Olivia Batker Pritzker

Olivia Batker Pritzker – Editor

Developmental editor offering thoughtful, sharp-eyed creative collaboration. Specializes in the speculative and strange.

Overview

As a writer, editor, and publisher, I have a deep familiarity with all sides of the writing and publishing process. I have nearly a decade of experience editing fiction, nonfiction, and genre-defying books, and have worked as an editor at three publishing companies in addition to many years of freelance work. I also hold an M.F.A. in writing from Otis College of Art and Design.


In 2019 I cofounded an independent press which focuses on feminist horror. As publisher and editor I currently oversee the development of our books through the entire editorial, production, and marketing process. Our books have been nominated for awards including multiple Bram Stoker Awards, and have been widely reviewed, promoted, and purchased.


I am an enthusiastic and dedicated editor who loves working with authors to shape their work into the best possible version of itself. Whether it’s outlining, plotting, character development, or world building in the early stages, providing a meticulous copy edit in the final stages, or any of the work in between, I place a high importance on creating a dialogue with the writers I work with and will utilize my skills and experience to make your book stand out from the early stages to the final polish.


Although I've worked across many genres, I have a particular interest in speculative fiction and thrillers/suspense/dark psychological fiction, as well as queer narratives and stories which push boundaries and defy convention. From commercial to literary, I get excited by a richly detailed world, an innovative idea, a strong narrative voice. Give me your reimagined fairy tales, your unlikable female characters, your post-apocalyptic ghost stories. Let's dig in!



"Olivia is an excellent developmental editor, with an eye for nuance and a great feel for developing characters and plot. She always has a fun and precise way to attack plot problems, and she's able to tease out meaning from my most nebulous of ideas. From crafting plot matrixes to talking through character development, I couldn't have written my novel without her." — Halley Sutton, author of The Lady Upstairs (Putnam, 2020)

Services
Fiction
Horror LGBTQ Fiction Magical Realism Paranormal Romance Post-Apocalyptic Psychological Thriller Romantic Suspense Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • M.F.A. in Writing, Otis College of Art & Design 2018
  • B.A. in Psychology & Comparative Literature, Brandeis University 2012

Work experience

Publishing Company

Feb, 2019 — Present

I oversee the development of our books through the entire publishing process, from acquisition and contract negotiation through editing and production, plus marketing and publicity. From extensive, multi-stage developmental work to line edits, I am a highly involved editor and greatly value the close editorial relationship I've forged with our authors.

C&R Press

May, 2018 — Feb, 2019 (9 months)

As an editor at C&R Press, I edited novels and short story collections. I was also responsible for interior layout design and typesetting, and created ebooks from all the backlist titles as well as the new books. This included prose, poetry, and hybrid works of fiction and nonfiction.

Otis Books

Sep, 2016 — May, 2018 (over 1 year)

At Otis Books, I selected manuscripts to be published and managed authors from contract signing to publication. My responsibilities included editing/copyediting/proofreading manuscripts, interior design and layout, and coordinating printing, distribution, etc. I also represented the press and conferences and book fairs, and ran author events.

Freelance

Sep, 2013 — Present

Veritas Literary Agency

Aug, 2013 — May, 2014 (9 months)

I read and evaluated YA manuscript submissions at Veritas Literary Agency, and wrote recommendations and reports to the agent I worked for.

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Calvin J.

Calvin J.

Jan, 2024

As always, Olivia was insightful, helping me to strengthen my manuscript to my vision. I will keep going back to her!
Jeff P.

Jeff P.

Nov, 2023

Good lord, Olivia is efficient, easy to work with, and delivers time and time again. This is now the third time we've collaborated and I can guarantee any future collaborators looking for editorial work that's precise and efficient, she is it.
Milan F.

Milan F.

Nov, 2023

Working with Olivia was a delight! I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for the meticulous and insightful editorial assessment she provided for my novel "The Little Rock." Her critiques have been both encouraging and constructive, offering a roadmap for the essential revisions needed to transform my novel into a more engaging and cohesive masterpiece. Thank you once again for your inval...
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Tara G.

Tara G.

Nov, 2023

Olivia was a great editor and provided very detailed feedback that has been helpful in my next rounds of edits on my novel.
Calvin J.

Calvin J.

Oct, 2023

Olivia was fantastic. I have a novel that is a little...different...and she got it. She was both supportive of what I was trying to accomplish, and also nudged me, with her insightful analysis and comments, to make it even more true to my vision. I hope to work with her again!

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