Marissa Grossman

Marissa Grossman - Editor

New York, NY, USA

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

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Overview

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.


Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Chick Lit
Magical Realism
Middle Grade
New Adult
Social & Family Issues
Young Adult Fantasy
Non-Fiction
Entertainment

Certifications

  • B.A. - English, Barnard College, Columbia University

Work experience

Editor, Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction

Penguin Young Readers (Penguin Random House)
June, 2012 – January, 2019 (over 6 years)

Marketing

Penguin Random House
November, 2011 – May, 2013 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

An Ember in the Ashes

Sabaa Tahir

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 “This novel is a harrowing, haunting reminder of what it means to be human — and how hope might be kindled in the midst of oppression and... read more

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 “This novel is a harrowing, haunting reminder of what it means to be human — and how hope might be kindled in the midst of oppression and... read more

Zodiac

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 House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, ... read more

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 House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, ... read more

A World Without You

Beth Revis

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 that’s both heartbreaking and hopeful." —Publishers Weekly, starred review“Revis’s account of grief, loss, first love, and anguish, pres... 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 that’s both heartbreaking and hopeful." —Publishers Weekly, starred review“Revis’s account of grief, loss, first love, and anguish, pres... read more

Undead Girl Gang

Lily Anderson

"A fun, fast read...it will resonate with readers who dabble in any sort of arts, dark or otherwise." --NPR.org"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." --BookPageVeronica Mars meets The Craft when a teen girl investigates the suspicious deaths of three classmates and accidentally ends up bringing th... read more

"A fun, fast read...it will resonate with readers who dabble in any sort of arts, dark or otherwise." --NPR.org"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." --BookPageVeronica Mars meets The Craft when a teen girl investigates the suspicious deaths of three classmates and accidentally ends up bringing th... 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, Rainbow Rowell, Gabourey Sidibe, Mitski, Alessia Cara, Etgar Keret, Margo Jefferson, Sarah Manguso, Durga Chew-Bose, and many more!

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, Rainbow Rowell, Gabourey Sidibe, Mitski, Alessia Cara, Etgar Keret, Margo Jefferson, Sarah Manguso, Durga Chew-Bose, and many more!

All We Can Do Is Wait

Richard Lawson

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 group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital:Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced e... 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 group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital:Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced e... read more

When the Sky Fell on Splendor

Emily Henry

"Exciting, heartbreaking, and far from ordinary." --KirkusEmily Henry is "one of YA's preeminent voices....an exquisite, genre-bending novel. --BooklistThe Serpent King meets Stranger Things in Emily Henry's gripping novel about a group of friends in a small town who find themselves dealing with unexpected powers after a cosmic event.Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was aff... read more

"Exciting, heartbreaking, and far from ordinary." --KirkusEmily Henry is "one of YA's preeminent voices....an exquisite, genre-bending novel. --BooklistThe Serpent King meets Stranger Things in Emily Henry's gripping novel about a group of friends in a small town who find themselves dealing with unexpected powers after a cosmic event.Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was aff... read more

Seafire

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 damaged girls who find home in one another." --Booklist"The pace of the book is fast and relentless, and the action sequences tense and ... read more

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 damaged girls who find home in one another." --Booklist"The pace of the book is fast and relentless, and the action sequences tense and ... 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 from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who's always nurtured Nora's talent and encou... read more

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 from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who's always nurtured Nora's talent and encou... 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 unstable home, flees to the ultimate place for dreamers and runaways--the circus. Specifically, the VanDrexel Family Circus where, among... read more

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 unstable home, flees to the ultimate place for dreamers and runaways--the circus. Specifically, the VanDrexel Family Circus where, among... read more

Dragons vs. Drones

Wesley King

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 old when his CIA analyst father went missing and the world branded him a traitor. Eight years later, searching for clues to find his fa... 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 old when his CIA analyst father went missing and the world branded him a traitor. Eight years later, searching for clues to find his fa... read more

Claws of Life (Teddycats)

Mike Storey

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 easy, and the fact that the Teddycats know next to nothing about surviving in the wild doesn't help. Everyone's looking to Bill for guid... 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 easy, and the fact that the Teddycats know next to nothing about surviving in the wild doesn't help. Everyone's looking to Bill for guid... read more

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