Matt DeMazza

Matt DeMazza - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Friendly, easy to work with, tons of experience—and a stickler for details.

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Overview

I'm the senior managing editor at Macmillan Audio, the audiobooks arm of Macmillan—one of the Big Five publishers. I have 20-plus years of editorial experience at Time Inc., Playboy, Interview, and The Washington Post. If your book meets Macmillan's standards, I'd love to consider helping you reach a wider readership.

You can expect two kinds of copy editing notes from me: actual errors and gentle suggestions. I'd hope and expect the former to be approved without much discussion, but the latter will always be discussed with plenty of compromise. Ultimately, the final product is yours!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Entertainment
Music
Sports & Outdoors
Fiction
Mystery & Crime

Certifications

  • BS, Journalism

Work experience

Senior Managing Editor

Macmillan Audio
February, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

• Promoted from managing editor to senior managing editor of 20+ person audiobooks department in 2017 • Lead weekly staff meeting • Roster of books has expanded from about 300 to 500 titles—fiction and nonfiction—in two years • Solely responsible for all aspects of production schedule • Work with editors to get finished manuscripts to producers for narration under tight deadlines • Serve as liaison between multiple parts of company and multiple audiobook departments • Write purchase orders for packaging and compact discs, ensuring expenditures are in line with budgets • Calculate P&Ls when a recording runs longer or shorter than expected • Calculate quarterly profits of manufacture-on-demand program, which was in its infancy in 2016 but is now a major revenue stream • File copyrights weekly with the Library of Congress • Serve as de facto copy editor for all audiobook packaging and advertising materials because of past copy-editing experience • Review and approve packaging and advertising materials • Approve invoices from printers and duplicators • Member of Diversity Education & Outreach Program

Managing Editor

Time Inc. Books
July, 2014 – May, 2015 (10 months)

• Worked with authors, packagers and lawyers on contracts • Led weekly book ideation meetings; part of team that critiqued and approved book pitches • Part of team that critiqued and approved cover art for each book and special edition—200+ titles yearly • Editor of several Time special editions • Copy edited marketing and advertising materials • Part of final copy-editing team on all LIFE books and special editions • Liaison between marketing and editorial teams on all promotional copy and artwork • Approved payments to authors and book packagers • Put together editorial, photo and art teams to work on each title • Led overhaul of company filing and document-retention systems

Managing Editor

Interview magazine
December, 2007 – February, 2009 (about 1 year)

• Set and maintained schedules for editorial, art, copy and freelance departments and enforced deadlines • Managed budgets and contracts • Edited and posted stories on • Generated story ideas • Part of top-editing team that edited all stories in three rounds of proofs • Conducted interviews and wrote stories • Led daily photography and weekly editorial meetings • Liaison between editorial, advertising, production, photo and art departments • Worked with copy chief on updating and maintaining house style

Associate Managing Editor

Playboy magazine
September, 2005 – December, 2007 (about 2 years)

• Set and maintained schedules for three-city editorial and art teams while enforcing deadlines • Reviewed story pitches from stable of freelance writers • Part of top-editing team that edited all stories in first and final proofs • Tracked all stories through each editorial stage of monthly process • Led weekly editorial meetings via videoconference with Chicago office • Kept editors informed of updates and changes in K4 queue • Contributed to and posted the Playboy blog daily • Interviewed coaches and athletes for sports preview issues • Acted as liaison between editorial, art, law, production, copy and research departments • Aided department heads in maintaining freelance contracts, payments and scheduling

Copy Chief

Footwear News magazine
April, 2003 – September, 2005 (over 2 years)

• Ensured highest level of grammar and usage in text; approximately 30 edit pages per weekly issue • Set and ensured style was maintained consistently throughout magazine • Prioritized and scheduled editorial team under weekly deadlines; dealt diplomatically with editors • Assisted on production details when necessary; shipped pages to printer • Managed art directors and set deadlines for photo and graphical content • Wrote and researched “The FN List” each week

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff

#1 New York Times BestsellerWith extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country―and the world―has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolut... read more

#1 New York Times BestsellerWith extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country―and the world―has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolut... read more

108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game

Ron Darling

This is New York Times bestselling author and Emmy-nominated broadcaster Ron Darling's 108 baseball anecdotes that connect America’s game to the men who played it.In 108 Stitches, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ron Darling offers his own take on the "six degrees of separation" game and knits together wild, wise, and wistful stories reflecting the full arc ... read more

This is New York Times bestselling author and Emmy-nominated broadcaster Ron Darling's 108 baseball anecdotes that connect America’s game to the men who played it.In 108 Stitches, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ron Darling offers his own take on the "six degrees of separation" game and knits together wild, wise, and wistful stories reflecting the full arc ... read more

Me

Elton John

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the upcoming film Rocketman. The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time.Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London... read more

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the upcoming film Rocketman. The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time.Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London... read more

An Anonymous Girl: A Novel

Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller (January 2019) everyone is talking about! People Magazine's Book of the Week • Bookish's "Must-Read Books of Winter" • PopSugar's "Best Books of Winter" • Cosmopolitan's "2019 Books to Bring to Your Book Club" • Bookbub's "Biggest Books of Winter" • Refinery 29's "Best Books of January 2019" • Crime Reads' "January's Best Psychological Thrillers" • InSt... read more

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller (January 2019) everyone is talking about! People Magazine's Book of the Week • Bookish's "Must-Read Books of Winter" • PopSugar's "Best Books of Winter" • Cosmopolitan's "2019 Books to Bring to Your Book Club" • Bookbub's "Biggest Books of Winter" • Refinery 29's "Best Books of January 2019" • Crime Reads' "January's Best Psychological Thrillers" • InSt... read more

Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

Lamont "U-God" Hawkins

Selected as a Best Book of the Year by Esquire"Couldn't put it down." – Charlamagne Tha God"Mesmerizing." – Raekwon da Chef"Insightful, moving, necessary." – Shea Serrano"Cathartic." –The New Yorker"A classic." –The Washington PostThe explosive, never-before-told story behind the historicrise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by one of its founding members, Lamont "U-God" Hawkins.“It’s time to writ... read more

Selected as a Best Book of the Year by Esquire"Couldn't put it down." – Charlamagne Tha God"Mesmerizing." – Raekwon da Chef"Insightful, moving, necessary." – Shea Serrano"Cathartic." –The New Yorker"A classic." –The Washington PostThe explosive, never-before-told story behind the historicrise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by one of its founding members, Lamont "U-God" Hawkins.“It’s time to writ... read more

Matt has 10 reviews

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Eric Walczykowski
Another great job by Matt! Professional, great communicator and on time with great feedback.

Eric Walczykowski, August 2020


JT Gregory
Quick and efficient, easy to work with, and diligent.

JT Gregory, July 2020


Sayaan Thayaparan
Great experience working with Matt! Very professional and polite! Got the job done in a matter of minutes in a time efficient manner. Highly recommend him!

Sayaan Thayaparan, June 2020


Ali Khoshnevis
Matt is incredibly professional and very good at what he does. He completed my project right on time. He is a stickler for details and that is exactly what you need. I was very happy with his work and I would highly recommend him.

Ali Khoshnevis, June 2020


Curt Bianchi
Matt did a great job of copyediting the manuscript for a non-fiction book that I wrote. It was a big project, and he hit every milestone on time. He was very easy to work, very prompt in his communications, and was happy to answer each and every question that I had. In addition to the typical copyedit tasks, he also noted areas in which he found the manuscript confusing and made suggestions for...
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Curt Bianchi, April 2020

Matt DeMazza
Thanks, Curt! I loved this project. If you write anything else, I'm your guy.

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