Olivia Batker Pritzker

Olivia Batker Pritzker - Editor

New York, NY, USA

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

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Overview

As a writer, editor, and publisher, I have a deep familiarity with all sides of the writing & 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. I currently oversee the development of our books through the entire editorial, production, and marketing process.


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, diagramming, 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 in many different genres, I have a particular interest in speculative fiction, strange fiction, fiction that pushes boundaries and defies convention. From commercial to literary, short stories to epic novels, I get excited by a richly imagined world, an innovative idea, a strong narrative voice. Give me your feminist fairy tales, your high concept/social commentary horror, your queer narratives, your post-apocalyptic ghost stories. Let's dig in!



I am also available for typesetting/interior design and layout; I’ve done the layout and corresponding ebook creation for many prose, poetry, and hybrid books at each of the publishing companies I’ve worked for. Please message me for my rates and availability for these services.



"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)

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Horror
LGBTQ Fiction
Magical Realism
Paranormal Romance
Post-Apocalyptic
Psychological Thriller
Short Story
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • M.F.A. in Writing, Otis College of Art & Design 2018
  • B.A. in Psychology & Comparative Literature, Brandeis University 2012

Work experience

Cofounder and Publisher/Editorial Director

Publishing Company
February, 2019 – Present (almost 3 years)

I oversee the development of our books through the entire publishing process, from acquisition and contract negotiation through editing and production (including interior design & layout and ebook creation), to marketing and publicity. From extensive developmental work to line edits, I am a highly involved editor and greatly value the close editorial relationship I've forged with our authors.

I founded this press based on a passion for feminist discourse and horror's potential for social commentary and catharsis. Seeking to address the gender imbalance and lack of diversity traditionally found in the horror genre, we are a platform for stories which challenge the status quo. Our definition of feminist horror, broad and inclusive, expands the scope of what horror can be and who can make it.

Associate Editor

C&R Press
May, 2018 – February, 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.

Editor

Otis Books
September, 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.

Writer & Editor

Freelance
September, 2013 – Present (about 8 years)

Editorial Assistant

Veritas Literary Agency
August, 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.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Lady Upstairs

Sutton, Halley

Edendale

Stolos, Jacquelyn

Two Californias

Glick, Robert

Solène

Dominique, Francois, Martin, Samuel

A Phantom Lover

Lee, Vernon

Surrendering Appomattox

Appel, Jacob M.

Olivia has 4 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Jeffrey Paddock
Olivia delivered quality on a tight schedule. I'll admit that as a worried writer I was concerned there wasn't enough time to accomplish a thorough edit, but when I got my work back it was a long ways ahead of where it used to be. Olivia is just THAT good at what she does and I would work with her again any day.

Jeffrey Paddock, July 2021


Jen Pendragon
Olivia gave great feedback that took my thoughts and concerns into consideration. She got my project back to me within the time we agreed on, even though I was late initially sending it to her. I will definitely come to Olivia first if/when I need more editing on this and other projects :D

Jen Pendragon, July 2021


Kristen Schumm
Olivia provided a developmental edit of my book and giving me a clear component by component breakdown. Her insightful feedback enabled me to create a list of action items to tackle in my next draft. Because of her assessment the next draft of the book will be that much stronger.

Kristen Schumm, June 2021


Ken Ring
Olivia wrote a detailed offer, gave great advice, and was very professional. She turned the work around in a surprisingly short time. I'm very pleased.

Ken Ring, April 2021

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