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Oriana Leckert

Oriana Leckert - Editor

Brooklyn, NY, United States

10+ years as a writer, editor & publishing consultant | deeply passionate about the written word in all its diverse forms

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Reviews (3)

I’ve been working in publishing for more than a decade and have held an array of staff positions, including:
* Director of Matchmaking at Gotham Ghostwriters
* Assistant Acquisitions Editor at Random House
* Editor-at-Large at Hyperallergic
* Copyeditor at MTV News
* Assistant Editor at Stonesong Press
* Consulting Editor at Open Face Sandwich
* Manuscript Reader at the Donald Maass Literary Agency

I’ve also been an editorial and publishing consultant for websites, magazines, foundations, individuals, and 70+ publishers, including Penguin, Crown, Bloomsbury, McSweeney’s, NYRB, Melville House, and many more.

I'm pleased to offer a broad range of services—from editorial development to self-publishing consulting—to individual clients at many different points on their publishing journey.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Design Music New Age Photography Psychology Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Literature Romance Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Copyeditor

MTV News
January, 2016 – March, 2017 (about 1 year)

Editor at Large

Hyperallergic
February, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

Director of Operations

Gotham Ghostwriters
March, 2011 – February, 2015 (almost 4 years)

Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
June, 2007 – Present (over 10 years)

Developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading on hundreds of books and articles across virtually all genres. Select clients include: 826 National, Bloomsbury Publishing, Echoing Green, Gates Foundation, McSweeney’s, Library of America, New York Review of Books, Penguin Random House, The Pitchfork Review, and TED Books.

Assistant Editor

Stonesong Press
February, 2007 – September, 2008 (over 1 year)

Assistant Acquisitions Editor

Random House
September, 2005 – May, 2007 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Coin Heist

Elisa Ludwig

The last place you'd expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint - which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes - an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore. United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies - the nerd, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect stu... read more

The last place you'd expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint - which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes - an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore. United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies - the nerd, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect stu... read more

Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die

Amy Fusselman

"A fascinating and daresay essential meditation on childhood, parenthood, and the importance of wild spaces for those wild creatures known as kids."—Dave Eggers How fully can the world be explored when you are focused on trying not to die? This is the question that lies at the heart of Amy Fusselman’s Savage Park. America is the land of safety, of protecting children to make sure that nothing ... read more

"A fascinating and daresay essential meditation on childhood, parenthood, and the importance of wild spaces for those wild creatures known as kids."—Dave Eggers How fully can the world be explored when you are focused on trying not to die? This is the question that lies at the heart of Amy Fusselman’s Savage Park. America is the land of safety, of protecting children to make sure that nothing ... read more

Pissing in a River

Lorrie Sprecher

Amanda moves to London with nothing but her guitar and her collection of punk music as the soundtrack to her every move. With the company of a few friendly voices in her head, she looks for—and finds—a best friend and new lover. She forms a band, Lesbian Raincoat, and completely rewrites the story of her life.In this irreverently funny yet profound novel, Amanda risks deportation, recalls the ... read more

Amanda moves to London with nothing but her guitar and her collection of punk music as the soundtrack to her every move. With the company of a few friendly voices in her head, she looks for—and finds—a best friend and new lover. She forms a band, Lesbian Raincoat, and completely rewrites the story of her life.In this irreverently funny yet profound novel, Amanda risks deportation, recalls the ... read more

The Pain Didn't Kill Me

Daphne Bell

Death runs rampant throughout the lives of Daphne's family. Fear is her constant companion. With the backlash of such loss, challenges brew in the midst of her very home. She journals: Will my marriage survive? Tragedy duly provides the answer ... and the pain nearly kills her. On the morning of March 16, 2005, Daphne s day begins like every other day as she heads to her job as a radio persona... read more

Death runs rampant throughout the lives of Daphne's family. Fear is her constant companion. With the backlash of such loss, challenges brew in the midst of her very home. She journals: Will my marriage survive? Tragedy duly provides the answer ... and the pain nearly kills her. On the morning of March 16, 2005, Daphne s day begins like every other day as she heads to her job as a radio persona... read more

How Music Works

David Byrne

How Music Works is an unparalleled account of a life in music and an explanation of how and why music works from one of the world's most accomplished performers. With his albums for Talking Heads, his work with Brian Eno or his solo output, David Byrne has been consistently at the forefront of musical - and artistic - innovation. In this extraordinary book Byrne explores why the past matters a... read more

How Music Works is an unparalleled account of a life in music and an explanation of how and why music works from one of the world's most accomplished performers. With his albums for Talking Heads, his work with Brian Eno or his solo output, David Byrne has been consistently at the forefront of musical - and artistic - innovation. In this extraordinary book Byrne explores why the past matters a... read more

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men

Judy Gelman, Peter Zheutlin

UNOFFICIAL AND UNAUTHORIZEDDine like Draper and Drink like Sterling with More Than 70 Recipes from the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants Seen on Mad MenEver wish you could mix an Old Fashioned just the way Don Draper likes it? Or prepare Oysters Rockefeller and a martini the way they did fifty years ago at one of Roger Sterling’s favorite haunts, The Grand Central Oyster Bar? Ever wonder how Joa... read more

UNOFFICIAL AND UNAUTHORIZEDDine like Draper and Drink like Sterling with More Than 70 Recipes from the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants Seen on Mad MenEver wish you could mix an Old Fashioned just the way Don Draper likes it? Or prepare Oysters Rockefeller and a martini the way they did fifty years ago at one of Roger Sterling’s favorite haunts, The Grand Central Oyster Bar? Ever wonder how Joa... read more

Rewiring Our Morality (TED Books Book 39)

Daniel Reisel

What goes on in the mind of a murderer? Neuroscientist Daniel Reisel set out to find the answer, venturing behind the heavy metal doors of London’s most notorious prison and into the microscopic world revealed by an MRI machine. In this compassionate and insightful book, Reisel describes how empathy evolves in every child’s brain, and how early traumatic experiences can distort its development... read more

What goes on in the mind of a murderer? Neuroscientist Daniel Reisel set out to find the answer, venturing behind the heavy metal doors of London’s most notorious prison and into the microscopic world revealed by an MRI machine. In this compassionate and insightful book, Reisel describes how empathy evolves in every child’s brain, and how early traumatic experiences can distort its development... read more

Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break

Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, Jaye Smith

More Americans are choosing to take time off from work to relax or re-examine their priorities, so they can return to work energized. Some companies offer formal sabbatical programs, but how can the average person take time off to evaluate their direction, explore their passions, and make time for the things that are really important?Whether you're disillusioned with your career, yearning to f... read more

More Americans are choosing to take time off from work to relax or re-examine their priorities, so they can return to work energized. Some companies offer formal sabbatical programs, but how can the average person take time off to evaluate their direction, explore their passions, and make time for the things that are really important?Whether you're disillusioned with your career, yearning to f... read more

Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City

Bradley Garrett

It is assumed that every inch of the world has been explored and charted; that there is nowhere new to go. But perhaps it is the everyday places around us—the cities we live in—that need to be rediscovered. What does it feel like to find the city’s edge, to explore its forgotten tunnels and scale unfinished skyscrapers high above the metropolis? Explore Everything reclaims the city, recasting ... read more

It is assumed that every inch of the world has been explored and charted; that there is nowhere new to go. But perhaps it is the everyday places around us—the cities we live in—that need to be rediscovered. What does it feel like to find the city’s edge, to explore its forgotten tunnels and scale unfinished skyscrapers high above the metropolis? Explore Everything reclaims the city, recasting ... read more

Into the Blue: American Writing on Aviation and Spaceflight

Into the Blue revisits the remarkable trajectory of Americans in air and space, gathering sixty of the best eyewitness and participant narratives from Benjamin Franklin's letters on the first hot air balloons to Chris Jones's account of being marooned on the International Space Station. Here are those who made flight happen: Orville and Wilbur Wright, self-taught pioneers whose homespun invent... read more

Into the Blue revisits the remarkable trajectory of Americans in air and space, gathering sixty of the best eyewitness and participant narratives from Benjamin Franklin's letters on the first hot air balloons to Chris Jones's account of being marooned on the International Space Station. Here are those who made flight happen: Orville and Wilbur Wright, self-taught pioneers whose homespun invent... read more

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

Alina Bronsky

Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Finalist for the German Book Award Favorite Read of the Year in the Huffington Post and the Wall Street JournalRosa Achmetowna is the outrageously mischeivous narrator of this rollicking family saga from the author of Broken Glass Park.When she discovers that her seventeen-year-old daughter, “stupid Sulfia,” is pregnant by an unknown man she does everyth... read more

Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Finalist for the German Book Award Favorite Read of the Year in the Huffington Post and the Wall Street JournalRosa Achmetowna is the outrageously mischeivous narrator of this rollicking family saga from the author of Broken Glass Park.When she discovers that her seventeen-year-old daughter, “stupid Sulfia,” is pregnant by an unknown man she does everyth... read more

Potato Chip Science: 29 Incredible Experiments

Allen Kurzweil

Snack on science! Make a science of snacks! Potato Chip Science is the book and kit that’s an irresistible introduction to science for 8- to 12-year-olds. Here are 29 incredible experiments—plus one edible project—that use potato chips, potatoes, potato chip bags, tubes, and lids. Included in the bag are a 96-page two-color book and a dozen items that kids can use for the following “snacktivit... read more

Snack on science! Make a science of snacks! Potato Chip Science is the book and kit that’s an irresistible introduction to science for 8- to 12-year-olds. Here are 29 incredible experiments—plus one edible project—that use potato chips, potatoes, potato chip bags, tubes, and lids. Included in the bag are a 96-page two-color book and a dozen items that kids can use for the following “snacktivit... read more

Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity

Oriana Leckert

As an incubator of culture and creativity, Brooklyn is celebrated and imitated across the world. The settings for much of its dynamic underground scene are the numerous industrial spaces that were vacated as manufacturing dwindled across the huge borough. Adapted, hacked, and reused, these spaces host an eclectic range of activities by and for Brooklyn’s unique creative class, from DIY music v... read more

As an incubator of culture and creativity, Brooklyn is celebrated and imitated across the world. The settings for much of its dynamic underground scene are the numerous industrial spaces that were vacated as manufacturing dwindled across the huge borough. Adapted, hacked, and reused, these spaces host an eclectic range of activities by and for Brooklyn’s unique creative class, from DIY music v... read more

Peacerunner: The True Story of How an Ex-Congressman Helped End the Centuries of War in Ireland

Penn Rhodeen

Peacerunner is the must-read account of how ex-congressman Bruce Morrison rose from crushing defeat to become a crucial figure in the historic Irish Peace Process that ended centuries of warfare.The world celebrated the end of the fighting in Ireland, but just a handful know the full story of former congressman Bruce Morrison and how critical he was in bringing peace—and none can bring it to l... read more

Peacerunner is the must-read account of how ex-congressman Bruce Morrison rose from crushing defeat to become a crucial figure in the historic Irish Peace Process that ended centuries of warfare.The world celebrated the end of the fighting in Ireland, but just a handful know the full story of former congressman Bruce Morrison and how critical he was in bringing peace—and none can bring it to l... read more

Darkborn (Darkborn Trilogy)

Alison Sinclair

For the Darkborn, sunlight kills. For the Lightborn, darkness is fatal. Living under a centuries-old curse, the Darkborn and the Lightborn share the city of Minhorne, coexisting in an uneasy equilibrium but never interacting-until a Darkborn physician finds a pregnant fugitive on his doorstep...

For the Darkborn, sunlight kills. For the Lightborn, darkness is fatal. Living under a centuries-old curse, the Darkborn and the Lightborn share the city of Minhorne, coexisting in an uneasy equilibrium but never interacting-until a Darkborn physician finds a pregnant fugitive on his doorstep...

The Defiant

M. Quint

An absorbing, breakneck debut YA novel set on the high seas.On a field trip to see famed privateer Francisco Ventana’s once-sunken ship, the Defiant, six kids from San Francisco’s Greenly School—a last-chance refuge for orphans, troublemakers, and misfits—find themselves stranded at the center of a storm unlike any other. By the time the clouds have cleared, and the strange pink flashes have f... read more

An absorbing, breakneck debut YA novel set on the high seas.On a field trip to see famed privateer Francisco Ventana’s once-sunken ship, the Defiant, six kids from San Francisco’s Greenly School—a last-chance refuge for orphans, troublemakers, and misfits—find themselves stranded at the center of a storm unlike any other. By the time the clouds have cleared, and the strange pink flashes have f... read more

Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals

Keith Stern

Queers in History is the first comprehensive biographical compendium of important historical and contemporary figures who were/are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. From Egyptian pharaohs, Catholic popes, and Abraham Lincoln to Bishop Gene Robinson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Angelina Jolie, Queers in History brings these figures, from their work to their sexuality, to life. The hundreds o... read more

Queers in History is the first comprehensive biographical compendium of important historical and contemporary figures who were/are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. From Egyptian pharaohs, Catholic popes, and Abraham Lincoln to Bishop Gene Robinson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Angelina Jolie, Queers in History brings these figures, from their work to their sexuality, to life. The hundreds o... read more

Conversations with the Weird Tales Circle

Conversations with the Weird Tales Circle is a celebration of the lives of H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Frank Belknap Long, Seabury Quinn, Hannes Bok, August Derleth, Fritz Leiber, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, and many others. Each writer has their own section in the book, complete with a custom drawing by artist Alex McVey.The sections contain letters, essays, and memo... read more

Conversations with the Weird Tales Circle is a celebration of the lives of H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Frank Belknap Long, Seabury Quinn, Hannes Bok, August Derleth, Fritz Leiber, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, and many others. Each writer has their own section in the book, complete with a custom drawing by artist Alex McVey.The sections contain letters, essays, and memo... read more

The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction

Fiction. South Asia Studies. Mad scientists! Hard-boiled detectives! Vengeful goddesses! Murderous robots! Scandalous starlets! Drug-fuelled love affairs! This anthology features seventeen stories by ten best-selling authors of Tamil crime, romance, science fiction, and detective stories, none of them ever before translated into English, along with reproductions of wacky cover art and question... read more

Fiction. South Asia Studies. Mad scientists! Hard-boiled detectives! Vengeful goddesses! Murderous robots! Scandalous starlets! Drug-fuelled love affairs! This anthology features seventeen stories by ten best-selling authors of Tamil crime, romance, science fiction, and detective stories, none of them ever before translated into English, along with reproductions of wacky cover art and question... read more

These Boots Were Made for Strutting: And Stunning and Knocking 'em Dead

Lisa Cach, Gemma Halliday, Melanie Jackson

When three women order "magic" shoes online, none of them suspect that their purchases will make them sexier—and more likely to find true love—than they ever imagined.

When three women order "magic" shoes online, none of them suspect that their purchases will make them sexier—and more likely to find true love—than they ever imagined.

Oriana has 3 reviews

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Jonathan Green

Oriana was truly brilliant, this was my first book and I was anxious about the process, but I needn't of been as Oriana put me at ease with her good communication, and encouragement. I would definitely use Oriana again as working with her has given me even more enthusiasm and confidence in writing my next book which I have already started. Thanks Oriana

, August 2017


John Vocale

Oriana was magnificent. Before she edits a single word, she reads the entire manuscript--twice! She was thoughtful, thorough, patient and skillfully impeccable with her edits. When there is a question concerning flow, she makes suggestions in lieu of giving orders. Thanks to her wonderful work, my manuscript became a NOVEL! I can only hope she is available next year to complete the metamorph...

, July 2017


Racquel Hall

Oriana Leckert is very professional, she is very experienced in editing and goes above and beyond to assist you. I would hire her again for another book I am writing. I am happy to say it was a pleasure collaborating with her, her work is exceptional and she is a wonderful person.

, March 2017

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