Marissa Grossman

Marissa Grossman – Editor

Hands-on, collaborative editor specializing in Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction and nonfiction. Formerly Penguin Random House.


I have over ten years of publishing experience, starting my career in marketing at Penguin Random House, then spending 6+ years as an Editor at Razorbill, a division of Penguin Young Readers. At Razorbill, I worked with New York Times bestselling authors Sabaa Tahir, Romina Russell, and Beth Revis, as well YA darlings like Emily Henry, Lily Anderson, and Natalie C. Parker. I also specialize in story development, having collaborated with brilliant authors like Richard Lawson, Dana Schwartz, and Anna Breslaw on their debut novels. Though my speciality is Young Adult fiction, I also have experience with and a strong interest in celebrity and pop-culture-based nonfiction, as well as Middle Grade fiction.

I am a dedicated editor who believes deeply in collaboration, and I aim to develop strong relationships with authors based on kindness, compassion, and respect. I want to highlight what is working well in your project, and I want to help you identify and address those elements that could use more attention. Whether you want to focus on plot structure, characters, world-building, or any other pain point, I can work with you on everything from brainstorming, to expanding on your ideas, to simply polishing your novel's rough edges.

Chick Lit Magical Realism Middle Grade New Adult Social & Family Issues Young Adult Fantasy
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
  • B.A. - English, Barnard College, Columbia University

Work experience

Penguin Young Readers (Penguin Random House)

Jun, 2012 — Jan, 2019 (over 6 years)

Penguin Random House

Nov, 2011 — May, 2013 (over 1 year)


BOOK ONE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIESInstant New York Times bestsellerFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa TahirAmazon's Best Young Adult Book of 2015People's Choice Award winner - Favorite FantasyBustle's Best Young Adult Book of 2015 “... read more
The Teddycats are safe in Horizon Cove, but making it in the big jungle is even harder than they thought.The Teddycats made it out of Cloud Kingdom with nary a scratch, and it's all thanks to our hero, Bill. But adjusting to life in Horizon Cove isn't exactly ... read more
A young computer genius is chased by sleek, high-tech drones into a land populated by Godzilla-size dragons, setting off a war that only he can stop. Part Eragon, part Transformers, with a magical beating heart at its center. Marcus Brimley was just four years... read more
We Walked the Sky

Lisa Fiedler

A stunning, multigenerational story about two teenagers: Victoria, who joins the circus in 1965, and her granddaughter, Callie, who leaves the circus fifty years later. Perfect for fans of This is Us.In 1965 seventeen-year-old Victoria, having just escaped an ... read more
And We're Off

Dana Schwartz

A Seventeen Magazine Best Book of the Year “A winsome, hilarious tale about losing the map and finding a better way to a happy ending. I loved it!” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter fro... read more

Natalie C. Parker

A warlord killed Caledonia's parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge. "This is Mad Max by way of Davy Jones, a high-energy, breathless adventure [about] a group of ... read more
"Exciting, heartbreaking, and far from ordinary." --KirkusEmily Henry is "one of YA's preeminent exquisite, genre-bending novel. --BooklistThe Serpent King meets Stranger Things in Emily Henry's gripping novel about a group of friends in a small t... read more
Debut author and Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson makes your heart stop and time stand still in his extraordinary and life-affirming novel that's perfect for fans of If I Stay and We All Looked Up.In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a ... read more
Rookie on Love

Tavi Gevinson

A single-subject anthology about the heart's most powerful emotion, edited by Tavi Gevinson. Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen essays, poems, comics, and interviews from contributors like Jenny Zhang, Emma Straub, Hilton Als, Janet Mock, John Green, Rainb... read more
Undead Girl Gang

Lily Anderson

"A fun, fast will resonate with readers who dabble in any sort of arts, dark or otherwise.""With a singular and hilariously cutting teen voice, UNDEAD GIRL GANG is sure to be one of the most talked-about YA novels of the year." --BookPageVe... read more
What would you do to bring back someone you love? After the unexpected loss of his girlfriend, a boy suffering from delusions believes he can travel through time to save her in this gripping new novel from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis."A story ... read more

Romina Russell

Book 1 in the breathtaking sci-fi space saga inspired by astrology that will stun fans of the Illuminae Files and Starbound series.At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain.... Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from ... read more

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