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Maya Rock

Maya Rock - Editor

New York

Focused, razor-sharp Ivy League editor with 10+ years experience in NYC book publishing, former literary agent.

Overview

I started Rock Editorial Services in 2010 after working in New York book publishing for five years as a junior literary agent at Writers House. Agenting taught me how to take a rough, incomplete manuscript or proposal and sculpt it into something beautiful (and salable). I turned to freelance editing because I wanted an even closer connection with words. I love working with YA, romance, literary, and memoir. I'm also a Penguin-published author myself, with one young adult novel, Scripted, out, and a second one along the way. Being a writer gives me an extra sensitivity to a writer's needs.

Eveline Chao
author of NIUBI! The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School (Plume 2009)

“Maya’s years of experience both as an agent and as an avid, lifelong lover of books have given her an invaluable sense for what publishers and agents look for in a book proposal. She has a quick eye for spotting exactly what should stay, what should go, and what should be reorganized in any written work, and more importantly, knows how to break the news gently when you have to, say, cut 50 pages from your baby. She has been an indispensable friend, editor, and guide in my own writing career, and I highly recommend her services to others as well.”

Clara Kensie
author of Run to You (Harlequin 2014)

“Maya’s keen editorial eye made my novel shine. As a debut author, I had no idea what to expect from her editorial letter, and was afraid to open it! But I’m so glad I did. Her edit letter was organized by issue, with spot-on suggestions on how to make the revisions, and it had just enough positives to make it easy to take the negatives. Instead of making me dread revisions, she made me excited to do them. Her line edits came next, and she made me examine every sentence, every word. She sprinkled in positive comments here and there that kept me smiling through all that hard work. When I was done, my manuscript had improved a thousandfold. Maya helped me become a better writer. I’m currently working on my next book, and as I write each scene, I ask myself, “What would Maya say about this?” I was very blessed to be able to work with Maya, and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking an editor.”

"I'm one of those writers that throws everything but the kitchen sink into a manuscript at first, then through the revision process, I see what rises up to the top. Maya Rock deeply understands my instincts and inclinations as a writer, which is a rare find. She digs into my manuscripts, hunts for meaning, and can wade through my mess to root out the essential question that I'm scratching at. Then, with an expert blend of honesty, logic, and care, she helps me isolate things to deepen, helps me identify elements to put aside for later, and directs me on the best ways to proceed through the story I am trying to tell.

I have worked with Maya in an agent-client relationship, and now as one of her editorial clients. My work would not be the same without her guidance, support, and most of all, her logic."

Dhonielle Clayton
author of THE BELLES (Disney-Hyperion 2016)

“Thank you, Maya Rock, for your incredibly detailed critique. Your comments resonated and made clear the flaws that I had overlooked. I had several “a-ha” moments while reading your feedback. I also appreciate your affable, yet professional approach. I highly recommend your services.”
Allison Morgan
author of The Someday Jar (Berkley 2015)

Services
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Romance Science Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Health & wellbeing Religion & Spirituality

Certifications

  • Editorial Freelancer's Association

Work experience

Owner

Rock Editorial Services

May, 2010 – Present (over 6 years)

Offer editing services including query and synopsis development, line editing, and editorial letters to publishers and authors.

Junior Literary Agent

Writers House

May, 2004 – May, 2010 (about 6 years)

Assisted chairman Al Zuckerman and edited and sold manuscripts to all the major houses (Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, St. Martin's, etc.)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Handcuffs

Bethany Griffin

PARKER PRESCOTT IS an ice princess. Cold, aloof, a snob. At least, that’s what everyone says on Marion Hennessey’s blog. And everyone reads Marion Hennessey’s blog.Parker Prescott is a middle child. She’s the good one, the dependable one, the one her parents trust. Well . . . she used to be.Parker Prescott’s parents want her to break up with her boyfriend. But she already did, two weeks ago. A... read more

PARKER PRESCOTT IS an ice princess. Cold, aloof, a snob. At least, that’s what everyone says on Marion Hennessey’s blog. And everyone reads Marion Hennessey’s blog.Parker Prescott is a middle child. She’s the good one, the dependable one, the one her parents trust. Well . . . she used to be.Parker Prescott’s parents want her to break up with her boyfriend. But she already did, two weeks ago. A... read more

A Tiger's Heart

Aisling Juanjuan Shen

"Like a suspense novel, this book is impossible to put down. All readers interested in China, as well as memoir fans (especially of success stories), must read this astonishing title."--Library Journal (Starred Review) “In Aisling Juanjuan Shen’s remarkable and assured memoir, a peasant girl born to illiterate parents and bleak prospects rises to prominence as the first person in her village t... read more

"Like a suspense novel, this book is impossible to put down. All readers interested in China, as well as memoir fans (especially of success stories), must read this astonishing title."--Library Journal (Starred Review) “In Aisling Juanjuan Shen’s remarkable and assured memoir, a peasant girl born to illiterate parents and bleak prospects rises to prominence as the first person in her village t... read more

Raising Gifted Kids

Barbara Schave Klein

Raising an extremely bright child - quick, curious, sensitive, and introspective - is a daunting challenge. Parents need insight into their own motivations (as well as those of their children), and the courage and ability to make tough decisions about their child's development. "Raising Gifted Kids" will help parents understand and cope with the obstacles they face in raising a gifted child, a... read more

Raising an extremely bright child - quick, curious, sensitive, and introspective - is a daunting challenge. Parents need insight into their own motivations (as well as those of their children), and the courage and ability to make tough decisions about their child's development. "Raising Gifted Kids" will help parents understand and cope with the obstacles they face in raising a gifted child, a... read more

Run to You Book One: Deception So Deadly

Clara Kensie

Winner of the 2015 RITA Award for Best First Book!Deception So Deadly is the complete first novel in the two-book Run to You series, a riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychical... read more

Winner of the 2015 RITA Award for Best First Book!Deception So Deadly is the complete first novel in the two-book Run to You series, a riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychical... read more

Run to You Book Two: Deception So Dark

Clara Kensie

The sequel to the 2015 RITA Award winner for Best First Book!Deception So Dark is the complete second novel in the Run to You series, a riveting thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past, and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…With no more secrets to keep them apart, Tessa and Tristan embark upon a desperate search to find her missing brother and sister. But ... read more

The sequel to the 2015 RITA Award winner for Best First Book!Deception So Dark is the complete second novel in the Run to You series, a riveting thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past, and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…With no more secrets to keep them apart, Tessa and Tristan embark upon a desperate search to find her missing brother and sister. But ... read more

The Someday Jar

Allison Morgan

Fans of Sophie Kinsella and the Shopaholic series will fall in love with Lanie Howard—young, fabulous, and desperate to transform her life—in this funny, quirky, and endearing story about finding perfect happiness in life’s most imperfect moments.WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMON-DROP MARTINIS...Real-estate broker Lanie Howard figures she has the perfect man, the perfect job, and the perfect life. The... read more

Fans of Sophie Kinsella and the Shopaholic series will fall in love with Lanie Howard—young, fabulous, and desperate to transform her life—in this funny, quirky, and endearing story about finding perfect happiness in life’s most imperfect moments.WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMON-DROP MARTINIS...Real-estate broker Lanie Howard figures she has the perfect man, the perfect job, and the perfect life. The... read more

Gone to the Crazies

Alison Weaver

As a child, Alison Weaver's life shone with surface-level perfection—full of nannies, private schools, and ballet lessons. She had all the luxuries of a wealthy Manhattan upbringing, and all the makings of a perfect Upper East Side miss. But her childhood memories were laced with darker undertones: Her father was emotionally absent, unable to engage in problems that couldn't be solved with cle... read more

As a child, Alison Weaver's life shone with surface-level perfection—full of nannies, private schools, and ballet lessons. She had all the luxuries of a wealthy Manhattan upbringing, and all the makings of a perfect Upper East Side miss. But her childhood memories were laced with darker undertones: Her father was emotionally absent, unable to engage in problems that couldn't be solved with cle... read more

Friend or Faux

Heather Wagner

Keep your friends close—and your frenemies closer! From the true blue to the truly diabolical, Friend or Faux is your essential guide to identifying the characteristics, habitats, and catchphrases of the most common female friends and frenemies, including • The Backstabby Friend (“You look exhausted . . . ”) • The Crazy Cat Lady Friend (“You won’t believe what Butterscotch just did!”) • The Fl... read more

Keep your friends close—and your frenemies closer! From the true blue to the truly diabolical, Friend or Faux is your essential guide to identifying the characteristics, habitats, and catchphrases of the most common female friends and frenemies, including • The Backstabby Friend (“You look exhausted . . . ”) • The Crazy Cat Lady Friend (“You won’t believe what Butterscotch just did!”) • The Fl... read more

Impossibly Tongue-Tied

Josie Brown

All over Hollywood, men are dialing O—for orgasms. Her steamy naughty talk fills them with lust and longing, and helps them perform like the studs they claim to be.In truth, the industry's favorite "erotic phone operatrix" is Nina Harte, a struggling actress who has put her career on hold so that her husband, Nathan, can pursue his own dreams of stardom. When Nathan's career takes off, so does... read more

All over Hollywood, men are dialing O—for orgasms. Her steamy naughty talk fills them with lust and longing, and helps them perform like the studs they claim to be.In truth, the industry's favorite "erotic phone operatrix" is Nina Harte, a struggling actress who has put her career on hold so that her husband, Nathan, can pursue his own dreams of stardom. When Nathan's career takes off, so does... read more

My Mom is a Fob: Earnest Advice in Broken English from Your Asian-American Mom

Teresa Wu, Serena Wu

Fob (noun)-derived from the acronym F.O.B. ("fresh off the boat") Does your mom still make Peking duck instead of turkey on Thanksgiving, own a giant cleaver, or take twenty-four more napkins than she needs at Chipotle? Your mom may be a fob. Through their hit blog "My Mom Is a Fob," Teresa and Serena Wu have seized ownership of this formerly derogatory term, applying it instead to the heartfe... read more

Fob (noun)-derived from the acronym F.O.B. ("fresh off the boat") Does your mom still make Peking duck instead of turkey on Thanksgiving, own a giant cleaver, or take twenty-four more napkins than she needs at Chipotle? Your mom may be a fob. Through their hit blog "My Mom Is a Fob," Teresa and Serena Wu have seized ownership of this formerly derogatory term, applying it instead to the heartfe... read more

A French Girl in New York (The French Girl Series Book 1)

Anna Adams

Maude Laurent is a spirited sixteen-year-old orphan who grew up in a small, provincial town in the North of France with a passion for piano and a beautiful voice. One day in Paris, she is discovered by an American music producer who takes her to New York to live with him and his close-knit family while producing her first album, with help from teen pop star, Matt. Maude will dive into a new fa... read more

Maude Laurent is a spirited sixteen-year-old orphan who grew up in a small, provincial town in the North of France with a passion for piano and a beautiful voice. One day in Paris, she is discovered by an American music producer who takes her to New York to live with him and his close-knit family while producing her first album, with help from teen pop star, Matt. Maude will dive into a new fa... read more

Niubi!: The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School

Eveline Chao

How to talk dirty and influence people - in Chinese! Are you looking to learn the Chinese only a native speaker knows? Niubi! will teach you the colorful vernacular phrases used by Chinese people of all ages in a wide variety of situations, including flirting and dating, fighting and partying, and all the swear words you'll ever need. Learn why many Chinese insults involve turtle eggs, how cod... read more

How to talk dirty and influence people - in Chinese! Are you looking to learn the Chinese only a native speaker knows? Niubi! will teach you the colorful vernacular phrases used by Chinese people of all ages in a wide variety of situations, including flirting and dating, fighting and partying, and all the swear words you'll ever need. Learn why many Chinese insults involve turtle eggs, how cod... read more

My Diva

Michael Montlack

From Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross to Queen Elizabeth I, Julia Child, and Princess Leia, these divas have been sister, alter ego, fairy godmother, or model for survival to gay men and the closeted boys they once were. And anyone—straight or gay, young or old, male or female—who ever needed a muse, or found one, will see their own longing mirrored here as well. These witty and ... read more

From Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross to Queen Elizabeth I, Julia Child, and Princess Leia, these divas have been sister, alter ego, fairy godmother, or model for survival to gay men and the closeted boys they once were. And anyone—straight or gay, young or old, male or female—who ever needed a muse, or found one, will see their own longing mirrored here as well. These witty and ... read more

Happiness on $10 a Day

Heather Wagner

Money might buy happiness . . . but what if you're on a budget?Forget the $300 therapy bills, the 197 secrets of happy people, the 18 steps to contentment. Happiness on $10 a Day is all you need to rediscover your joie de vivre—without breaking the bank. Whether you're into schadenfreude, mooching, or just good old-fashioned fun, this wallet-friendly guidebook offers dozens of contentment-indu... read more

Money might buy happiness . . . but what if you're on a budget?Forget the $300 therapy bills, the 197 secrets of happy people, the 18 steps to contentment. Happiness on $10 a Day is all you need to rediscover your joie de vivre—without breaking the bank. Whether you're into schadenfreude, mooching, or just good old-fashioned fun, this wallet-friendly guidebook offers dozens of contentment-indu... read more

Page by Paige

Laura Lee Gulledge

Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she?s having some trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries to make sense of her new life, including trying out her secret identity: artist. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret identity out into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewa... read more

Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she?s having some trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries to make sense of her new life, including trying out her secret identity: artist. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret identity out into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewa... read more

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