Margaux Weisman

Margaux Weisman - Editor

New York, NY

A passionate, involved editor with a love of language and storytelling, and nearly a decade of experience at major NYC publishing houses.

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Overview

I am an editor at a major publishing house, where I've honed my skills in both structural overhauls and line-level attention to detail. Among the honors and distinctions my authors have enjoyed are Whiting Awards, National Book Award long lists, New York Times notable books, LAMBDA Literary Nominations, Edgar Awards, Anthony Awards, and New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. Prior to working in publishing I was a PA in film and television. A writer myself, I received my MFA from The New School.

Being a writer and an editor, I have a unique and holistic perspective on the craft of writing and the publishing industry. I am uniquely sensitive to a writer's needs and understand the heart and soul that goes into a manuscript. I also have nearly 20 years of experience in writers' workshops and am adept at discussing an author's work with the author's vision in mind first and foremost.
I've also worked at three major imprints, between HarperCollins and Penguin Random House, and have a 360 view on trade publishing. Through my years as an assistant, rising through the ranks, and subsequent experience as an editor with my own list, I've worked on almost every type of book in some capacity. While I publish mostly literary fiction and upmarket commercial fiction, and some narrative nonfiction, I've edited action adventure novels, romance novels, fantasy/horror novels, reported nonfiction, and even a prescriptive book about what to expect when you're expecting twins or triplets.

I can find the core thread of any story.

As an editor, my first question is always: what do you want this book to be? And then I see it as my duty to help you get it there.

In my full-time roll as an editor, one of my greatest joys is making authors' dreams come true. I've matched many authors with their agent soulmates, and helped countless writers craft the perfect query letter. When it comes to your query, I know what the gatekeepers are looking for, because I am one! The best query should be able to have a long life, changing very little from its role as agent query, to editor pitch, to book jacket copy. And, I spend most of my time writing and rewriting SEO and jacket copy for books I publish. I know what catches the eyes of agents, editors, and consumers.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Editor

Major American Publisher
November, 2012 – Present (over 7 years)

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Private Citizens: A Novel

Tony Tulathimutte

PRIVATE CITIZENS was named a best book of the year by New York Magazine/Vulture, The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Nylon, Kirkus, Electric Literature and The Millions. An Amazon Best Book of the Month in the Literature & Fiction CategoryA Buzzfeed “Most Exciting” Book of 2016A Flavorwire “Most Anticipated” Book of 2016New York Magazine calls Private Citizens "the first great millennia... read more

PRIVATE CITIZENS was named a best book of the year by New York Magazine/Vulture, The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Nylon, Kirkus, Electric Literature and The Millions. An Amazon Best Book of the Month in the Literature & Fiction CategoryA Buzzfeed “Most Exciting” Book of 2016A Flavorwire “Most Anticipated” Book of 2016New York Magazine calls Private Citizens "the first great millennia... read more

The Sun in Your Eyes: A Novel

Deborah Shapiro

A New York Times Book Review Editor's ChoiceThe Wall Street Journal calls The Sun in Your Eyes one of "the season's most exciting fiction reads."One of Vulture's "7 Books You Need to Read This July"Harper's Bazaar picked it as one of "Spring's Hottest Breakout Novels."Ann Hood says it's "the perfect summer book."A witty and winning new voice comes alive in this infectious road trip adventure w... read more

A New York Times Book Review Editor's ChoiceThe Wall Street Journal calls The Sun in Your Eyes one of "the season's most exciting fiction reads."One of Vulture's "7 Books You Need to Read This July"Harper's Bazaar picked it as one of "Spring's Hottest Breakout Novels."Ann Hood says it's "the perfect summer book."A witty and winning new voice comes alive in this infectious road trip adventure w... read more

The Silent Girls (Canaan Crime Novels)

Eric Rickstad

New York Times and USA Today BestsellerWith the dead of a bitter Vermont winter closing in, evil is alive and well . . .Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective's badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an '89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful... read more

New York Times and USA Today BestsellerWith the dead of a bitter Vermont winter closing in, evil is alive and well . . .Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective's badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an '89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful... read more

Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat

Jonathan Kauffman

2019 James Beard Award NomineeAn enlightening narrative history—an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan—that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine.Food writer Jonathan Kauffman journeys back more than ha... read more

2019 James Beard Award NomineeAn enlightening narrative history—an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan—that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine.Food writer Jonathan Kauffman journeys back more than ha... read more

You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession

Piper Weiss

"Unflinching, rich and revelatory."—MEGAN ABBOTT“Gorgeous, moody, and evocative . . . half coming-of-age story and half exhaustively researched true crime.” —VANITY FAIR“Bracingly honest and extremely discomfiting, this book is like a riveting episode of Law & Order: SVU set at a Manhattan prep school with the U.S. Open as a backdrop.”—MARIE CLAIREA riveting blend of true crime and coming-of-a... read more

"Unflinching, rich and revelatory."—MEGAN ABBOTT“Gorgeous, moody, and evocative . . . half coming-of-age story and half exhaustively researched true crime.” —VANITY FAIR“Bracingly honest and extremely discomfiting, this book is like a riveting episode of Law & Order: SVU set at a Manhattan prep school with the U.S. Open as a backdrop.”—MARIE CLAIREA riveting blend of true crime and coming-of-a... read more

Lie In Wait (Canaan Crime Novels)

Eric Rickstad

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Silent Girls comes another unforgettable thriller set in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, featuring Detective Sonja TestEven in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace of the present.In the remote pastoral hamlet of Canaan, Vermont, a high-profile legal case shatters the town’s sense of peace and commu... read more

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Silent Girls comes another unforgettable thriller set in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, featuring Detective Sonja TestEven in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace of the present.In the remote pastoral hamlet of Canaan, Vermont, a high-profile legal case shatters the town’s sense of peace and commu... read more

The Widow's House: A Novel

Carol Goodman

This chilling novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Lake of Dead Languages blends the gothic allure of Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca and the crazed undertones of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper with the twisty, contemporary edge of A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife—a harrowing tale of psychological suspense set in New York’s Hudson Valley. When Jess and Clare Mar... read more

This chilling novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Lake of Dead Languages blends the gothic allure of Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca and the crazed undertones of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper with the twisty, contemporary edge of A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife—a harrowing tale of psychological suspense set in New York’s Hudson Valley. When Jess and Clare Mar... read more

Social Creature: A Novel

Tara Isabella Burton

One of the Best Books of the Year: Janet Maslin, The New York TimesVultureNPR"Social Creature is a wicked original with echoes of the greats (Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn)." —Janet Maslin, The New York TimesFor readers of Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt, a dark, propulsive and addictive debut thriller, splashed with all the glitz and glitter of New York City.They go through both bottles of ... read more

One of the Best Books of the Year: Janet Maslin, The New York TimesVultureNPR"Social Creature is a wicked original with echoes of the greats (Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn)." —Janet Maslin, The New York TimesFor readers of Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt, a dark, propulsive and addictive debut thriller, splashed with all the glitz and glitter of New York City.They go through both bottles of ... read more

Home Field: A Novel

Hannah Gersen

The heart of Friday Night Lights meets the emotional resonance and nostalgia of My So-Called Life in this moving debut novel about tradition, family, love, and football.As the high school football coach in his small, rural Maryland town, Dean is a hero who reorganized the athletic program and brought the state championship to the community. When he married Nicole, the beloved town sweetheart, ... read more

The heart of Friday Night Lights meets the emotional resonance and nostalgia of My So-Called Life in this moving debut novel about tradition, family, love, and football.As the high school football coach in his small, rural Maryland town, Dean is a hero who reorganized the athletic program and brought the state championship to the community. When he married Nicole, the beloved town sweetheart, ... read more

Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching '80s Movies

Jason Diamond

For all fans of John Hughes and his hit films such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and Home Alone, comes Jason Diamond’s hilarious memoir of growing up obsessed with the iconic filmmaker’s movies—a preoccupation that eventually convinces Diamond he should write Hughes’ biography and travel to New York City on a quest that is as funny as it is hopeless.For as long as Jason Diam... read more

For all fans of John Hughes and his hit films such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and Home Alone, comes Jason Diamond’s hilarious memoir of growing up obsessed with the iconic filmmaker’s movies—a preoccupation that eventually convinces Diamond he should write Hughes’ biography and travel to New York City on a quest that is as funny as it is hopeless.For as long as Jason Diam... read more

The Girl in the Castle: A Novel (Deverill Chronicles)

Santa Montefiore

Previously published as The Girl in the CastleIreland. The early twentieth century. Two girls on the cusp of womanhood. A nation on the brink of war. Read their story — and see why JOJO Moyes says that "Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore." Born on the ninth day of the ninth month in the year 1900, Kitty Deverill grows up in Castle Deverill, on the sunning green ghills of West Cork,... read more

Previously published as The Girl in the CastleIreland. The early twentieth century. Two girls on the cusp of womanhood. A nation on the brink of war. Read their story — and see why JOJO Moyes says that "Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore." Born on the ninth day of the ninth month in the year 1900, Kitty Deverill grows up in Castle Deverill, on the sunning green ghills of West Cork,... read more

The Daughters of Ireland (Deverill Chronicles)

Santa Montefiore

Previously published in the United Kingdom as DAUGHTERS OF CASTLE DEVERILLIreland. 1925. The war is over. But life will never be the same..."Everything Santa Montefiore writes, she writes from the heart,” says JOJO MOYES. See why in this unforgettable story of love, loss, and life, perfect for fans of DOWNTON ABBEY and KATE MORTON.In the green hills of West Cork, Ireland, Castle Deverill has b... read more

Previously published in the United Kingdom as DAUGHTERS OF CASTLE DEVERILLIreland. 1925. The war is over. But life will never be the same..."Everything Santa Montefiore writes, she writes from the heart,” says JOJO MOYES. See why in this unforgettable story of love, loss, and life, perfect for fans of DOWNTON ABBEY and KATE MORTON.In the green hills of West Cork, Ireland, Castle Deverill has b... read more

CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush

Cathy Alter, Dave Singleton

A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and mystery that is our first celebrity crush.You never forget your first crush . . .CRUSH brings together stories of heartbreak, humiliation, and hilarity from a roster of popular luminaries,... read more

A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and mystery that is our first celebrity crush.You never forget your first crush . . .CRUSH brings together stories of heartbreak, humiliation, and hilarity from a roster of popular luminaries,... read more

A Good Man: A Novel

Ani Katz

"I loved this book." —Caroline Kepnes, author of YouA dark and gripping novel of psychological suspense about a family man driven to unspeakable acts, in the vein of The Perfect Nanny and We Need to Talk About Kevin.Thomas Martin was a devoted family man who had all the trappings of an enviable life: a beautiful wife and daughter, a well-appointed home on Long Island's north shore, a job at a ... read more

"I loved this book." —Caroline Kepnes, author of YouA dark and gripping novel of psychological suspense about a family man driven to unspeakable acts, in the vein of The Perfect Nanny and We Need to Talk About Kevin.Thomas Martin was a devoted family man who had all the trappings of an enviable life: a beautiful wife and daughter, a well-appointed home on Long Island's north shore, a job at a ... read more

Black Light: Stories

Kimberly King Parsons

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD“The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush. . . . I loved every moment of this book.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other PartiesWith raw, poetic ferocity, Kimberly King Parsons exposes desire’s darkest hollows—those hidden places where most of us are afraid to look. In this debut collection of enormously perc... read more

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD“The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush. . . . I loved every moment of this book.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other PartiesWith raw, poetic ferocity, Kimberly King Parsons exposes desire’s darkest hollows—those hidden places where most of us are afraid to look. In this debut collection of enormously perc... read more

Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down: A Novel

Anne Valente

The lives of four teenagers are capsized by a shocking school shooting and its aftermath in this powerful debut novel, a coming-of-age story with the haunting power of Station Eleven and the bittersweet poignancy of Everything I Never Told You.As members of the yearbook committee, Nick, Zola, Matt, and Christina are eager to capture all the memorable moments of their junior year at Lewis and C... read more

The lives of four teenagers are capsized by a shocking school shooting and its aftermath in this powerful debut novel, a coming-of-age story with the haunting power of Station Eleven and the bittersweet poignancy of Everything I Never Told You.As members of the yearbook committee, Nick, Zola, Matt, and Christina are eager to capture all the memorable moments of their junior year at Lewis and C... read more

The Day I Died: A Novel

Lori Rader-Day

From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother's desperate search for a lost boy.Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other ... read more

From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother's desperate search for a lost boy.Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other ... read more

The China Dogs

Sam Masters

Cujo meets The Manchurian Candidate in this propulsive thriller set in Miami, in which a special ops soldier must uncover a deadly threat to nation security: a nefarious plot using man’s best friend as a deadly weapon.In the blistering heat of Miami, fatal dog attacks are running at record levels. Swimmers, walkers, and homeowners have been shockingly savaged to death. The public is starting t... read more

Cujo meets The Manchurian Candidate in this propulsive thriller set in Miami, in which a special ops soldier must uncover a deadly threat to nation security: a nefarious plot using man’s best friend as a deadly weapon.In the blistering heat of Miami, fatal dog attacks are running at record levels. Swimmers, walkers, and homeowners have been shockingly savaged to death. The public is starting t... read more

The Green Muse: An Edouard Mas Novel

Jessie Prichard Hunter

In Belle Époque Paris, the morgue is the place to see and be seen … "This morning I was called upon to photograph the dead again." So begins the story of Edouard Mas, a photographer's assistant with a detective's soul. Edouard's job is to take pictures of corpses before they are carted off to the Paris Morgue. If the bodies are unidentified, they will be put behind glass for the whole city to ... read more

In Belle Époque Paris, the morgue is the place to see and be seen … "This morning I was called upon to photograph the dead again." So begins the story of Edouard Mas, a photographer's assistant with a detective's soul. Edouard's job is to take pictures of corpses before they are carted off to the Paris Morgue. If the bodies are unidentified, they will be put behind glass for the whole city to ... read more

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