offer private editing services for selected manuscripts. I work one-on-one with writers who are committed to their writing projects — novels, short stories, and creative non-fiction — helping them find their way from draft to finished manuscript. I have published three novels and know what works and what doesn't.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Dystopian Fantasy Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Short Story Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers

Work experience

Novelist

Liveright/Norton
October, 2016 – Present (about 1 year)

My most recent novel The Red Car was published by Liveright in October 2016. The novel was a New York Times Editor's Choice pick and featured in many Best of 2016 lists including The San Francisco Chronicle, Buzzfeed and Flavorwire,

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2010 – Present (almost 8 years)

I offer private editing services for selected manuscripts. I work one-on-one with writers who are committed to their writing projects — novels, short stories, and creative non-fiction — helping them find their way from draft to finished manuscript. I have published three novels. I know what works and what doesn't.

Content Manager

Dow Jones
October, 2000 – November, 2009 (about 9 years)

Reviewed, hand-selected and published news content to corporate web sites.

Film Critic

About.com
August, 1999 – June, 2010 (almost 11 years)

Maintained high-traffic site for major Internet portal as expert for world and independent film. Wrote weekly reviews of world/independent films.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

This Could Hurt: A Novel

Jillian Medoff

A razor-sharp and deeply felt novel that illuminates the pivotal role of work in our lives—a riveting fusion of The Nest, Up in the Air, and Then We Came to the End that captures the emotional complexities of five HR colleagues trying to balance ambition, hope, and fear as their small company is buffeted by economic forces that threaten to upend them.Rosa Guerrero beat the odds as she rose to ... read more

A razor-sharp and deeply felt novel that illuminates the pivotal role of work in our lives—a riveting fusion of The Nest, Up in the Air, and Then We Came to the End that captures the emotional complexities of five HR colleagues trying to balance ambition, hope, and fear as their small company is buffeted by economic forces that threaten to upend them.Rosa Guerrero beat the odds as she rose to ... read more

Memory Is Our Home: Loss and Remembering: Three Generations in Poland and Russia, 1917-1960s

Suzanna Eibuszyc

Memory Is Our Home is a powerful biographical memoir based on the diaries of Roma Talasiewicz-Eibuszyc, who was born in Warsaw before the end of World War I, grew up during the interwar period and who, after escaping the atrocities of World War II, was able to survive in the vast territories of Soviet Russia and Uzbekistan.Translated by her own daughter, interweaving her own recollections as h... read more

Memory Is Our Home is a powerful biographical memoir based on the diaries of Roma Talasiewicz-Eibuszyc, who was born in Warsaw before the end of World War I, grew up during the interwar period and who, after escaping the atrocities of World War II, was able to survive in the vast territories of Soviet Russia and Uzbekistan.Translated by her own daughter, interweaving her own recollections as h... read more

Twins: A Novel

Marcy Dermansky

On the eve of their thirteenth birthday, identical twins Chloe and Sue agree to get matching tattoos to prove their bond is stronger than Dna. So begins Twins, Marcy Dermansky’s funny and disturbingly honest debut novel, the extraordinary story of blonde, beautiful twin sisters trying to survive adolescence and each other. Over the course of five years, Chloe and Sue overcome breakups, unhappy... read more

On the eve of their thirteenth birthday, identical twins Chloe and Sue agree to get matching tattoos to prove their bond is stronger than Dna. So begins Twins, Marcy Dermansky’s funny and disturbingly honest debut novel, the extraordinary story of blonde, beautiful twin sisters trying to survive adolescence and each other. Over the course of five years, Chloe and Sue overcome breakups, unhappy... read more

A Warm Place to Call Home

Michael Siemsen

Frederick is a demon living life to the fullest ... Except, it's other people's lives.KIRKUS REVIEWS reluctantly called it "A well-spun, engaging supernatural tale...with a devilishly ambiguous ending."UNPAID READERS ARE SOMEHOW SAYING:★★★★★ "Prepare yourself to root for what's wrong and to hope for the worst" ★★★★★ "Draws you in from the outset..." ★★★★★ "I love him! He's a jerk! I love him!"... read more

Frederick is a demon living life to the fullest ... Except, it's other people's lives.KIRKUS REVIEWS reluctantly called it "A well-spun, engaging supernatural tale...with a devilishly ambiguous ending."UNPAID READERS ARE SOMEHOW SAYING:★★★★★ "Prepare yourself to root for what's wrong and to hope for the worst" ★★★★★ "Draws you in from the outset..." ★★★★★ "I love him! He's a jerk! I love him!"... read more

Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss

Frances Stroh

In the tradition of Rich Cohen’s Sweet and Low and Sean Wilsey’s Oh the Glory of it All, a memoir of a city, an industry, and a dynasty in decline, and the story of a young artist’s struggle to find her way out of the ruins.Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house... read more

In the tradition of Rich Cohen’s Sweet and Low and Sean Wilsey’s Oh the Glory of it All, a memoir of a city, an industry, and a dynasty in decline, and the story of a young artist’s struggle to find her way out of the ruins.Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house... read more

The Dancer

Eric Bernat

New York City. 1985. So many are dying. Joey was only trying to flirt with his new neighbor, but instead stumbled into a homicide investigation. Now, the cops believe Joey knows more than he claims to know. And he does. And the police aren't the only ones who suspect him. With time running out until he gets arrested for a murder he didn't commit, Joey has to uncover a series of crimes that dat... read more

New York City. 1985. So many are dying. Joey was only trying to flirt with his new neighbor, but instead stumbled into a homicide investigation. Now, the cops believe Joey knows more than he claims to know. And he does. And the police aren't the only ones who suspect him. With time running out until he gets arrested for a murder he didn't commit, Joey has to uncover a series of crimes that dat... read more

The Red Car: A Novel

Marcy Dermansky

A wildly imaginative, rebellious, and tender tale of independence from the critically acclaimed author of Bad Marie.With each new novel, Marcy Dermansky deploys her "brainy, emotionally sophisticated" (New York Times) prose to greater and greater heights, and The Red Car is no exception.Leah is living in Queens with a possessive husband she doesn’t love and a long list of unfulfilled ambitions... read more

A wildly imaginative, rebellious, and tender tale of independence from the critically acclaimed author of Bad Marie.With each new novel, Marcy Dermansky deploys her "brainy, emotionally sophisticated" (New York Times) prose to greater and greater heights, and The Red Car is no exception.Leah is living in Queens with a possessive husband she doesn’t love and a long list of unfulfilled ambitions... read more

Bad Marie

Marcy Dermansky

“Reading Marcy Dermansky’s Bad Marie is like spending a rainy afternoon in a smaller, older movie theater watching a charming French movie with a woman (or a man) you’ve just met on the street and already like far too much. It’s sinful in all the right ways, delicate, seditious, and deliciously evil.” — Frederick Barthelme “Dermansky excels at depicting extreme emotional states and how we rati... read more

“Reading Marcy Dermansky’s Bad Marie is like spending a rainy afternoon in a smaller, older movie theater watching a charming French movie with a woman (or a man) you’ve just met on the street and already like far too much. It’s sinful in all the right ways, delicate, seditious, and deliciously evil.” — Frederick Barthelme “Dermansky excels at depicting extreme emotional states and how we rati... read more

In the Context of Love

Linda K Sienkiewicz

Finalist, 2016 Sarton Women's Book Award Finalist, 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for Fiction Finalist, 2016 Reader's Choice Award,Women's Fiction Finalist, 2016 Best Book Awards, Women's Fiction Can the secrets that haunt you ever be left behind? Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With two children in tow, she begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her ... read more

Finalist, 2016 Sarton Women's Book Award Finalist, 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for Fiction Finalist, 2016 Reader's Choice Award,Women's Fiction Finalist, 2016 Best Book Awards, Women's Fiction Can the secrets that haunt you ever be left behind? Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With two children in tow, she begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her ... read more

The Almond Tree

Michelle Cohen Corasanti

Gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, Ichmad Hamid struggles with knowing that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Living on occupied land, his entire village operates in fear of losing their homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other.On Ichmad's twelfth birthday, that fear becomes reality.With his father impri... read more

Gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, Ichmad Hamid struggles with knowing that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Living on occupied land, his entire village operates in fear of losing their homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other.On Ichmad's twelfth birthday, that fear becomes reality.With his father impri... read more

What's Never Said

Susan Shapiro

It's dangerous to search for an old flame you never got over. What if you find him-and he doesn't remember you? In her captivating new novel, Susan Shapiro explores the perils of revisiting past passion. Lila Penn leaves Wisconsin for graduate school in the big city, where she falls for her professor Daniel Wildman. Decades after their tangled link, she arranges a tête-à-tête in downtown Manha... read more

It's dangerous to search for an old flame you never got over. What if you find him-and he doesn't remember you? In her captivating new novel, Susan Shapiro explores the perils of revisiting past passion. Lila Penn leaves Wisconsin for graduate school in the big city, where she falls for her professor Daniel Wildman. Decades after their tangled link, she arranges a tête-à-tête in downtown Manha... read more

A Million Miles

Amy Fleisher Madden

A Million Miles is a novel written by Amy Fleisher Madden. It is a no-holds-barred coming of age story told with the burgeoning indie/emo music scene of the late '90s set as the backdrop. Get in the van and drive around America with Maddy Traeger and her favorite band, Crimson + Clover. This is not a story of arenas with flashing lights and luxurious tour buses; it's one of dank dive bars and ... read more

A Million Miles is a novel written by Amy Fleisher Madden. It is a no-holds-barred coming of age story told with the burgeoning indie/emo music scene of the late '90s set as the backdrop. Get in the van and drive around America with Maddy Traeger and her favorite band, Crimson + Clover. This is not a story of arenas with flashing lights and luxurious tour buses; it's one of dank dive bars and ... read more

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